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Specialized 2011 Cyclewear

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specialized 2011 cyclewear 1 300x300   Specialized 2011 CyclewearSpecialized comes out with its 2011 apparel for recreational and competitive cycling. Released are the Enduro Shorts, Demo Shorts, Cascade Jersey and Deflect Jacket.

The Enduro short is for cross country enthusiasts. It has a removable liner that’s separate form the shorts. It has adjustable waist straps and a sliding front snap locks to keep you secured. It also features the Body Geometry Comp pad to allow better blood flow and pressure support. With mesh front panels and shell panels for ventilation and better functionality, the Enduro Shorts has a MSRP of $120.00.

The Demo Short is for freeride cycling, it is made from nylon/polyester material with functional Velcro hand and back pockets. It comes just below the knees with functional belt loops and internal waits adjustment. It has a 15.5” inseam and MSRP of $80.00.

The Cascade Top uses a vaporized field sensor fabric that pulls moisture from the skin towards the…

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CamelBak 2011 Reservoir Packs

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camelbak 2011 reservoir packs 1 300x228   CamelBak 2011 Reservoir PacksCamelBak took on consumer feedback and came out with the Antidote reservoir pack for 2011. It also introduces the new Octane LR (lumbar reservoir) which makes use of having the water weight on your hips and not on your back to keep your upper body more free to move.

The Antidote model now comes with a new easy to open and close fill port. It has a simple quarter twist and pop mechanism that locks on and ensures the water will not spill. It also has a built in dryer arms which you can utilize when you want to dry out your reservoir pack. Other modifications also include decrease on bulk height, stack height and increase on fill port diameter. It comes with quick link, that auto shuts off when disconnected from the reservoir pack. This also gives way to accessories for your hydration system which includes a carbon…

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2011 Cannondale Flash 29

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cannondales flash 29er 300x190   2011 Cannondale Flash 29For 2011, Cannondale comes out with a 21 pound 29er that gives high quality performance on the trail despite being lightweight. The Flash 29 has a high modulus carbon fiber construction which goes from the front and splits at the seat tube and goes towards the rear.

With an inch and a half headtube, the Flash 29 also features the Cannondale S.A.V.E. chainstays and seatposts for a comfortable ride. They work like a mini-suspension systems on the bike to absorb rad shocks and vibrations.

The 2011 Flash 29 uses the Lefty Max Carbon fork which outperforms its competition with a guarantee on stiffer and lighter suspension. It also has a oversized BB30, improving the torsional resistance of the bike and allows for increased power transfer from your foot to the pedal.

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Genesis 2011 Bikes

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genesis 2011 bikes 5 300x200   Genesis 2011 BikesGenesis showcases its 2011 collection of road bikes which features the usual steel and branding except for some few tweaks. Here’s what’s coming soon in 2011.

Alfine-equipped Day One is in its final stage on the drawing boards and is designed with a hub-geared, drop-barred cyclocross iron and a Reynolds 520 frame. It uses the Versa 8 speed integrated lever shifting for its hub and for its stopping power, the Tektro Lyra mechanical disc brakes. Its longer rack mount braze-ons give more clearance on the disc. It has a price tag of £1000.

The Vapour CX bike in matt olive finish with gloss decals is obviously attractive. It has a Tiagra drivertrain with 2300 non-series chainset and a Tektro cantis coupled with secondary levers. Its cable stop is on the fork crown not hanging by the spacer stack which results to less prone to wobble braking. It has a…

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Shimano 2011 Road shoes

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shimano 2011 road shoes 1 300x187   Shimano 2011 Road shoesShimano reveals its 2011 road shoes with models R315, R133, R106, R087 and R077. These new models will be released in September.

For the R087, not many changes were made from its older model, the R086. It still has a fiberglass reinforced nylon sole which you can use for three bolt and two bolt cleats. The graphics on the upper is now of flowing lines. The RO87 retails for £79.99.

The R077 only differs from the R076 on the graphics. The fiberglass sole and triple hook-and-loop closure is still used and the price remains the same, £69.99.

The R315 features Rovenica ultra-fine synthetic fabric upper material. The holes for ventilation are sized bigger than its older model the R310. It costs £269.99.

A new ratchet style for closure is one of the R106’s features. With fiberglass reinforced composite sole and amazing graphics, it costs £109.99.

The R133 comes with a multi-layer…

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2011 Colnago C59 Road Bike

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Colnago shares some images of its new C59 road bike for 2011 with a debut on the Giro d’Italia’s first stage from Amsterdam to Utrecht. It was used by Colnago-CSF Inox cyclist Sacha Modolo. For the 2010 Tour de France, Team Bbox Bouyges Telecom are riding on them.

The C59 has a frame which is made with reinforced tube shapes. This was to make sure that it stays sturdy and rigid even under harsh conditions. It also has a reinforced fork with oversized chainstays. Colnago gives it a rectangular profile to minimize lateral flex.

Internal cable routing is applied on the C59. The cables escape from under the bottom bracket and on towards the front and rear derailleurs. Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 can be added on the flattened area of the bottom bracket.

The C59 frame, fork and headset retails for £3,299.95, and releasing later this year with the rest of…

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2011 Merida Mountain Bikes

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Merida unveils three new mountain bikes for 2011, which are the One-Twenty, Twenty-Nine, and Matts Scandium.

The Merida 2011 One Twenty uses full carbon fiber, weighing in at 1.86kg, and has 100mm of travel. Adding in a 18 inch sample fitted and DT Swiss M210 shocks brings the overall weight to 2.1kg. Comparing to the Ninety-Six, the One Twenty is 20% stiffer.

Fusing tube to tube construction and monocoque, the downtube also contains a double chamber. The process of tube to tube was achieved by using high modulus carbon fiber. A relaxed head angle (at 69 degrees) is one of the changes. This feature adds stability to riding downhill or racing.

The big surprise from Merida is the 29er MTB, simply known as the Twenty-Nine. Since many in the UK have requested a 29er, Merida answered. “Our German design team have slaved and studied…

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