Bike Reviews

2012 ControlTech TiMania Cockpit Kit

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2012 controltech timania cockpit kit   2012 ControlTech TiMania Cockpit Kit

ControlTech will be offering for 2012 a new range of titanium components called TiMania range, which consists of a stem, handlebar, steerer tube spacers, and seatpost. The 6Al-4V titanium stem features a one-piece monocoque body. Weight is reduced by the windows cut into the bar and stem clamps.

Depending on wall thicknesses and tube sizes, Ti metal bars and posts have the buzz-damping characteristics as those of the Ti bikes, which are known for their smooth ride feel. According to ControlTech, the new handlebar is the firmest titanium flat cross-country bar on the market.

Available in a 600 or 660mm widths, the oversized 31.8mm pipe weighing 195g is made from double-butted 3Al-2.5V Ti, and features a five-degree backsweep. Pricing for the 2012 ControlTech TiMania Cockpit Kit is still not confirmed.

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2012 GT Performer Mountain Bike

2012 gt performer mountain bike   2012 GT Performer Mountain Bike

Included in the 2012 GT mountain bike lineup is the Performer. Beautifully designed, this bike is a kind of a cruiser BMX/single-speed mountain bike with a retro style. Its traditional high-tensile steel frame tubes and cromo fork are meant to bring the riders decades back.

By mixing into the back end some high-tensile steel, the bike puts some more economy to the package while still keeping all the style. Other features include two sets of oversized pegs, stamped tube caps, and a standard three-piece crank without the alloy chain wheel.

With its nostalgic retro touch, the 2012 GT Performer Mountain Bike is definitely a hot machine. On the other hand, while the retro style works for most riders, the plain seat pillar with a separate clamp may not be a thing of beauty for everyone.

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2012 GT Fury Alloy

2012 gt fury alloy   2012 GT Fury Alloy

GT will offer an alloy version of its Fury Carbon downhill bike for 2012. With the aim to bring more people into gravity riding and racing, GT has created The Fury as a performance driven bike and that applies to both the carbon and alloy models.

The geometry and suspension design of the Fury carbon and alloy bikes are exactly the same. Starting the Ruckus 7 frame, the allow model adopts the carbon geometry and 210mm of suspension travel. The gussets of the proprietary 6000-series monocoque alloy front end are larger than that of a freeride bike.

Adjustable rebound is offered Marzocchi’s basic 888 and Rocco R fork and damper while braking is handled by Avid’s Elixir 3s with 200mm rotors. Aside from its alloy frame, new cold forged pivot block assembly, and lower price, the 2012 GT Fury Alloy is just a duplicate of the original carbon model.

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2012 Giant Talon 2 Mountain Bike

2012 giant talon 2 mountain bike   2012 Giant Talon 2 Mountain Bike

Giant has upgraded its long-time most popular model Boulder 1 for 2012 and named it Talon 2. Made from ALUXX SL, which stands for a higher quality aluminum Super Light, the Talon range features a topnotch alloy that gives 18% more tensile strength than the ALUXX used in the Boulder range.

Top quality parts guarantee that the bike not only offers trouble-free rides but durability that will make the machine last for years. An ample equipment upgrade from the original Boulder model puts the Talon 2 at the top of its game as an entry-level off-road mountain bike.

With its lightweight ALUXX SL frameset, the 2012 Giant Talon 2 Mountain Bike can tackle the specific geometry requirements of 26in wheels. As a great all-rounder, this is ideal for recreational level, bike paths, bumpy tracks and more arduous off-road cycling.

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2011 Lazer Cityzen Helmet

2011 lazer cityzen helmet   2011 Lazer Cityzen Helmet

Lazer has added a hot new item to its 2011 lineup of helmets, which is the Cityzen. As the name implies, this is an urban helmet that will surely not fail to catch attention with its chic design. Riders who want to commute in style will definitely fall in love with the 2011 Lazer Cityzen Helmet.


Not only does the Cityzen provide a stylish look. The helmet provides perfect protection from the sun as well with its built-in sun visor. Moreover, excellent comfort is guaranteed by its excellent fit adjustment system.

Along with the classy grey or black plaid look are the smooth colors, lively silhouette, and defined TurnFit security system. With its guaranteed comfort, perfect fit, unique and beautiful design, and an efficient visor, there is nothing to dislike about the Cityzen helmet.

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2011 Ibis Hakkalügi Cyclocross Frame

2011 ibis hakkalugi cyclocross frame   2011 Ibis Hakkalügi Cyclocross Frame

Back and ready for the cyclocross season for 2011 is the Ibis Hakkalügi. With its greatly reduced weight, the frame features enhanced accelerations and reduced tedious shouldering during repetitive dismounts. Partly due to the sleek tube joints, the Hakkalugi is constructed as a carbon fiber monocoque structure.

Light weight and uncompromising strength are guaranteed by the entire frame, which is not only made with pre-impregnated carbon fiber sheet but also hand-rolled around silicone forms. Moreover, the frame was put and thoroughly baked into a steel mold to achieve unified structure.

Ready to tackle dirt roads, trail rides, and the severity of cyclocross is the 2011 Ibis Hakkalugi Cyclocross Frame. It is available in six sizes from 47 to 61cm and in two colors, Black Lung and Phlegmish Yellow. Required for the frame is a Campagnolostyle Hiddenset headset.

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2011 Biria CitiBike Men Road Bike

2011 biria citibike men road bike   2011 Biria CitiBike Men Road Bike

Biria has introduced a steel road bike for men called CitiBike for 2011. The fenders, front lunch rack, and rear rack and all standard accessories of this full 700c road bike are painted specifically for men riders. However, the fenders of the newest edition are painted a women version of the bike.

Along with the Shimano 7-speed drivetrain are topnotch features, such as the saddle with a perfect ergonomic shape. Its caramel/alpaca colors are very stylish and it comes with a bell that announces the presence of the rider while hitting the road.

Men riders will definitely love to commute or visit the park with the 2011 Biria CitiBike Men Road Bike, which is also incredibly affordable. Furthermore, sporty women riders can use this bike with its classically crafted frame, which features a comfortable riding position that suits the ladies.

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