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2012 Santa Cruz Superlight D XC Bike

2012 santa cruz superlight d xc bike   2012 Santa Cruz Superlight D XC Bike

For riders who are fond of cross-country cycling, Santa Cruz Bicycles has released a new XC bike for 2012 called Superlight D. Designed under the principle of minimalism, the Superlight D offers 100mm of rear wheel travel using a neat single pivot design, which has been engineered for a decade.

Handling with much snap and confidence, the suspension of the Superlight D XC bike is stylishly accommodated in a lightweight aluminum chassis. This unparalleled suspension is one of the most imitated ones on the international cycling market.

With simplicity and reliable functionality, the 2012 Santa Cruz Superlight D XC Bike is perfect for the minimalist riders. Included in the components of this simple cross-country/trail bike is a WTB Volt Sport saddle, Easton EA30 seatpost, Lizard Skin Charger grips, and Easton EA30 bars and stems.

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2012 Zipp 303 Firecrest Front and Rear Tubular Wheels

2012 zipp 303 firecrest front and rear tubular wheels   2012 Zipp 303 Firecrest Front and Rear Tubular Wheels

One of the leading front and rear tubular bike wheels for 2012 is the redesigned 303 Firecrest from Zipp. Crafted with a 27.5mm-wide rim profile, the 303 Firecrest is amazingly tough. Moreover, by flexing, these wheels absorb bumps effectively.

Though already outstanding, the impact resistance of the Carbon Bridge technology used by Zipp on these wheels is even further enhanced. Also, it makes radial compliance very comfortable and lenient. Its wide rim tackles accelerations, sprinting, and cornering with an increased lateral stiffness.

Weighing in at only 1171g per wheelset, the 2012 Zipp 303 Firecrest Front and Rear Tubular Wheels are incredibly lightweight. Even when compared to the climbing wheels that compromise aerodynamics, durability, and ride quality to reduce weight, the 303 Firecrest is still lighter.

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2012 Joystick Bicycle Components Analog Carbon Handlebar

2012 joystick bicycle components analog carbon handlebar   2012 Joystick Bicycle Components Analog Carbon Handlebar

Joystick Bicycle Components, a new company based in Vancouver, that consists of many bike industry veterans and artists who are cycling aficionados, has released its very first product called the Analog Carbon handlebar. This bar features first-rate engineering, product development, and technical design.

As compared to most alloy bars, the Analog Carbon handlebar is tougher. Although lightweight enough for all-mountain riders, this bar is also great for freeriders. With a 20mm rise, this 725mm wide bar features an extraordinary eight-degree backsweep and five-degree upsweep.

Created by riders, the 2012 Joystick Bicycle Components Analog Carbon Handlebar certainly caters to the specific needs of riders, thanks to its shape and damping that are designed to offer unparalleled handling for an excellent riding experience and guaranteed control.

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2012 NiteRider Pro 1500 DIY and Race LED Lights

2012 niterider pro 1500 diy and race led lights   2012 NiteRider Pro 1500 DIY and Race LED Lights

For 2012, NiteRider has doubled the light output of its bike lights and released the Pro 1500 in two models, namely DIY and Race. As the name implies, the DIY bike light allows the riders to completely modify their light settings and output.

On the other hand, the Race model is packed with three light settings with a flash mode. Weighing in at 435g, the Race features a LED headlamp helmet mount, an extension cable, and a newly designed triple reflector. The handlebar mount of this light fits up to 31.8mm.

With enhanced light output, the new 2012 NiteRider Pro 1500 DIY and Race LED Lights are very useful for cycling safety. Ideal for commuters and racers, the DIY and Race models are equipped with a six-cell battery and a lightweight four-cell battery respectively.

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2012 Speedplay Syzr Mountain Bike Pedals

2012 speedplay syzr mountain bike pedals   2012 Speedplay Syzr Mountain Bike Pedals

For mountain bike lovers, new pedals called Syzr have been released by Speedplay for 2012. As compared to other pedals from Speedplay, the outer housing used by the Syzr is the same basic material as that of the Zero road pedal and it is stronger than the mountain bike pedal Frog’s.

Like all Speedplay pedals, the Syzr pedal is uniquely designed. Instead of building the infinitely adjustable float in the pedal, it is built into the cleat, making it different from other bike pedal systems. With widely spaced metal tabs, its two-sided design makes the pedaling platform very secure.

Featured by the cleat of the 2012 Speedplay Syzr Mountain Bike Pedals are two pieces along with the outer rotating in order to offer flat. Depending on the rider’s preference, the pedals come with two grub screws so that the available float can be restricted.

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2012 Magura MT8 Brake

2012 magura mt8 brake   2012 Magura MT8 Brake

Included in the lineup of brakes which are released by Magura for 2012 is the so called MT8. Aside from the all-inclusive use of the most excellent materials, the MT8 also extensively applies FE analysis, making it a top of the line model that offers a perfect balance of stability and weight.

For its brake lever, the MT8 uses the newly developed carbotecture SL. Through a new form of Carbolay process, its carbon clamp and lever maximize its top strength while reducing the weight. Weight is furthered reduced by the aluminum bolts.

In order to make the price as low as possible, the 2012 Magura MT8 Brake uses carbon fiber which reduces its weight at the same time. The large surface area and open design of the brake caliper allows for an outstanding heat release. With the 160 Storm SL rotor included, this MT8 weighs in at only 278g….

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2012 Boardman Fi Comp Hardtail Mountain Bike

2012 boardman fi comp hardtail mountain bike   2012 Boardman Fi Comp Hardtail Mountain Bike

Included in the range of Fi (female informed) bikes by Boardman Bikes for women for 2012 is the Comp hardtail mountain bike. This machine is tough enough for rough stuff but is nicely painted with white and pink so it matches adventurous but stylish women riders.

Along with its female-specific geometry is a brand new alloy frame, which comes with a 120mm travel Suntour Epicon Air fork replacing the 100mm travel Rockshox Recon SL fork. Also featured are SRAM X5 27-speed gearing and Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic disc brakes.

Equipped with female-specific components and high specification, the 2012 Boardman Fi Comp Hardtail Mountain Bike is ideal for women who are fond of off-road rides. While this new model is made more durable, the price is lowered for even better value.

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