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2012 Manitou Dorado Pro Fork

2012 manitou dorado pro fork   2012 Manitou Dorado Pro Fork

After the great success of the Dorado MRD, Manitou is releasing another high-quality fork called Dorado Pro for 2012. Aside from the chassis, all of the details of the previous Dorado MRD and this new Dorado Pro are the same.

To meet the strict demands of word-class athletes, this new fork still guarantees unrivaled performance with its specially selected components, including the TPC+ damper, dual-chamber air spring, and the hydraulic top-out and bottom-out circuits.

Although it is an exact reproduction of the Dorado MRD, the new 2012 Manitou Dorado Pro Fork has aluminum legs and crown instead of carbon fiber. Weighing in at 2.97lkg, the all black anodized Dorado Pro offers 180 and 203mm travel and 20mm HexLock hub interface.

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2012 RockGardn Fate Carbon Gloves

2012 rockgardn fate carbon gloves   2012 RockGardn Fate Carbon Gloves

Featuring a new 1×4 split-knuckle design, the 2012 RockGardn Fate Carbon Gloves guarantee high quality and reliable performance. Sewn to a leather edge are four independent pieces instead of a large single-piece knuckle. In turn, the leather edge is sewn to a neoprene panel, which is floating and ventilated.

To help the knuckle pieces articulate with the hand’s position, the neoprene panel slides over the breathable Airmesh top layer. This helps get rid of pressure points both for braking and gripping. Attached to the Airprene layer are the internally padded carbon-fiber forefingers and knuckles.

While the real cowhide leather inside thumb and lower palm maximize comfort and abrasion resistance, the sweat-absorbing terrycloth back thumb comes with a leather-reinforced tip. Lastly, the durability and breathability of the gloves are enhanced by its woven finger gussets.

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2012 Breezer Lightning 29 Pro Complete Bike

2012 breezer lightning 29 pro complete bike   2012 Breezer Lightning 29 Pro Complete Bike

For riders who are looking for a 29er pro complete bike, one of the latest machines for 2012 is the Breezer Lightning. Custom-butted and custom-machined, its Breezer D’Fusion frame is hydroformed, heat-treated and integrated HT and BB92 PF BB.

Included in the details of the bike are Breezer drop outs, D-Fusion tubing spec, and chain stay mounted disc brakes. The Breezer Lightning 29 takes pride in its first-class features, such as a 100mm RockShox Recon Gold TK fork, 31.8mm Oval M600 aluminum seat post and WTB Bronson 29×2.2 tires and wheels.

To offer a more enjoyable riding experience, the 2012 Breezer Lightning 29 Pro Complete Bike updated its Legendary steel, which is a real hardtail, to the 29er format. It is available in three colors, which are carbon, silver, and white.

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2012 RockGardn Karma All Mountain Jersey, Shorts, and Gloves

2012 rockgardn karma all mountain jersey shorts and gloves   2012 RockGardn Karma All Mountain Jersey, Shorts, and Gloves

Ideal for fashion-conscious riders are the newly released 2012 RockGardn Karma All Mountain Jersey, Shorts, and Gloves. First, the stylish and sporty Karma jersey is made of moisture-wicking polyester. Available in black/white and blue/black colors both with tan piping, it nicely matches the Karma shorts and gloves.

Made from 100% microfiber twill fabric, the new Karma shorts are strong and wrinkle-resistant but unbelievably soft. Movement is unrestricted, thanks to its seat and crotch stretch panels. To help make the fit perfect, the shorts have an independent belt and gathered elastic waistband.

In order to protect the middle and index fingers of the rider, the Karma gloves have direct injected ribs and silicon beads that offer a positive lever texture. These gloves optimize the cool, lightweight, and personalized connection between the rider and the bike.

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2012 Specialized S-Works Shiv TT Module Bike

2012 specialized s works shiv tt module bike   2012 Specialized S Works Shiv TT Module Bike

Designed for cyclists who want the ideal bike that tackles any race against the clock is the 2012 S-Works Shiv TT Module. Power is maximized by its excellent stiffness-to-weight ratio from the Specialized S-Works Fact carbon crank set with ceramic bearings, OSBB, and removable carbon spider.

Featured by its Fact IS 11r carbon frame are a radical tube shaping and completely integrated cockpit that ultimately optimizes weight, stiffness, and aerodynamics. This makes it ideal for UCI time trials. With an integrated aerobar, the aerodynamic carbon stem offers a light and firm link to the fork steerer.

Moreover, fit is optimized by the two setback options from its carbon bladed seat post. Totally UCI and triathlon legal, the Shiv TT Module is made of high quality components. No wonder it has won both Ironman triathlon and time trial in the World Championships.

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2012 RockGardn M-Theory MTB Gloves

2012 rockgardn m theory mtb gloves   2012 RockGardn M Theory MTB Gloves

While featuring maximum performance and great aesthetics, the 2012 RockGardn M-Theory MTB Gloves are available for a very reasonable price. This makes these mountain bike gloves one of the must-buy items for riders who are price-conscious but do not compromise the quality.

Several amazing features are offered by the RockGardn M-Theory. Comfort is optimized by its full-length TPR finger protection that has a soft-stretch Airprene knuckle panel and the silicon grippers of its reinforced palm on the middle and index fingers.

While these mountain bike gloves are perfect for DH, they can also tackle XC pretty well. On the other hand, the downsides of the RockGardn M-Theory include its heaviness when wet and its tendency to make the hands feel hot during summer rides.

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2012 Look Cycle 986 Race-Ready Carbon Hardtail

2012 look cycle 986 race ready carbon hardtail 3   2012 Look Cycle 986 Race Ready Carbon Hardtail

A new top-end race-ready carbon hardtail bike called 986 has been released by Look Cycle for 2012. By using an integrated A-stem, the bike allows the handlebars to be slammed as low as cross-country racers normally choose.

With a new geometry that matches 100mm forks, this new hardtail bike is available in two models, which are regular or standard seat post with a 1300g frame and integrated E-Post with a 1200g frame. The E-post model reduces the weight while increasing the stiffness.

Also available is a standard RSP version that has anintegrated seat mast using a Syntace Carbon Hi-flex post. With a BB30 bottom bracket, the 2012 Look Cycle 986 Race-Ready Carbon Hardtail guarantees the riders that during racing, their power will not be wasted.

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