Bike Reviews

2011 Ground Effect Road Rage Jersey

2011 ground effect road rage jersey   2011 Ground Effect Road Rage Jersey

Ground Effect, a New Zealand company specializing in mountain bike kits, has released a short-sleeved summer riding jersey for 2011 called the Road Rage. Made from HyperActive fabric, the jersey features a moderately wide weave. Wicking is excellent along with comforting airflow and cooling.

Along with the generous cut and sizing of the jersey is an attractive detail. The standard three rear pockets come with a security zip on the middle and a concealed emergency tube repair patch. During warm weathers, comfort is ensured by the no-elastic hem.

UV protection is offered by the stand-up collar while venting is maximized by the long front zip. Perfect for minimalist riders, the 2011 Ground Effect Road Rage Jersey is simple and race-ready although a little delicate. It looks nice with its WhaleTail, Raglan sleeves, and day-glo coloring, too.

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One23 Ceramic/Carbon External Bottom Bracket

one23 ceramiccarbon external bottom bracket   One23 Ceramic/Carbon External Bottom Bracket

A top quality kit item, the One23 Ceramic/Carbon External Bottom Bracket guarantees to smarten up the drivetrain. Without compromising the durability, it offers great smoothness and its lack of friction makes this piece even more excellent.

Being all ceramic and carbon, the One23 weighs in at only 100g. Its carbon sleeve looks a lot more amazing than the common plastic one. However, the carbon sleeve is concealed in the frame. Due to its feathery weight, tightening the alloy cups needed extra care.

Although it is quite pricey, the One23 Ceramic/Carbon External Bottom Bracket guarantees an excellent performance. However, a creak may be developed after a long off-road distance. This can be fixed by a quick re-grease of the threads and contact surfaces to bring its silky smooth performance back.

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2011 Rain Shield O2 Rainwear Cycling Jacket

2011 rain shield o2 rainwear cycling jacket   2011 Rain Shield O2 Rainwear Cycling Jacket

Rain Shield has one of the best cycling rain jackets in store for 2011 called the O2 Rainwear. Reasonably priced, the jacket has a high-quality WPB breathable microporous fabric, which stands for its reliable waterproof and breathable qualities.

Not only is the fabric waterproof and breathable its three-layered fabric of polypropylene is also windproof and incredibly lightweight, especially because it has no protective inner lining and pockets. Moreover, it costs less than other WPB fabrics that are made from teflon or polyurethane coatings.

Though designed to save cost and weight, the 2011 Rain Shield O2 Rainwear Cycling Jacket guarantees excellent features. These include a waterproof zipper, high collar, long sleeves, sealed seams, extended drop tail in the back, and a very visible yellow color.

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2011 Lazer Urbanize Night Helmet

2011 lazer urbanize night helmet   2011 Lazer Urbanize Night Helmet

To help make city rides at night more comfortable and free from anxiety, Lazer has released a gorgeous helmet for 2011 called Urbanize Night. Snapping lightly into the helmet are two integrated LED lights, white in the front and red in the rear.

Riders can keep a cool head with the moisture wicking lining of the Urbanize Night. Great ventilation is offered by its massive six vents. With Roll-Sys fit system, the bike helmet features 360 degrees of security on the head. It has an integrated visor, too.

Weighing in at about 380g, the 2011 Lazer Urbanize Night Helmet is an ideal city helmet not only during night time but during the day as well. With its casual look, the bike helmet can nicely match any leisure and regular workday outfits.

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2012 Cinelli Laser Concept

2012 cinelli laser concept   2012 Cinelli Laser Concept

First introduced by Cinelli in the ‘80s, Laser plays a great part in the revolutionizing of cycling designs. Over three decades later, it still maintains is reputation as one of the best bike frames ever made. For 2012, Cinelli has released a concept bike for Laser.

This is in time with the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, in which the track race culture will be a main feature. This awaited event will take place in the beautiful city of London. While the carbon frameset of the 2012 Cinelli Laser Concept Bike is inspired by a classic geometry, it is also updated to modern track racing.

The selected contemporary carbon allows making incredible aerodynamic shapes with all the stiffness that a carbon track frame must have. Some modifications will be done on its San Marco Zoncolan saddle.

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Mondraker Podium Carbon Futuristic Concept Bike

mondraker podium carbon futuristic concept bike   Mondraker Podium Carbon Futuristic Concept Bike

Mondraker, a Spanish bicycle manufacturer, has come up with a futuristic concept bike, the Podium Carbon. One of the latest hi-tech cycling items on the market today. This is a hot item to watch out for. Its new frame is created with a proprietary fabrication process making it stiffer than its predecessor.

To reduce the height of the front, Mondraker took off the stem and integratef it with the frame. By doing this, the steering tube is shortened while the front area of the bike is strengthened. Consequently, the force transmission from the upper body to the trail is enhanced.

Featured by the Modraker Podium Carbon Futuristic Concept Bike is the incredibly revolutionary Tronesque lines that introduce an integrated stem technology that has been seen on road bikes in recent years. Now, Mondraker is the first one to apply this technology to mountain bikes.

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Brooks B67 Sprung Leather Saddle

brooks b67 sprung leather saddle   Brooks B67 Sprung Leather Saddle

For those who prefer to sit straight on their bikes, the ideal saddle is the B67 Sprung Leather from Brooks. As one of the wider Brooks saddles, the B6 Sprung Leather is quite wide enough to offer a comfortable position. Weighing at 1530g, the saddle is 260mm long and 210mm wide.

In order to get rid of the tingle caused by road bumps, the saddle is filled with springs underneath. While its handlebars are slightly higher than the saddle, most of the weight of the rider is put on the saddle.

As one of the ultimate saddles for comfort available on the market, the Brooks B67 Sprung Leather Saddle is ideal for riders who regard comfort highly. With chrome springs and black steel rails, the saddle is available in a honey or black leather top.

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