Diamondback's Andean makes its debut in Kona and will be ridden by Austrian Michael Weiss.
September 21, 2016 | GEAR|
“The Andean is the product of a two-year project, whereby we set out with Kevin Quan Studios to build the fastest triathlon bike on the market, with no concern for the arbitrary limitations placed on bicycle design by the UCI,” says Michael Brown, Diamondback’s vice president of product development in a press release. “Our CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) analysis and unique, best-in-class wind tunnel testing at the University of Toronto show that we’ve succeeded in that endeavor.”
Weiss has been riding Diamondback's Serios frame, which was introduced in 2014. The bike was also used by Rally Cycling to take the US national team time trial championship earlier this year.
The Andean is designed to "integrate HED’s Jet 6 Plus wheels into the frame design, planning for a 24mm tire in the front and 26mm in the rear. The frame, featuring an ‘Aero Core’ design to minimize drag, has integrated storage to allow riders to neatly carry three water bottles, three bars, 10 gel packets, tools, and a spare tube."
According to Diamondback the Andean "outperformed competitive in-market models across a range of yaw angles" in tests done at the Flow Control and Experimental Laboratory in Toronto.
Diamondback aims to make the bike available to consumers early in 2017:
"The Andean is available for pre-order today at Diamondback.com with many drivetrain, wheel, cockpit and component options to choose from. The top-shelf Andean is availalable with the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain complete with Dura-Ace hudraulic disc brakes and HED Jet Black 9 wheels for US$8,069.99. The base model, available for US$4,779.99, features the SRAM Force X1 drivetrain and HED Ardennes Plus wheels. Each Andean model is assembled in Diamondback’s exclusive in-house build studio by professional mechanics and is scheduled to start delivery at the end of January 2017."