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2012 Royal Racing Blast Glove

2012 royal racing blast glove   2012 Royal Racing Blast Glove

A new pair of cycling gloves that can tackle any types of rides called Blast have been released by Royal Racing for 2012. In order to make the glove as thin as possible, the buildup of fingertips’ seams is reduced as the palm material is extended over the fingers’ ends and all the way up.

Without unnecessary padding, the palm of the Blast features only a 0.8mm perforated Clarino that comes with embossed Silicon fingertips as well as roll-over fingertip details. In order to maximize comfort and flexibility, 3D primo mesh is featured at the back of the hand.

Packed with topnotch performance qualities, the 2012 Royal Racing Blast Glove is the choice of world cycling champions. Additional features are the microfiber thumb-wipe and the low profile direct-inject logos that offer excellent flexibility while still maintaining comfort.

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2012 Tomac Type X Carbon 29er Hardtail Frameset

2012 tomac type x carbon 29er hardtail frameset   2012 Tomac Type X Carbon 29er Hardtail Frameset

New from Tomac for 2012 is a new carbon 29er hardtail frameset called Type X. Combining exceptional speed and incredibly light weight, the frameset offers an unparalleled performance. All the power of the riders is translated straight into the pedals at the point where the down tube meets the bottom bracket.

In order to deliver forward moment from the energy of the rider, the Type X is nicely shaped and oversized. Engineered for an 8 or 100mm travel fork, the Type X comes with a brake bridge, CNC aluminum dropouts, short chain stays, as well as a longer front end.

For a medium size, the 2012 Tomac Type X Carbon 29er Hardtail Frameset weighs in at only 1.1kg. This makes it one of the lightest carbon 29er framesets on the market today. Available on all size frames are dual water bottles.

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2012 Royal Racing Drift Mountain Bike Shorts

2012 royal racing drift mountain bike short   2012 Royal Racing Drift Mountain Bike Shorts

For riders who are looking for a high-quality mountain bike shorts for 2012, the new Drift from Royal Racing is highly recommended. All of the pockets of the shorts, which include a thigh pocket, a reverse hand pocket, and two hand pockets, feature reverse tape zips.

The Drift shorts are highly durable. Featuring an entirely perforated Sonic 600d Cordura fabric, the shorts also keep the rider cool on the trail. Convenience and comfort are maximized by the wicking internal mesh liner, internal waterproof back panel, TPR waist adjusters, and double-snap waist closure.

Designed to be reliably tough, the 2012 Royal Racing Drift Mountain Bike Shorts are perfect for all sorts of all-mountain riding. For a perfect look without having to have a factory-pro appearance, it is recommended that the Drift is partnered with any top from Royal Racing.

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2012 Santa Cruz Jackal Mountain Bike Frame

2012 santa cruz jackal mountain bike frame   2012 Santa Cruz Jackal Mountain Bike Frame

Santa Cruz has reintroduced the mountain bike frame called Jackal for 2012 with a fresh and spanking new design. After two seasons of input by Jamie Goldman and Kirt Voreis, who are Syndicate riders, the Jackal is nicely redesigned.

First off, the design of the Jackal is updated for an enhanced standover. While the frame does not offer fancy suspension links, it takes pride in its mountain-bike specific features, such as its adjustable dropout and 73mm BB shell. Its fork ranges from 80mm to 160mm.

Engineered perfectly with serious dirt jumpers in mind, the 2012 Santa Cruz Jackal Mountain Bike Frame is a reliably strong trail machine. The recommended max tire width for this tough trail bike is 2.7in. For those who prioritize bump compliance or ride comfort, this is not the right bike.

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2012 Altura Attack X Waterproof Mountain Bike Jacket

2012 altura attack x waterproof mountain bike jacket   2012 Altura Attack X Waterproof Mountain Bike Jacket

Riding in the rain can be fun with the new waterproof cycling jacket for all-mountain trail from Altura for 2012 called Attack X. Aside from its React Extreme fabric construction and stylish dark reflective trim, this garment is full of first-class features that make it the ultimate all-mountain jacket on the trail.

The React Extreme fabric is not only waterproof. It is highly breathable and durable, as well. In fact, its breathability exceeds 30,000g/m2/day. It is also generously designed with internal, front, and rear pockets that are spacious enough to stash necessary stuff while riding.

Featuring 100% polyester, the 2012 Altura Attack X Waterproof Mountain Bike Jacket is an excellent protection for riders on the trail. The jacket also has a critical reinforced print panels, long pit/back vents with two-way zips, and Offset front zip with magnetic closures.

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2012 Santa Cruz Juliana Mountain Bike Frame for Women

2012 santa cruz juliana mountain bike frame for women   2012 Santa Cruz Juliana Mountain Bike Frame for Women

Although already reputable with its multi-award winning performance, the women mountain bike frame named Juliana from Santa Cruz Bicycles returns for 2012 with even more updates. To enhance the stiffness of the frame, its oversized main pivot bearing set is made into a through-axle main pivot.

Instead of painting a kid’s bike with female colors, Santa Cruz designed Juliana as a frame that is women-specific and at the same time tough enough to tackle the trail. The frame features 100mm travel, replaceable derailleur hanger, and a tire clearance with up to 2.35in.

As compared to its previous models, the 2012 Santa Cruz Juliana Mountain Bike Frame is made even stiffer and leaner. Indeed, the Juliana is constructed with the serious women trail riders in mind. For a medium size, the frame weighs in at 2.36kg.

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2012 Crank Brothers Mallet 2 Pedals

2012 crank brothers mallet 2 pedals   2012 Crank Brothers Mallet 2 Pedals

Crank Brothers has reintroduced its popular pedals called Mallet 2 for 2012. With a lower profile, the body of the pedals is constructed with a split polycarbonate/aluminum design. Dotted across these nicely updated pedals are adjustable 10mm pins.

Weighing in at 428g, the pedals are packed with an extensive list of impressive updates. These features include a 9/16″ thread, All-Access four-sided entry, cleat screws and shims, and two cleats that come with a six-degree float and two release angle options.

There will be three price points for the 2012 Crank Brothers Mallet 2 Pedals, which are entry-level, mid-tier, and bells and whistles. With a large platform, the Mallet 2 gets a forged chromoly spindle and press-fit internals. Its combined needle and cartridge bearings guarantee smooth rolling.

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