Bike Reviews

2012 Santa Cruz Tallboy Aluminum 29er Bike

2012 santa cruz tallboy aluminum 29er bike   2012 Santa Cruz Tallboy Aluminum 29er Bike

Included in the long list of 29er bikes released for 2012 is the Tallboy Aluminum by Santa Cruz. Since its introduction, the Tallboy bikes are becoming more and more popular in the cycling market, and for 2012, Santa Cruz has loaded the bikes with some new features.

By pairing 29in wheels with VPP suspension, this versatile bike guarantees snappish handling and quick rolling. The Tallboy makes the most of the advantages offered by big wheels. While a little bit more weight is added, its price is made more affordable.

While it maintains the same geometry, lines, and great suspension, the 2012 Santa Cruz Tallboy Aluminum 29er Bike is just an alloy version of the original model. With the same excellent features, the bike can tackle various terrains, including alpine singletracks and long desert rides.

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2012 Specialized Expedition Bike

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Ideal for dirt roads and cruising paved is the new Expedition bike released by Specialized for 2012. On any terrain, the efficiency of the pedaling is maintained by the 21 speeds. Sturdy and smooth, the double-wall rims have 32 holes and machined sidewalls.

In order to keep the standover low and guarantee a secure and straight riding position, the A1 Premium aluminum 26in frame of the bike features Ground Control geometry and riser bars. The ride is made even more comfortable and smoother by the suspension fork with 63mm travel and its preload adjustment.

A comfort and classy look is offered by the 2012 Specialized Expedition Bike. On gravel or pavement, control and traction are the smooth-rolling Hemisphere 26in tires with a semi-connected tread pattern and flat protection. Moreover, fatigue fingers and hand pain are lessened by the BG Comfort grips.

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2012 Surly Karate Monkey 29er Bike

2012 surly karate monkey 29er bike   2012 Surly Karate Monkey 29er Bike

On its tenth year is the classic Karate Monkey 29er bike, which is included in the 2012 range released by Surly Bikes. With battleship gray and cash black colors and a geometry that remains unchanged, the bike was simply designed to be more focused on the single track.

Included in the major changes of the Karate Monkey is its fork tune-up, featuring slimmer gauge tubing. Aside from dropping the option for cantilever brake studs, the 2012 model will get a slightly tidier and thinner frame.

As a revered standard of the 29er market, the 2012 Surly Karate Monkey 29er Bike is an epitome of a classic machine that is brilliantly modernized. It is available in black and battleship gray colors. Slightly tweaked with some additions and reductions, the Karate Monkey is polished more for dirt.

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2012 Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29er XC Bike

2012 santa cruz highball carbon 29er xc bike   2012 Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29er XC Bike

Santa Cruz has created a new 29er XC bike for 2012 called Highball, which is a cross country cocktail of race-ready hardtail design and lightweight carbon. Constructed to offer maximum efficiency, this full-on race machine features a curved seat tube and short chainstays.

Aside from being razor-sharp, the Highball is agile yet surefooted. It was intended to build no compliance or rear end flex into its carbon fiber frame, which is incredibly light weighing in at only 1.11kg. It is available in gloss carbon/red and matte carbon/grey colors.

Feathery light weight is balanced by the 2012 Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29er XC Bike with firmness, strength, and durability. The proprietary one-piece layup, dropouts and disc tabs are molded into the frame to make it even stronger, more durable, and more lightweight.

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2012 Rocky Mountain Element 950 29er Bike

2012 rocky mountain element 950 29er bike   2012 Rocky Mountain Element 950 29er Bike

Element 950 is one of the new 29er bikes released for 2012 from Rocky Mountain. In order to mimic the finest 26ers, the RTC 29 geometry of the bike comes with superior components, such as shorter chainstays and top tube. Its 142mm rear axle definitely enhances its stiffness.

Its design, which features internally-routed derailleur cables through its downtube, is very nice. Both in minimum and maximum travels, riders can climb smoothly and efficiently with the RockShox Revelation 120mm with a travel adjuster that plummets to 95mm.

Really outstanding, the 2012 Rocky Mountain Element 950 29er Bike is a trail-friendly and XC-capable full-suspension 29er that can efficiently climb anything with incredible comfort. The only downsides of the bike is the slightly noodly wheels and its weight.

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2012 Troy Lee Designs Ace Mountain Bike Shorts

2012 troy lee designs ace mountain bike shorts   2012 Troy Lee Designs Ace Mountain Bike Shorts

Troy Lee Designs has created one of the best mountain bike shorts for 2012 with its new Ace. Made from 90% polyester and 10% spandex body material, the four- way stretch Ace shorts are incredibly durable and comfortable.

Pedal friendly, the inner side pockets have zippers that are water resistant. Also, the zippers, thermal welded intake, and exit vents enhance thigh and crotch ventilation. Other high quality features are the padded rear zip pocket, ribbed spandex rear yoke panel, and reflective logo thigh detail.

Tailored with ergonomic mountain bike specific cut and fit, the 2012 Troy Lee Designs Ace Mountain Bike Shorts are perfect for all-day all-mountain riding. Removable inner short chamois is integrated, which comes with Lycra thigh panels, for maximum comfort.

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2012 Kona Splice 29er Bike

2012 kona splice 29er bike   2012 Kona Splice 29er Bike

Included in the new range of 29er bikes released by Kona for 2012 is the Splice. Kona has combined its effectiveness of commuter expertise with the acceleration, speed, and variety of its 29er hardtail geometry.

While its geometry is the same with that of the renowned Kahuna, the Splice features an 80mm fork with components that are made to tackle a wide range of terrains from backroads to backcountry.As a cross between Kona’s Dew and Kahuna bikes, the Splice portrays a beautiful mutation.

Nicely constructed, the 2012 Kona Splice 29er Bike is created for riders who want to create a good balance of a smooth ride at a reasonable price. Other features are Kona aluminum riser handlebars, Shimano drivetrain, ProMax mechanical disc brakes, and Suntour XCR 80mm fork with lockout.

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