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2012 GT Performer Mountain Bike

2012 gt performer mountain bike   2012 GT Performer Mountain Bike

Included in the 2012 GT mountain bike lineup is the Performer. Beautifully designed, this bike is a kind of a cruiser BMX/single-speed mountain bike with a retro style. Its traditional high-tensile steel frame tubes and cromo fork are meant to bring the riders decades back.

By mixing into the back end some high-tensile steel, the bike puts some more economy to the package while still keeping all the style. Other features include two sets of oversized pegs, stamped tube caps, and a standard three-piece crank without the alloy chain wheel.

With its nostalgic retro touch, the 2012 GT Performer Mountain Bike is definitely a hot machine. On the other hand, while the retro style works for most riders, the plain seat pillar with a separate clamp may not be a thing of beauty for everyone.

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2012 GT Fury Alloy

2012 gt fury alloy   2012 GT Fury Alloy

GT will offer an alloy version of its Fury Carbon downhill bike for 2012. With the aim to bring more people into gravity riding and racing, GT has created The Fury as a performance driven bike and that applies to both the carbon and alloy models.

The geometry and suspension design of the Fury carbon and alloy bikes are exactly the same. Starting the Ruckus 7 frame, the allow model adopts the carbon geometry and 210mm of suspension travel. The gussets of the proprietary 6000-series monocoque alloy front end are larger than that of a freeride bike.

Adjustable rebound is offered Marzocchi’s basic 888 and Rocco R fork and damper while braking is handled by Avid’s Elixir 3s with 200mm rotors. Aside from its alloy frame, new cold forged pivot block assembly, and lower price, the 2012 GT Fury Alloy is just a duplicate of the original carbon model.

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2012 Giant Talon 2 Mountain Bike

2012 giant talon 2 mountain bike   2012 Giant Talon 2 Mountain Bike

Giant has upgraded its long-time most popular model Boulder 1 for 2012 and named it Talon 2. Made from ALUXX SL, which stands for a higher quality aluminum Super Light, the Talon range features a topnotch alloy that gives 18% more tensile strength than the ALUXX used in the Boulder range.

Top quality parts guarantee that the bike not only offers trouble-free rides but durability that will make the machine last for years. An ample equipment upgrade from the original Boulder model puts the Talon 2 at the top of its game as an entry-level off-road mountain bike.

With its lightweight ALUXX SL frameset, the 2012 Giant Talon 2 Mountain Bike can tackle the specific geometry requirements of 26in wheels. As a great all-rounder, this is ideal for recreational level, bike paths, bumpy tracks and more arduous off-road cycling.

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2012 Pinarello Dogma Road Bike

2012 pinarello dogma road bike   2012 Pinarello Dogma Road Bike

Pinarello has slightly updated its road bike Dogma for 2012. Since 1960, Pinarello has sponsored professional teams that include Team Banesto,Telekom, Caisse d’Epargne, Fassa Bortolo, Prima Alliance, and Sky. For the 2011 Tour de France, the 2012 Pinarello Dogma Road Bike is Team Sky’s new bike.

The minor updates of the bike include a new fork with a weight a little bit reduced. The head tube is again made more integrated in the fork’s profile. Aside from the slightly altered fork, the main changes of the 2012 model are the the new crown and the look of the bike.

While there are slight refinements on the rest of its tubes, the 2012 Pinarello Dogma remains basically unchanged. With a striking apple green color, the bike is equipped with a C50 Shimano wheelset, Shimano Dura Ace Di2, Prologo saddle, Deda handlebars and stem, and Elite water bottle holders.

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2012 Trek Session 9.9 Mountain Bike

2012 trek session 9 9 mountain bike   2012 Trek Session 9.9 Mountain Bike

Trek has launched the Session 9.9 as part of its 2012 mountain bikes. The Session 9.9 will be the very first carbon downhill bike that features the innovative InTension application, which functions as the i-beam center section that transfer shear loads between the two faces of carbon.

Along with the new redesigned frame is an increased suspension travel to a race-thumping 210mm from the Fox DRCV Fork. Compared to the 2011 aluminum frame, the 2012 carbon frame is approximately 800 grams lighter. Moving to a carbon frame on the bike allows for internal cable routing.

Although made lighter, the excellent performance of this innovative lightweight DH race bike is not compromised. It is still one of the most responsive and defined race frames on the market today. No wonder, World Cup superstar Aaron Gwin makes the 2012 Trek Session 9.9 Mountain Bike his current choice.

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2012 Scott Spark

2012 scott spark   2012 Scott Spark

Scott Spark remakes its full-suspension race bike for 2012 with three models, which are Spark RC, Spark 29 RC and Contessa Spark RC. The focus for these new models is on the suspension travel quality. Both the 26in and 29in versions feature TwinLoc remote lockout that offers three distinct modes of travel.

The 26in model offers 120mm of travel while the 29in version offers 100mm. Aside from low weight that contributes to its excellent hardtail performance, enhanced adjustability and suspension performance are also added. Moreover, more control is offered.

Also offered are damping characteristics that operate through a single handlebar mounted lever and a new 220g shock called the Nude 2 from DT Swiss. Very promising, the 2012 Scott Spark features bikes that are designed to clear obstacles by simulating riders’ pedaling and bouncy motions.

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2012 Orange Diva Mountain Bike

2012 orange diva mountain bike   2012 Orange Diva Mountain Bike

Orange Bikes has updated the mountain bike for women called the Diva for 2012. Along with its fresh new look are refined features to offer more benefits for women cyclists. Perfect fit is achieved by constructing the bike with a 6061-T6 aluminium tubeset.

With this tubeset, the compliance and stiffness are balanced to the maximum. One of the new designs of the bike is the head angle made slacker along with the seat angle made steeper. Through this, the women cyclist is better centered over the bike.

Included in the new offers of the bike are a Shimano groupset, Avid Elixir brakes, RockShox Recon Solo Air fork, WTB Speed She saddle, Race Face finishing parts, and 170mm crank arms. Comfort is the key concern of the 2012 Orange Diva Mountain Bike, which makes it ideal for women cyclists.

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