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2011 Specialized Era FSR Comp + Carbon

2011 specialized era 1 300x180   2011 Specialized Era FSR Comp + CarbonFor its cross-country range, Specialized reveals the 2011 Era. The 2011 Specialized Era FSR Comp and Carbon models are updated and takes after its sister bike Safire by having a redesign specific for women riders. The frame itself is a FACT carbon with M5 aluminum alloy rear swingarm. It also features a tapered headtube and oversized BB to keep the frame light and ready to take on any race or challenges ahead.

For the rear suspension, Fox and Specialized came up with the Mini Brain shock that gives 100mm travel. It has BrainFade inertia valve, adjustable rebound and air spring. For the front, RockShox Reba RLT takes care of it with 100mm suspension. The 2011 Era uses the Specialized Future Shock E100 fork with carbon headtube 1-1/8″ to 1.5″ crown/steerer make.

The Era has two models, the Era FSR Comp and the Era FSR Comp Carbon. Both models come with DT…

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SKS Kids Rowdy Guards

sks kids rowdy guards 300x243   SKS Kids Rowdy GuardsSKS presents a high-end mudguard for kids’ mountain bikes, the SKS Rowdy Guards. Priced at $17.59, the mudguard set is available for 20 to 24 inch wheeled bicycles for the young ones. It weighs in at 205 grams.

The SKS Rowdy Guards feature a multi-adjust design. The rear fender has two adjustment points and also has a sliding feature on the blade. The rear fender also has a multi-fit seatpost mount. The front fender can be adjusted to accommodate varying heights and also has a quick release feature. The height adjustment can be done on both ends of the fender.

The Rowdy Guards can fit almost any frame configuration. It is easy to install as well. It uses a bomb proof construction and the set includes fittings. The mudguards are made from high-performance plastic and is shock-resistant. SKS made sure that the Rowdy Guards were built to outlast the bike…

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2011 GT Sensor 29er Pro

2011 gt sensor 29er pro 300x180   2011 GT Sensor 29er ProGT introduces its line of 120mm trail bikes called the Sensor series. Ideal for cross-country style of riding, it features 1200 travel front and rear. There are 4 models for the 26 inch wheels and two models for the 29ers.

The 2011 GT Sensor 29er Pro comes with Fox F29 fork, Float RL rear shock which features rebound adjust and lockout. With the 120mm travel, you also have 15mm thru axle. It also uses SRAM X9 drivetrain and 2×10 system (X7/X9 2X10 setup).

To keep you in control, it has Crank Brothers handlebars, Syncros stem and Avid Elixir 5 brakes. It’s one heck of a ride on DT Swiss rims and Kenda tires.

The 2011 GT Sensor 29er Pro is priced at about $3,500.

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2011 Raleigh XXIX, XXIX+G 29er Mountain Bikes

2011 raleigh xxix xxixg 29er mountain bikes   2011 Raleigh XXIX, XXIX+G 29er Mountain Bikes

Raleigh will release the XXIX and XXIX+G 2011 models shortly, both are popular amongst 29er enthusiast.

The Raleigh XXIX+G uses a 10 speed system with a mixture of Shimano components, and Fox F29 RL 100mm with 15mm Thru Axle. A clear coat raw finish is also applied, just like the XXIX. Polished rims and red parts pretty much sums up the XXIX+G for 2011. Retail price is not yet stated.

Up next we have the 2011 Raleigh XXIX 29er, a single speed mtb. Instead of making the frame and fork flashy, it will retain a raw finish, and minimal hints of green throughout. What you might not notice from the stock images, is the 2011 XXIX uses a Gates Carbon drive belt and cogs stock. Decals make the bike look like distressed, signifying the bike has been through a lot. MSRP has yet…

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2011 Yeti 575 25th Anniversary

2011 yeti 575 25th anniversary   2011 Yeti 575 25th Anniversary

Yeti is celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a special edition 575 for 2011, a limited edition that will release as a frameset and complete bike.

The Yeti 2011 575 25th Anniversary is limited to 250 (individually numbered). As you can see, Yeti took the original colors used of turquoise and yellow, plus dart design and graphics. Although a original look, you will ride with new age style with tapered head tube, ISCG mounts, mounted chain stay front derailleur, alloy chain stay design with thru axle.

Upon purchasing the Yeti 575 25th Anniversary frameset you will receive a Fox Float fork and headset. MSRP for the frameset is $2,999.

For the complete Yeti 575, which comes with the Enuro bike kit, features a Fox Float RLC FIT 15QR Tapered fork, Shimano XT 10 spd Dyna System groupset, and DT Swiss X1600 wheels. Retail price is $4,500.

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Royal Racing Java Jersey – Made with Coffee

royal racing java jersey made coffee   Royal Racing Java Jersey   Made with Coffee

Royal Racing launched a flip book for their 2011 line of clothing (which we will show shortly), but we felt these two jerseys needed some shine by itself. Royal Racing will release soon two jerseys, one short sleeve and long sleeve made with real coffee beans!

Known as the Royal Racing Java jerseys, each use a “SE Cafe” material that claims to combat odor and moisture. Comfort is still a big play, while the sleeves are pre-curved. Highlights are 1/4 zipp neck, mesh side panels, zipped pockets located at the rear, and flat locked stitching.

The short sleeve Royal Racing Java jersey comes in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL and colors Olive, Red, Charcoal. Long sleeve is available in Red, Black, and Burnt Orange with sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL.

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2011 Diamondback Mission 1, 2, 3, 4 Mountain Bikes

2011 diamondback mission 1 2 3 4 mountain bikes 1   2011 Diamondback Mission 1, 2, 3, 4 Mountain Bikes

Four bikes will release apart of the 2011 Diamondback Mission range, which are named accordingly (1, 2, 3, 4). Although retail specifics are not known, each of the Diamondback 2011 Mission bikes are priced in scale with the number, and components show. We will fill you in on the highlights below.

The 2011 Diamondback Mission 1 features Weapons Grade Aluminum Mission 6″ all mountain frame with knuckle box suspension platform, Fox 32 Float RL O/B 150mm fork, Fox Float RP23 XV Rear Shock, Truvativ Blaze 2 Speed with AM Guard crankset, MX 260D Wall Rims, and Hayes Stroker Ryde Hydraulic disc brakes. Available in Grey.

The Diamondback 2011 Mission 2 has the same Weapons Grade Aluminum frame, Fox front forks and rear suspension, but a few differences are added. The crankset is a Truvativ Fire-X Giga-X Pipe 2 speed with AM Guard, MX 260HD double wall rims…

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