Bike Reviews

2012 Stevens Stratos Road Bike


2012 stevens stratos road bike   2012 Stevens Stratos Road Bike

Stevens Bikes has introduced its fastest and sportiest machine to date for 2012. The new Stratos is a state-of-the-art road bike that has an extraordinary electronic gearshift but is still amazingly inexpensive even if the surcharge for the exceptionally lightweight THM front fork is included.

Highlights of the technical aspects of the Stratos include the comfortable and stiff tapered steerer fork, innovative high-end frame, carbon cable guides, and carbon dropouts. The ratio of weight to stiffness is optimized by its highly modular carbon fibers.

Excluding the fork, the carbon frame of the 2012 Stevens Stratos Road Bike weighs in at only 830g. Not only is this carbon frame very lightweight. It is also very comfortable and is one of the best carbon racing framesets in the world in terms of quality and performance.

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2012 Bontrager B2 Light Thermal Base-Layer

2012 bontrager b2 light thermal base layer   2012 Bontrager B2 Light Thermal Base Layer

An ideal cycling garment for cool or unpredictable conditions is the new B2 long-sleeve base-layer released by Bontrager for 2012. This lightweight undershirt is built from a highly breathable, quick-dry thermal knit material that makes it easier to transfer moisture as compared to just a jersey.

Without the unnecessary bulky layering, the close-fitting design and smooth exterior of the B2 Light Thermal BaseLayer provides its user a perfect layering. Moreover, chafing is eliminated, thanks to its flatlock stitching.

Very smooth and soft, the thermal regulating fabric of the 2012 Bontrager B2 Light Thermal Base-Layer fits like a second skin. Maximum comfort is achieved through the quick-drying feel offered by outstanding vapor permeability. This base-layer is ideal for all types of rides.

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2012 Scott Scale 30 Hardtail Mountain Bike

2012 scott scale 30 hardtail mountain bike   2012 Scott Scale 30 Hardtail Mountain Bike

For 2012, Scott Bikes has reintroduced the hardtail mountain bike called Scale 30 with a completely new design. The new bike weighs in at just 10kg and has a first-rate Scale HMF-NET carbon frame that features a SDS shock damping system, IMP3 tech, and a tapered headtube for better front end stiffness.

With the Scale 30, getting to the races with a guaranteed performance of a topnotch machine does not have to be expensive. This mountain bike owes its low cost to its Rock Shox Reba along with its reliable combination of Avid brakes and Shimano drivetrain.

An affordable HMF carbon-fiber machine, the 2012 Scott Scale 30 Hardtail Mountain Bike is ideal for cross-country racers who are on a budget. Aside from its excellent mix of value and performance, this is also one of the few light bikes that is unfailingly stiff.

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2012 Trek Belleville Urban Bike

2012 trek belleville urban bike   2012 Trek Belleville Urban Bike

A unique item among the new lineup of machines released by Trek Bikes for 2012 is a new good-looking urban bike called Belleville. Vintage-inspired, this three-speed machine comes with an internal gear drivetrain, porteur-style front rack, and dynamo hub and lights.

Hidden inside the Shimano Nexus rear hub are three speeds while inside the front hub is a 6v dynamo. Along with its steel frame, which features maximum comfort and durability, are some rider-friendly features, such as the dynamo-powered lights and full-coverage fenders.

Riding the 2012 Trek Belleville Urban Bike is a great way to elegantly get to the city. While the entire build is modern, the design is somewhere between a Dutch-style urban bike and an old-fashioned tourer. Also, its price is quite reasonable for an awesome mix of comfort and style. …

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2012 Zoic Black Market Convertible Cycling Pants

2012 zoic black market convertible cycling pants   2012 Zoic Black Market Convertible Cycling Pants

New stylish cycling apparels have been released by Zoic for 2012, which includes the convertible cycling pants called Black Market. Built from a technical quick-dry fabric with a little spandex for stretch, these cycling pants are designed to zip off into shorts.

Featured by the Black Market are some nice cuffs that button up with reflective bits at the bottom. It also has a stretch waistband that comes with an adjustable buckle. Inside the pants is a padded liner that offers maximum comfort.

Aside from its impressive fashion and function, the 2012 Zoic Black Market Convertible Cycling Pants are also reasonably priced. Sliding on and off the saddle is made easier through the gussetted crotch. On the legs are angled zip pockets that allows for easy access during rides, too.

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2012 Focale 44 Relax Fixed Gear Bike

2012 focale 44 relax fixed gear bike   2012 Focale 44 Relax Fixed Gear Bike

For those who are looking for the coolest fixed gear bikes for 2012, Focale 44 Bikes has released a new fixie called Relax. As its name implies, maximum comfort is guaranteed with its 100% 4130 CrMoframe and the fork as well as its alloy mid-profile, double-wall rims and 165mm crank.

One of its features that are ideal for fixed riding is its double pedal-straps on the Focale 44 pedals. It also features a unique combination of custom Cr-mo bar and stem with BCD 144mm track crank, 42/16 gear ratio, and a 1-1/8? integrated headset.

Weighing in at 10.5kg, the 2012 Focale 44 Relax Fixed Gear Bike comes complete with freewheel, fixed sprocket, and brakes. Featuring a comfortable gearing, this lightweight bike allows the riders to select their riding style or to switch between a 16T freewheel and 16T fixed cog.

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2012 SE Wildman BMX Bike

2012 se wildman bmx bike   2012 SE Wildman BMX Bike

With an American BB frame, the Wildman is redesigned by SE Bikes to be among the toughest BMX machines for 2012. This is the ideal bike to begin tearing up the trails and streets. Featured by its frame are an integrated seat clamp, Gyro mounts, and 6mm dropouts.

Weighing in at 11.72kg, this 2012 model is the lightest Wildman so far. In order to save much weight, tapered fork legs were added and other major changes on specs were made. On the other hand, it still allows for performing amazing tricks on the streets.

While the 2012 SE Wildman BMX Bike is made for high speed and workouts, its seat still guarantees a comfortable ride. This bike is for almost every rider, from beginners who are still entering the cycling scene to the professional ones who still want to enhance their skills.

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