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2011 Giant Defy 2

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2011 giant defy 2   2011 Giant Defy 2

Giant‘s Defy 2 gets updated for 2011 with key features over the Defy 3. Dubbed to be light and lively, the Defy 2 comes with Shimano Tiagra 9-speed shifting, Giant’s composite seatpost Connect 30.9mm and Giant P-R3 tires.

Aluminum engineers took the existing model and transformed it into a bike that performs above the average entry level road bike. With the ALUXX SL Grade-Aluminum frame and Advanced-Grade Composite fork with alloy overdrive steerer, the 2011 Defy 2 does sprints, corners and climbs like a pro.

Spec’d with 31.8mm Giant Connect handlebars, Giant Performance Road saddle and dual pivot Tektro brakes, the Defy 2 is stiff and fine-tuned for anything. It also features Formula sealed front hubs, Shimano 2200 rear hubs, stainless steel spokes and Giant S-R2 rims. Average retail price for the Defy 2 is $1100….

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Easton EC90 Aero 56mm Clincher

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easton ec90 aero 56mm clincher   Easton EC90 Aero 56mm Clincher

Easton EC90 Aero 56mm clincher makes a debut with slippery aerodynamics and excellent braking power. The carbon clincher matches the performance of the traditional aluminum clincher at a lesser weight and more stiffness. The rims are 22mm wide and 56mm deep. Easton has the ThermaTec treatment applied on the braking surface of the EC90 Aero. Maximum limit of heat the clincher can handle up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hand-laced and tuned to maintain an even spoke tension across each wheel, the spoke count for the 56mm clincher is 18 radial on the front and 20 radial non-drive side spokes, 2-cross drive side for the rear. Hubs are R4SL with ceramic type bearing. The EC90 Aero also features red alloy external nipples and Sapim CX Ray spokes.

A pair of Easton’s EC90 Aero 6mm clincher weighs 1658g and retails for $2000.

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ZYM Electrolyte Drink Tabs

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zym electrolyte drink tabs   ZYM Electrolyte Drink Tabs

For better hydration, fresher legs and higher endurance, ZYM Electrolyte Drink Tabs provides the needed boost any cyclist craves during races or long leisure trails. It’s formulated with electrolytes to replenish lost energy during hard-sweating activity and also has a slew of B vitamins and other minerals to help prevent muscle cramps and fatigue.

The tabs are easy to use. Simply place one tablet in a bottle of water and let it dissolve. Give it a shake to evenly distribute the tablet’s flavor. ZYM drink tabs come in three different formulations, Rival, endurance and Catapult. The ZYM Catapult features guarana as part of its ingredients.

Lactic acid build up is also arrested when you drink the handy ZYM Electrolyte Drink Tabs. Retail price is $9.99 for one bottle with 10 tablets inside.

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2011 Mavic Avenir Shoe

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The Avenir from Mavic is a road bike shoe designed to be lightning fast and durable. It comes with an energy carbon composite outsole, which is a combination of glass fiber and nylon inserts for a light yet stiff sole. Agion anti-bacterial treatment is also applied on the Avenir. The preshaped dual density composite insole is brilliantly closed off with a high density rear cradle to keep the ergonomics of the foot at its optimum when pedaling. To add comfort, the Ergo 3D EVA foam tongue insert can be found on the instep.

The 2011 Avenir bears other quality features like two comfortable straps, a synthetic heel counter and synthetic mesh upper. Weighs 315g and also has reflective highlights for safety, Mavic Avenir Shoe for 2011 retails for $129.95.

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Sparrow Women’s Jersey

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sparrow womens jersey   Sparrow Womens Jersey

Giving the jersey an Asian twist, Primalwear Sparrow for Women guarantees a unique look that’s both pleasing and functional. The raglan cut jersey has a hidden zipper and a Euro collar.

The Sparrow is made from Primalwear’s SpeedPro fabric. The jersey has a double knit cloth with a denier filament yarn that pulls moisture from the back and a micro yarn that pushes the moisture out of the loose knit area.

The womens jersey has a black flatlock stitching for a secure seam and three rear pockets to house your valuables and additional gear. It’s not elastic on the waist or sleeves but comes in size options of XS, S, M, L, XL and XXL. The turquoise color schemed Sparrow retails for $66.95.

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2011 BMC PR01 Pure

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2011 bmc pr01 pure   2011 BMC PR01 Pure

BMC unveils the 2011 PR01 Pure for the women’s line. Made with a carbon fiber frame, its geometry did not deviate much from the men’s model, however, there are a few changes to suit women cyclists like Shimano 105 short-reach brake levers, Scor 18k handlebar and saddle.

The 2011 PR01 Pure uses the BMC Integrated Skeleton concept or ISC. The thought behind this specific design is to evenly distribute the impact forces through strategically placed reinforcements on the nodes and top tubes of the skeletal frame.

BMC also features a tapered headtube and the angle lock clamping system on the Pure. Other details include a BMC SE48 SL TP fork, Alex rims and Continental Ultra Race tires. The 2011 BMC PR01 Pure retails for $2400.

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2011 Focus Culebro 1.0

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The 2011 Culebro 1.0 from Focus is tagged as everyman’s bike. Great for both casual riding or serious racing, the Culebro 1.0 features a tapered headtube, a hydroformed aluminum frame that’s triple-butted and carbon fork. A BB30 bottom bracket system goes well with its hollow tubing technology for more clearance and stiffness.

Coming with FSA bar, seatpost and stem, the Culebro 1.0 receives stopping power from Shimano Ultegra brakes and shifters. The Shimano Ultegra drivetrain runs on a triple gear ratio of 52/39/30 for the front and 11-28 for the rear. Continental Ultra Sport tires and a DT Swiss wheelset finishes off the build.

The seatstays meet chainstays on a single flow that keeps the back wheel rigid and mounted on its frame for increased comfort and lateral stability. Made in Germany, the 2011 Focus Culebro 1.0 retails for $2200….

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