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2012 Specialized CruX Elite Road Bike

2012 specialized crux elite road bike   2012 Specialized CruX Elite Road Bike

Dubbed as a cross beast, the CruX Elite from Specialized is one of the best road bikes for 2012. Aside from its race-optimized geometry, other excellent features including its internal cable routing and stiffness-to-weight ratio.

Featured by its cross racing-specific E5 alloy frame are a tapered head tube, an ultra-tough OSBB, and an integrated headset. Shouldering is facilitated by its shaped top tube while incredible riding and racing speed in different conditions and all-around CX tread is offered by its Tracer tires.

Even through the cruelest courses, the 2012 Specialized CruX Elite Road Bike guarantees maximum power. To tackle rough terrains well, stiffness, strength, and compliance are perfectly balanced by the Fact carbon fork with a tapered steerer.

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2012 Specialized Dolce Elite Compact Bike for Women

2012 specialized dolce elite compact bike for women   2012 Specialized Dolce Elite Compact Bike for Women

One of the versatile bikes for women released for 2012 is the Dolce Elite Compact from Specialized. All of the major components of this machine are particularly chosen for female riders who want to tackle various rides, such as weekend workouts and century rides.

In order to achieve a quick and responsive but lenient ride, the alloy frame of the Dolce offers a women’s endurance geometry, Zertz inserts, and carbon seatstays. Shifting is made dependable and calm by the new Shimano Tiagra compact drivetrain.

What gives the 2012 Specialized Dolce Elite Compact Bike for Women amazing comfort and all-day performance is the generous padding of the Riva 155mm body geometry designed for women. Significantly lightweight, the DT Axis 1.0 wheelset features incredibly fast and smooth rolling.

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2012 Surly Pacer Road Frame

2012 surly pacer road frame   2012 Surly Pacer Road Frame

One of the latest road frames updated for 2012 is the Pacer by Surly Bikes. Aside from its 10-speed Tiagra components, the crown and rear tire spacing of the Pacer is also updated for 2012 to allow true clearance for 700×32 tires and 700x28s with fenders.

For the standard reach brakes, the options will be 47mm-57mm calipers only. In other words, the new 4130 TIG-welded Pacer frame will not work with any short reach brakes anymore, such as Campy, Dura-Ace, SRAM Rival, and 105. This versatile frame is ideal for commuting and day-tripping.

While it may not be the most stylish bikes on the market, the 2012 Surly Pacer Road Frame gets a nice new metallic blue color and old graphics. While its aesthetics is understated, some exciting updates allow this all-day roadie to offer guaranteed reliability and comfort.

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2012 Giro Aeon Road Helmet

2012 giro aeon road helmet   2012 Giro Aeon Road Helmet

One of the most eye-catching road helmets for 2012 is the Aeon from Giro, especially its super-bright yellow version. This new high-end racing bike helmet provides riders with maximum ventilation. While it offers minimal weight, comfort and fit are not compromised.

Applying various technologies, the makers of the Aeon were able to make it competitive enough to meet the strict performance standards. By establishing the shock-absorbing structure both inside and outside, the contact surface of the helmet with the head is reduced while allowing for more air volume.

Through a AEON SL Thermoformed Roll Cage, the helmet only weighs 190g. Great stability is maintained while internal reinforcement is made 49% lighter than usual composite reinforcements. For riders who enjoy catching attention in a race, wearing a 2012 Giro Aeon Road Helmet is one great way to do so.

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2012 Vittoria Brave Road Racing Shoes

2012 vittoria brave road racing shoes   2012 Vittoria Brave Road Racing Shoes

Vittoria has released its shoe range for 2012 that is fully made in Italy, including the highly technologically advanced road racing shoes called the Brave. The major features of the Brave include its lightweight nylon soles, synthetic leather uppers, Velcro closure, and ratchet.

Like all the models in the Vittoria 2012 shoes range, the Brave is available in combinations of 27 lengths and 4 widths. Moreover, in order to cater to cyclists with different feet sizes, the Brave offers a multi-length option.

For cyclists who are fond of a club ride or a local crit, the 2012 Vittoria Brave Road Racing Shoes are perfect. Riders’ feet are secured and maximum power is transferred through its CRS fastening system that comes with body heat-moldable padding.

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2012 Garmin Vector Pedal Based Power Meter

2012 garmin vector pedal based power meter   2012 Garmin Vector Pedal Based Power Meter

Garmin, an expert in GPS computers, has unveiled its new pedal based power meter for 2012 called Vector. This new power meter is created to work with the Edge 500and Edge 800 cycle computers from Garmin. Suitable for Look Keo pedals, the Vector can be swapped between bikes easily.

The Vector system has a four-sided range of strain gauges mounted inside the pedal spindle that supplies data to an external transmitter. In turn, the supplied data is sent by the ANT+ protocol to a head unit. To calculate power, the deflection of the pedals throughout the full pedal stroke is measured.

This means that the total power to the pedals can be obtained. Moreover, any imbalance in the pedal stroke can be detected. Being not ANT+ compatible, the 2012 Garmin Vector Pedal Based Power Meter has more advantages than other power meters.

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2012 Vittoria Hora Road Racing Shoes

2012 vittoria hora road racing shoes   2012 Vittoria Hora Road Racing Shoes

Italian brand Vittoria has introduced two road racing shoes for 2012, one of which is the Hora. Aside from the combinations of 27 lengths and 4 widths, the shoes are also available in a multi-length option for those with different feet sizes.

For riders who prefer an elite racing shoe Italian quality with the best performance, the Hora shoe is the ideal item. By using a dial to fine-tune fit, the micrometric cable closure system of the Hora makes its fit exact and safe.

Four-channel ventilation is provided by its full carbon unidirectional air system sole. While offering a new graphic, the 2012 Vittoria Hora Road Racing Shoes still remains unchanged in terms of technique. The Hora is definitely a perfect combination of fashion and performance.

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