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2011 Giro Xar Helmet

2011 giro xar helmet   2011 Giro Xar Helmet

The Xar is practically the combination of all helmet models from Giro. It offers excellent ventilation, maximum protection and comfort, which is most suitable for all-mountain, marathon XC and Super D. The Xar is carefully crafted with ergonomic side arms, perfectly designed to provide more comfort and flawlessness when wearing sunglasses.

The 2011 Giro Xar helmet features a new system from Giro called the donapasvane Roc Loc 5 system. This new system provides a completely new whole unparalleled level experience of comfort, stability, adaptability and low eight for riders. With Roc Loc 5, adjusting the tightness of the helmet in two directions, using one hand going vertical or horizontal, is easy. Simply turn the small round disk from the back of the helmet to tighten it in rough terrain or to loosen it up in warmer weather. Regulating the helmet in a vertical direction is simple because of its clamp located…

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2011 Momsen Full Carbon SL929 29er Bike

2011 momsen full carbon sl929 29er bike 1024x552   2011 Momsen Full Carbon SL929 29er Bike

Momsen has been hard at work to produce a mountain bike that’s the total package in the form of the 2011 Momsen SL929 Full Carbon 29er Hardtail, which features a full XTR 2×10, FSA/Easton carbon cockpit, carbon railed saddle from Fizik Tundra and tires from Kenda and Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Race wheelset.

This carbon hardtail has a 17” frame and weighs only 19.95 lbs or 9.05kg. The bike’s geometry and design was based on a clever mix of the dropout designs from Orbea, together with the swooping top tube to seatstays curve courtesy of Specialized bikes. The Momsen SL929 also sports a rear brake mounts within the rear triangle plus the standard internal cable routing and tapered headtube. The SL929 frame was create using a high modulus carbon fiber weaved together with a UD outer layer for added style and finesse.

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2011 Truvativ Descendant Crankset

2011 truvativ descendant crankset   2011 Truvativ Descendant Crankset

Truvativ has finally made the crankset available to the public used by Steve Peat, who is the 2009 Downhill World Champion. A specified downhill-race crank, Truvativ used the same forged alloy 7050 arm material found in the DH Holzfeller freeride bike. But with a second-shaving 822g package, which is 240g less than the Holzfeller. The Descendant is built with a totally renewed GXP bottom bracket with Gutter Seal Technology.

The 2011 Truvativ Descendant crankset comes with a podium that has no room for compromise. Available in three arm lengths to choose from, 165mm, 170mm and 175mm All come in black color with two gear ratio options, 36t and 38t. Recommended chain is 9/10 Speed compatible. …

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2012 Banshee Prime 29er

2012 banshee prime 29er   2012 Banshee Prime 29er

It has been previously noted that Banshee is currently working on a 29er. It is said to be called the 2012 Banshee Prime. 50 frames are to be tested and will undergo the same process as the Legend Mkl. The Prime is intended to be a 29er, which is strong and stiff specially designed for excellent mountain riding of all aspects. The 130mm travel of the Prime will seem to be more like 150 to 160mm if you are used to riding 29ers.

The Banshee Prime will be most playful due to its planned aggressive seat angle and short chainstays but with optimized weight distribution to manage control during technical climbs. Stability and control on high speed descents is one of the targeted objectives to achieve because of its low geometry.

The Prime’s suspension linkage uses the best elements of the VF4B link but minimizes the rotation of the shock…

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2011 SixSixOne Raji Inspiral Gloves

2011 sixsixone raji inspiral gloves   2011 SixSixOne Raji Inspiral Gloves

One of the most popular gloves on today’s cycling makret are the SixSixOne Raji gloves. And now it has come to its evolution. In other words, it’s been given a makeover.

Known for its best fitting and well-ventilated gloves, the 2011 SixSixOne Raji Inspiral gloves are now even better than ever and come in new designs. It is made with more breathable and synthetic fabric. Aside from its well known use of a thin well ventilated mesh back, the streamlined pull on compression cuff adds more comfort. The gloves are built with a palm area, which are extremely thin and made of Tactile in .5mm synthetic leather and fingertips made with a direct printed grip for extra maximum control. It also comes with elastic strap on its wrist without Velcro.

Expected to be out this February 2011, available sizes are XS, S, M, L, XL, and XXL. Five color—black,…

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2012 or 2013 Norco Team DH Bike

2012 2013 Team DH Bike   2012 or 2013 Norco Team DH Bike

A lightweight, aggressive Norco Team DH race bike is expected to be released in 2012 or 2013. The designer of this bike is Owen Pemberton, who used to work for Rolls Royce aerospace. The focus of the design was to make the back end as laterally stiff as possible.

A Syntace X12 rear axle system was used featuring a full 360″ contact on both dropouts, resulting in an unbelievably stiff setup. Without being agricultural, the smooth flowing tubes are made minimal. Boosting the structure of the Team DH race bike are some hydro-forming techniques.

In the frame, weight is saved in un-sprung areas and other areas where it is safe. The geometry of the Team DH race bike is designed to become more modern and aggressive by making it slightly lower and slacker. FSR design, which is not a floating shock, puts some twists to the geometry.

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2011 Mercury M3 Carbon Clincher Wheelset

2011 mercury m3 carbon clincher wheelset   2011 Mercury M3 Carbon Clincher Wheelset

Hand built in the US with precision and skill and tested by the Kenda Pro Cycling GEARGRINDER team, the 2011 Mercury M3 wheelset features a beautiful 6/4 titanium freehub body from White Industry hubs as well as an oversized 15mm axle and a 24 point engagement.

The wheel spokes employ Sapim CX-Ray bladed spokes to enforce a proper strength to weight ratio and better aerodynamics. This 39mm carbon set also weighs 1150 grams, easily making it one of the lighter wheelsets available to the market right now. While the reviewed item was the clincher wheelset, Mercury Bikes also boasts of the traditional tubular wheelsets both of which would still have a wide flange and Carbon specific brake pads and Mercury’s wheelbag.

While most wheelsets pay little attention to a wheel’s nipples, the 2011 Mercury M3 clincher focuses on nipples by adding DT Pro Lock nipples, which are tougher and lighter than…

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