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2011 Fondriest TF1

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2011 fondriest tf1   2011 Fondriest TF1

New for 2011 is the TF1 race bike from Fondriest. Handmade in Italy, the TF1 is made with a 3k HMF30 carbon fiber. It used a “bonded technique” that allows for 7 frame sizes and a custom-made option. Its sleek lines and classic look makes it an ideal competition bike but can be spec’d for non-competitive rides.

The TF1 is sold as a frame but can be set-up with Shimano Dura Ace Di2 electronic gear, SRAM Red, Campy Super Record or Shimano Dura Ace. Oversized seat tube and bowed stays are an advantage for bigger riders. The frame comes with a BB30/BSA bottom bracket set, a superficial 3k carbon finish and a patent pending dropout with anti-release system for cycle safety.

The medium sized frame weighs 970g while the raw fork weighs 340g. Retail price is $4000.

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2011 Cannondale Trail SL 5 Hardtail

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2011 cannondale trail sl 5 hardtail   2011 Cannondale Trail SL 5 Hardtail

Cannondale offers an entry-level race bike, its 2011 Trail SL 5 hardtail. It uses advance aluminum construction that features smooth welding and tubing for its 1.5″ headtube. Its geometry matches that of the Cannondale Flash with specs that make it a stiff and strong bike with a RST Gila Pro TnL 100mm fork.

The 2011 Trail SL 5 sports the Save Micros Suspension System. This brings lateral rigidity and vertical compliance without sacrificing power transfer by optimizing the chain stay and seat stay shaping. The hardtail continues to be comfortable and absorbs the bumps and twists well.

Detailed specs for the hardtail include Cane Creek semi-integrated 1 1/8″ headset, Cannondale stem, bar and seatpost, Shimano Alivio shifters, Promax Orange mechanical brakes, Formula hubs, Alex rims, Schwalbe Black Jack tires and a Cannondale Halo saddle.

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2011 Spencer Ivy E-Bike

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Spencer Ivy launches its 2011 e-bikes, the Spencer and the Ivy. Both commuter bikes run on Shimano Alfine 8-speed gears, Panasonic Lithium-ion 26volt 10 AH battery and a 250watt brushless motor that’s midmounted. There are 3 levels of assistance for the Panasonic motor and Spencer Ivy, which alows for as far as 50 miles before the need for recharging.

The e-bikes run with Shimano Deore XT brakes, Continental TopContact tires, Shimano hubs and LED lights from Busch and Muller.

The Spencer and the Ivy comes with a Pletscher EasyFix rear carrier and spring hinges, ABUS frame lock, a rear kick-stand and color-matched chainguard and mudguards. The Spencer has a 50cm frame made from aluminum while the Ivy comes in two sizes of 45cm and 49cm.

The 2011 Spencer Ivy E-bikes can be personalized with a Basil wicker basket for the front or a Pletscher child seat. MSRP for each bike is £1,895.00.

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2011 Manitou Circus

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Aimed for dirt jump riding, the 2011 Manitou Circus comes with a new casting and crown. The crown is made from forged aluminum to match its aluminum steerer. Manitou uses the Absolute+ damping system to fit the Jumpstack shim kit for dirt jump.

Strong and durable, the 2011 Circus has air preload adjustments, lockout and rebound, and compression adjustments. With a firm air spring and 32mm straight wall aluminum stanchions, the Circus slices across the market with 80mm, 100mm and 130mm travel configurations.

The 2011 Circus Expert weighs 4.7lbs, features a 20mm Hex Lock for hub/axle, double bottom out bumpers and 4 decal sheets. The 2011 Circus Comp weighs 5.32lbs, cromoly stanchions, firm spring with mechanical preload and 9mm dropouts for solid axle hubs.

MSRP for the Expert is $449 while the Comp fetches $339. A clown nose comes with the 2011 Circus forks….

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2011 Bianchi Pro Team Adroni Giocattoli Cycling Kit

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You can catch the Adroni Giocattoli Pro Team wearing this new 2011 Bianchi cycling kit.

Mentioned as a small preview, the 2011 Bianchi Pro Team Adroni Giocattoli Cycling Kit has touches of Celeste green, white, red and black with logos of all its sponsors. Shown is a cycling jersey and bib made by Santini of Italy.

The Bianchi Adroni Giocattoli cycling kits are available early 2011.

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2011 Cotic Soul

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2011 cotic soul   2011 Cotic Soul

After six years, the Soul from Cotic gets overhauled for 2011. The new version bears a stiffer oval shaped top tube for a supple feel. The main frame has Reynolds 853 tubes plus a Reynolds 631 head tube. The 2011 Soul also possesses tapered gussets.

New to the Soul are cowled dropouts the ability to accommodate up to 140mm forks. It prides on having a 4130 cromo wishbone stay rear end and retains its proven geometry. 60-90mm stems are suggested for its long top tube and short stem design.

Better traction with a steep seat angle and 16.5″ chainstays, the 2011 Cotic Soul weighs 40 grams more than the previous model. MSRP is £470 including Hope Seat QR, neoprene chain-stay protector.

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2011 Charge Blender Hi, Mid MTB

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The 2011 Charge Blender Hi and Mid is a versatile hardtail mountain bike. You can take both the Hi and Mid to the trails, downhill racing, dirt jumping, or even commute through town.

First up is the Charge 2011 Blender Hi, which features Sanko Japanese Cro-mo Tubing frame, Rock Shox Argyle RCT fork with 100mm of travel and Truvativ Husselfelt 36t crankset, finished off with a Silver Galvanised paint job.

The 2011 Charge Blender Mid uses a lot of the same materials and components, but highlights include its Avid Juicy 3 Hydraulic brakeset, SRAM X.5 Mid Cage rear derailleur, and a Suntour SF7-Duro DJ – E fork. The Blender Hi is dipped in Gold Galvanised.

Both are available now at Charge retailers.

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