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2012 Prologo Scratch Pro Nack Saddle

2012 prologo scratch pro nack saddle   2012 Prologo Scratch Pro Nack Saddle

Included in the 2012 range of saddles from Prologo is the Scratch Nack. Quality has been enhanced very well without raising the price much, with the EV2 multi-density padding and machined bases featured in the entire Prologo saddle range.

The changes the entire range has undergone are both cosmetic and technical. While producing the Scratch Nack design is quite expensive, first-rate qualities are guaranteed making it ideal for riders who are looking for maximum comfort combined with excellent performance.

A stiff and light carbon fiber hull and a woven Kevlar’s bonded-in section are combined by the range-topping 2012 Prologo Scratch Pro Nack Saddle, the bonded-in section of the woven Kevlar molds to the backside for ultimate comfort.

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2012 Prologo Scratch X20 TR and X10 Mountain Bike Saddles

2012 prologo scratch x20 tr and x10 mountain bike saddles   2012 Prologo Scratch X20 TR and X10 Mountain Bike Saddles

Prologo has launched two new mountain bike saddles for 2012, which are the Scratch X20 TR and X10. Designed with serious all-mountain/downhill riders or gravity riders in mind, the Scratch X20 TR has been developed in collaboration with the Scott11 World Cup team.

Comfort during all-mountain/downhill rides is guaranteed, thanks to the tuned padding, which is Prologo’s own multi-density EV2 gel all over. The Scratch X20 TR saddle features a wide and deeply padded nose.

To complement the X20, Prologo created a cross-country version called the Scratch X10. While the Scratch X20 TR saddle will use approximately 20cm or 8in suspension travel, the Scratch X10 saddle will have about 10cm or 4in.

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2012 Raleigh Furley

2012 raleigh furley   2012 Raleigh Furley

Raleigh has released a new steel bike called Furley for 2012. The Furley is a full chromoly steel, including the fork, with a BB30 bottom bracket. Larger BB standard was used to fill an unconventional bottom bracket that is custom-made by FSA in it to allow using standard dropouts at the rear.

Riders can have a geared bike simply by swapping in a standard BB30 bottom bracket and crankset and attaching a derailleur and cassette. Fenders and racks can easily be tackled by the custom rear dropouts, which have mounts for everything.

Designed for riders who prefer tougher and stronger bikes over standard commuters, the 2012 Raleigh Furley is ideal for many urban riders. During winter, riders can be in control without destroying the wheelset, thanks to the bold single-speed sports disk brakes and thicker tires for cobblestone streets.

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2012 Ritchey Components

2012 ritchey components   2012 Ritchey Components

Ritchey is reinforcing its 2012 range with new exciting components including a stem, road cockpit, and tires. First, the 353g Carbon MonoCurve is an all-in-one bar and stem that mixes a monocoque EvoCurve bar with a carbon stem.

A 100g alloy C260 stem and bar clamp wraps 260º around the handlebar making the cockpit line. Featured by the Apex 46mm Clinchers are Ritchey WCS hubs, 46mm aero carbon rims, and Sapim CX Ray Aero stainless steel spokes.

There are 2012 Ritchey Components made for 29ers, too. Both tubeless-ready, the 1,537g Vantage II carbon wheelset has a rim with a 26.5mm internal width to fit wider tires while the 554g Shield 29er, a fast-rolling cross-country tire, has a softer rubber on the outside that improves cornering and a more durable and firmer center section that rolls quicker.

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2012 Intense Cycles Carbine Carbon Fiber Mountain Bike

2012 intense cycles carbine carbon fiber mountain bike   2012 Intense Cycles Carbine Carbon Fiber Mountain Bike

After almost three years of working on carbon fiber, Intense Cycles has finally introduced the Carbine all-mountain bike for 2012. Just like all Intense full suspension bikes, the Carbine is constructed on the tested VPP suspension system. Its travel settings are either at 140 or at 152mm.

Also tested is the locking collet bolt axle system used so that the pivots will keep rolling smoothly. Maintenance is made easier by the sealed angular contact bearings well matched with grease fittings. To maximize stiffness at the crank, the bottom bracket features a BB92 press fit shell.

Intended for trail, AM, and Enduro, the 2012 Intense Cycles Carbine Carbon Fiber Mountain Bike is one exciting new item on the market. Other features are a built-in FLK:GRD down tube protector, replaceable G1 dropouts, dropper post cable routing, and water bottle mounts.

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2012 GT Interceptor

2012 gt interceptor   2012 GT Interceptor

GT Bicycles have introduced several bicycles for 2012 including carbon 29ers, mountain bikes and BMX lines. One of these bikes is the Interceptor, which features throwback BMX styling in 26in wheels, along with another model called Performer.

Both the Performer and the Interceptor bikes take the rider back to the glory days of GT BMX models. GT has brought these two models back for 2012 with 26in wheels. These bikes were meant for riders who recall the original versions and at the same time welcome the new styles for city rides.

Featured by the 2012 GT Inerceptor is a 100 percent chromoly frame along with an integrated headset. The three-piece crank comes with machined alloy chain wheel and an English bottom bracket while the color-matched kit features custom SDG Patriot saddle, Mohawk hubs, and Alienation plain black rims.

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2012 ControlTech TiMania Cockpit Kit

2012 controltech timania cockpit kit   2012 ControlTech TiMania Cockpit Kit

ControlTech will be offering for 2012 a new range of titanium components called TiMania range, which consists of a stem, handlebar, steerer tube spacers, and seatpost. The 6Al-4V titanium stem features a one-piece monocoque body. Weight is reduced by the windows cut into the bar and stem clamps.

Depending on wall thicknesses and tube sizes, Ti metal bars and posts have the buzz-damping characteristics as those of the Ti bikes, which are known for their smooth ride feel. According to ControlTech, the new handlebar is the firmest titanium flat cross-country bar on the market.

Available in a 600 or 660mm widths, the oversized 31.8mm pipe weighing 195g is made from double-butted 3Al-2.5V Ti, and features a five-degree backsweep. Pricing for the 2012 ControlTech TiMania Cockpit Kit is still not confirmed.

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