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2012 Surly Pacer Road Frame

2012 surly pacer road frame   2012 Surly Pacer Road Frame

One of the latest road frames updated for 2012 is the Pacer by Surly Bikes. Aside from its 10-speed Tiagra components, the crown and rear tire spacing of the Pacer is also updated for 2012 to allow true clearance for 700×32 tires and 700x28s with fenders.

For the standard reach brakes, the options will be 47mm-57mm calipers only. In other words, the new 4130 TIG-welded Pacer frame will not work with any short reach brakes anymore, such as Campy, Dura-Ace, SRAM Rival, and 105. This versatile frame is ideal for commuting and day-tripping.

While it may not be the most stylish bikes on the market, the 2012 Surly Pacer Road Frame gets a nice new metallic blue color and old graphics. While its aesthetics is understated, some exciting updates allow this all-day roadie to offer guaranteed reliability and comfort.

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2012 Manitou Circus Comp Fork

2012 manitou circus comp fork   2012 Manitou Circus Comp Fork

Taking pride in its incredible strength, stiffness, and light weight is the 2012 Manitou Circus Comp Fork. Weighing in at 2133g, the new Circus Comp has impressive specs and configurations. It is very similar to the Circus Expert, which is included in the 2012 range of Manitou forks.

Aside from the Jumpstack damping that is completely tuned for dirt jump, the Circus Comp is specced with several adjustments, which are compression, air preload, lockout and rebound. Its firm spring comes with the air preload adjustment.

Moreover, the fork features an aluminum steerer and 32mm straight wall 7050 stanchions as well as forged aluminum crown. Featured by its configurations are 20mm Hexlock axle, Post Mount brake mounts, and ride heights of 80mm, 100mm, and 130mm.

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2012 Giro Aeon Road Helmet

2012 giro aeon road helmet   2012 Giro Aeon Road Helmet

One of the most eye-catching road helmets for 2012 is the Aeon from Giro, especially its super-bright yellow version. This new high-end racing bike helmet provides riders with maximum ventilation. While it offers minimal weight, comfort and fit are not compromised.

Applying various technologies, the makers of the Aeon were able to make it competitive enough to meet the strict performance standards. By establishing the shock-absorbing structure both inside and outside, the contact surface of the helmet with the head is reduced while allowing for more air volume.

Through a AEON SL Thermoformed Roll Cage, the helmet only weighs 190g. Great stability is maintained while internal reinforcement is made 49% lighter than usual composite reinforcements. For riders who enjoy catching attention in a race, wearing a 2012 Giro Aeon Road Helmet is one great way to do so.

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2012 Specialized Hardrock Disc Hardtail XC Mountain Bike

2012 specialized hardrock disc hardtail xc mountain bike   2012 Specialized Hardrock Disc Hardtail XC Mountain Bike

Designed for riders who are fond of urban jungles and adventures on the trails is the new 2012 Specialized Hardrock Disc Hardtail XC Mountain Bike. To make sure that the mountain bike ride is really fun, its stiff frame is matched with its 80mm smooth-travel SR Suntour fork.

What makes the bike more lightweight, compliant, and durable is its fully butted A1 Premium aluminum frame that comes with double Ore down tube. Over varying terrain, tunability and versatility are enhanced by the lockout, preload adjustment, and size-specific spring rates of the SR Suntour fork.

To keep the rolling resistance low, the knob height used in the Specialized Fast Trak LK Sport 60 TPI tires is decreased. However, riders can have confidence on the trail with the sufficient grip of the bike. Bumpy issues are tackled well by the double-walled alloy rims, which are light but durable and tough.

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2012 Vittoria Torque Mountain Bike Shoes

2012 vittoria torque mountain bike shoes   2012 Vittoria Torque Mountain Bike Shoes

Complete made in Italy, the shoes range by Vittoria for 2012 offers two highly sophisticated mountain bike shoes, one of which is the Torque. Aside from having soles made from nylon, the shoes are closed with two Velcros and ratchets.

Moreover, the sole of the Torque comes with a highly grippy polymer. Made from synthetic leather, the uppers of the shoes are water-repellant. In order to offer fine adjustments, the shoes use CRS fastening system that makes it easier to conform to any foot shape.

For mountain bike riders who are looking for a lightweight performance shoe, the 2012 Vittoria Torque Mountain Bike Shoes is a great choice. Like the other models in this 2012 shoe range, the Torque offers both style and performance.

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2012 Specialized P.Fix Fixed Gear Bike

2012 specialized p fix fixed gear bike   2012 Specialized P.Fix Fixed Gear Bike

A new fixed-gear machine offered by Specialized for 2012 is the P.Fix bike. Combined with its advanced technology and state-of-the-art materials are a clever geometry that is proven to tackle dirt, street, and park rides very well. Its one-piece 10t cog has a freewheel setup and fixed gear conversion options.

Though lightweight, the P. Series butted and tapered chromoly fork is stiff and sturdy enough to tackle any intense abuse. Also made to endure nonstop abuse are the 26in P. Fix wheelset and cartridge bearings, which are double-walled with 36 spokes.

Loaded with superior features, the 2012 Specialized P.Fix Fixed Gear Bike can meet the high demands of aggressive rides. Aside from a rounded profile, the Specialized Compound Control tires also offer dual-compound traction and low rolling resistance. Its light but strong Press-in MID BB can be serviced easily.

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2012 Cannondale Slice Ultegra Triathlon Bike

2012 cannondale slice ultegra   2012 Cannondale Slice Ultegra Triathlon Bike

Since it is very similar to its predecessor, the 2012 Cannondale Slice Ultegra offers the same top qualities as the 2011 model did. What makes the Slice Ultegra a better choice than other triathlon bikes is its incredibly light weight.

Another feature that makes the Slice Ultegra one of the best bikes in its category is its firm handling and highspeed through long descents and sweeping corners. Despite its stiffness, comfort is guaranteed by combining vibration-shrinking save stays with supple armrests and a thin top tube and saddle.

Outstanding stiffness guarantees excellent control of the bike. This is due in part to the the thick chain stay and the BB30 bottom bracket. Very lightweight, the Slice Ultegra helps the rider save energy when needed and climb the hills effortlessly.

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