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2012 Castelli Core Mesh Short Sleeve Base Layer

2012 castelli core mesh short sleeve base layer   2012 Castelli Core Mesh Short Sleeve Base Layer

A new cycling garment that suits all types of riders is the 2012 Castelli Core Mesh Short Sleeve Base Layer. Tailored with cycling-specific specs and features, this short-sleeved base layer will not fail to keep the rider cool, comfortable, and dry.

In order to keep the rider dry especially during warm weather, the Core Mesh Short Sleeve Base Layer creates a layer of air between the body of the rider and the jersey worn. Through its superior body wrap design, moisture is effectively wicks away.

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Riding comfort is maximized by the minimal seams of the base layer. Through its incredible amount of stretch, readers barely feel that they are wearing the garment while cycling. Moreover, its embroidered logo adds to its simple but nice look.

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2012 English Cycles Di2 Special Road Bike

2012 english cycles di2 special road bike   2012 English Cycles Di2 Special Road Bike

New from English Cycles for 2012 is a road bike called Di2 Special. Actually, the bike practically shows no Di2 hints since it has no controller box, visible battery, and wires. A custom stem was built to house the control box underneath since it is cable-tied to the brake cables, making it look like an extra.

From the stem to the derailleurs, running the Di2 cables entirely inside is enabled by arranging the headset arrangement upside down. An Icarus custom internal battery is used by the hidden battery, featuring a micro-USB charging port that is minimally incorporated straight into the frame.

Weighing in at less than 6.8kg, the 2012 English Cycles Di2 Special Road Bike is incredibly complete with Retro Sweet Wings steel cranks. With Columbus aero downtube and custom-butted ovalized seattube, the frame has signature features like its thin wishbone seatstays as well as True Temper S3 chainstays….

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2012 Sampson Stratics SL Carbon Fiber Road Pedal

2012 sampson stratics sl carbon fiber road pedal   2012 Sampson Stratics SL Carbon Fiber Road Pedal

Sampson Sports, a company known for technically advanced framesets based in Denver, has introduced a new carbon fiber road pedal called Stratics SL after a meticulous process of development and testing. This new pedal has several features to pride itself on. There is an optional titanium axle model, too.

The 66mm wide top surface of the pedal comes with a supporting steel plate. Aside from making the platform more durable for the cleats, the plate enhances the pedal’s structural rigidity, as well. Long life is guaranteed by the pedal’s top plate, which is a fully polished stainless steel.

Built from long-strand carbon fibers, the body of the 2012 Sampson Stratics SL Carbon Fiber Road Pedal has lost a considerable amount of weight. Both comfort and power are maximized by the cleats that lay flat, thanks to the No-Rock cleat design of the pedal’s platform.

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2012 Merida Reacto 907-Di2 Frame

2012 merida reacto 907 di2 frame   2012 Merida Reacto 907 Di2 Frame

Merida, a Taiwanese brand with German engineering, has made several of its products more affordable for 2012, which include the Reacto 907-Di2 frame. Although the Merida is focused on cross-country mountain bikes, it also covers singlespeed commuters as well as high-end road bikes.

Among the high-end road bikes, the Reacto 907-Di2 frame is the top model in the range. Utilizing double chamber technology, the frame is built from high-modulus carbon fiber and offers an enhanced rigidity in some particular areas.

While the 2012 Merida Reacto 907-Di2 Frame is not new, this model is the first one to be equipped with electronic shifting. This new Ultegra flavor replaces the very costly Dura-Ace variety from Shimano. Thus, this frame is made more affordable but its quality is enhanced.

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2012 Pinarello FP Quattro Shimano Ultegra Road Bike with Onda FPK1 Fork

2012 pinarello fp quattro shimano ultegra road bike with onda fpk1 fork   2012 Pinarello FP Quattro Shimano Ultegra Road Bike with Onda FPK1 Fork

Designed with female roadies in mind, the FP Quattro Shimano Ultegra is a road bike released by Pinarello for 2012, which features the new Onda FPK1 fork. On the fork crown is a 1 1/8” – 1 1/2” coning, which significantly enhances safety and rigidity.

Pinarello LAB has developed an iCR internal cable routing system that features asymmetric rear stays. The FP Quattro Shimano Ultegra used this new system as well as an oversized bottom bracket called Most(R) Croxover, which is tried and tested.

All the qualities female roadies are looking for in a bike are offered by the 2012 Pinarello FP Quattro Shimano Ultegra Road Bike with Onda FPK1 Fork. Thanks to its high-quality frame and fork, geometries, and asymmetric tubes. In a size 54, the frame weighs in at 1100g.

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2012 Vredestein Fortezza Tricomp Clincher Tire

2012 vredestein fortezza tricomp clincher tire   2012 Vredestein Fortezza Tricomp Clincher Tire

Using an advanced technology, Vredestein has created a new clincher tire for 2012 called Fortezza Tricomp. By using three various rubber compounds with specific characteristics, the TriComp tire technology produces a folding competition tire that perfectly tackles any weather conditions.

Not only is the Fortezza Tricomp made more durable by its Silica rubber compound, it is enhanced in terms of rolling resistance and grip on corners. In the central overlap of its flexible casing is an embedded tightly woven polyamide anti-puncture layer that prevents the risks of getting punctures.

Weighing in at 270g, the 2012 Vredestein Fortezza Tricomp Clincher Tire combines light weight, low rolling resistance, and excellent road feel. The durability of the tire is also enhanced by its Sportex Protection layer, which at the same time reduces flats.

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2012 Kona Zing Supreme Road Bike

2012 kona zing supreme road bike   2012 Kona Zing Supreme Road Bike

For 2012, Kona Bikes has collaborated with Dedacciai, a well-known Italian road frame maker, to create spanking new custom carbon fiber road bikes, one of which is the Zing Supreme. In terms of geometry, shape, and features, this road bike is designed to offer superior performance.

Along with the no-frill Kona Carbon Race monocoque frame and full-carbon monocoque fork by Dedacciai, the King Zing also features a Shimano 105 group as well as Mavic Aksium wheels. This classic road-angle racing bike guarantees an incredibly light ride with much comfort and confidence.

Aside from being lightweight, the 2012 Kona Zing Supreme Road Bike is also responsive, stable, and fast. This is the perfect machine for riders who want to speed up their pace on the road. While the fork weighs in at 400g, the 53, 56, and 59 frames weigh 1200g, 1260g and 1300g respectively.

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