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2011 DT Swiss Wheelsets

2011 dt swiss wheelsets 1 225x300   2011 DT Swiss WheelsetsDT Swiss introduces new wheels for 2011, the XR 1450 and the Tricon M1700 wheelset.

The XR 1450 wheelset was designed to meet cross-country riders’ need for a wheelset that can meet the demands of the wild and sportive events. The lightweight cross-country wheelset has SBWT welded rims with high-end hubs. It features cartridge bearings and a star ratchet drive system. The aluminum wheelset has 28 spokes in the front and rear with 10mm and 12mm bolt-through rear axle options. It has QR and 15mm bolt-through front choices as well.

The front wheel at 5mm width weighs 660g while the rear wheel with 5mm width weighs 800g. It comes in the color nickel with black and white decals. No special tools are needed in maintaining the XR 1450.

The Tricon M1700 features spoke lacing, where one radial spoke and two crossed spokes are placed together on the hub…

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Cannondale SuperX Hammer Time 2011 Cyclocross Bike

superx hammer time 2011 cyclocross bike 300x215   Cannondale SuperX Hammer Time 2011 Cyclocross BikeCannondale introduces the new 2011 SuperX Hammer Time cyclocross bike which rivals other brands on weight and performance. The cyclocross bike weighs a mere 14.5 lbs without pedals. The frame is made from BallisTec carbon fiber and is designed to have wide with flat SAVE seat and chainstays. This allows the top tube to flow around the seat tube and continue to the stays. For easy shouldering and climbing, the junction on the frame flattens at the bottom area.

The Aluminum CAADX models of the SuperX comes with SRAM Rival or Shimano Utegra 105 or Tiagra parts and components. The complete bikes may cost you from $1,179 to$1,919.

The SuperX uses a Fizik Tundra2 saddle and FSA seatpost. It also has a custom rear brake cable hanger and a downtube that nearly matches the width of the BB30 bottom bracket shell. The tapered headtube measures 1-1/8” to 1-1/4”…

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Specialized 2011 Camber Mountain Bikes

specialized 2011 camber mountain bikes 1   Specialized 2011 Camber Mountain Bikes

Specialized introduces the Camber, a 120mm travel trail bike that also comes in a 29er model with 100mm travel fork. It has hydroformed M4 alloy frames and an integrated headset. The 2011 Camber is ideal for the minimalist in its simplicity yet functional design.

The 2011 Specialized Camber Elite does not have the Brain shock technology as part of its design. It is also quite similar in geometry with the Specialized Stumpjumper line. They differ on the wheelbase which is a bit longer.

The Camber Pro models have SRAM 2×10 crankset with Shimano XTR 10-speed derailleur. The lower end models will have 3×10 crankset. The Camber models also have pivot locations formed in tubes instead of welded separately.

The 2011 Specialized Camber models will be priced in between range of cheaper Stumpjumper FSR yet the high end models will be more expensive than the Stumpjumper entry models.

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2011 Kinesis Crosslight CSix2

2011 kinesis crosslight csix2   2011 Kinesis Crosslight CSix2

Kinesis UK shows off its new cyclocross frame called the Crosslight CSix2 for 2011. The frame is full carbon-made and a first for Kinesis. It weighs about 1kg and around 1.8kg if you include the forks, headset and clamp. Tested by National Cyclocross Champion Jody Crawforth, the CSix2 received excellent observations on performance.

Photo in frame shows the early prototype model. It has wide mud clearance and cables are routed along the top tube. Cable stops are canted so you won’t experience any entanglements while carrying the Crosslight Csix2. It can also take on outer cable housing to the rear, making the shifting precise. The fork is judder resistant and the bottle bosses will not be included in its final design.

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2011 DT Swiss Forks

2011 dt swiss forks 1 106x300   2011 DT Swiss ForksFor 2011, DT Swiss adds new models to its line of forks, the XRC 100 Race fork and the EXM 150 fork. Weighing 1170 grams, the XRC 100 has a Twin Shot damping system and a 28.6mm uppers. The lowers, the crown and steerer tube are all made from high modulus carbon fiber.

The Twin Damping system featured on the fork allows you to control 100mm of travel. It also comes with an optional remote control lever. Outside the frame, you may do some adjustments like low-sped or internal high-speed rebound and compression.

The EXM 150 fork is designed for trail/endure rides. It weighs 1645 grams and gives you 150mm of travel. There is a Torsion box created from magnesium. This is why the EXM 150 is so stiff. The uppers are 32mm aluminum and it has the DT Swiss technology Launch Control II with an open oil bath…

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2011 Kona Operator

2011 kona operator   2011 Kona Operator

The Operator is Kona’s new prototype downhill bike for 2011. Chris Mandell, Freerife/DH product manager of Kona describes the Operator, “This bike represents a whole new platform for us, and there are a lot of neat little details to discuss. The bike is a 4-bar. Tried and true, refined, rather than a “regurgitation with facelift” like many of the “new” designs currently hitting the market.”

The Operator has 83mm bb shell and an alloy axle. It comes with a 150mm rear end and 200mm of travel. The new downhill bike has ISCG-05 tabs and 9.5×3” shock. It has a 1.5 Zero Stack tapered headtube with the main pivot and rocker pivot using a 6903-2RS1 that has 17mm inner diameter, 40mm outer diameter and 12mm in width. 1-1/8 upper and 1.5 lower bearings are angular contact bearings.

Mandell adds, “The chain stay to seat stay and seat stay to rocker…

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Specialized 2011 Epic Mountain Bikes

specialized 2011 epic s works 29er   Specialized 2011 Epic Mountain Bikes

For 2011, Specialized comes out with the new Epic S-Works 29er. The new mountain bike uses Specialized’s FSR suspension design. It only weighs 21.27 pounds or 9.66 kilos in S-Works trim and claims the title of being the lightest 29er with full-suspension. The fork is a RockShox Reba 29 with a carbon crown and steerer while the 26″ model uses the E100 fork.

With a one-piece top tube, the new 29er model also has a remote Mini Brain shock and XC geometry for racing. It also has X12 142+ axles. The front and rear triangles are made from carbon. Specialized also employed its own brand of wheels, Roval, on all Epic bicycles. The Epic S-Works 29er uses a 1,400g Roval Control SL whelset with carbon rims.

The cassette body was modified by 2mm outer to give way to a wider spoke bed. Having this, you get a better performance…

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