The Queen K in Kona, Hawaii, has set the stage for the unveiling of the new Dimond Marquise (ma?r?ke?z) bike, billed as ‘the latest evolution to be unearthed from the Dimond Mine in Des Moines, Iowa’.
This new cut of Dimond is seen as the crown jewel for the company, which has built momentum in the past few years (and has seen its showing increase in the 2014 and 2015 LAVA mag bike count at the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona). According to Dimond, the Marquise improves on the first two iterations from the ‘renaissance-inducing brand, giving new meaning to the innovation, performance and sophistication that Dimond is known for.’
The Marquise aims to marry the comfort, aerodynamics and handling of Dimond’s 2016 Brilliant with ‘abundant internal storage and sleek design’. The frame comes standard with three new storage compartments. The Lunchbox offers 700ml of storage for pre-packaged nutrition, which is accessed through the top of the beam; and the Ice Chest offers an insulated cavity of up to 1.5 litre for the ‘hottest days on the road’.
Dimond’s TOTES (Tools Or Technical Equipment Storage) system equips riders with an enclosed area specific for emergency situations. The Marquise also reportedly tests faster than its predecessor, and the hat-trick of integrated storage aims to ‘makes it the bike of a triathlete’s dreams’.
Matt Cymanski, Chief Engineer for Dimond Bikes, believes the Marquise builds upon the impressive features of the original Brilliant frame. He said, “The Marquise has been a long time in the making. Fortunately, the original Dimond was a great base model to work with, and we learned a lot about how to make a great bicycle.”
Cymanski continued, “The Marquise was designed from the start to carry everything you need on race day, including a rider, while continuing to display the unmatched ride feel Dimond has become known for providing.”
The lay-up schedule and procedure for the Marquise was significantly reworked, resulting in a ‘stronger and more efficient bike’. Dimond partnered with STRUCTeam, a composite materials expert, to improve the ride quality and performance of the new Dimond frame.
TJ Tollakson, professional triathlete and CEO of Dimond Bikes said “The partnership with STRUCTeam allowed Dimond to consider new carbon layup methods. They are world-class composite experts, and their role in this project has resulted in the fastest, best performing bike on the market.”
Dimond adds that it believes ‘each customer should be able to build and design a bike that truly reflects their needs and wants for the best ride experience’. With this in mind, every Marquise is offered via custom build and paint options. Deliveries begin from 1 January 2017 for medium frames and 1 February 2017 for all other sizes. Pricing starts at $7,599 for a frameset module.
Ru?ster Sports, the company behind Dimond bikes, was founded in 2009 by professional triathlete and 2014 IRONMAN North American Champion, TJ Tollakson. The Dimond bike was originally unveiled at IRONMAN Arizona in 2013.