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2012 Kona King Kahuna

2012 kona king kahuna   2012 Kona King Kahuna

Kona has something new for 2012 called King Kahuna, which is also its first carbon 29er hardtail that guarantees a very fast ride. Along with its smart part spec, other features include a proprietary carbon weave, tapered headtube, and a stiff 142x12mm rear axle.

Designed both for speed and for toughness, the proprietary carbon fiber weave is a big plus to the King Kahuna. Featured by the bike’s mastered geometry are a low bottom bracket and short chainstays. The spec package makes the bike a certified all race, all speed machine.

Highlights of the spec package are SRAM X9 10-speed drivetrain, Avid Elixir 5 brakes, Easton XC 29er wheelset, and RockShox Reba RL 29er tapered with a 15mm thru-axle. Carefully designed and constructed, the 2012 Kona King Kahuna is an outstanding race-winning 29er mountain bike.

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2011 Airace Dual Jet TS Mini Pump

2011 airace dual jet ts mini pump   2011 Airace Dual Jet TS Mini Pump

Airace created a mini pump called Dual Jet TS, which looks conventional but actually has something more concealed. In the handle, there is a sealed off Schraeder valve adapter and flexy hose for the shock or fork. The barrel and lever of the mini pump are aluminum.

While they are well finished with rubber tips and valve covers, both the anodized alloy barrel and handle will not seal out dust, dirt, and water. Since there is no pressure gauge, setting shock pressure needs to be done through sag and feel. This is not only easy to do but also very effective.

The dual function of the 2011 Airace Dual Jet TS Mini Pump are for tire and shock inflating. For shocks, the maximum pressure will reach 300psi and 80psi for tires. The mini pump features an extractable hose and non-scratch rubber sealed head for shock and is reversible for a…

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2011 Keen Austin Pedal Bike Shoes

2011 keen austin pedal bike shoes   2011 Keen Austin Pedal Bike Shoes

For riders looking for a pair of mountain bike shoes that does not really look like one, the 2011 Keen Austin Pedal Bike Shoes are the perfect item. Combining bike shoe functionality and traditional Oxford styling, the shoes feature a thermoplastic urethane cleat tap and a 3/4-length SPD-compatible plates.

To enhance comfort and moisture control, elastic leather-lined heel pockets and Cambrelle lining in the forefoot are added. Cushioning, rebound and arch support are sufficient, thanks to the custom shaped removable metatomical EVA footbeds.

While they are water and stain resistant, the full-grain leather uppers are made flexible so the mountain bike shoes fit comfortably. Hip styling is added to the 2011 Keen Austin Pedal Bike Shoes by the matching leather accents and contrast stitching around the ankle and eyelets.

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2012 Cannondale Ryker Mountain Biking Helmet

2012 cannondale ryker mountain biking helmet   2012 Cannondale Ryker Mountain Biking Helmet

For 2012, Cannondale has released a mountain bike helmet called Ryker. Like its typical approach, Cannondale designed the Ryker to offer first-rate comfort, function, form, safety and overall usage. In key impact zones, support and strength are added by the exoskeleton reinforcements.

Embedded chassis tackles impacts while occipital fit system with micro adjust dial allows for an easy and perfect fit. To disperse and redirect impact, the helmet features a dual density foam. Extra safety and protection is provided by the cone-shaped foam that functions as crumple zones.

With the moisture and odor resistant rubber pad in the back, large vents make the helmet more breathable. Weighing about 250g, the 2012 Cannondale Ryker Mountain Biking Helmet is for riders who demand comfort and safety when mountain biking. The helmet is available in five color options.

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2011 Hope Defcon DH Short

2011 hope defcon dh short1   2011 Hope Defcon DH Short

New this 2011 is the Hope Apparel range, which is a product of two UK companies’ collaboration. In cooperation with Endura, the Hope design team and riders came up with excellent cycling garments that include the Hope Defcon DH Shorts.

Designed with serious riders in mind, the cycling shorts are ideal for professional and amateur riders alike. Aside from the combined knit fabric and durable stretch, the bike short guarantees better articulation thanks to its nice rib fabric at the crotch and rear rib fabric lumber stretch.

A well-thought-out bike short, the 2011 Hope Defcon DH Shorts are a must-have garment for serious riders. Extra comfort and durability are guaranteed by its amazing features, which include deep front pockets, waist adjusters, zip and popper fastening at front fly, and sublimation printed panels.

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2011 DaKine Men’s Syncline Mountain Bike Short

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Male riders who are looking for cycling shorts that provide freedom of movement when mountain biking should try the 2011 DaKine Men’s Syncline. Aside from its nicely loose fit, other excellent features of the shorts are back stretch panels and a moisture wicking polyester liner.

Inner leg vents keep the rider cool when mountain biking starts to heat up. Made from a durable 100% nylon outer shell and lining, the shorts feature a great fit with a padded polyester/spandex over a Liquicell insert. Comfort technology provides the garment breathable and quick drying.

Comfortably baggy and great looking, the 2011 DaKine Men’s Syncline Mountain Bike Shorts are a must-have mountain bike garment. Adding to its great look is its elastic waist with a nylon adjustable belt and two side pockets and a rear pocket with a Velcro closure.

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2012 Troy Lee D3 Composite MTB Helmet Palmer

2012 troy lee d3 composite mtb helmet palmer   2012 Troy Lee D3 Composite MTB Helmet Palmer

For 2012, Troy Lee has launched a brand new mountain bike item called the D3 Composite MTB Helmet Palmer. Not only is the helmet constructed for reliable action sports protection. Its design is a combination of topnotch safety and style.

Technologically sophisticated, the titanium hardware and aerospace carbon and composite fiber shell of the helmet make it nicely featherweight. Ventilation is optimized by combining the new deeper EPS channeling with the 20 high-flow intake and exhaust ports and an innovative injection-molded intake system.

Reducing the weight of the 2012 Troy Lee D3 Composite MTB Helmet Palmer is the machined titanium visor screws. Other features of the D3 helmet are a removable and washable MX-style padded liner, dual density shock pad system and two adjustable D3 visors.

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