Diamondback had one goal here: Create the best bike possible at the best possible price. The Century 1 is the fruit of that year-long project — a bike that removes many of the barriers that keep people from discovering how great road riding can be. The Century 1’s 7005 aluminum alloy frameset has formed tubes for durability and great power transfer without the burden of extra weight. On top of that, the bike is incredibly comfortable. The Enhanced Performance Geometry (EPG) utilizes a taller head tube, which puts you in a slightly more upright position than a traditional race bike. It’s a seemingly small tweak, but you absolutely feel a big difference towards the end of a ride, when, hey, your neck and back don’t hurt at all… That’s weird — no, wait, that’s fantastic. Diamondback equipped the Century 1 with a 2x8 drivetrain and a high-quality mix of FSA and Shimano components that have just as much staying power as the Century’s frame.
The Arden 2 pairs the cutting-edge technology of Diamondback's highest-end bikes with a competitive component mix. The end result? A bike that delivers amazing performance at an equally amazing price. The bike’s frame is made from custom formed and butted aluminum tubes that are not only stylish, but also the perfect balance of strength and lightweight performance. The Enhanced Performance Geometry places you in a riding position that is still fast and “aero,” yet upright enough to be sustained comfortably on longer rides. To take that comfort a step further, the Arden 2 is designed with a female-friendly size range and touchpoints. The finely-tuned parts package includes Tektro disc brakes for an extra measure of safety and control and an 18-speed Shimano drivetrain that provides all the gears you’ll need to meet any challenge.
The Century 2 combines cutting-edge technology with a competitive component mix to deliver a bike that’s long on performance and short on dollar signs. The heart of this bike is its custom formed and butted aluminum tubes. Those tubes aren’t simply stylish; they also provide you with the perfect balance of weight savings and strength. Next, Diamondback laid out those tubes using their Enhanced Performance Geometry as a blueprint. While traditional road bike geometry stretches the rider out in as low and long a position as possible, the Century models feature a slightly taller head tube and slightly relaxed head angle, both of which place you in a riding position that is still plenty fast and “aero,” but upright enough to be sustained on those long rides. The Century 2’s components are equally up to the task. Tektro disc brakes and an 18-speed Shimano drivetrain are absolutely uncommon at this price.
The Arden 3 is the perfect bike for women who relish spending long days in the saddle. That means the featherweight frame is not only engineered to be precise and responsive (check out the front and rear thru-axles); but also designed to be comfortable no matter how many miles you are putting to bed. The Arden 3 shares the same women’s-specific touch points and Enhanced Performance Geometry and as Diamondback's other Arden models. That geometry is key; it creates a riding position that’s sporty and fast, yet well shy of that “classic” road biking aero tuck. Riding a bike should be exercise, not an exercise in masochism. The Arden 3 is a true performer, and the parts that hang from it bear tribute to that fact. Highlights here include a vibration-damping carbon fiber fork, precise Shimano 105 2x11 drivetrain, and powerful Tektro Spyre disc brakes.
The Century 3 is a shot across the bow of conventional design — a fast bike you can ride quickly for hours on end in complete comfort. Its Enhanced Performance Geometry incorporates a taller head tube to take the stress off your neck and back and provide a more comfortable fit. The lightweight 7005 aluminum is custom-butted and beautifully formed to deliver a balance of strength, durability, light weight, and sleek looks. Diamondback's premium aluminum model is equipped with an amazing component group for its price that includes TRP disc brakes, a 2x11 Shimano 105 drivetrain, and HED wheels.
It’s not hard to make a good spare-no-expenses bike. The challenge is to make a great bike that people can actually afford. Challenge accepted … and met. The Arden 4 C features the same state-of-the-art carbon fiber frame and fork as Diamondback's top-tier models and a price tag that’s well below that of the competition. The Arden 4 C wears a smart and solid blend of components that include a Shimano Tiagra 2x10 drivetrain, powerful Tektro disc brakes and a lightweight HED Flanders C2+ wheelset. Most importantly, the Arden 4 C benefits from an exacting blend of high- and low-modulus carbon fiber as well as Diamondback's progressive Enhanced Performance Geometry. At the end of the day, no bike is a “good deal” if it doesn’t inspire you to get out there and ride. By that measure, the Arden 4 C is absolutely priceless.
Some people would argue that this bike couldn’t possibly exist. An affordable road bike with a cutting-edge carbon fiber frame and fork and reliable components? You’re as likely to find a bike like that as you are to bump into Bigfoot riding a unicorn. Well, the core of Diamondback's Century 4 C is the same meticulous blend of carbon fibers and slightly relaxed Enhanced Performance Geometry that makes their higher-end models ideal for anyone looking to log big miles. A smart mix of affordable and functional components are what made this model possible. Highlights here include a Shimano Tiagra 2x10 drivetrain, Tektro disc brakes and HED Flanders C2+ wheelset. High performance doesn’t have to mean high price.
You might be able to shoehorn yourself onto a bike that doesn’t fit or that sacrifices comfort on the altar of speed, but for how long? And more importantly, why make that compromise in the first place? Diamondback hand-built the all-carbon Arden 5 C to be the smoothest women’s bike you’ll find. Precisely engineered seat stays keep the bike’s ride supple. Front and rear thru-axles create the best possible stability and tracking. Make no mistake, the Arden 5 C is blazingly quick and remarkably comfortable, even after hours spent turning the pedals. The bike’s kit is just as impressive. A Shimano 105 2x11 drivetrain delivers accurate, drama-free shifting and hydraulic disc brakes increase your control in all conditions. A HED Flanders C2+ wheelset rolls quick and true, year after year. Ride farther, ride faster… ride without compromising a thing.
Not so long ago, fast bikes came in one flavor: painful. As in, painful to ride for anything longer than an hour at a time. Super-steep head angles, sprawling top tubes, and a spine-rattling ride quality were the norm. Those traits might be fine for a rare few, but for the rest of us? We’re not all sadists. Well, the Century is an entirely different flavor of fast — the kind that’s actually enjoyable. Diamondback carefully blended high- and low-modulus carbon fiber and obsessed over the lay-up of those carbon plies to create a bike that is still light and blazingly quick, but also impressively smooth in the saddle. The Century 5C is well-appointed on the component side of the equation as well. Shimano’s 105 2x11 drivetrain delivers crisp shifts and their hydraulic disc brakes have a well-earned reputation for power and reliability. Fast doesn’t have to mean “painful.” With the Century 5C, fast is simply, well, fast.
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