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5 Beautiful Road Bikes and Alice Rausch in Sharp: The Book For Men Spring/Summer 2012

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5 beautiful road bikes and alice rausch in sharp   5 Beautiful Road Bikes and Alice Rausch in Sharp: The Book For Men Spring/Summer 2012

Sharp magazine has unveiled its Book For Men Spring/Summer 2012 issue, which features five of the most beautiful road bikes on the market today. What is more, the road bikes are modeled by Luxembourger top model, Alice Rausch.

The five selected bikes are from respected bike brands, namely Cannondale, Cervelo, and Felt. Aside from being lightweight, these road bikes have been engineered with outstanding precision to provide reliable performance.

The photos were captured by Vancouver-based fashion advertising photographer, Trevor Brady. Each of Alice Rausch's seductive cycling photos with a road bike was inspired by the 40s’ sexy pinup girls.

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BMC Impec Automobili Lamborghini Bike Edition

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For 2012, a limited edition road bike named the BMC Impec Automobili Lamborghini, has been launched. Combining an Italian super-car design with Swiss cycling technology, this all carbon-fiber racing bike takes pride in its plush trim with a design similar to Cadel Evans’ award-winning Tour de France bike.

Built under the form-follow-function principle, as BMC and Lamborghini call it, this road bike is a first-class BMC Impec bikes' derivative that incorporates accents like the Argos Orange of the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4.

At the front of this super-car inspired road racing bike is the House of the Raging Bull symbol, the Lamborghini badge. Also made by Lamborghini are the bike’s suede-cover handlebars and saddle, which are grouped with Shimano and SRAM components.

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First Look: 2013 Redline D680 Carbon Mountain Bike

2013 d680 redline carbon mountian bike   First Look: 2013 Redline D680 Carbon Mountain Bike

Redline showcased many interesting rides for 2013 at this year’s Sea Otter Classic. Making its first appearance ever was the brand’s 2013 D680 carbon frame mountain bike.

The D680 will go through a few changes for 2013. The biggest difference between it and its predecessor will be a carbon frame, as apposed to the aluminum construction used on the 2012. Sporting a monocoque design, the 12142 rear, carbon frame sheds a bit of weight. A look at the new mountain bike’s BB92 system reveals a detachable, polycarbonate cover for easy brake cable access. When speaking components, the D680 carbon version will come dressed in SRAM XO, Ritchey Vantage tubes and 1 1/8 1 1/2 tapered fork to list a few.

Here’s where you’ll have to use your imagination: The Redline 2013 D680 images we are hosting is of an unfinished bike, without graphics. The finished product will feature a stealthy,…

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2013 Raleigh RXC Pro Disc Cyclocross Bike

2013 raleigh rxc pro disc cyclocross bike   2013 Raleigh RXC Pro Disc Cyclocross Bike

Making it just in time for the Sea Otter Classic was the 2013 Raleigh RXC Pro Disc Cyclocross Bike.

Since it was short notice and Raleigh wanted a complete build, they had to throw on regular Shimano Disc Brakes and not the new CX Brakes (which will come with retail version).

The frameset is full carbon, with the frame weighing around 1100 grams. The change from last years RXC Pro and 2013 is the addition of disc brakes (of course) and tapered headtube (2012 featured a straight headtube).

Also upon release, the 2013 RXC Pro Disc comes with the Shimano Di2 build, integrated brakes if you wanted to change to mechanical shifters down the road and press fit bottom bracket which can be converted to single speed.

Available as a complete or frameset. The complete Raleigh 2013 RXC Pro Disc will retail between $5500 – $6000 with the frameset around the $2500…

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2013 Norco Tactic Road Bike

2013 norco tactic road bike   2013 Norco Tactic Road Bike

One of Norco’s new 2013 road bikes from their race line is the Tactic, which will be available in four different builds.

The 2013 Tactic is being tested and road by Team H&R Block as we type this, but a prototype was on display at the Sea Otter Classic.

The frame weighs in at 900 grams for a 56cm. Added is what Norco is calling “arc road compliance race stay”, which is a slight curve on the frame but a flat profile for forgiveness in the stays.

A stiff chassis press fit bb30 to make it as stiff as possible. In addition, Norco added a 27.2 seat post (from a 31.8) on the 2013 Tactic for comfort.

As aforementioned, four builds will hit the market. For now, the three known are Shimano Ultegra Di2 and Dura-Ace, and SRAM Red. Releasing early 2013 and will also release as a frameset.

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2012 Bell Gage Bicycle Helmet

bell gage 2012 bike helmet   2012 Bell Gage Bicycle Helmet

Brand spakin’ new at the Volkswagen Sea Otter Classic Powered by SRAM, protected from the heat at Bell’s booth set-up, sat the Bell Gage helmet designed for 2012. The helmet’s name was derived from the world’s first automotive speed shop’s location, 3633 Gage Avenue, in Bell, CA just outside of Los Angeles.

The Bell helmet features a number of hot selling points. For starters, a whopping 26 vents were used in its design to maximize ventilation. Bell added its Fusion In-Mold Microshell, TAG Fit System, and inner channeled ventilation to attract cyclist who dream at competing at a pro level. Weighing in at only 240g, the Gage is an ultra-light choice, furthering its comfort qualities, especially when the road is long. Also adding to its appeal is the models many colorways offered (images of each after the fold).

The 2012 Bell Gage bicycle helmet will be available in June at a…

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2013 Redline Conquest Disc Cross Bike

2013 redline conquest disc cross bike   2013 Redline Conquest Disc Cross Bike

Redline had a few treats in store for the 2012 Sea Otter Classic, one being their brand new 2013 Redline Conquest Disc cross bike.

The Redline 2013 Conquest Disc is your entry level cyclocross bike that comes with a 6061 aluminum frame, carbon fiber forks and of course disc brakes. What are some of the changes from last years model to 2013? The bottom bracket was taken down a bit and of course the addition of disc brakes.

If your not ready to jump on the disc brake wagon yet, don’t worry because Redline will still offer the Conquest without.

Coming equipped with a Tiagra 10 speed groupset plus fender and rack mounts for those thinking of converting to a city bike.

As of now, a specific retail price is unknown, but you can expect a price tag around $1600. Releasing around late July or mid August 2012.

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