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2011 Santa Cruz Chameleon Hardtail

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“It can’t change color, and it’s made out of metal, but the name is still appropriate,” as Santa Cruz defines their newest model for 2011, the Chameleon Hardtail, which features a Lime Green colored aluminum metal frame. Other colors available would be in Powder Coat Black, White, Seabright Blue, Chocolate and Red.

The Santa Cruz 2011 Chameleon uses an eccentric 68mm BB shell made to handle forks from 10 to 160mm of travel that can cope-up with the tension of a 50-51mm chain line. It also provides a seat post of 30.9mm that must be supplied with a 34.9mm seat collar.

Frame weight is approximately 4.85lbs, with a price of £499. Santa Cruz recommends an 80-160mm fork range and a max tire width of 2.6”. 8” for a max rotor size can fit it well and give you a straight speed. Chameleon’s retail price–£1,399 with a weight of approx 27.36lbs.


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Origin8 29er Captiv8er, Agit8er Tires

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The company that gave you Duro Tire introduces Origin8 29er Tires. The two models, Captiv8er and Agit8er, are designed to withstand hard riding with a Kevlar belt under the treads for tire flat protection.

The Agit8er 29er was originally dubbed the “Duro Miner 29er”. It weighs around 710g and is made for XC racing and training. Tire pressure is at 65 psi with a tire thread count of 60 tpi. The Agit8er has small square center blocks that are placed in a “V” pattern. With gray sidewall and Aramid bead, the Agit8er has an MSRP of $30.

For trail riding, the Captiv8er was meant to be called “Gremlin” under Duro Tire. It features the same tire pressure and thread count as the Agit8er. It has a rounded profile with widely placed low square blocks for tight grip at high speeds. With an ISO diameter of 622mm, the Captiv8er weighs around 820g…

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Camelbak Octane 18x Backpack

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The Camelbak Octane 18x backpack will travel with you through a run, mini hike or bike ride. In a nutshell, the Octane 18x is a do-it-all-backpack.

Camelbak ensured the Octane 18x backpack used ultra light materials for a relaxed feel, especially on the shoulder straps.

If you plan on taking the Octane 18x on the streets, the backpack is reflective on the front and back for your safety.

The Camelbak Octane 18x comes with a Omega HydroTanium reservior that holds up to 70 ounces of fluid. Overall capacity for the backpack is 18 liters of expanded cargo.

The hydration pack is great for hauling anything from food, maps, clothing and more. Combining the lightweight, capacity, and retail price of $90, you definitely receive a lot of bang for your buck.

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Pivot Mach 5 2011 Mountain Bike

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For those seeking a 5 inch travel bike, Pivot Cycles will satisfy your needs with its 2011 Mach 5.

The 2011 Pivot Mach 5 is built for balance. The Mach 5 features a 2.25 stroke shock on a medium frame, DW Link equaling a 30% sag. With a combination of stiffness, pedal efficiency, and just the right amount of travel the 2011 Mach 5 can handle most of the roughest terrains.

Two highlights for the Pivot 2011 Mach 5 are the welds and headset. For the welds, a combination of traditional and smooth welds are used. This achieves a smooth, snag free look while reducing stress. The headset is a zero stack standard while using cups, but is larger in diameter with the cups fitting inside the headtube. Pivot chose this setup for two reasons: to shorten the headset height and strengthen the setup.

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2011 MDE Player Slopestyle Bike

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Another MDE bike that uses the I-link suspension system is the 2011 Player. Designed to meet the demands of slopestyle and trail parking, the 2011 MDE Player also vies for your attention with its three colors, royal purple, green and fluo yellow.

The 2011 MDE Player has the same specs as its brother frame, the Damper SX. The Player has 73mm Bsa bottom bracket and uses the MDS or MDE dropout system. Also featured on it is 140mm of rear travel and a headtube angle of 67.5 degrees on a 160mm fork. The headtube is tapered and has a 30.9mm seat post.

Lighter than the Damper, the Player weighs in at 2900 grams….

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Aero Hand Shield Thermal Protection

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BreezeBlockers came out with an innovative answer to cold hands with the release of their latest range of aerodynamic bike shields. They are all scientifically tested and proven effective, offering added protection in cold weather.

The Aero Hand Shield Thermal protection is guaranteed to be lightweight and lasting made out from durable recycled materials. It is ergonomically designed to fit all types of handlebars compatible with different widths from 42, 44 and 46 cm handlebars adaptable with Velcro or cable ties.

To reduce drag at the speed of 18 to 24 mph the Aero Hand Shield provides an aerodynamic design. Also offered in its architecture is thermal protection and ergonomics. It is trendy and stylist and is made from carbon fiber/ABS plastic materials weighing only 49 grams and ensures maximum protection from extreme conditions. Now retailing for £19.99 a pair….

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2011 MDE Damper SX MTB

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Made for all mountain riding, the 2011 MDE Damper SX uses the I-link suspension system to keep your freeride moments memorable. Handcrafted in Italy, the Damper SX frame weighs 3280 grams without shock. It also features the MDE dropout system or MDS and is Hammershimdt ready.

The 2011 MDE Damper SX has 170mm of rear travel and a tapered headtube. Its head angle is 66.5 degrees and has a chainstay length of 435mm. A 1 1/8 semi-integrated upper and a 1.5″ standard down, makes up the headtube’s measurements. For better control, a 34,9 top swing front derailleur was integrated.

Furthermore, a 73mm bottom bracket Bsa with a BB height of 435mm, along with a 30.9 mm seatpost and ISCG 03-05 can be seen on this ride. The 2011 MDE Damper SX comes in colors of pearl gray, royal white and racing red….

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