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Fox V3R, V2 MTB Helmets

fox mtb helmets 1 300x270   Fox V3R, V2 MTB HelmetsFox releases helmets for mountain biking known as the V3R and V2. The V3R is made from carbon fiber and kevlar and almost look similar to a motorcycle helmet. It has 10 intake vents and 4 exhaust ports for superior ventilation. It’s CPSC and ASTM approved and has adjustable options for the vents.

The V3R also uses the Coolmax liner and pads which is removable and washable. The mouthpiece can also be easily detached for cleaning. The Fox V3R also makes use of the D-loop, a system designed to ensure that with a snap, the helmet is secured without the fear of it loosening. With a MSRP of $379.99, the Fox V3R comes in four sizes and in one carbon design.

At a more affordable range, the V2 helmet from Fox has an injected polycarbon-ate shell. It is DOT and Snell 2005 approved and provides quality protection with its Fox…

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RaceFace 2011 Apparel

raceface 2011 apparel 1 129x300   RaceFace 2011 ApparelRaceFace showcased the highlights of its 2011 Ambush kit for men and women. The 2011 collection includes; jersey, shorts, gloves, knee armor and a trendy messenger bag. RaceFace features their collection all made of recycled post consumers and post industrial wastes. 50 percent of which are put into use to produce the Ambush kits.

For the Men’s (DH jersey and shorts) Ambush kit, both jersey and shorts are made of recycled materials yarned and bonded into lightweight, durable and breathable waterproof fabric. The jersey has its usual hidden stash pocket and the inside pocket weight for the rider’s glasses. The shorts are of the same make and has a polyester mesh adjustable at the knee from the inside making it breathable when engaged in energy powered riding.

The Women’s Khyber outfit released by RaceFace likewise includes the DH jersey and shorts. It highlights the same recycled fabric as that of the…

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Breezer 2011 Cloud 9 Carbon Fiber 29er Mountain Bike

breezer 2011 cloud 9 carbon fiber 29er mountain bike   Breezer 2011 Cloud 9 Carbon Fiber 29er Mountain Bike

We talked about the 2011 Breezer Cloud 9 29er, but now an official image has released to the press. Originally releasing in 1993, the Cloud 9 took a break for awhile, and 2011 will resurrect the mountain bike. Also releasing alongside is the Jetstream 29er.

The 2011 Breezer Cloud 9 29er uses high modulus carbon fiber, and is tailored to cross country racers and those competing in marathons. Three different packages of the 2011 Cloud 9 will release, a frameset (msrp $1,799), Pro (msrp $2,999), and a Limited Edition (msrp $5,899).

Made for impact, the 2011 Cloud 9 uses Breezer D’Fusion carbon shaping, this allows stress and impact throughout the whole frame, rather than in one location (and could resort to cracking). The brake is placed on the chainstay, and is said to reduce brake squeal and adds 1.3 times the torsional rigidity plus the…

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Specialized 2011 Cyclewear

specialized 2011 cyclewear 1 300x300   Specialized 2011 CyclewearSpecialized comes out with its 2011 apparel for recreational and competitive cycling. Released are the Enduro Shorts, Demo Shorts, Cascade Jersey and Deflect Jacket.

The Enduro short is for cross country enthusiasts. It has a removable liner that’s separate form the shorts. It has adjustable waist straps and a sliding front snap locks to keep you secured. It also features the Body Geometry Comp pad to allow better blood flow and pressure support. With mesh front panels and shell panels for ventilation and better functionality, the Enduro Shorts has a MSRP of $120.00.

The Demo Short is for freeride cycling, it is made from nylon/polyester material with functional Velcro hand and back pockets. It comes just below the knees with functional belt loops and internal waits adjustment. It has a 15.5” inseam and MSRP of $80.00.

The Cascade Top uses a vaporized field sensor fabric that pulls moisture from the skin towards the…

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CamelBak 2011 Reservoir Packs

camelbak 2011 reservoir packs 1 300x228   CamelBak 2011 Reservoir PacksCamelBak took on consumer feedback and came out with the Antidote reservoir pack for 2011. It also introduces the new Octane LR (lumbar reservoir) which makes use of having the water weight on your hips and not on your back to keep your upper body more free to move.

The Antidote model now comes with a new easy to open and close fill port. It has a simple quarter twist and pop mechanism that locks on and ensures the water will not spill. It also has a built in dryer arms which you can utilize when you want to dry out your reservoir pack. Other modifications also include decrease on bulk height, stack height and increase on fill port diameter. It comes with quick link, that auto shuts off when disconnected from the reservoir pack. This also gives way to accessories for your hydration system which includes a carbon…

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2011 Cannondale Flash 29

cannondales flash 29er 300x190   2011 Cannondale Flash 29For 2011, Cannondale comes out with a 21 pound 29er that gives high quality performance on the trail despite being lightweight. The Flash 29 has a high modulus carbon fiber construction which goes from the front and splits at the seat tube and goes towards the rear.

With an inch and a half headtube, the Flash 29 also features the Cannondale S.A.V.E. chainstays and seatposts for a comfortable ride. They work like a mini-suspension systems on the bike to absorb rad shocks and vibrations.

The 2011 Flash 29 uses the Lefty Max Carbon fork which outperforms its competition with a guarantee on stiffer and lighter suspension. It also has a oversized BB30, improving the torsional resistance of the bike and allows for increased power transfer from your foot to the pedal.

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WTB Valcon, Silverado Road and MTB Saddles Go Carbon

wtb valcon silverado road mtb saddles carbon   WTB Valcon, Silverado Road and MTB Saddles Go Carbon

WTB‘s popular saddles for road and mountain bikes will receive a upgrade that will release towards the end of this year. Those seats are the Valcon and Silverado.

The WTB Valcon and Silverado will now use carbon fiber rails and carbon composite shells. Silverado is a popular mountain bike saddle, while the Valcon is primarily used for road bikes, but off road as well. This upgrade will reduce the weight by 30 grams, compared to the previous titanium rails. Overall weight for the Silverado is 170 grams, and the Valcon at 165 grams.

Another change, which is more noticeably is the embossed microfiber covers, lowering the weight a bit compared to the leather covers. Still, both seats will feature the WTB DNA padding, while the Valcon will receive the LuxZone cutout. For protecting the back part of the Silverado saddle, Kevlar has been added…

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