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2012 Salsa Mamasita Hardtail 29er Bike

2012 salsa mamasita hardtail 29er bike   2012 Salsa Mamasita Hardtail 29er Bike

A new exciting machine for hardtail 29er bike lovers called Mamasita has been released by Salsa Cycles for 2012. Instead of Scandium Carbon mix or Scandium, the new frame is made from EV6 Xtrolite aluminum tubing, which optimized the ride quality of the bike.

New additions to the Mamasita frame that give performance benefits are a PressFit 30 bottom bracket shell and a tapered headtube. While maintaining the reputable ride quality of the bike, its frame tracking, efficiency, and power transfer are improved.

With superior efficiency derived from the highest power transmission possible, the 2012 Salsa Mamasita Hartdtail 29er Bike is an ideal machine for single track riding and cyclocross racing. Moreover, its weight and price are reduced to further make the bike an excellent choice.

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2012 Surly Troll Frame

2012 surly troll frame   2012 Surly Troll Frame

When it comes to aesthetics, the new Troll released by Sury Bikes for 2012 is one of the best frames. With its exquisite Agent Orange color, the frame contributes to the complete fashion statement of all stylish cyclists out there.

Aside from good looks, the Troll also takes pride in its smart parts. The frame has mounting points on which riders can attach almost anything. After sorting out the chain tension, the caliper can be lined up easily with the wheel by the sliding disc brake mounts.

As a do-everything machine, the 2012 Surly Troll Frame is perfect for commuting, bike packing, trailer hauling, off road touring, and single track ripping. With its reliable durability, convenient mounting points, and great aesthetics, the Troll is definitely an exceptional frame.

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2012 Manitou Minute Expert Fork

2012 manitou minute expert fork   2012 Manitou Minute Expert Fork

One of the latest forks that has been released by Manitou for 2012 is the Minute Expert. Weighting in at 1906g, the Minute Expert features 80mm, 100mm, and 130mm of travel and a 9mm axle. The leg of the fork has a 32mm diameter and is made of 7050 straight wall aluminum.

Highlight of the fork are its MILO-compatible damping, which features in externally adjustable low speed and internally tunable high speed. While its deep bore hollow crown is very lightweight, its strength is not compromised.

Black anodized finished, its crown is a forged I-Beam. Like the other Manitou forks for 2012, the 2012 Manitou Minute Expert Fork has rebound, air, and compression to lockout adjustments. Other features are rubber bumper bottom out, 1.1/8” steel steerer, and post mount brakes.

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2012 Santa Cruz Tallboy Aluminum 29er Bike

2012 santa cruz tallboy aluminum 29er bike   2012 Santa Cruz Tallboy Aluminum 29er Bike

Included in the long list of 29er bikes released for 2012 is the Tallboy Aluminum by Santa Cruz. Since its introduction, the Tallboy bikes are becoming more and more popular in the cycling market, and for 2012, Santa Cruz has loaded the bikes with some new features.

By pairing 29in wheels with VPP suspension, this versatile bike guarantees snappish handling and quick rolling. The Tallboy makes the most of the advantages offered by big wheels. While a little bit more weight is added, its price is made more affordable.

While it maintains the same geometry, lines, and great suspension, the 2012 Santa Cruz Tallboy Aluminum 29er Bike is just an alloy version of the original model. With the same excellent features, the bike can tackle various terrains, including alpine singletracks and long desert rides.

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2012 Surly Karate Monkey 29er Bike

2012 surly karate monkey 29er bike   2012 Surly Karate Monkey 29er Bike

On its tenth year is the classic Karate Monkey 29er bike, which is included in the 2012 range released by Surly Bikes. With battleship gray and cash black colors and a geometry that remains unchanged, the bike was simply designed to be more focused on the single track.

Included in the major changes of the Karate Monkey is its fork tune-up, featuring slimmer gauge tubing. Aside from dropping the option for cantilever brake studs, the 2012 model will get a slightly tidier and thinner frame.

As a revered standard of the 29er market, the 2012 Surly Karate Monkey 29er Bike is an epitome of a classic machine that is brilliantly modernized. It is available in black and battleship gray colors. Slightly tweaked with some additions and reductions, the Karate Monkey is polished more for dirt.

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2012 Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29er XC Bike

2012 santa cruz highball carbon 29er xc bike   2012 Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29er XC Bike

Santa Cruz has created a new 29er XC bike for 2012 called Highball, which is a cross country cocktail of race-ready hardtail design and lightweight carbon. Constructed to offer maximum efficiency, this full-on race machine features a curved seat tube and short chainstays.

Aside from being razor-sharp, the Highball is agile yet surefooted. It was intended to build no compliance or rear end flex into its carbon fiber frame, which is incredibly light weighing in at only 1.11kg. It is available in gloss carbon/red and matte carbon/grey colors.

Feathery light weight is balanced by the 2012 Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29er XC Bike with firmness, strength, and durability. The proprietary one-piece layup, dropouts and disc tabs are molded into the frame to make it even stronger, more durable, and more lightweight.

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2012 Rocky Mountain Element 950 29er Bike

2012 rocky mountain element 950 29er bike   2012 Rocky Mountain Element 950 29er Bike

Element 950 is one of the new 29er bikes released for 2012 from Rocky Mountain. In order to mimic the finest 26ers, the RTC 29 geometry of the bike comes with superior components, such as shorter chainstays and top tube. Its 142mm rear axle definitely enhances its stiffness.

Its design, which features internally-routed derailleur cables through its downtube, is very nice. Both in minimum and maximum travels, riders can climb smoothly and efficiently with the RockShox Revelation 120mm with a travel adjuster that plummets to 95mm.

Really outstanding, the 2012 Rocky Mountain Element 950 29er Bike is a trail-friendly and XC-capable full-suspension 29er that can efficiently climb anything with incredible comfort. The only downsides of the bike is the slightly noodly wheels and its weight.

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