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2012 Kona Jake The Snake Cyclocross Bike

2012 kona jake the snake cyclocross bike   2012 Kona Jake The Snake Cyclocross Bike

For those who are looking for the most diverse bike on the cyclocross market today, Kona Bikes has reintroduced its racing machine called Jake The Snake for 2012. What is new with its 2012 model that Kona Bikes designed its aesthetics to be more suitable for racing.

The same reliable quality is carried over from the previous model. Highlights of its top-quality specs include Kona Aluminum Butted 7005 tubing, Avid Shorty 6 brakes, FSA Gossamer Compact BB30 Press Fit cranks, Shimano 10-speed Tiagra/105 drivetrain, as well as Maxxis Mud Wrestler tires.

With its unparalleled versatility, the 2012 Kona Jake The Snake Cyclocross Bike works well for racing, commuting, training, touring, and plain rides. Its state-of-the-art frame and race-winning geometry make it the ideal machine to win cyclocross races or cross jungles — your pick.

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2012 Kona Major Jake Cyclocross Bike

2012 kona major jake cyclocross bike   2012 Kona Major Jake Cyclocross Bike

During its year of introduction, the Major Jake has already made a mark on the cycling world after helping Kona Team’s Helen Wyman’s land third in the 2011 European cross season. With the same outstanding stiffness and speed, this World-Cup-ready carbon fiber cyclocross bike is back for 2012.

Since the Major Jake is one of the most respected cyclocross bikes on the market today, Kona Bikes made sure that its 2012 version has a lot of new things to offer. Its fancier new components include a Shimano Ultegra tubeless compatible wheelset and Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes.

As it did to Kona Team’s very own cyclocross racer, the 2012 Kona Major Jake Cyclocross Bike will help riders wherever they may travel. The carbon frame of this award-winning cyclocross racing machine comes with a full carbon tapered steerer fork as well as an FSA Carbon CX cockpit.

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2012 Royal Alpine Soft Shell Jacket

2012 royal alpine soft shell jacket   2012 Royal Alpine Soft Shell Jacket

Introduced by Royal for 2012 is a new soft-shell jacket perfect for Alpine conditions. Aptly called Alpine, this is the cycling jacket that keeps riders warm and dry when the weather changes in an instant. Ideal for four-season use, this riding jacket provides the riders with reliable protection without restricting movement.

With its 100% polyester polar fleece and 100% polyester spandex dewspo fabric, this jacket allows for riding in any weather. This high-end full-storm jacket has a huge hood that can be worn over a helmet. But if the rider is not wearing a helmet, the hood can be tightly pulled with its adequate adjustments.

Reliable weather protection and insulation are sufficiently provided by the new 2012 Royal Alpine Soft Shell Jacket. While keeping the rider warm, the jacket has gridded fleece backing that allows for an efficient moisture wicking. It also features waterproof zips, heat transfer graphics,…

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2012 Kona Supreme Operator Downhill Bike

2012 kona supreme operator downhill bike   2012 Kona Supreme Operator Downhill Bike

Kona Bikes has updated its famous downhill bike called Supreme Operator for 2012. This updated bike, which is the top-of-the-line model of the 2012 Operator range, has been used by the downhill team of Kona during the entire season of the World Cup circuit.

Featured by the Supreme Operator is bead blasting, which both makes the outer surface of the tubes stronger and enhances crack prevention. With the complete pro-level spec, including the new Easton 35mm bar/stem parts, the full downhill bike weighs in at just 17.23kg.

For riders who do not mind buying a pricey race-ready bike with first-class components, the 2012 Kona Supreme Operator Downhill Bike is the perfect choice. Its impressive specs include a RockShox Boxxer World Cup fork, Easton Havoc cockpit, Fox DHX RC4 rear shock, and a Shimano Saint groupset.

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2012 Planet X N2a Aero Road Bike

2012 planet x n2a aero road bike   2012 Planet X N2a Aero Road Bike

For the first time, Planet X has released an aero road bike. Called N2a, this road bike is the top-of-the-line model of this British bike brand’s 2012 range. Featured by its high-modulus carbon fiber frame, which weighs in at a 950g, are some all-new, aero-tuned forms.

N2A stands for Nanolite, which is the existing performance-orientated carbon road bike of Planet X, it being the second generation, and its aerodynamic feature. Crafted by an Italian frame builder and bike designer, this carbon N2A is a drastic overhaul of the Nanolite.

Drivetrain stiffness is enhanced by the 2012 Planet X N2a Aero Road Bike while keeping weight low, thanks to its press-fit BB30 bottom bracket and seamless blending of the huge down tube into the head tube. Complete specs include SRAM Red, carbon components, and Planet X R50 carbon wheels.

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2012 Jerónimo Cycles Rasputin Fe Mountain Bike

2012 jeronimo cycles czar fe road bike1   2012 Jerónimo Cycles Rasputin Fe Mountain Bike

Jerónimo Cycles, the Spanish brand known for its nice titanium bicycles, has entered a new venture in steel and released a new mountain bike called Rasputin for 2012. The mountain bike is under the Fe series of the brand along with the cZar road bike, another new model.

It is the first time for Jerónimo Cycles to release steel frames, but in collaboration with the British company Reynolds, the Fe series guarantees topnotch quality. There will be 26in and 29er versions for the Rasputin, which is built from high end Reynolds 853 tubing.

Consistency and resistance are offered by the 2012 Jerónimo Cycles Rasputin Mountain Bike, thanks to its steel material. Its frame, which is exclusively designed for disc brakes, is ready for a rear luggage rack installation. Since the bike will be released with just 50 units, reservations can be made online.

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2012 Jerónimo Cycles cZar Fe Road Bike

2012 jeronimo cycles czar fe road bike   2012 Jerónimo Cycles cZar Fe Road Bike

New for riders who are fond of road bikes is the cZar from the Fe series introduced by Jerónimo Cycles for 2012. This Spanish company used high-end Reynolds 853 tubing in order to build this unique road bike, which will be released in a limited number of 50 units only.

Featured by the Fe series is an excellent geometry and impressive technical specifications. Fe, which means iron, stands for the new venture of Jerónimo Cycles in steel for 2012. The frames made in Spain will be provided either with a rigid steel fork or individually. It will be available in three sizes.

Built from steel, the 2012 Jerónimo Cycles Fe cZar Road Bike is amazingly flexible and robust. Since it does not build up fatigue, the bike frame offers legendary reliability and resistance. Its steel material also makes this road bike an ideal choice for classical and purist riders.

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