Bike Reviews

2012 Kona Supreme Operator Downhill Bike


2012 kona supreme operator downhill bike   2012 Kona Supreme Operator Downhill Bike

Kona Bikes has updated its famous downhill bike called Supreme Operator for 2012. This updated bike, which is the top-of-the-line model of the 2012 Operator range, has been used by the downhill team of Kona during the entire season of the World Cup circuit.

Featured by the Supreme Operator is bead blasting, which both makes the outer surface of the tubes stronger and enhances crack prevention. With the complete pro-level spec, including the new Easton 35mm bar/stem parts, the full downhill bike weighs in at just 17.23kg.

For riders who do not mind buying a pricey race-ready bike with first-class components, the 2012 Kona Supreme Operator Downhill Bike is the perfect choice. Its impressive specs include a RockShox Boxxer World Cup fork, Easton Havoc cockpit, Fox DHX RC4 rear shock, and a Shimano Saint groupset.

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2012 Planet X N2a Aero Road Bike

2012 planet x n2a aero road bike   2012 Planet X N2a Aero Road Bike

For the first time, Planet X has released an aero road bike. Called N2a, this road bike is the top-of-the-line model of this British bike brand?s 2012 range. Featured by its high-modulus carbon fiber frame, which weighs in at a 950g, are some all-new, aero-tuned forms.

N2A stands for Nanolite, which is the existing performance-orientated carbon road bike of Planet X, it being the second generation, and its aerodynamic feature. Crafted by an Italian frame builder and bike designer, this carbon N2A is a drastic overhaul of the Nanolite.

Drivetrain stiffness is enhanced by the 2012 Planet X N2a Aero Road Bike while keeping weight low, thanks to its press-fit BB30 bottom bracket and seamless blending of the huge down tube into the head tube. Complete specs include SRAM Red, carbon components, and Planet X R50 carbon wheels.

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2012 Jer?nimo Cycles Rasputin Fe Mountain Bike

2012 jeronimo cycles czar fe road bike1   2012 Jer?nimo Cycles Rasputin Fe Mountain Bike

Jer?nimo Cycles, the Spanish brand known for its nice titanium bicycles, has entered a new venture in steel and released a new mountain bike called Rasputin for 2012. The mountain bike is under the Fe series of the brand along with the cZar road bike, another new model.

It is the first time for Jer?nimo Cycles to release steel frames, but in collaboration with the British company Reynolds, the Fe series guarantees topnotch quality. There will be 26in and 29er versions for the Rasputin, which is built from high end Reynolds 853 tubing.

Consistency and resistance are offered by the 2012 Jer?nimo Cycles Rasputin Mountain Bike, thanks to its steel material. Its frame, which is exclusively designed for disc brakes, is ready for a rear luggage rack installation. Since the bike will be released with just 50 units, reservations can be made online.

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2012 Jer?nimo Cycles cZar Fe Road Bike

2012 jeronimo cycles czar fe road bike   2012 Jer?nimo Cycles cZar Fe Road Bike

New for riders who are fond of road bikes is the cZar from the Fe series introduced by Jer?nimo Cycles for 2012. This Spanish company used high-end Reynolds 853 tubing in order to build this unique road bike, which will be released in a limited number of 50 units only.

Featured by the Fe series is an excellent geometry and impressive technical specifications. Fe, which means iron, stands for the new venture of Jer?nimo Cycles in steel for 2012. The frames made in Spain will be provided either with a rigid steel fork or individually. It will be available in three sizes.

Built from steel, the 2012 Jer?nimo Cycles Fe cZar Road Bike is amazingly flexible and robust. Since it does not build up fatigue, the bike frame offers legendary reliability and resistance. Its steel material also makes this road bike an ideal choice for classical and purist riders.

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2012 Five Ten Cool Hwip SPD Shoe

2012 five ten cool hwip spd shoe   2012 Five Ten Cool Hwip SPD Shoe

Five Ten, the leading brand for the flat-pedal bike shoe movement, has created one of the coolest SPD shoes for 2012, which is rightfully called Cool Hwip. Crafted with speed in mind, these SPD compatible DH shoes will certainly gain approval among professional riders of both the World Cup and local races.

Weighing in at 618.5g per shoe, the Cool Hwip comes with a dual density insole, stiff shank plate midsole, and a Stealth S1 non-marking outsole. Its upper also features an Action Leather Velcro brand lace protector that keeps the feet in one piece, so neither rocks nor roots can get in the way.

Ideal for SPD riders is the new 2012 FiveTen Cool Hwip SPD Shoe. Taking pride in its asymmetrical lace protection, high-end ankle protection, fully stitched one-piece padded Raptor tongue, and an anti-crank inside ankle patch, the Cool Hwip is definitely an unparalleled SPD shoe.

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2012 Tomac Snyper 140 Mountain Bike Frame

2012 tomac snyper 140 frame   2012 Tomac Snyper 140 Mountain Bike Frame

Tomac Bikes has redesigned one of the best-selling mountain bike frames for 2012, which is called the Snyper 140. It is built from a first-rate 6069 aluminum frame that comes with mountain bike-specific features, making the bike a great machine for those who enjoy all-day rides in rough terrain.

With exceptional pedaling efficiency, this stiff and light frame allows the rider to smoothly slide along the rough terrain. Aside from triple butted 6069 top and down tubes, the Snyper 140 utilizes CNC machined shock and rocker link mounts and forged aluminum shock mounts.

Featuring a completely new design, the 2012 Tomac Snyper 140 Mountain Bike Frame integrates the very much desired Instant Active Suspension (IAS) suspension design. Through this new IAS system, response time to bump forces is improved. Also, the frame works with Shimano, SRAM, and FSA front derailleurs.

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2012 Whyte Bikes Charing Cross Disc Brake Cyclocross Bike

2012 whyte bikes charing cross disc brake cyclocross bike   2012 Whyte Bikes Charing Cross Disc Brake Cyclocross Bike

For the first time, Whyte Bikes, a British company famous for mountain bikes, has released three new cyclocross bikes for 2012, one of which is the Charing Cross. Applying the state-of-the-art frame geometry of Whyte, the Charing Cross is perfect for longer commutes.

Featuring a strong 6061 custom-butted aluminum frame, the Charing Cross comes with a post mount disc brake, Shimano Tiagra 10-speed drivetrain, and a combination of mudguard with rack eyelets and deep section R-7 wheels with disk brakes. These allowS the riders to enjoy inexpensive cycling for years.

Boasting impressive versatility, the 2012 Whyte Bikes Charing Cross Disc Brake Cyclocross Bike is a must-have multi-use bike. For riders who are looking for a bike that can tackle cyclocross, commuting, touring, and winter training, this is the ideal machine.

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