Can’t Afford the new Diamondback Andean? Stay on Budget with a World Class Serios Series TT Bike: Review

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When looking for your next Triathlon bike or Time Trial bicycle, it can get expensive quick. Especially if you fall in love with the latest models, like the 2017 Diamondback Andean Aero-Core Tri Bike, seen below.

 

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2017 Diamondback Andean Triathlon/Time Trial Bike: Fastest “Superbike” in the World?

 

While bikes like the Andean can cost anywhere from $4,800 in its basic form all the way up to $8,069.99, there are alternatives to owning a fast Diamondback Triathlon bike without having to spend so much.

With similar drag elimination technology, quality frame materials, and comfortable setup, you can save hundreds, even thousands of dollars, on a world-class Tri bike from the same creators of the Andean. The trick is choosing a model that was built as a prototype for the Andean, which means it will contain similar, sleek technology and construction that you’re looking for. Except, these models won’t cost you an arm and a leg like the Andean “Superbike” will.

Diamondback “Serios” Series Triathlon Bikes are the line that led up to the mighty Andean. They are leaps and bounds above what anyone else on the road will be riding while saving you money so you can use that cash to purchase superior riding gear, upgrades you have your eye on, or even racing fees. Or some bills, of course. But let’s check out two models that are fantastic alternatives to the Andean.

If you want a high quality bike to train on without all of the tricked out aspects of the $8,000+ end of the Diamondback Andean, check out the comprehensive reviews of the Serios models below.

 

1. Diamondback Serios S Ready Ride Complete Carbon Triathlon/Time Trial Bike

One of the best models you can buy is the Diamondback Serios S Triathlon and Time Trial Bike.

The Serios S features a beautiful and innovative Full Carbon Serios Frame, which is a product of wind tunnel and real world testing. This eye-catching design is aerodynamically sound, lightweight, and limits drag that slows racers down. Designed in collaboration with KQ Studios, the same partners who created the Andean, you have a real, professional quality bike in this model. Designed and built by leaders in aero technology, you can rest assured that this is a purchase that will send you to the next level and inspire you.

This model is Ready Ride, which means the bike comes in a larger box upon delivery, requires less time to assemble, and is literally ready to ride in a few easy steps. So, if you are looking to introduce yourself to a next-level TT bike at an entry-level price, this is the perfect model to spend just a little bit extra to get the best.

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The Specifications for the Serios S Ready Ride are as follows:

  • Frame: Serios Aero TimeTrial Frameset, Unidirectional Carbon, 1-3/8 inch Taper
  • Frame Material: Full Carbon
  • Speeds: 22
  • Fork: Diamondback Serios Aero Fork, Unidirectional Carbon (for lightweight responsiveness), 1-3/8 inch Taper
  • Cranks: Shimano 105, FC-5800 53/39T, 11sp
  • Bottom Bracket: PRAXIS PF30-Shimano Conversion
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano 105, FD-5800, 11sp, Braze-on
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105, RD-5800, 11sp
  • Shifter: Shimano Dura Ace Bar End, SL-BSR1, 11sp
  • Brakes: Shimano 105, BR-5810 Direct Mount
  • Brake Levers: TRP 879
  • Cogset: Shimano 105, CS-5800 11sp, 11-25T
  • Rims: HED Flanders C2+, 20h/24h
  • Tires: Continental Ultra Sport II 700×23
  • Pedals: Resin Test Ride Pedal
  • Handlebar: Vision TriMax Base Bar 42cm w/TriMax Pro Aero Clip-on R-Bend
  • Stem: DB 3D Forged, 31.8mm, 7 degrees
  • Seat: ISM Prologue with Steel Rails
  • Seatpost: DB TT Aero Carbon with Ritchey Seat Clamp
  • Headset: FSA IS-2-138
  • Chain: KMC X11L
  • Front Hub: HED Sealed Cartridge 20h
  • Rear Hub: HED Sealed Cartridge 24h Cassette
  • Spokes: 14g Stainless Steel
  • Grips: DBR Race Tape with Gel
  • Weight: Approximately 39.8 lbs (Medium Size)
  • Extras (If purchased from Diamondback’s website): Front Derailleur Hanger, Rear Derailleur Hanger, 2x/10mm Aero Headset Spacer, 2x/15mm Aero Headset Spacer, Top Tube Gel Pack Bag

The Serios S Ready Ride is perfect for riders seeking a bike to train on, complete time trials, and challenge themselves without the insanely high price tags that can be found in other models. This is a complete, professional quality TT bike that will keep you on budget.

