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2011 Kona Jake The Snake Cyclocross

2011 kona jake the snake cyclocross   2011 Kona Jake The Snake Cyclocross

Kona’s Jake The Snake makes an amazing appearance in 2011. Improvements have been made for the cyclocross racers.

First, the Kona 2011 Jake The Snake chainstays are a centimeter shorter than the last years. This adds to speed, taking corners, and acceleration. Adding stiffness to the bike is a BB30 bottom bracket, carbon fork (with tapered steer tube), and zero stack tapered head tube.

Components on the 2011 Kona Jake The Snake are 10 Speed Shimano Ultegra and 105 drivetrain, Shimano Wheelset, Maxxis Mud Wrestler tires, and WTB Valcon Race saddle.

Available in Blue/White/Black, and retails for $1,599.

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2011 Kona Steely Dirt Jump – Trail Bike

2011 kona steely   2011 Kona Steely Dirt Jump   Trail Bike

The 2011 Kona Steely is a steel machine built to endure and perform well on highly technical trails and to meet the demand of a rider who likes to have wild blazing rides.

The Kona Steely features an internal headset and a 67.5 degree headtube angle. It has a compact rear triangle and 180mm front brake rotor. A sloping top tube and Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic disc brakes promises a sturdy and steady bike you can easily control.

Other features of the Steely include ISCG tabs and adjustable 85-130 U-Turn fork. It has 20mm front hub and Shimano Deore components. All-day riding is possible on WTB Valcon Sport SE saddle, Sun Estates rims and Maxxis tires.

The 2011 Kona Steely comes in sizes of 14″, 16″, 18″, 20″ and in matte blue color.

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2011 Mavic SSC Line

2011 mavic ssc line   2011 Mavic SSC Line

Mavic reveals its Special Service Course line for 2011. The SSC Line is made up of the Cosmic Carbone 80, Cosmic Carbone SLR, R-Sys SLR and the Ksyrium SLR. The SSC line was intended for Mavic’s high-end wheels. Mavic has a new rim treatment called Exalith which gives the rim a wear-proof finish and will require a special brake compound.

The R-Sys SLR is designed to cater sportive and gran fondo riders. It features redesigned spokes with multi-directional fiber. It also has new Exalith rims for the front and rear. It is available in tubular or clincher versions. The R-Sys SLR tubular weighs 1955 grams and retails at $2080. The clincher version weighs 1994 grams and is priced at $2000.

The Ksyrium SLR also comes in clincher or tubular versions. It also uses Exalith rims. The clincher version retails at $1800 while the tubular version has a tag price of $1880.

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2011 Kestrel 4000 Ltd Triathlon Bike

2011 KESTREL 4000 LTD   2011 Kestrel 4000 Ltd Triathlon Bike

For 2011, Kestrel Bicycles unveils the Kestrel 4000 LTD at this year’s Eurobike. There will only be 100 bicycles made of this red/white model. The Kestrel 4000 Pro will be available next spring.

The 2011 Kestrel 4000 comes with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting and weighs 19.3lbs. It has a tapered headset which is integrated 1 1/8″-1 1/4″ and 10mm carbon top cover with cable stop. It also has an integrated BB30 bottom bracket shell.

This limited edition triathlon bike is spec’d with Oval parts like the Oval TT saddle, Oval 901 Tri bar, Oval 985 front clincher and Oval 999 rear wheelset.

It uses Vittoria Open Corsa Evo CX Foldable tires, carbon levers and Kestrel EVA Foam with Gel for grips. The Kestrel 4000 has a 800 K Hi-modulus carbon frame with replaceable dropouts, making this slightly stiffer than previous models.

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2011 Hoffman Strowler BMX Frame

2011 hoffman strowler bmx frame   2011 Hoffman Strowler BMX Frame

Hoffman Bikes popular Strowler flatland frame is back for 2011 in two colors, blue and copper.

The 2011 Hoffman Strowler frame dimensions are identical to 2010 (18.9″ and 19.75″), including the curved down tube. 1970s/80s style graphics are applied, which have a gradient effect starting from purple and ending to yellow.

MSRP for the 2011 Strowler is $249.99.

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2011 Raleigh Record Ace Road Bike

2011 raleigh record ace road bike   2011 Raleigh Record Ace Road Bike

Comparing the Raleigh 2011 Record Ace to the previous year, look wise not much has changed. Even the components have minor changes, but the Record Ace will still shine in 2011.

The 2011 Raleigh Record Ace road bike features a lugged Reynolds 520 butted chromoly steel frame, flat crown lugged 4130 chromoly forks, Shimano Ultegra Double Crankset, Shimano Ultegra derailleurs, shifters and brake levers, but Shimano 105 brakes.

Releasing in white, and available in sizes 53, 55, 57, and 59cm.

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Bianchi 2011 Campione

2011 bianchi campione   Bianchi 2011 Campione

Companies continue to add more retro specific road bikes to their lines, some for urban commuting or just classic road bikes. Another addition is the Bianchi 2011 Campione.

Some may say the 2011 Bianchi Campione is a little too old school with the shifters placed on the bottom tube, but for those riding an older bike and want to upgrade, the 2011 Compione is a perfect match.

The frame and forks on the Bianchi Campione feature chromoly steel, and the forks are straight blade (wish they were lugged). Other components are Shimano shifters, Bianchi Reparto Corse brakes, FSA Temp crankset, and Shimano 8 speed cassette. Releasing in metallic black.

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