Bike Reviews

2012 Giro Factress Road Shoe for Women


2012 giro factress road shoe for women   2012 Giro Factress Road Shoe for Women

For women riders who are looking for the most fashionable cycling shoes, the best item can be the new road shoe called Factress, which is released by Giro for 2012. As the female version of Giro’s Factor shoe, the Factress also features Easton EC90 carbon fiber soles.

Moreover, the Factress comes with a safe and strong integrated ratchet buckle closure and Super Natural X-Static adjustable footbed kit for the insole, which is available in three different arch supports. What makes the Factress different from the Factor is its fit designed for women’s narrower heels.

Very stylish, the 2012 Giro Factress Road Shoe for Women can be as successful as its male counterpart, Factor, and another female cycling shoe from Giro, Espada. It also features agile and sturdy Teijin Samo microfiber in the upper construction and offset middle D-ring to avoid pressure points.

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2012 Focus Izalco Ergoride and Donna Road Bikes

2012 focus izalco ergoride and donna road bikes   2012 Focus Izalco Ergoride and Donna Road Bikes

Overhauled for 2012 is the carbon fiber road bike line by Focus, which introduces two new alternatives called the Izalco Ergoride and Donna to join the pro-level choice, Izalco. Featuring an all-new frame, the Izalco Ergoride has a drastically sloping top tube and internal cable routing.

Cable replacement is easier for the new Izalco Ergoride as it is complete with channeling. A dedicated design replaced the 3T fork up front from the earlier model providing the front end with a greater integration. Elbowed in, its all-carbon dropouts increase the seatstay length to add flex and comfort.

For women riders, the Donna road bike is the new machine. It will be available in three models, which includes the Shimano 105 3.0 and the Shimano Dura-Ace 1.0. Equally high-quality, both the 2012 Focus Izalco Ergoride and Donna Road Bikes guarantee an ultimate road riding experience.

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2012 Bell Meteor II Time Trial Helmet

2012 bell meteor ii time trial helmet   2012 Bell Meteor II Time Trial Helmet

For riders who are looking for a high-quality helmet for triathlons in 2012, the Bell Meteor II is recommended. This 315g triathlon helmet has 10 vents. Two of its major technologies are the cam-lock levers and fusion in-mold microshell.

What the cam-Lock strap levers do is make it easy to adjust the straps around the rider’s ears. It works simply by opening the cam, setting comfortably, and closing the lever. As for the fusion in-mold microshell, the helmet is made stronger and firmer by connecting the microshell to its EPS foam layer.

Bell was the pioneer of shooting the EPS foam into the thin microshell cap when in the mold. With its reliable features and CE EN1078 certification, the 2012 Bell Meteor II Time Trial Helmet is the choice of Fabian Cancellara, a multiple-time world time trial champ.

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2012 RockShox Reba RLT 29er Fork

2012 rockshox reba rlt 29er fork1   2012 RockShox Reba RLT 29er Fork

One of the 29er forks released by RockShox for 2012 is the Reba RLT. Weighing in at only 1584g with a tapered steer tube and 9mm QR dropouts, the new Reba RLT is incredibly lightweight and is just 2g heavier than the SID World Cup XX 29er fork.

With the same new lighter lower chassis used in the SID 29er, the Reba RLT saved weight dropping as much as 150g over the earlier model. Included in the lockout types is the Push Loc or Pop Loc remote. Other changes in the fork are the new sag gradient markers on the stanchions.

Finally, the 2012 RockShox Reba RLT 29er Fork gets a 15mm thru-axle Maxle option for the shorter 80mm and 100mm travel sizes. The only downside is that along with the RL model, the RLT will be an OEM option only at the moment.

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2012 Bell Venture Cycling Helmet

2012 bell venture cycling helmet   2012 Bell Venture Cycling Helmet

One of the first-rate cycling helmets for 2012 is the Venture from Bell. Though it is at very affordable price, the Venture has first-class features, which includes easy-to-adjust cam-lock levers, channeled ventilation, ErgoDial fit system, fusion in-mold construction, and a snap-in visor.

Weighing in 312g, the helmet has cam-lock strap levers that facilitate straps adjustment around the ears and interior 23 vents to bring cool air. Moreover, the ErgoDial Fit System offers solid and comfortable stability while the fusion inmold microshell makes the helmet even sturdier.

Also adding to the topnotch features of the helmet is the snap-in visor, which is a simple but efficient solution to ruthless light conditions. With CE EN1078 and CPSC Bicycle certifications, the 2012 Bell Venture Cycling Helmet is ideal for cruiser, recreational mountain biking, and recreational touring.

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2012 RockShox SID World Cup XX 29er Fork

2012 rockshox sid world cup xx 29er fork 2   2012 RockShox SID World Cup XX 29er Fork

Incredibly smooth, the SID World Cup XX from RockShox is one of the best 29er forks for 2012. With a higher volume than earlier models, its air spring gives a little less progressive ramp-up, though having full travel relies on where the sag is set. Its X-Loc remote makes it quite similar to its predecessor.

Though set with only 80mm of travel, this new fork totally rips downhill, thanks to its properly tuned Dual Air spring. Adding to the smoothness of the fork is the high-frequency damping effect of its carbon fiber crown.

The major new feature of the 2012 RockShox SID World Cup XX 29er Fork is the DNA spring tube, which enhances damping performance and consistency. Weighing in at 1582g for the carbon crowned with 15mm Maxle thru-axle version, the fork is incredibly lighter than its 2009 26″ model.

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2012 Trek Mamba 29er Bike

2012 trek mamba 29er bike   2012 Trek Mamba 29er Bike

Trek has released a new 29er bike for 2012 called Mamba, which is specially designed with riders who are just beginning their mountain bike career. Like the other bikes in the Trek 2012 lineup, the Mamba also comes in at a great value making it even more recommendable for 29er beginners.

Featured by the excellent Alpha Gold aluminum frame of the Mamba are butted and hydroformed tubing as well as cold-forged dropouts and bottom bracket. Along with the 100mm travel of the front suspension are 51mm offset crown, TurnKey lockout, and RockShox XC32 with coil spring.

With its 29er wheels, the 2012 Trek Mamba 29er Bike guarantees enhanced obstacle clearance, momentum, and stability. Its custom G2 Geometry, moreover, enhances handling at all speeds in all conditions. Ride is made stiffer and more responsive by the hydroformed tubing.

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