NeilPryde Diablo: First Ride review

NeilPryde Diablo 2012
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The platform that NeilPryde has created with its unidirectional carbon monocoque, ribbed design, is stiff and then some. Its solidity is instantly apparent, delivering a lively feel, with sharply responsive handling and to be fair it's a sprightly climber too. My feeling though is it's most likely to win the hearts of the more aggressive, or possibly heavier riders who will deal best with, or be more able to tame, its fairly unsympathetic persona. The rubber seal around the seat clamp to keep out water and filth, plus NeilPryde's custom colour option are thoughtful touches. I'd sum the Diablo up as great in small doses.

Reasons to buy
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    Well-proven spec

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    Some nice finishing touches

Reasons to avoid
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    Stiff ride may not suit everyone

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Neilpryde's background is wetsuits, windsurf and sailing gear, but it has recently come ashore to develop a range of road bikes. At this time two models are available - the Diablo sitting top with the Alize as its cheaper alternative.

With plenty of carbon expertise crossing over from its other industries we were keen to see what kind of stall NeilPryde had set out. It already has a Pro Continental team, UnitedHealthcare, so that perhaps gives an indication.

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