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2011 Yakima Viper Bike Rack

2011 yakima viper bike rack   2011 Yakima Viper Bike Rack

Balancing reasonable price and excellent performance, the Yakima Viper Bike Rack is the rooftop bicycle carrier to watch out for in 2011. To give the bike a modernized look, it has a glossy bike tray with a quick-release universal long-throw skewer that has an innovated design.

With its simple one-hand adjustment, using it is made even easier. It mounts directly not only to Yakima base rack round cross bars but also to Inno Racks & Thule square load bars. It features the finest rattler rear wheel ratcheting strap and works equally well with hybrids, mountain bikes, and road bikes.

Even on rough roads at high speeds, the 2011 Yakima Viper Bike Rack is completely secure and perfect for almost all bikes with a quick release wheel skewer. It is suspension fork and disc brake compatible. Anywhere along the roof rack cross bars, installation and repositions are easy and tool-free.

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2011 Merrell Tough Glove Barefoot Shoes

2011 merrell tough glove barefoot shoes   2011 Merrell Tough Glove Barefoot Shoes

Merrell has released barefoot shoes that are also office-friendly for 2011 called Tough Glove. Basically, optimal comfort is provided by the full grain leather upper that nicely wraps the foot. A defined glove-like fit adds further comfort, thanks to the Merrell Omni-Fit lacing system.

Fit and support are optimized by the internal support construction that secures the midfoot. To resist unwanted odor, the non-removable microfiber footbed is treated with Aegis antimicrobial solution. Riders are kept connected to their terrain by the 0mm ball-to-heel drop.

While it features simplicity and versatility, the 2011 Merrell Tough Glove Barefoot Shoes guarantees lightweight performance. With the 1mm forefoot shock absorption plate, forefoot flexibility is maintained and pressure is distributed to protect the foot.

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2011 Northwave Striker S.B.S. Shoes

2011 northwave striker s b s shoes   2011 Northwave Striker S.B.S. Shoes

Northwave introduces a brand new mountain bike shoe for 2011 called Striker S.B.S. This high performance shoe is nicely light, stiff, and loud. However, more muted colors are also available. Intended for winter riding are the optional stud fittings.

For excellent ventilation, loads of mesh are featured in the upper. At the front of the shoe, two lightweight mesh Velcro straps enhance the fit. The length of the micro ratchet strap is adjustable.

Evidently, the explosive black and green 2011 Northwave Striker S.B.S. Shoes are designed with the performance rider in mind. Along with appropriately stiff carbon reinforced nylon sole is a Performance Pro Footbed inside. Traction is improved by the aggressive tread pattern made from dual density rubber.

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2012 Rocky Mountain Element

2012 rocky mountain element   2012 Rocky Mountain Element

Rocky Mountain introduces two aluminum versions of the Element for 2012, which are in 26in and 29in models. The Element 26in has 120mm of travel with two-digit model names while the Element 29in has 95mm and three-digit model names. Both gets Monarch rear dampers.

Used both by the two versions are the 7005 aluminium FORM tubesets and four-bar SmoothLink suspension design. Along with the SmoothLink suspension system of the revised RTC 29 geometry are some unique twists like a slightly less bottom bracket drop and a bit shorter top tube for each size.

Both superbly upgraded, the 2012 Rocky Mountain Element 26in and 29in models have some neat touches. The frame features cable guides for dropper seatposts, BB92 bottom bracket shells, internal cable routing, tapered head tubes, direct-mount front derailleurs, and custom anti-chain-drop plates.

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2012 Scott Spark

2012 scott spark   2012 Scott Spark

Scott Spark remakes its full-suspension race bike for 2012 with three models, which are Spark RC, Spark 29 RC and Contessa Spark RC. The focus for these new models is on the suspension travel quality. Both the 26in and 29in versions feature TwinLoc remote lockout that offers three distinct modes of travel.

The 26in model offers 120mm of travel while the 29in version offers 100mm. Aside from low weight that contributes to its excellent hardtail performance, enhanced adjustability and suspension performance are also added. Moreover, more control is offered.

Also offered are damping characteristics that operate through a single handlebar mounted lever and a new 220g shock called the Nude 2 from DT Swiss. Very promising, the 2012 Scott Spark features bikes that are designed to clear obstacles by simulating riders’ pedaling and bouncy motions.

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2012 Carrera Kraken

2012 carrera kraken   2012 Carrera Kraken

Halfords does not follow suit with the trend of rising bicycle prices. With its new Carrera Kraken hardtail model for 2012, it guarantees topnotch features but its price is incredibly lower than other competitors. Some of these features are maintained from its previous versions.

The heat-treated and double-butted 7005 alloy frame of the 2010 model will also be used in the 2012 version, which weighs 13.8kg. A 120mm-travel Suntour XCR-D air fork will also be used up front. Its pedals are of higher quality alloy but of similar price with throwaway plastic pedals.

With a classy look but lowered price, the 2012 Carrera Kraken is a very competitive mountain bike to watch for. Included in the spec highlights of the bike are Clarks hydraulic disc brakes, Continental Mountain King 2.2in tires, SRAM X5/S600 gearing and alloy wheels.

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2012 Rocky Mountain Vertex

2012 rocky mountain vertex   2012 Rocky Mountain Vertex

Rocky Mountain offers the Vertex bike only in a 29in wheel size for 2012. The carbon fiber design called Smooth Wall enhances front triangle stiffness. Riding comfort is optimized by the minimized seat stays and the 27.2mm seat post.

One of the interesting features of the racing bike is the use of the 142mm X 12mm rear axle standard for the frame. This gives more importance on the competence for performance more than the ease of rear wheel removal.

With four available frame sizes, the 2012 Rocky Mountain Vertex can fit riders of various heights. Emphasizing on ride quality, the new RTC-29 geometry of the bike features less bottom bracket drop, slightly shorter top tubes, short wheel bases, and super short chain stays.

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