Bike Reviews

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 Troy Lee Designs Skyline Mountain Bike Shorts

2012 troy lee designs skyline mountain bike shorts   2012 Troy Lee Designs Skyline Mountain Bike Shorts

Troy Lee Designs has released a new cycling garment for 2012, which is the Skyline mountain bike shorts. Made of a mixed material, 92% polyester and 8% spandex, the shorts have a two-way stretch that offers a great feel to the skin.

Aside from its ergonomic mountain bike-specific cut and fit, the Skyline features a high-class ribbed spandex rear yoke panel, a rear zippered pocket, a full waist and hip height adjustment through Velcro TPR adjustment tabs, and pedal friendly side pockets with content security panels.

Lightweight and breathable, the 2012 Troy Lee Designs Skyline Shorts offers the best fit and maximum comfort. Whether the legs of the rider are long or short, a personalized fit is guaranteed by the unique leg and length adjustment of this practical shorts.

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2012 Cyclepassion Calendar

2012 cyclepassion calendar   2012 Cyclepassion Calendar

With its 2012 edition already unveiled, the hottest calendar in town called Cyclepassion is ready to rock the world of cyclists. Featuring exquisite photographs of the leading female athletes, the calendar is definitely a piece of art that should be included in cycling collections.

What is new to the calendar is the option to view it in two ways. The calendar can be viewed either as a black-and-white action photo of the ladies on the bike or a full-color traditional photo of the Cyclepassion.

Improved to a large double-sided 16×27in format, the 2012 Cyclepassion Calendar is a must-have for every cycling enthusiast. Its models are French Marion Rousse and Pauline Ferrand Prevot, German Hanna Klein, Polish Maja Wloszczowska, Swedish Veronica Andreasson, American Liz Hatch, and Australian Katherine O’Shea.

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2012 Salsa Mamasita Hardtail 29er Bike

2012 salsa mamasita hardtail 29er bike   2012 Salsa Mamasita Hardtail 29er Bike

A new exciting machine for hardtail 29er bike lovers called Mamasita has been released by Salsa Cycles for 2012. Instead of Scandium Carbon mix or Scandium, the new frame is made from EV6 Xtrolite aluminum tubing, which optimized the ride quality of the bike.

New additions to the Mamasita frame that give performance benefits are a PressFit 30 bottom bracket shell and a tapered headtube. While maintaining the reputable ride quality of the bike, its frame tracking, efficiency, and power transfer are improved.

With superior efficiency derived from the highest power transmission possible, the 2012 Salsa Mamasita Hartdtail 29er Bike is an ideal machine for single track riding and cyclocross racing. Moreover, its weight and price are reduced to further make the bike an excellent choice.

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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 Troll Frame

2012 surly troll frame   2012 Surly Troll Frame

When it comes to aesthetics, the new Troll released by Sury Bikes for 2012 is one of the best frames. With its exquisite Agent Orange color, the frame contributes to the complete fashion statement of all stylish cyclists out there.

Aside from good looks, the Troll also takes pride in its smart parts. The frame has mounting points on which riders can attach almost anything. After sorting out the chain tension, the caliper can be lined up easily with the wheel by the sliding disc brake mounts.

As a do-everything machine, the 2012 Surly Troll Frame is perfect for commuting, bike packing, trailer hauling, off road touring, and single track ripping. With its reliable durability, convenient mounting points, and great aesthetics, the Troll is definitely an exceptional frame.

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2012 Manitou Minute Expert Fork

2012 manitou minute expert fork   2012 Manitou Minute Expert Fork

One of the latest forks that has been released by Manitou for 2012 is the Minute Expert. Weighting in at 1906g, the Minute Expert features 80mm, 100mm, and 130mm of travel and a 9mm axle. The leg of the fork has a 32mm diameter and is made of 7050 straight wall aluminum.

Highlight of the fork are its MILO-compatible damping, which features in externally adjustable low speed and internally tunable high speed. While its deep bore hollow crown is very lightweight, its strength is not compromised.

Black anodized finished, its crown is a forged I-Beam. Like the other Manitou forks for 2012, the 2012 Manitou Minute Expert Fork has rebound, air, and compression to lockout adjustments. Other features are rubber bumper bottom out, 1.1/8” steel steerer, and post mount brakes.

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