Meet the Dimond Team – Matt AKA “The Chief”

Position: Chief Engineer

Roles & responsibilities: I do a little bit of everything, from new product design and overseeing the manufacturing process, to working on new layups and even making bikes myself if we need some extra work done.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Hiram, Ohio, a small town in the northeast part of the state, often referred to simply as “God’s Country”. For you Cyclone fans, I recently learned it was the birthplace of Jack Trice. After high school, I pursued an engineering degree from The Ohio State University, and during that time got a job as an intern at Rüster Sports. The rest, as they say, is history.

Sports as a child? Growing up I played a lot of baseball and basketball. At some point, I realized I was better suited to run long distances than short, so in high school I ran track and cross country and dabbled on the swim team. It was at that point that I also got into riding bikes and even did a few triathlons in the summer months. When I became a Buckeye, it was a no brainer to join the triathlon team. It was at that point that I really got into the sport and learned about

Fondest memories of bikes? I have a couple vivid childhood memories from riding bikes. One is from when I was probably about 8 or 9, when my dad would go out for long runs I would sometimes ride along. On some of the big hills, I couldn’t make it up so my dad had to push. Another memory is from spring time when we were spreading mulch, I decided it would be a great idea to use the mulch pile as a ramp. Needless to say, this didn’t end up very well and I think I still have a scar on my knee.

On a bit of a brighter note, I can remember one year in high school I was injured during cross country season. Fortunately, I had just gotten my first road bike that summer. My coach would make me go out and ride, and during that time, I did my first ever workout on a bike. I think that was what really got me hooked.

What are you most excited about bikes today? I just loving helping people go fast. When a customer first gets on their bike and report back about how great it felt, that’s what makes it all worth it. Once in awhile, they let me out of the office and I get a chance to go to a demo event, and seeing the looks on peoples faces when they come back from a ride on the Dimond is just priceless.

If I had to do something else for a job, what would be it be? Realistically & without limits? For sure an astronaut. I actually considered applying when they opened up applications last year. But I think I needed a few more years of experience first. As I kid it was my dream to be the first man on Mars. I actually wrote a book about it.

Wish you had this skill? This is a tough one. But since I’m a true engineer I’d say better people skills.

Racing this year? This may be sacrilegious to some of you but I actually haven’t finalized my 2016 schedule yet. I do know that I’ll be making my Ironman debut at Chattanooga in September. Between now and then I’ll do some local half and olympic distance racing, potentially a 70.3, and maybe even try to win a few Cat 4 crits. Then next spring I’m hoping to tackle Rim2Rim2Rim with my college friend and my dad if I can convince him.

May Bike Of The Month

Have you ever been seated at a Chili’s or Red Robin and discovered a tablet on your table with a full menu, interactive games and even the Microsoft Cloud? That tablet was created by a company called Ziosk. More specifically, by a radical guy named Jack Baum. And while we think his restaurant invention is really great, what we really like about him is that he has an pretty sweet looking Dimond!

Like many of our current bike owners, Jack was convinced to switch from his Cervelo P-5 to a Dimond after a test ride. He said it was so comfortable, he wanted to stay in aero position during his entire 7 hour ride.

So Jack jumped on the Dimond bandwagon. And he really turned it up with his custom paint job. Major kudos to his digital designer, Chris Adams, who created this branded Ziosk Dimond bike. Check out his fully decked out bike here with the custom imprint technology on the NSW’s from Zipp Speed Weaponry. 

As one of the founding members of Ziosk (he started the company with 3 of his students from an MBA class!), Jack obviously has a lot on his plate. Jack first admits to us that he’s one of those lucky people who doesn’t require a lot of sleep to keep functioning. This makes him super human in our minds. He also fits all of his training in during the wee hours of the morning so he can make it to work during the weekdays and be home for lunch with his wife on the weekends.

In fact, Jack has one of the best philosophies we’ve heard for balancing work, family and training. He says life is akin to a three-leg stool, and all must be in balance for the stool to stay upright:

“The first leg is represented by family and friends and these relationships must be cherished, respected and nurtured. Most of our worth comes down to the relationships that we have with others. The second leg is represented by what we do with the bulk of our waking hours, for most of us that is our job. I believe we all must figure out how we are “improving the world” within our job and elevate it to a point where it is not about collecting a paycheck…The third leg is a personal leg and maybe even a selfish leg. This is where you need to find a way to recharge your batteries. This could be reading, gardening, video game play or maybe swimming, biking and running.”

Jack says his priority is first family, then work and then training.

With his new Dimond in tow, Jack’s goals for this season are to podium at IM Texas and qualify for Kona. In addition to his tricked out bike, he has a secret weapon in his pocket: Hillary Biscay.

We at Dimond know Hillary as the better half of Maik Twelsiek and founder of Smashfest Queen. She also coaches many of our favorite athletes, including the Smash Dimond women’s triathlon team. Jack attended her training camp last year and discovered why Hillary breeds champions: her caring nature, intuition, intelligence and unparalleled experience.

“I am fortunate to have her as a coach given my lofty goals. I have never been coached before and Hillary has been amazing about taking my feedback and planning around what she believes are my biggest physical and mental limiters to take me to new heights.”

Bike Build

DuraAce Di2, Zipp NSW (custom printed), Profile Design Svet 0 + T4 Extensions, Quarq Elsa R + Aero Rotor Q Rings, Torhans Bento Box, Shimano Pro Aerofuel Tri Saddle, and of course the fast TriRig Omega X brakes.