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2011 Manitou Circus

2011 manitou circus   2011 Manitou Circus

Aimed for dirt jump riding, the 2011 Manitou Circus comes with a new casting and crown. The crown is made from forged aluminum to match its aluminum steerer. Manitou uses the Absolute+ damping system to fit the Jumpstack shim kit for dirt jump.

Strong and durable, the 2011 Circus has air preload adjustments, lockout and rebound, and compression adjustments. With a firm air spring and 32mm straight wall aluminum stanchions, the Circus slices across the market with 80mm, 100mm and 130mm travel configurations.

The 2011 Circus Expert weighs 4.7lbs, features a 20mm Hex Lock for hub/axle, double bottom out bumpers and 4 decal sheets. The 2011 Circus Comp weighs 5.32lbs, cromoly stanchions, firm spring with mechanical preload and 9mm dropouts for solid axle hubs.

MSRP for the Expert is $449 while the Comp fetches $339. A clown nose comes with the 2011 Circus forks….

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2011 Cotic Soul

2011 cotic soul   2011 Cotic Soul

After six years, the Soul from Cotic gets overhauled for 2011. The new version bears a stiffer oval shaped top tube for a supple feel. The main frame has Reynolds 853 tubes plus a Reynolds 631 head tube. The 2011 Soul also possesses tapered gussets.

New to the Soul are cowled dropouts the ability to accommodate up to 140mm forks. It prides on having a 4130 cromo wishbone stay rear end and retains its proven geometry. 60-90mm stems are suggested for its long top tube and short stem design.

Better traction with a steep seat angle and 16.5″ chainstays, the 2011 Cotic Soul weighs 40 grams more than the previous model. MSRP is £470 including Hope Seat QR, neoprene chain-stay protector.

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2011 Dakota D29 Team

2011 dakota d29 team   2011 Dakota D29 Team

The Dakota D29 Team gets upgraded for 2011 by Jamis Bicycles. Still with a high modulus carbon fiber frame, the 2011 Dakota D29 Team features a tapered headtube of 1.5-1 1/8″, SST tubing and a steep geometry. For bigger ankle clearance, it has a BB30 bottom bracket and asymmetrical chainstays. To shave off weight, there are alloy inserts for the BB, headset and replaceable a derailleur hanger.

The 29er uses a Fox 32 F29-RLC fork with lockout and adjustable air pressure with low speed compression. It has a Gen 2 F.I.T. damper and tapered alloy steerer as well. The 100mm travel bike has carbon disc mounts and SRAM X0 components.

Ritchey finishing kit and Avid hydraulic brakes match the American Classic tubeless wheels and GEAX Barro Race tires. It weighs 22.75lb and comes in four sizes that can fit 5’1″ to 6’1″ riders. MSRP is $4600….

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2011 Charge Blender Hi, Mid MTB

2011 charge blender hi mid mtb   2011 Charge Blender Hi, Mid MTB

The 2011 Charge Blender Hi and Mid is a versatile hardtail mountain bike. You can take both the Hi and Mid to the trails, downhill racing, dirt jumping, or even commute through town.

First up is the Charge 2011 Blender Hi, which features Sanko Japanese Cro-mo Tubing frame, Rock Shox Argyle RCT fork with 100mm of travel and Truvativ Husselfelt 36t crankset, finished off with a Silver Galvanised paint job.

The 2011 Charge Blender Mid uses a lot of the same materials and components, but highlights include its Avid Juicy 3 Hydraulic brakeset, SRAM X.5 Mid Cage rear derailleur, and a Suntour SF7-Duro DJ – E fork. The Blender Hi is dipped in Gold Galvanised.

Both are available now at Charge retailers.

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2011 Lapierre Zesty 714

2011 lapierre zesty 714   2011 Lapierre Zesty 714

The Zesty 714 from Lapierre returns in 2011, ready to outperform existing mountain bikes on the market. The all mountain bike with 140mm of travel now comes with a tapered headtube and continues to utilize Lapierre’s OST (Optimized Suspension Technology) intelligent suspension platform.

Now stiffer than before, the Zesty 714 frame is available in carbon or alloy options. It uses a Fox 32 FRL FIT fork, a Shimano XT crankset and bearings. For brakes, the 2011 Zesty 714 has Formula RX1 brakes and Shimano SLX shifters. The stem and seatpost are from Syncros FL to match Fizik Goby XM saddle.

Handles well and is extremely dialed, the Zesty 714 weighs 11.7kg with a carbon frame and comes in four sizes….

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2011 Sidi Ergo 2, SDS Nevada, SDS Sierra, Dominator 5

2011 sidi ergo 2 sds nevada sds sierra dominator 5   2011 Sidi Ergo 2, SDS Nevada, SDS Sierra, Dominator 5

For 2011, Sidi introduces the Ergo 2 Carbon Lite shoe together with the SDS Nevada, SDS Sierra and the Dominator 5. The Ergo 2 has one of the lightest soles with its Aeronet Lite carbon material. Added features like a Lorica microfiber upper, caliper buckle and Sidi’s Techno II buckle system makes it breathable yet strong enough to withstand the toughest of conditions. A limited edition of bronze and silver are available for 2011.

SDS stands for Sidi Design Series. The shoes under this collection are made in China with a three-strap velcro closure system although the women versions are not yet available until 2012. For road cycling, the SDS Nevada has a fiberglass reinforced nylon sole and a TPU shaped heel cup with reflective inserts on the back over the heel of the shoe.

For mountain biking, the SDS Sierra possesses a microfiber upper with a fiberglass reinforced nylon sole…

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2011 Commencal Meta 4x Frame

2011 commencal meta 4x frame   2011 Commencal Meta 4x Frame

The 2011 Commencal Meta 4x frame works exceptionally well with cross and Freeride sessions that will keep you on the trails for hours.

Due to the linkage system, the Commencal 2011 Meta 4x adds appropriate acceleration for a 100mm of travel mtb. The head angle system is adjustable, adding overall versatility to the frame.

Upon purchasing, the 2011 Commencal Meta 4x frame includes a fox float RP2 rear shock, Thompson Elite seatpost, replaceable 10mm vertical dropouts (drive and non-drive) and e.thirteen LG1+ with a taco chain guide….

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