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2012 NiteRider MiNewt Pro 750 LED Bike Light

2012 niterider minewt pro 750 led bike light   2012 NiteRider MiNewt Pro 750 LED Bike Light

Despite its small size, a single Cree LED is able to make the 2012 NiteRider MiNewt Pro 750 LED Bike Light the best trail riding light on the market today. NiteRider makes history by creating the first ever compact LED lighting system that packs out 750 lumens after the release of the MiNewt Pro 750 for 2012.

Although its small package weighs in at less than 230g, the bike light is loaded with a lot of impressive features. These include a small 2.6Ah Li-Ion battery, custom reflector, extension cable, helmet mount, and a handlebar mount that fits even up to 31.8mm.

While it offers an incredibly high lumen output, the MiNewt Pro 750 also decreases heat buildup. All power control of this highly efficient LED light comes from the headlamp against the battery pack. This is achieved through the LED headlamp, which was entirely redesigned.

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2012 Santa Cruz Butcher Mountain Bike Frame

2012 santa cruz butcher mountain bike frame   2012 Santa Cruz Butcher Mountain Bike Frame

One of the top mountain bike frames for 2012 is the Butcher, which is released by Santa Cruz Bicycles. Named in honor of the Butcher Ranch Trail in Downieville, California, this mountain bike frame is designed to be tough enough to meet the demands of singletrack rides.

With Fox Float RL rear shock, the medium-sized frame weighs in at approximately 3.38kg. Making the Butcher a state-of-the-art six-inch travel frame is its 150mm rear wheel travel, 1.125 top and 1.5 lower tapered headtube, and 203mm Max Rotor.

Featured by the 2012 Santa Cruz Butcher Mountain Bike Frame is the new abuse-hungry APP suspension. This strong bike offers not only an outstanding suspension but a sturdy pedaling leg, exciting colors, and a comfortable grip, as well.

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2012 Orbea Occam Carbon and Aluminum Mountain Bikes

2012 orbea occam carbon and aluminum mountain bikes   2012 Orbea Occam Carbon and Aluminum Mountain Bikes

For 2012, Orbea has redesigned its mountain bike, Occam, by getting rid of its common elevated chainstays. Orbea promotes its frame with 123mm of travel as with all-mountain and trail. Available both in carbon and in an aluminum versions, the Occam comes in nine different makes.

Both the carbon and aluminum versions will come available with the customary options, My Orbea. Other common features include a low bottom bracket height at 327mm, 420mm chainstays, which is relatively short, and a 612mm top tube, which is relatively long for a medium size.

One unique feature of the 2012 Orbea Occam Carbon and Aluminum Mountain Bikes is its concentric rear axle end that reduces its weight. In the main pivot, dual 28mm sealed bearings are used in both versions. Also, sealed bearings are used all through the other parts of the pivots and shock mounts.

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2012 Ergon GP1 Biokork and GP2 Performance Bike Grips

2012 ergon gp1 biokork and gp2 performance bike grips   2012 Ergon GP1 Biokork and GP2 Performance Bike Grips

Processed in different parts of the world, the 2012 Ergon GP1 Biokork and GP2 Performance Bike Grips offer a unique and unparalleled quality. Like all their products, Ergon has carefully kept the whole impact of these new grips in check, giving it a much higher quality.

First, the bike grips were designed, tested, and engineered in-house in Germany. Then, while the cork of the grips is from Portugal, the materials were molded and packaged in Taiwan. In order to make the grips contaminant free, only medically approved white oil was used.

For 2012, Ergon has updated its bike grips not only by making the compound more durable. More importantly, the packaging and the product itself were designed to be more environmentally friendly. Its carefully selected rubber meets the standards for automotive UV and food safety purity.

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2012 Santa Cruz Nickel Mountain Bike

2012 santa cruz nickel mountain bike   2012 Santa Cruz Nickel Mountain Bike

One of the brands that comes to mind when it comes to modern mountain bikes is Santa Cruz Bicycles, which has just released the new Nickel for 2012. Not only is the Nickel a nimble machine, it offers a geometry that is perfect for climbing high mountains in the backcountry.

Climbing can be effortless and fun with the Nickel, thanks to its speedy pedaling styles and its long top tube. Weighing in at approximately 3.34kg, its frame features a Fox Float R Shock and an oversized 1-1/8″ top and 1.5″ lower tapered headtube. The recommended fork range is from 120mm to 140mm.

During the days when it is hard to choose where to ride, the 2012 Santa Cruz Nickel Mountain Bike is the perfect solution. Constructed with the APP suspension system, this excellent cross-country machine with a fantastic and swish suspension features a well-designed pivot system and 125mm of suspension…

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2012 Madison Flux Waterproof Cycling Jacket

2012 madison flux waterproof cycling jacket   2012 Madison Flux Waterproof Cycling Jacket

Top of the range among the cycling jackets released by Madison for 2012 is the Flux. This waterproof cycling jacket is designed to be tough enough to tackle all the elements on the trails. With a first-rate stretch fabric and soft-touch fleece lined collar, maximum comfort is guaranteed.

Riders can control their temperature through the waterproof front facing ventilation of the garment. Highly technical, the Flux combines 10,000mm waterproof capacity and 20,000mm breathability. Therefore, even under the worst conditions, the rider is kept dry.

Aside from its topnotch comfort, the 2012 Madison Flux Waterproof Cycling Jacket offers a perfect fit, as well. Thanks to the Velcro wrist adjusters, stretch inserts on the hips, and a single hand operated hip draw cords. Riders can stash stuff safely and sufficiently in its sleeve, internal, rear, and front pockets.

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2012 Pinarello FP Quattro Shimano Ultegra Road Bike with Onda FPK1 Fork

2012 pinarello fp quattro shimano ultegra road bike with onda fpk1 fork   2012 Pinarello FP Quattro Shimano Ultegra Road Bike with Onda FPK1 Fork

Designed with female roadies in mind, the FP Quattro Shimano Ultegra is a road bike released by Pinarello for 2012, which features the new Onda FPK1 fork. On the fork crown is a 1 1/8” – 1 1/2” coning, which significantly enhances safety and rigidity.

Pinarello LAB has developed an iCR internal cable routing system that features asymmetric rear stays. The FP Quattro Shimano Ultegra used this new system as well as an oversized bottom bracket called Most(R) Croxover, which is tried and tested.

All the qualities female roadies are looking for in a bike are offered by the 2012 Pinarello FP Quattro Shimano Ultegra Road Bike with Onda FPK1 Fork. Thanks to its high-quality frame and fork, geometries, and asymmetric tubes. In a size 54, the frame weighs in at 1100g.

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