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.
|Frame||Diamondback Carbon Monocoque Endurance Road Frame, Internal Cable Routing, 142x12mm Carbon Drop Outs, w/ Taper Headtube, Di2 Compatible|
|Fork||Diamondback Road Performance, Full Monocoque Carbon "CFT", 12mm Thru-axle Drop Outs, Flat Mount Disc Tabs, 1.5" Tapered Steerer Tube|
|Headset||FSA No.42, Sealed Cartridge|
Front: 12mm thru-axle
Rear: 142x12mm thru-axle
|Rims/Wheels||HED Flanders C2+ Disc, 24h|
Front: 24h Alloy, Sealed Cartridge, Center Lock, 12mm Thru-axle
Rear: 24h Alloy, Sealed Cartridge, Center Lock, 142x12mm Thru-axle
|Spokes||2.0/1.8/2.0 Butted Stainless Steel|
|Tires||Continental Grand Sport Race, Folding, 700x28c|
|Crankset||Shimano 105 FC-5800 Compact|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano Outboard Bearing|
|Chain||KMC X11EL, 11 Speed|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano 105 FD-5801, 31.8mm Band Clamp|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano 105 RD-5800, 11 Speed|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||Shimano 105 CS-5800 Cassette, 11 Speed, 11-32T|
|Shifters||Shimano ST-RS505, Dual Control 2x11 Speed|
|Handlebars||HED Tour Flat Top Drop Bar, 31.8 Bar Bore|
|Tape/Grips||Diamondback Endurance Gel Tape|
|Stem||HED Tour Stem, +/-7° Rise, 31.8mm Bar Bore|
|Brake Levers||Shimano ST-RS505|
|Brakes||Shimano BR-RS505 Flat Mount Hydraulic Disc, w/ 160mm Front / 160mm Rear Rotors|
|Pedals||Alloy Road Platform|
|Saddle||Prologo Scratch Pro, w/Cromoly Rail|
|Seat Post||HED Tour, 27.2mm|
* Subject to change without notice.