Bike Reviews

2012 Octane One Combo Saddle

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2012 octane one combo saddle   2012 Octane One Combo Saddle

Included in the new lineup of saddles released by Octane One for 2012 is the Combo. The saddle is made of a plastic base that is connected with an aluminum one-piece 25.4mm seat-post combo, including the 27.2 shim. With the 110mm long post, rising by 60mm is allowed.

Featured by its one-piece seat post are a slim padding and micro-suede top cover. Along with the micro suede material is a nylon base and 6061 alloy seat post. This saddle measures 210mm x 120mm. Its seat angle is not adjustable but fixed.

Weighing in at only 245g, the 2012 Octane One Combo Saddle is incredibly lightweight and neat looking as well. Aside from the highly competitive weight, the price of the saddle is also affordable as compared to other standard sets of seat and posts.

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2012 Shimano R241 Road Race Shoe

2012 shimano r241 road race shoe   2012 Shimano R241 Road Race Shoe

A new elite-level road race shoe for 2012 from Shimano is the R241. Revamping several models for 2012, Shimano has avoided the semi-custom layer offering the R241 shoe as a full-custom. This custom-fit model comes with a hollow carbon-fiber sole.


Completely moldable, the upper, the toe box, and the insole fit the contour of the rider’s feet. Heated up in the oven and vacuum fitted, spaces are reduced to further optimize comfort. On the upper strap, the shoes get a low profile buckle giving it a huge aero advantage over a standard buckle.

Weighing in at 543gl (a size 40) the 2012 Shimano R241 Road Race Shoe has incredibly flexible and soft moisture-control mesh sections and uses microfibre that is very resistant to stretching. It is available in two colors, which are blue/black and silver/black.

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2012 Bianchi Cavaria Cyclocross Bike

2012 bianchi cavaria cyclocross bike   2012 Bianchi Cavaria Cyclocross Bike

Bianchi Bicycles has introduced its latest cyclocross bike called Cavaria for 2012. This new cyclocross bike, which will be offered with Sram Force for the new season, has a lot of new things to offer. It is also available with a Shimano Ultegra build for a more affordable price.

What makes the two different are ALX rims wheels and Hutchinson Bulldogs tires. Weighing in at approximtely 500kgs, the Cavaria features a topnotch full carbon fiber frame. The bike is available either as an assembled machine or as a kit frame.

With its excellent combination of stat-of-the-art components coupled with amazing aesthetics, the 2012 Bianchi Cavaria Cyclocross Bike is one of most coveted machines in the cycling world today. Since it features Sram Force specs, this bike guarantees reliable quality.

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2012 Specialized Crosstrail Bike

2012 specialized crosstrail bike   2012 Specialized Crosstrail Bike

For 2012, Specialized has created an excellent machine called Crosstail, which is created for effective fitness, recreation, and exploration. Included in its reliable components are its Specialized Borough XC Sport tires that offer both fast rolling and sufficient traction on the trail.

With 75mm of travel, the coil-sprung SR Suntour fork comes with alloy lowers, which enables this hybrid bike to effortlessly go off-road. Its ability to tackle varied terrain is achieved through its strong double-walled 700c alloy rims.

Tackling the method, location, and purpose of riding, the 2012 Specialized Crosstrail Bike is a reliable machine for various rides. On any surface, lightweight buoyancy is guaranteed by its smooth-welded A1 premium aluminum frame while its saddle has adequate padding that offers maximum comfort.

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2012 Black Market Bikes Contraband Frame

2012 black market bikes contraband frame   2012 Black Market Bikes Contraband Frame

One of the latest frames that offer topnotch quality for 2012 is the Contraband, which was released by Black Market Bikes. Skillfully hand crafted, the Contraband is a 24in specific frame that has a lot of great things to offer, such as 365mm chainstays and Mid BB with 135mm spacing.

Professionally proven and frequently imitated, the unique geometry by Black Market Bikes provides the riders with an absolutely solid ride that they will surely enjoy. To optimize the quality of the geometry, it is combines with precision laser cut bridges and dropouts.

Weighing in at 2.6kgs, the 2012 Black Market Bikes Contraband Frame offers reliable quality thanks to its Sanko tubing, which is heat-treated, double-butted, and seamlesss. Other features of the frame include an integrated headset and seat clamp.

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2012 Octane One Static MTB Pedals

2012 octane one static mtb pedals   2012 Octane One Static MTB Pedals

Octane One has created new mountain bike pedals for 2012 called Static, which are offer at an affordable price and they are light in weight. Light but strong, the low-profile body of the pedals are kitted with removable pins, which enhances the grip quality.

Weighing in at 429g, the Static is incredibly light. Featured by its hardened axle is a 15mm wrench slot and a 6mm M6 socket. The loose ball version has silver pins with 11 pins on each side. These 20mm thick pedals have a 15mm flat wrench slot, 6mm Allen hex socket, and a 95mm x 90mm platform.

Crafted on a first-rate ball bearings, the 2012 Octane One Static MTB Pedals feature a die-cast alloy material that enables it to endure tough rides. Loaded with excellent features, these pedals tackle mud very well and do not muddle easily.

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2012 Giro Reverb Commuter Helmet

2012 giro reverb commuter helmet   2012 Giro Reverb Commuter Helmet

Giro has released one of the most exciting commuter helmets for 2012 called Reverb. It was the intention of Giro not to make the helmet flashy by not packing it with so many features. Instead, the Reverb is designed to be an understated and well-functioning helmet.


Reverb is quite different from classic helmet peaks with its removable fabric peak, which is such a clever feature. The removable fabric peak is positioned inside the rim of the helmet with Velcro tabs holding it in position. Its brim is similar to that of a traditional-style cycle cap and is removable for washing.

While it looks like the rider is wearing a cap under the helmet, it shades the eyes and keeps the rain away without the added mass. Simple but cleverly designed, the 2012 Giro Reverb Commuter Helmet is a must-have helmet for all riders who want a helmet that simply…

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