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2012 Giant Talon 2 Mountain Bike

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2012 giant talon 2 mountain bike   2012 Giant Talon 2 Mountain Bike

Giant has upgraded its long-time most popular model Boulder 1 for 2012 and named it Talon 2. Made from ALUXX SL, which stands for a higher quality aluminum Super Light, the Talon range features a topnotch alloy that gives 18% more tensile strength than the ALUXX used in the Boulder range.

Top quality parts guarantee that the bike not only offers trouble-free rides but durability that will make the machine last for years. An ample equipment upgrade from the original Boulder model puts the Talon 2 at the top of its game as an entry-level off-road mountain bike.

With its lightweight ALUXX SL frameset, the 2012 Giant Talon 2 Mountain Bike can tackle the specific geometry requirements of 26in wheels. As a great all-rounder, this is ideal for recreational level, bike paths, bumpy tracks and more arduous off-road cycling.

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2012 GT Zaskar Mountain Bike

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2012 gt zaskar mountain bike   2012 GT Zaskar Mountain Bike

GT Bicycles have introduced several new 2012 mountain bikes, including the Zaskar. For the 2012 line, the Zaskar embodies the fastest endurance bikes of GT both full suspension and hardtail. An old classic with the latest twist, the hardtail version is updated with modern 29er wheels and carbon fiber frame.

Based on the prior Marathon design, the Zaskar 100 Expert model has significant changes to the frame, including a monocoque molded one-piece rear swing arm and tapered head tube. Riders enjoy not only improved small bump compliance but interchangeability for shock upgrade or replacement, too.

Another model of the 2012 GT Zaskar Mountain Bike is the 29er Pro, which is built for racing with its first-class features, including a monocoque molded all-new carbon frame that uses a top first-class carbon blend from GT, a 100mm travel RockShox SID 29 RCT3 fork, and Shimano XT 2×10 drivetrain.

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2012 Commencal Meta AM Mountain Bike

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2012 commencal meta am mountain bike   2012 Commencal Meta AM Mountain Bike

Commencal has launched its revamped Meta enduro and all-mountain bike for 2012 named Meta AM. Since 2005, the Meta has been an internationally acclaimed bike legend on the MTB market. With new Supreme DH V3, the redesigned 2012 model offers amazing features and geometry.

Included in the bike’s new improvements are lowered center of gravity, modernized geometry made lower and longer, and a Cane creek-standard tapered head tube. A new 12mm x 142mm standard rear hub facilitates rear wheel removal and installation and increases rear wheel lateral stiffness.

Included as one of the MBR magazine’s 10 best bikes of the decade, the Meta is a legendary mountain bike that is not easy to replace. On the other hand, the 2012 Commencal Meta AM Mountain Bike is a must-have mountain bike optimized for 2 x 10 transmissions and offers better agility.

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2011 Nukeproof Warhead 760 Bars

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2011 nukeproof warhead 760 bars   2011 Nukeproof Warhead 760 Bars

Nukeproof created riser and flat bars called Warhead 760 for 2011. With shot-peened finish, fatigue resistance is maximized in all Warhead bars. The new riser bar is made from high-quality 7075 aluminium. An 800mm width option is available for more leverage and control from wider bars.

At an incredibly light weight, strength and stiffness are provided by the 31.8mm diameter clamping area. For riders who prefer more weight-forward attacking position and a lower front end, the 760mm flat bar version that weighs 270g offers enhanced control and traction.

All 2011 Nukeproof Warhead 760 Bars are available in a variety of finishes including Nukeproof Yellow, Black Anodized, and Silver Anodized. Also featured are laser-etched graphics and additional markings for cutting to chosen width. Classic 20mm medium-rise and high-rise 38mm variations are available.

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2012 Trek Session 9.9 Mountain Bike

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Trek has launched the Session 9.9 as part of its 2012 mountain bikes. The Session 9.9 will be the very first carbon downhill bike that features the innovative InTension application, which functions as the i-beam center section that transfer shear loads between the two faces of carbon.

Along with the new redesigned frame is an increased suspension travel to a race-thumping 210mm from the Fox DRCV Fork. Compared to the 2011 aluminum frame, the 2012 carbon frame is approximately 800 grams lighter. Moving to a carbon frame on the bike allows for internal cable routing.

Although made lighter, the excellent performance of this innovative lightweight DH race bike is not compromised. It is still one of the most responsive and defined race frames on the market today. No wonder, World Cup superstar Aaron Gwin makes the 2012 Trek Session 9.9 Mountain Bike his current choice.

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2012 Trek Slash Mountain Bike

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2012 trek slash mountain bike   2012 Trek Slash Mountain Bike

Trek Bikes, one of the leading mountain bike producers, has unveiled its trail-ripping full suspension bikes collection for 2012. The 2012 lineup introduces a new category called Technical Trail Bikes, which includes the new Trek Slash.

Made for the endurance downhill mountain biker, the Trek Slash features a new 160mm travel system that was built with Trek riders Ross Schnell and Rene Wildhaber. In any condition, maximum pedaling efficiency is guaranteed by pairing the Slash with an Active Breaking Pivot rear end and a DRCV shock.

While no one is allowed to ride it yet, the 2012 Trek Slash Mountain Bike is said to offer perfect geometry, suspension, and parts spec that will rule the endurance downhill arena. Replacing the Scratch Air in the Trek line-up, the Slash is intended for gravity riders who want slight pedaling.

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2011 Oakley Factory Glove

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2011 oakley factory glove   2011 Oakley Factory Glove

Oakley has a new item for mountain biking for 2011, which is the Factory glove. The minimalist slip-on design makes the glove look too weak for hard trail riding and its soft and thin material is something expected from a lightweight driving glove. However, the glove is surprisingly durable.

Sufficient airflow is provided by the lightweight fabric of the Factory. Through this, the hands of the rider are kept cool and free from dank sweat. With the thin material, riders can handle the bars with a nice feel. One amazing feature of the glove is a soft terry cloth nose-wipe on the thumb.

Durable, comfortable, and unbelievably functional, the 2011 Oakley Factory Glove is ideal for mountain biking and XC races. It comes in six color options with Wade Simmons and Brian Lopes signature editions. It is incredibly affordable as well.

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