Bike Reviews

2012 Norco Threshold Cyclocross Bike

2012 norco threshold cyclocross bike   2012 Norco Threshold Cyclocross Bike

For 2012, Norco is launching Threshold, the company’s first all carbon cyclocross bike. As a lightweight, strong and responsive cyclocross race bike, the Threshold is made to tackle mud and grass, and help racers achieve winning performance.

Made with versatile function, the Threshold has a 1320g frame that is highly technical. The frame is packed with a lot of great features, such as water bottle mounts, fender mounts, and replaceable dropouts both for single speed and geared drive trains.

While the 2012 Norco Threshold Cyclocross Bike is perfect for year-round-commuting and winter training, this machine is also ideal for weekend race series. Other features include high modulus carbon fiber, internal cable routing, and a tapered head tube….

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FSA 386 Evo Bottom Brackets

fsa 386 evo bottom brackets   FSA 386 Evo Bottom Brackets

The future of high end frames and drivetrain component designs are being ushered in by FSA with the help of the new FSA 386 Evo bottom brackets.

What’s great about the new BB 386 EVO system is that it works well with the majority of the current bottom bracket standards, including the standard 68mm wide BBs for road bikes as well as a BB30 or a PF30 bottom bracket or even as a Bright system or a BB86.

As for the 386 EVo, this system is press fit and will sport an 86.5mm bottom bracket shell width, making the frame’s width wider and makes the axle as long as the external system with a total diameter of 30mm, similar to that of the BB30 system.

It is also because of this 30mm axle diameter that the bottom bracket system gets a higher stiffness-to-weight ratio. For increased stiffness and stability, the EVO’s bearings…

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2011 SRAM/Truvativ X0 MRP Chainguide

2011 sramtruvativ x0 mrp chainguide   2011 SRAM/Truvativ X0 MRP Chainguide

SRAM and Truvativ have officially joined forces to create a new set of chain guides called the 2011 SRAM/Truvavtiv XO MRP Chainguide.

This first generation chain guide will boast of a DH-style type SRAM XO guide as well as a skidplate design with a lightweight aluminum backplate as well as lower and upper chain guides, which also includes a sealed bearing pulley to provide full chain retention.

With the help of an adjustable pulley, riders can also set these chain guides into either a 32-36T or 36-40T setting.

These chain guides are also available in various mounting standards, including BB-Mount, ISCG or ISCG 05. No price has been announced as of the moment but we’ll keep you posted as soon as more details become available….

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2011 Brodie Gearbox DH

2011 brodie gearbox dh   2011 Brodie Gearbox DH

Released by Brodie Bikes for 2011 is the prototype gearbox DH bike that is based around the SR Suntour V-Boxx. The prototype Downhill SR Suntour Internal Gear V-Boxx will be tested in partnership with Whistler Mountain Bike.

Chris of Whistler Mountain Bike will be riding the green machine throughout the Spring in the Whistler Bike Park. The Gearbox bikes are especially designed to get rid of the troubles that are commonly related with a derailleur based system.

A considerable amount of weight is added to the 2011 Brodie Gearbox DH. On the other hand, the mass is focused on the center of the bike and down low, which results to an extremely firm and balanced feel. The exquisite paint job is by Qualitek Collision of Vancouver.

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2011 Osprey Verve 7 Pack

2011 osprey verve 7 hydration pack   2011 Osprey Verve 7 Pack

Osprey returns with a vengeance with the new 2011 Osprey Verve 7 Pack for women.

The new pack from Osprey is the perfect pack for women involved in various activities, including trail running, day hiking and even cycling on rough roads.

While looking compact and slim, the Osprey Verve 7 in fact can carry the bulk of your personal belongings without much fuss. A plus factor for this pack is the fact that it also features a bungee lacing system in the instances that you need to bring extra clothing layers.

In cases where you also need to sling back your bike helmet, the Verve 7 pack will also feature Osprey’s patent Lidlock helmet attachment system, which helps make it easier to store helmets.

Dimensions for this pack is 17 x 8 x 4 in and is currently available online and has a price tag of $73.95.

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2011 Agu Secco Condom Jacket

2011 agu secco condom jacket   2011 Agu Secco Condom Jacket

Weighing in at only 172g, the 2011 Agu Secco Condom Jacket is a feather light cycling garment for rainy rides. Along with the polyamide or nylon fabric is a microporous Poray 5000 coating, which means the jacket has very small pores so even small droplets cannot pass through.

On the other hand, the pores of the fabric are large enough to let water vapor escape. It does not have any adjustment around the elasticated hem or cuffs, which means air conditioning depends only on the front zip. Visibility is enhanced by extra reflecting prints.

Mid-level waterproof, the 2011 Agu Secco Condom Jacket is highly packable and is tailored with a slim and very cycle-specific cut. While it is not the best garment to wear for winter commuting, this jacket is nice for spring and summer showers.

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2011 Le Prince Fixed Gear Lady Frame

2011 le prince fixed gear lady frame   2011 Le Prince Fixed Gear Lady Frame

As the first Finnish-based fixed gear bicycle brand, Le Prince is proud to introduce a new product set to be released this 2011, which is called, the Lady Frame. As the name implies, these frames are tailored for the lady riders.

Moreover, it is not often that fixed gear frames are made for women. Le Prince is one of the few brands to release a frame designed for women fixed gear riders. With a specially designed geometry, the frame guarantees a more competent riding experience for women riders.

Aside from the traditional female colors, pink and white, the 2011 Le Prince Fixed Gear Lady Frame is also available in a black and white color scheme. Aside from its simple and nice aesthetics, the Lady frame guarantees strength for tough rides.

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