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A Cut Above – Justin Samples

By July 28, 2016 No Comments

Discovering Brilliance: A glimpse into the polished performances of our Dimond Club AG athletes.

Justin raced for 8 years chasing down his ticket to Kona. After several trips to the fitter and some difficult travel arrangements with his Cervelo P5, Justin began looking into Dimond. Specifically, he recalls racing IM Texas and was passed by only two people…both on Dimonds.

After Texas I decided to test ride one the next time I got a chance. While at IMCDA, I learned a little more about the company. I loved that it was US-based and had a boutique feel. I loved the thought process of a tri bike being built for and by tri-geeks. I loved that I could put my own front end and control the fit adjustability versus being fit into whatever box a company deemed aero. So when I test rode it, it wasn’t fair; it’s an amazing ride. The best part was the personalized service. Regardless of any issue, I was actually talking to someone trying to help me solve it or find a solution. That is increasingly rare these days, and as someone who owns a large service-oriented business, it really stood out to me. Dimond’s “client comes first” attitude breeds loyalty, and it earned mine.”

After purchasing the Dimond in 2015, Justin raced IM Arizona almost immediately. Personal and professional obligations had reduced his time for training, so his plan was to dial down wattage to ensure he could finish the race.

“All told, IMAZ was a breakthrough race. I had one of my fastest bike splits. My legs, back and body felt fresh. Let’s say they certainly did not feel like I just TT’d for 112 miles. That allowed me to crush the run getting a PR split of 3:17, running my way to 3rd place with a 9:22 overall and my first-ever Kona slot.”

The next two races were a regional half and Olympic called Pacific Crest Sport Festival outside of Bend, OR. He was using the races as a training weekend for Vineman at the end of July, so he signed up for both back to back without a taper.  Much to his surprise, he PR’d the long course triathlon by over 40 minutes, nabbing the 3rd best run split behind only a couple of WTC pros (Tim Reed won). Justin won his AG field by more than 10 minutes, finishing only behind the pros who had entered the race. He then raced the Olympic the following day – on tired legs – and managed to pull off another AG win, taking 5th overall. 

“That to me is a huge testament to the bike, and not so much in a quantifiable way. Yes, the bike is aero. But the bike is also comfortable, which allows me to stay aero, and I know we can’t put data behind it but the slight dampening effect of the beam has allowed me to achieve very real breakthroughs on the run. Those breakthroughs and blistering fast bike splits are what has allowed my to nab my first-ever Kona slot and my first-ever race wins, on back to back days even!”

Justin is looking forward to Vineman at the end of July and his trip to the big island in October. And we’re looking forward to helping his wife with her next bike. “On Sunday my wife turned to me and said “Hey, your record on that bike is pretty good. Have you ordered mine?” We may have to think about an addition to the family…

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