Bike Reviews

2012 Orange Carb-O Road Bike


2012 orange carb o road bike   2012 Orange Carb O Road Bike

With the long list of bicycles released for 2012, the Carb-O road bike from Orange Bikes is one of the bikes that quickly became very popular. Thanks to Easton, this road bike takes pride in its very reputable wheels and cockpit parts.

Aside from its Easton finishing kit, this carbon-fiber road bike comes complete with a full Shimano 105 drivetrain. Featured by the Carb-O is a monocoque front triangle, which has UD carbon fibers and comes with a lugged carbon rear end.

Uniquely designed, the 2012 Orange Carb-O Road Bike is one of the very few bikes for 2012 released for that feature a chain set as well as brakes to go with the 105 transmission. While it has a tapered headtube, things are kept simple on the Carb-O with features like a BB30 bottom bracket.


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2012 Pearl Izumi Octane SL III Cycling Shoes

2012 pearl izumi octane sl iii cycling shoes   2012 Pearl Izumi Octane SL III Cycling Shoes

Pearl Izumi is one of the popular bike apparel brands that released high-quality cycling shoes for 2012 with the release of its new Octane SL III. As a part of the P.R.O. line of Pearl Izumi, the Octane SL III shoes are designed to be technologically advanced so it is ideal for professional level athletes.

The Octane SL III weighs in at only 195g, making it the first lightweight minimalist cycling shoe that features seamless upper with monomesh filament for maximum lightweight breathability. For drainage and cooling, excellent venting is guaranteed by its Octane 1:1 Power Plate.

Touted as an ethereally light footwear advancement, the 2012 Pearl Izumi Octane SL III Cycling Shoes effectively brings the minimalism of running shoes to riders. Solid stiffness and anatomic support are maximized by its extremely light footbed, which is full carbon and form-fitting.

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2012 Motobecane Nemesis Triathlon Bike

2012 motobecane nemesis triathlon bike   2012 Motobecane Nemesis Triathlon Bike

For 2012, Motobecane has reintroduced its triathlon bike called Nemesis with some improvements to tackle the standards of professional triathletes. Manufactured from aero section Z-Matrix Alpha tubing, the main triangle of the frame is made more lightweight and it features a more compliant ride.

Crafted with a highly advanced design, the Shimano Aero 700c wheels feature medium-section rims and incredibly fast-rolling high-pressure tires. Power transfer is made more efficient by its new 78 degree seat tube angle. Each tube, as wells as the seat stays, is made aero.

Included in the new improvements of the 2012 Motobecane Nemesis Triathlon Bike are its enhanced speed and more aerodynamics from its frame and fork. Also new is its aero-section seat-post, which is created from advanced composite carbon fiber.

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2012 Focus Bikes Urban Planet TR 2.0 City Bike

2012 focus bikes urban planet tr 2 0 city bike   2012 Focus Bikes Urban Planet TR 2.0 City Bike

Coming from Focus Bikes for 2012 is a new city bike called Urban Planet TR 2.0, which has an impressive specs list. Along with its Focus Urban alloy frame and fork are the Shimano Alfine hub and straight handlebars that give the bike a classy fixie look.

Riders do not have to worry about the squealing chain, which is not only annoying but also unstylish. Thanks to its Gates Carbon belt drive, which is totally silent. This is why the bike is also called the Focus Planet 8 Belt Drive internationally.

With the 2012 Focus Bikes Urban Planet TR 2.0 City Bike, cycling through the city can be really fun and hassle-free. Making the bike ideal for commuting are its very comfortable Selle Royal Seta Saddle, lightweight and smooth-rolling Schwalbe Kojak 35-622 black tires, and durable Truvative Firex 1.1 to learn french…

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2012 Carnac Ultra Road Shoe

2012 carnac ultra road shoe   2012 Carnac Ultra Road Shoe
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For riders whose main concern with their cycling footwear is comfort, the 2012 Carnac Ultra Road Shoe is perfect. This is because the shoes are packed with bike-specific features, such as synthetic P-Skin and micro-mesh uppers and interchangeable rubber heel.

It is very easy to fasten the Velcro straps of the shoes and they will not stretch. Compatible with three-point pedal clips, its road sole is equipped with the integrated air intake (I.A.I.) aeration system for optimal ventilation by providing three air intakes in front and a big outlet at the back.

Making the Ultra exceptionally cool and comfortable is its synthetic micro-mesh upper. Its sole is impressively stiff enough to power transfer highly effective through the pedals. When out in the saddle, experienced and new roadies will also find these shoes are very comfortable.


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2012 Cannondale Quick CX4 Hybrid Bike

2012 cannondale quick cx4 hybrid bike   2012 Cannondale Quick CX4 Hybrid Bike

A perfect mix of a mountain bike and a city bike is found in the new 2012 Cannondale Quick CX4 Hybrid Bike. As a mountain bike, the Quick CX4 is very strong and stable, and as a city bike, it is very stylish and agile. Thus, this bike is the perfect partner for riders who are fond of adventures.

Its optimized 6061 alloy frame comes with disc brakes and flat bars, which are all mountain bike-inspired. On the other hand, it has striking graphics and stylishly crafted tubing that makes it suitable on the streets but still tough enough to take the more demanding severity of rough roads and trails.

What accentuates the exciting versatility of this hybrid bike is its great combination of light weight, classy aesthetics, and tough quality. With its incredible versatility, a great ride is guaranteed, thanks to its attention to details.


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2012 Lapierre Xelius 900 DB Road Bike

2012 lapierre xelius 900 db road bike   2012 Lapierre Xelius 900 DB Road Bike

For riders who want to experience the Xelius Supremacy, the brand-new 2012 Lapierre Xelius 900 DB Road Bike is already out on the market with an exclusive design. Lightweight and stiff, the carbon HM monocoque frame comes with a tapered head tube and is designed to offer maximum speed.

Weighing in at 6.7kg, the Lapierre Xelius 900 DB is a lightweight road bike that is loaded with several impressive specs. These include Shimano Ultegra transmission 2×10 speeds and Easton EC70 aero handlebar with the exquisite Selle Italia SLR Kit Carbonio saddle and fast-rolling Mavic Rsys WTS wheels.

To respond to each pedal stroke, the new Xelius 900 DB guarantees precise handling. The only downside of the bike is that it is not beginner-friendly. In other words, the Xelius Supremacy is exclusively for expert riders who are aiming to push their potential to the brim.

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