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2011 Ridley Excalibur Flandrien

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For Ridley, the 2011 Excalibur Flandrien is not a newcomer to the racing scene but stands out among its sister models as a lightweight frame with a high performance record. The Excalibur Flandrien frame is made from a 30 and 24-ton high modulus carbon fiber. It comes with a certain roundness on its tubing, oversized to have the maximum stiffness to weight ratio.

Its hollow bottom bracket technology saves weight and gives an increase on the lateral stiffness of the frame. For a comfortable ride even with uneven roads and rocky trails, the flex seat stays are increased. The race bike also features carbon rear drop outs and a full carbon head tube to keep the weight off. Matched with the 4ZA Excalibur full monocoque carbon fork, the 2011 Excalibur Flandrien is an aggressive choice for any rider.

The frameset is priced at $1995 while build kits of SRAM Red,…

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2011 Focus Culebro 1.0

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The 2011 Culebro 1.0 from Focus is tagged as everyman’s bike. Great for both casual riding or serious racing, the Culebro 1.0 features a tapered headtube, a hydroformed aluminum frame that’s triple-butted and carbon fork. A BB30 bottom bracket system goes well with its hollow tubing technology for more clearance and stiffness.

Coming with FSA bar, seatpost and stem, the Culebro 1.0 receives stopping power from Shimano Ultegra brakes and shifters. The Shimano Ultegra drivetrain runs on a triple gear ratio of 52/39/30 for the front and 11-28 for the rear. Continental Ultra Sport tires and a DT Swiss wheelset finishes off the build.

The seatstays meet chainstays on a single flow that keeps the back wheel rigid and mounted on its frame for increased comfort and lateral stability. Made in Germany, the 2011 Focus Culebro 1.0 retails for $2200….

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2011 Sunn Radical

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Sunn relaunches its downhill race bike Radical for 2011 with 200mm of travel. Keeping its rocker link/connecting rod concept, the Radical now comes with a steel rear triangle, making the most of the compression and performance the modified frame offers.

The 2011 Radical now has a tapered headtube of 1 1/8″-1 1/2″ for added strength to the aluminum front end. For more options on the rear suspensions, there’s also a new extension on the steel rear. As for plushness, the force of impact will not affect the speed due to the elastic quality of steel. This allows Sunn to create thinner tube sections that handles well as a whole and gives better traction while keeping in line with the aluminum weight.

The 2011 Sunn Radical comes in 3 models, the Radical S1, S2 and the Radical Finest. They are spec’d with Rock Shox forks, Truvativ cranks, Formula brakes, Hutchinson tires and…

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2011 KHS Prescott

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The Prescott is KHS‘ high-end full suspension 29er bike for 2011—similar to the KHS Flagstaff but a notch up.

The frame is made with AL 7005 with a 4-bar Horst bearing linkage. The Prescott has a 3.5″ travel and 1.5″ tapered headtube and integrated headset. Furthering the build is a RockShox Reba RLT 80mm fork with compression adjustment to lock, external rebound, motion control and dual air system.

The top of the line 29er has the RockShox Monarch RT3 Solo air with a 3 position floodgate switch for rear shock, Shimano New XT crankset, XTR rear derailleur and house brand Q2 carbon seatpost. Other specs feature Avid Elixir brake system, Truvative Noir World Cup carbon handlebar, Truvativ Stylo stem, American Classic hubs, spokes and rims and WTB tires.

MSRP is $3699 and comes in M, L and XL sizes.

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Chumba Racing 2011 HX1, HX2 29er

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Chumba Racing introduces two new mountain bikes for 2011, the HX1, a traditional 26 inch hardtail, and the HX2 29er.

Both the HX1 and HX2 use some of the same features, like a double butted 6061 T6 aluminum tubeset, U-shaped chainstay, bottom bracket easily adaptable for single speed, and a tapered zero stack headtube.

The difference between the HX1 and HX2 is HX1 uses a 140mm of travel fork and 68 degree head angle. The HX2 was created to work with a 100mm fork.

In January 2011, you can purchase the HX1 and HX2 with “Rolling Chassis Kits”. The Rolling chassis kits come with Thompson components, Hope wheelset, and Fox forks. Both MTBs are available in anodized silver, anodized black and powder coated white. Retail price is roughly $630 USD.

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UCI Stickers of Approval Gets Implemented for 2011

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Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that the proposed UCI stickers of approval will push through on 2011 with the coverage extending from frames, forks, handlebars, stems to cycling apparel. In theory, manufacturers can submit their product concepts and blueprints to UCI on or before January 1st of next year. UCI will look through them and give its go-signal for production that passes the level of standardization UCI is enforcing.

The approval committee will be headed by Professor Manson, vice-president of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland and also a composite expert. The approved products will be listed on th UCI website.

2009 and 2010 products can obtain backdated approval. As for the negative reception over this new process, UCI states that products carrying the UCI label of approval will be an asset to the manufacturers….

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2011 Forme Zenith Marie Curie Limited Edition

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For 2011, Forme presents the Zenith Marie Curie Limited Edition. This road bike brings not only performance at a bargain price but also a charitable contribution to the Marie Curie Cancer Care for every purchase of the 2011 Forme Zenith.

Made with a lightweight T700 3K Elite Performance Carbon (EPC) fiber frame, the 2011 Marie Curie Zenith features a Shimano Dura-Ace 10-speed drivetrain and carbon 7850 wheels to match Kenda tires. It has One23 bar, stem and seatpost, Fizik Arione saddle and Shimano brake callipers.

The Marie Curie Cancer Care caters to patients not only sick with cancer but also of other terminal diseases. The services offered by the charitable institution is free of charge. The portion of sales from the 2011 Forme bikes will be for the 2,700 staff and 29,000 patients in the hospices. Retail price is £3,299.99.

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