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2011 Niner W.F.O.9

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2011 niner w f o 9   2011 Niner W.F.O.9

Niner ushers in the first tapered headtube on a 29er with the 2011 W.F.O.9. Wide Full Open comes with a 5.5″ CVA suspension (Constantly Varying Arc), hydroformed tubing and options of 135 or 150mm rear spacing.

The CVA suspension design is to accomplish a bike that has a wheel dialed in on the different arcs it runs with, making it pedal neutral as well as brake neutral. The Niner W.F. O.9 keeps its gear in tune with each other so as not to affect the performance of the suspension.

The downtube’s S-bend gives way to an ISCG mount that makes the W.F.O.9 Hammerschmidt compatible. As for the shock, it is coil or piggyback compatible.

The 2011 W.F. O.9 has two options for build kits. A Shimano XT kit has a MSRP of $2678 while the SLX is priced at $2299. The frame retails for $1899 (135mm) and $2099 (150mm).

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2011 KHS Prescott

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2011 khs prescott   2011 KHS Prescott

The Prescott is KHS‘ high-end full suspension 29er bike for 2011—similar to the KHS Flagstaff but a notch up.

The frame is made with AL 7005 with a 4-bar Horst bearing linkage. The Prescott has a 3.5″ travel and 1.5″ tapered headtube and integrated headset. Furthering the build is a RockShox Reba RLT 80mm fork with compression adjustment to lock, external rebound, motion control and dual air system.

The top of the line 29er has the RockShox Monarch RT3 Solo air with a 3 position floodgate switch for rear shock, Shimano New XT crankset, XTR rear derailleur and house brand Q2 carbon seatpost. Other specs feature Avid Elixir brake system, Truvative Noir World Cup carbon handlebar, Truvativ Stylo stem, American Classic hubs, spokes and rims and WTB tires.

MSRP is $3699 and comes in M, L and XL sizes.

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Chumba Racing 2011 HX1, HX2 29er

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chumba racing 2011 hx1 hx2 29er   Chumba Racing 2011 HX1, HX2 29er

Chumba Racing introduces two new mountain bikes for 2011, the HX1, a traditional 26 inch hardtail, and the HX2 29er.

Both the HX1 and HX2 use some of the same features, like a double butted 6061 T6 aluminum tubeset, U-shaped chainstay, bottom bracket easily adaptable for single speed, and a tapered zero stack headtube.

The difference between the HX1 and HX2 is HX1 uses a 140mm of travel fork and 68 degree head angle. The HX2 was created to work with a 100mm fork.

In January 2011, you can purchase the HX1 and HX2 with “Rolling Chassis Kits”. The Rolling chassis kits come with Thompson components, Hope wheelset, and Fox forks. Both MTBs are available in anodized silver, anodized black and powder coated white. Retail price is roughly $630 USD.

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2008 Redline D640 Recall

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2008 redline d640 recall   2008 Redline D640 Recall

A recall of the 2008 D640 bikes was issued by Redline Bicycles on December 9, 2010. Its parent company, Seattle Bike Supply, released a safety notice regarding the frames of the D640 2008 models. It’s suggested to immediately stop the use of the affected bicycles because cracking in the headtube welded joints can lead to separation of the headtube from the frame. On the frame’s top tube, you’ll find the model number. There are about 200 units sold from December 2007 to May 2010.

As such, this is hazardous since it can result in injury. So far, there have been eight reports of headtubes detaching from the frame with four incidents of reported minor injuries. To get a free frame replacement, contact your local Redline Bicycle dealer.

For more information, you can call (800)-283-2453 Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm PST or visit www.redlinebicycles.com….

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Lake Cycling MXZ302 Winter MTB Shoes

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lake cycling mxz302 winter mtb shoes   Lake Cycling MXZ302 Winter MTB Shoes

The MXZ302 Winter Mountain Bike Shoes from Lake Cycling are made to keep your feet warm and comfortable like no other winter shoe does against the cold weather. This MTB shoe is made with a 3M Thinsulate toe box with a Thermasol insole to keep the rest of your foot warm. It features an Outlast liner that regulates the temperature inside the shoe and a Pittards WR100 leather upper with neoprene cuff to keep the cold out.

The MXZ302 shoe’s high-top design includes a two-piece lace overflap, making it water-resistant and durable against other elements. It possesses an Alpine outsole for maximum grip and performance, reflective details for better visibility and BOA lacing to keep the shoe secure and guarantees no loosening of straps while being used.

With a two-bolt cleat and optional toe spikes, the Lake MXZ302 Winter MTB shoe retails for $269.95.

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2011 Cannondale Trail SL 5 Hardtail

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2011 cannondale trail sl 5 hardtail   2011 Cannondale Trail SL 5 Hardtail

Cannondale offers an entry-level race bike, its 2011 Trail SL 5 hardtail. It uses advance aluminum construction that features smooth welding and tubing for its 1.5″ headtube. Its geometry matches that of the Cannondale Flash with specs that make it a stiff and strong bike with a RST Gila Pro TnL 100mm fork.

The 2011 Trail SL 5 sports the Save Micros Suspension System. This brings lateral rigidity and vertical compliance without sacrificing power transfer by optimizing the chain stay and seat stay shaping. The hardtail continues to be comfortable and absorbs the bumps and twists well.

Detailed specs for the hardtail include Cane Creek semi-integrated 1 1/8″ headset, Cannondale stem, bar and seatpost, Shimano Alivio shifters, Promax Orange mechanical brakes, Formula hubs, Alex rims, Schwalbe Black Jack tires and a Cannondale Halo saddle.

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2011 Marzocchi Carbon 44

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2011 marzocchi carbon 44   2011 Marzocchi Carbon 44

From Italian manufacturer Marzocchi this 2011 comes its Carbon 44 fork. Made for cross-country/trail, it is made with forged alloy crown and carbon fiber mold covered with a magnesium shell. It offers 150mm of travel and is 200 grams lighter than the Marzocchi 44 Micro Ti QR15.

The Carbon 44 features different steer tube options from 1-1/8″ and tapered 1-1/8″ to 1.5″. It has air volume adjustable options for weight specifications and a titanium coil negative spring to decrease the effect of friction. Tapered 32mm aluminum rods are nickel-plated and post-mount disc tabs are also incorporated in its design. It can use 15mm thru-axle dropouts only.

TST micro damping system is also used on the Carbon 44, which includes a compression threshold lock and rebound adjusters. The aluminum knobs are anodized. MSRP is $1000 with weight of 1600 grams….

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