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2011 Schwinn Racer Fixed

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Not all Schwinn bikes are sold at Target, yet. But if your in the market for a reasonably priced fixie or city bike, the 2011 Schwinn Racer retails for under $300.

The components are standard on the Schwinn 2011 Racer fixed, wearing companies like Alex, KMC, and ProMax. Of course the Racer features in house parts, too, like its cranks, saddle and grips.

Two colors are available, black, with a metallic silver saddle and top-tube pad, and pink, with a black / graphite checkered saddle and top-tube pad.

Retail is $285.

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2011 Fit VH3 Frame

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Van Homan’s new signature frame is the 2011 Fit VH3, utilizing the right amount of weight and balance for hard riding.

It uses a butted true temper supertherm tubeset, 14mm 4Q-Baked dropouts, Thread On brake mounts, and optional gyro tabs. The weight of the frame varies depending on size: 20.5″ weighs 4.7 pounds, 20.75″ is at 4.8 pounds, and 21″ in 4.9 pounds.

The Fit 2011 VH3 Frame is available in black, gold and teal. You can also purchase a matching limited edition Gold Blade lite fork and high bar.

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2011 Wilier Bikes

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Wilier Bikes showcases its 2011 line-up with some updated models and new additions to its existing roster of bikes. The Cento Uno Superleggera gets updated with new special edition colors to commemorate the victories of Cunego and Petacchi on the Giro d’Italia.

The Izoard XP still follows the same tubing and design as that of its predecessor, however, its carbon composition now has an outer layer of UD carbon fiber. Another upgrade is to have the fork curved to make the Izoard XP be more stable and perform better.

The La Triestina is a new aluminum model with a profile similar to that of the Cento Uno series. Triple butted tubing and smooth welding gives it a sleek and lightweight finish that promises quality performance.

Wilier also created a new commuter series called the Weekend Line. It has six new bike models, namely the Montegrappa, Bassano, Marostica, Asolo, Rossano and…

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Urge 2011 Down-O-Matic Helmet

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Urge Bike Products brings to 2011 the Down-O-Matic helmet. Dubbed to be the “Big Brother” among other helmets in the 2011 line, the Down-O-Matic comes with big circular vents on the front to keep airflow at its maximum. The vents have grids and the overall composite fiber construction brings the weight-protection ratio at its optimum.

Th inside of the Down-O-Matic is softly padded. Comfortable and removable, the pads can be washed to avoid gathering of sweat, dust and grime.The visor uses the Flex System technology to help protect the rider. If something hits the visor, it flexes to fall off away from the rider’s face.

Ideal to be used for for BMX, downhill, bikeparks or freeride, the 2011 Down-O-Matic lets you do extreme riding in better hands. The helmet comes in five loud colors and graphics.

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2011 Specialized Allez 16

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The Specialized Allez 16 for 2011 brings lightness and speed to long-distance riding. With its A1 Premium aluminum frame, the Allez 16 also has a FACT carbon fork with an aluminum crown and steerer on carbon legs. This setup provides maximum comfort over bumps on the road as speed increases.

The 16-geared road bike comes with Shimano 2300 drivetrain. The 68mm x 113mm bottom bracket has a Cr-Mo axle while a light dual pivot brake system features standard adjustable pads and Teflon pivots.

Specialized uses its Elite 31.8 mm handlebar, alloy stem, alloy two-bolt clamp 27.2mm Sport seatpost and a saddle from Body Geometry Riva Road with steel rails. Black cage pedals with body and toe clips and strap keep feet super secure when pedaling.

The 2011 Allez 16 has Mavic rims, forged aluminum hubs, stainless steel spokes and Specialized All Condition Sport tires. Total weight is approximately 21.94lbs (9.95kg) for the…

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2011 Giant Defy 2

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Giant‘s Defy 2 gets updated for 2011 with key features over the Defy 3. Dubbed to be light and lively, the Defy 2 comes with Shimano Tiagra 9-speed shifting, Giant’s composite seatpost Connect 30.9mm and Giant P-R3 tires.

Aluminum engineers took the existing model and transformed it into a bike that performs above the average entry level road bike. With the ALUXX SL Grade-Aluminum frame and Advanced-Grade Composite fork with alloy overdrive steerer, the 2011 Defy 2 does sprints, corners and climbs like a pro.

Spec’d with 31.8mm Giant Connect handlebars, Giant Performance Road saddle and dual pivot Tektro brakes, the Defy 2 is stiff and fine-tuned for anything. It also features Formula sealed front hubs, Shimano 2200 rear hubs, stainless steel spokes and Giant S-R2 rims. Average retail price for the Defy 2 is $1100….

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2011 Santa Cruz Nomad

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The 2011 Nomad raises the bar higher as Santa Cruz made it lighter, sleekier and snappier than the previous Nomad. Incorporating carbon fiber into its frame, the Nomad is a certified lightweight and super stiff machine.

A one piece-lay up and curing is applied on the front triangle of the frame. Santa Cruz used the carbon fibers to continue around tube junctions for better shock absorption. Inside the frame, a net shape lay-up can be seen. Fiber compaction is smooth with no added unknown materials or resin pools. This also allows no rider weight limit on the Nomad.

Key technologies used on the Nomad Carbon involves VPP or the Virtual Pivot Point suspension design that was used on the old Nomad. This time, the patented counter-rotating link design manages to minimize chain growth by 20%. With carbon fiber upper and forged aluminum lower on short links, chassis and handling are…

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