This Serios S originally retailed for $3,500, but you can find it for as little as $1,500 directly from Diamondback’s shop. This is incredible, because retailers such as Amazon is selling it between $2,900 and $3,025. However, some sizes may be out of stock in the Diamondback shop, so depending on your budget and willingness to wait, you have a few choices out there.

Diamondback Serios S: $1,500 at http://www.diamondback.com/shop/serios-s
2. Diamondback Serios F Triathlon / Time Trial Bike, 2017

Available in sizes from 50cm to 58cm, the Serios F TT bike features a strong carbon frame that generates half of the drag as the competition. The bar sets the standards for customization and aerodynamics and the highly customizable cockpit ensures the best fit for every rider. WIth a lightweight and aerodynamic wheelset and Full Shimano Ultegra Di2 group, shifting is instantaneous. This Series F frame is a true centerpiece.

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This model features the following specifications:

  • Frame Material: Full Carbon
  • Frame: Serios, UCI Certified, Aero TimeTrial Frameset, Unidirectional Carbon, 1-3/8 inch Tapered Headtube, Press-Fit 30 BB, Di2 Compatible Internal Cable Routing
  • Fork: Diamondback Serios Aero Time Trial Fork: Unidirectional Carbon, 1-3/8 inch Taper, Continuous Fiber Technology (CFT)
  • Cranks: Shimano Ultegra FC-6800, 53/39T
  • Bottom Bracket: PRAXIS PF30-Shimano Conversion
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Di2 FD-6870, Braze-on
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Di2 RD-6870, 11 Speed
  • Shifter: Shimano Di2 SW-R671, Remote 2 Button Bar End Shifters
  • Brake Levers: Shimano Ultegra ST-6871 Di2
  • Brakes: Shimano Ultegra BR-6810 Di2
  • Cogset: Shimano Ultegra CS-6800, 11 Speed, 11-28T
  • Tires: Continental Grandprix 4000 S II. 700x23c
  • Rims: HED Jet 6 Plus
  • Pedals: Wellgo Alloy Road
  • Stem: DB Carbon TT with Full Custom HED Corsair Integration
  • Handlebar: HED Corsair TT, 42cm Flat, 31.88mm Bar Bore, with Carbon Lazy S Bend
  • Seatpost: DB TT Aero Carbon with Ritchey Seat Clamp
  • Seat: ISM Prologue with Cromoly Rails
  • Headset: FSA IS-2, 1-1/8 inch / 1-3/8 inch Tapered
  • Chain: Shimano HG701, 11 Speed
  • Front Hub: HED Jet 6 Plus, 18h
  • Rear Hub: HED Jet 6 Plus, 24h, Cassette
  • Spokes: HED Stainless Steel Bladed
  • Grips: EVA Cork with Gel
  • Extras: Manual, Serios User Guide, Extra FD Hanger, Century Bottle Cage, 2x/10mm Aero Headset Spacer, 2x/15mm Aero Headset Spacer, Custom DB Bento Box Bag.

While you cannot purchase it directly from Diamondback, they are selling it through Amazon, who is acting as a retail partner. The 2017 Serios F Triathlon Bike is available on Amazon for between $5,925 to $5,962. The retail price is $7.500, so you’re getting a great deal on this world class bike. This bike is a new release, so take advantage of its incredible specs and price.

Diamondback Serios F, 2017: $5,925 to $5,962 at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J7USVOA/?tag=diamonbicycl-20

 

 

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