Bike Reviews

2012 Santa Cruz Juliana Mountain Bike Frame for Women

2012 santa cruz juliana mountain bike frame for women   2012 Santa Cruz Juliana Mountain Bike Frame for Women

Although already reputable with its multi-award winning performance, the women mountain bike frame named Juliana from Santa Cruz Bicycles returns for 2012 with even more updates. To enhance the stiffness of the frame, its oversized main pivot bearing set is made into a through-axle main pivot.

Instead of painting a kid’s bike with female colors, Santa Cruz designed Juliana as a frame that is women-specific and at the same time tough enough to tackle the trail. The frame features 100mm travel, replaceable derailleur hanger, and a tire clearance with up to 2.35in.

As compared to its previous models, the 2012 Santa Cruz Juliana Mountain Bike Frame is made even stiffer and leaner. Indeed, the Juliana is constructed with the serious women trail riders in mind. For a medium size, the frame weighs in at 2.36kg.

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2012 Crank Brothers Mallet 2 Pedals

2012 crank brothers mallet 2 pedals   2012 Crank Brothers Mallet 2 Pedals

Crank Brothers has reintroduced its popular pedals called Mallet 2 for 2012. With a lower profile, the body of the pedals is constructed with a split polycarbonate/aluminum design. Dotted across these nicely updated pedals are adjustable 10mm pins.

Weighing in at 428g, the pedals are packed with an extensive list of impressive updates. These features include a 9/16″ thread, All-Access four-sided entry, cleat screws and shims, and two cleats that come with a six-degree float and two release angle options.

There will be three price points for the 2012 Crank Brothers Mallet 2 Pedals, which are entry-level, mid-tier, and bells and whistles. With a large platform, the Mallet 2 gets a forged chromoly spindle and press-fit internals. Its combined needle and cartridge bearings guarantee smooth rolling.

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2012 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive E-Bike

2012 smart fortwo electric drive bike   2012 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive E Bike

A truly smart bike for 2012 is the new electric bike called Fortwo Electric Drive from Smart, a city car brand owned by Daimler, in partnership with Grace Bicycles. Combining excellent functionality and classy aesthetics, this e-bike is a wonderful attention-getting machine in the city.

While it is engineered to be highly functional, its elegant look is cleverly maintained with a battery smartly hidden in the frame. The combination of a contemporary mountain-bike design and a maintenance-free rear hub provides the rider with an efficient riding posture and maximum comfort.

Aided by four different levels of boost, pedaling the 2012 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive E-Bike is amazingly efficient, thanks to the lithium-ion battery, which powers a 250 watt electric motor. Moreover, this e-bike can effortlessly tour at 15 MPH and travel over 60 miles for a single charge.

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2012 English Cycles Di2 Special Road Bike

2012 english cycles di2 special road bike   2012 English Cycles Di2 Special Road Bike

New from English Cycles for 2012 is a road bike called Di2 Special. Actually, the bike practically shows no Di2 hints since it has no controller box, visible battery, and wires. A custom stem was built to house the control box underneath since it is cable-tied to the brake cables, making it look like an extra.

From the stem to the derailleurs, running the Di2 cables entirely inside is enabled by arranging the headset arrangement upside down. An Icarus custom internal battery is used by the hidden battery, featuring a micro-USB charging port that is minimally incorporated straight into the frame.

Weighing in at less than 6.8kg, the 2012 English Cycles Di2 Special Road Bike is incredibly complete with Retro Sweet Wings steel cranks. With Columbus aero downtube and custom-butted ovalized seattube, the frame has signature features like its thin wishbone seatstays as well as True Temper S3 chainstays….

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2012 Finisterre Etobicoke MK V Cycling Jacket

2012 finisterre etobicoke mk v cycling jacket   2012 Finisterre Etobicoke MK V Cycling Jacket

Finisterre has created a new cycling jacket for 2012 called Etobicoke MK V, which is excellent in keeping its user warm. While maximizing warmth, the jacket offers minimum weight. This is achieved through the Primaloft Eco recycled synthetic insulation used in the garment.

Featured by this highly durable garment is a strengthened hem, cuffs, and pockets. Along with the slim, comfortable, and ergonomic cut is a YKK Vizion non-snag zip and dual draw-cord adjustable hem. The pockets are microfleece lined like the collar and elasticated like the cuffs.

Amazingly versatile, the 2012 Finisterre Etobicoke MK V Cycling Jacket is the garment that can actually be taken by riders anywhere. Weighing in at only 375g, the windproof and water resistant jacket nicely packs into a travel pillow.

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2012 Subrosa Letum Fixed Gear Bike

2012 subrosa letum fixed gear bike   2012 Subrosa Letum Fixed Gear Bike

Designed for a fun cycling freestyle fixie or pedaling around the city, the Letum from Subrosa Bikes is one of the newest fixed gear bikes for 2012. Along with its 100% CrMo TT frame is a Hi-Ten fork that features a CrMo steerer tube, 28mm reach, and tapered legs.

Although some material of the Letum has been sufficiently saved, it was still possible to maintain its strength. Like its first-rate frame, the 26in bar is also 100% CrMo and it features 3in rise, 3-degree upweep, and 10-degree backsweep.

Weighing in at 10.11kg, the 2012 Subrosa Letum Fixed Gear Bike is very lightweight but still amazingly complete with the necessary components a fixie should have. These components include Finger Banger flangeless grips and Ravager PC pedals from Shadow.

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2012 Sampson Stratics SL Carbon Fiber Road Pedal

2012 sampson stratics sl carbon fiber road pedal   2012 Sampson Stratics SL Carbon Fiber Road Pedal

Sampson Sports, a company known for technically advanced framesets based in Denver, has introduced a new carbon fiber road pedal called Stratics SL after a meticulous process of development and testing. This new pedal has several features to pride itself on. There is an optional titanium axle model, too.

The 66mm wide top surface of the pedal comes with a supporting steel plate. Aside from making the platform more durable for the cleats, the plate enhances the pedal’s structural rigidity, as well. Long life is guaranteed by the pedal’s top plate, which is a fully polished stainless steel.

Built from long-strand carbon fibers, the body of the 2012 Sampson Stratics SL Carbon Fiber Road Pedal has lost a considerable amount of weight. Both comfort and power are maximized by the cleats that lay flat, thanks to the No-Rock cleat design of the pedal’s platform.

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