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2011 Felt B12, B14, B16 Triathlon Bikes

2011 felt b12 b14 b16 triathlon bikes 1 300x182   2011 Felt B12, B14, B16 Triathlon BikesFelt Bicycles releases the B12, B14 and B16 Triathlon Bikes for 2011. All three triathlon bikes have a high modulus carbon frame with a reduced weight by 5%. The B12 comes with an aero tubeset that features internal cable routing. It has forged horizontal dropouts and Felt 3.2 Airfoil carbon steerer. It has SRAM Red with R2C bar end shifters and SRAM Red TT chainrings to deliver smooth shifting and high aerodynamics. Its Bayonet handlebars can be adjusted with total weight of 19.62lbs. The retail price for the Felt B12 is $3499.

The B14 shares the same fork with Ultegra Dura Ace derailleurs and TRP aero brake levers. It also has a 10-speed Shimano bar end shifters. The new B14 also uses the Felt TTR-3 700c 40mm deep aluminum rims which has a CNC machined braking surface. It also makes use of the Bayonet 6061 T6 base bar…

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2011 Felt Z5 Road Bike

2011 felt z5 road bike 300x182   2011 Felt Z5 Road BikeFelt Bicycles introduces the Z5 Road Bike for 2011. Marketed to be a versatile performer, the Z5 features a high modulus carbon fiber frame that has a forged dropout, replaceable hanger with 3K finish. It adheres to Felt’s classic racing specific geometry.

The fork comes with the same material as the frame with aluminum dropouts and carbon blades. It also has the Felt compression drive and a 1-1/8” steerer and crown. New Shimano 105 brakes, cassette, derailleurs, chain and shifters are on the Z5 with Mavic CXP-22N aluminum rims. It also has machined UB control braking surface and wear indicator, dual pivot brakes on stainless steel parts and Teflon bushings.

Painted with DuPont, it has a gloss clear finish and weighs 18.09 pounds with frame weight lighter by 10%. The Felt 2011 Z5 road bike comes in sizes of 700c x 51, 54, 56, 58, 61cm, retail price is…

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2011 Lapierre Froggy

2011 lapierre froggy   2011 Lapierre Froggy

After undergoing a precise modification and alteration, the 2011 Lapierre Froggy obtains a 180mm of travel from the OST suspension set up. The Froggy had a great year when it was first introduced in 2009 by Lapierre. It has caught the fancy of many riders looking for adrenalin surging runs wherever or whenever suitable.

The 518 with Fox 36 Van Fork and the 318 single ring set up with a RockShox Domain fork share the new Syntace 12x142mm bolt-through axle for stiffer swingarm capability are now being offered. The geometric modification covered a half degree taken off the head now 66° and a half degree on the seat angles now at 71°. The Supreme 6 aluminum front triangle frame option will likewise be offered.

The Froggy 518 has Shimano SLX components with Syncros stem, seatpost and handlebars. It weighs 16.3kgs and LP 1-1/8-1.5 headset. On the other hand, the Froggy…

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2011 Pivot Phoenix DH Bike

pivots phoenix dh bike   2011 Pivot Phoenix DH Bike

Pivot Cycles unveils the Phoenix 2011, its first downhill mountain bike. Although it may have similar leverage ratio curve with the Iron Horse Sunday, it has 207mm travel and provides a different feel on suspension and spring.

The Phoenix is made with aluminum, hydroformed tubes and machined pieces. It uses Dave Weagle’s DW-link suspension design and has pivots that run on EnduroMax bearings. The lower link is 17mm and upper link axles are 16mm.

It features a headtube with 64 degrees slack that can be modified by +/- ½, 1 or 1.375 degrees. The dropouts are replaceable and permits chainstay length and bottom bracket height tuning. The chainstays are set at 17.25 inches while the bottom bracket is at 13.6 inches.

The Phoenix features Fox RC4 shock and 83mm bottom bracket. ISCG mounts are in place with a 12mm-through rear axle. It weighs 16.8kg and colors are black and white….

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2011 Trek Fuel EX Mountain Bike

2011 trek fuel ex mountain bike   2011 Trek Fuel EX Mountain Bike

The 2011 Trek Fuel EX is one of Trek’s most versatile offerings when it comes to full suspension bikes. You can take 2011 Fuel EX across various terrains, with this light and precise machine.

Using the ABP technology, also known as Active Braking Pivot, the 2011 Trek Fuel EX aligns the rear suspension directly with the rear wheel, allowing the shock to still move if your breaking braking, pedaling or descending. Depending on the Fuel EX model, the frame is made of OCLV carbon or Alpha Red aluminum.

Using a tapered steerer fork, which is crucial for the E2 system. E2 uses a 1-1/8″ headset to a tapered headtube, fork, and headset. With a 1.5″ lower taper to a 1-1/8″ upper headset, this gives you more material where it matters. Overall, giving you a light, stronger frame. This is only on Fuel…

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2011 Lapierre Spicy

2011 lapierre spicy 1 300x184   2011 Lapierre SpicyThe 2011 Lapierre Spicy is the bike of choice by many enduro riders when it comes to big mountain races. Lapierre utilizes OST (Optimized Suspension Technology) and 160mm of air sprung travel. The suspension platform is based on a patented virtual pivot point system. This allows for a perfect balance of weight and force which gives the rider unequalled experience on all types of terrain and still maximizes pedal efficiency. The Spicy has four models in its line, the 216, 316, 516 and the 916.

The Lapierre Spicy 516 has a carbon rear and front alloy frame with Fox 36 TALAS R Open Bath tapered fork. To compliment the frame, it has Fox Float RP2 for rear shock and Shimano components for derailleurs, crank, shifters and cassette. The Spicy 516 also has FUNN handlebars and stem with a Thomson Elite seatpost. Fulcrum Red zone 20 for wheels with a 12x142mm…

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2011 Norco Range

2011 norco range 1 300x178   2011 Norco RangeFor 2011, Norco releases its new all mountain and light freeriding bike called the Range. The new Range will be replacing the LT 6 series line and is undoubtedly the more popular among its companions in the Norco 2011 product lineup. It has four models, namely Range SE and Range 1, 2 and 3.

The Range features the A.R.T. suspension system which is an optimized FSR system. This allows increased efficiency for pedaling by moving the pivots to place the rear wheel more to the back. It also lowers the leverage ratio and brings about better square edge bump compliance due to the rearward axle path.

The Range also has a one-piece ergonomic linkarm to make sure the rear end remains stiff as you ride through rough downhill trails. It has hydroformed, butted mainframe tubing and a tapered headtube. It makes use of the Syntace x-12 142x12mmaxle system and ISCG…

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