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2012 Vittoria Hora Road Racing Shoes

2012 vittoria hora road racing shoes   2012 Vittoria Hora Road Racing Shoes

Italian brand Vittoria has introduced two road racing shoes for 2012, one of which is the Hora. Aside from the combinations of 27 lengths and 4 widths, the shoes are also available in a multi-length option for those with different feet sizes.

For riders who prefer an elite racing shoe Italian quality with the best performance, the Hora shoe is the ideal item. By using a dial to fine-tune fit, the micrometric cable closure system of the Hora makes its fit exact and safe.

Four-channel ventilation is provided by its full carbon unidirectional air system sole. While offering a new graphic, the 2012 Vittoria Hora Road Racing Shoes still remains unchanged in terms of technique. The Hora is definitely a perfect combination of fashion and performance.

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2012 E Thirteen XCX-CX and XCXD-Type Chain Guides

2012 e thirteen xcx cx and xcxd type chain guides   2012 E Thirteen XCX CX and XCXD Type Chain Guides

Newly released by E Thirteen for 2012 are two chain guides, which are the XCX-CX and XCXD-Type. Both new guides incorporate the adjustable upper slider from the World Cup winning LG1+ guide, alloy hardware and two color options of black or white.

Using a seat tube clamp, the cyclocross-specific device XCX-CX features a seamless chain line adjustment and is mountable to frames with 28.6, 31.8 or 34.0 seat tube diameters. Made for high-direct style front derailleur mounts, the XCX D-type attaches straight to the frame changing the front derailleur.

Both the 2012 E Thirteen XCX-CX and XCXD-Type Chain Guides are available in a bottom bracket, high and low seat tubes, and E-type/S3 mounting standards. These new chain guides are great additions to the high-quality E Thirteen line of one-by XCX crosscountry chain retention systems.

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2012 Giro Remedy Mountain Bike Helmet

2012 giro remedy mountain bike helmet   2012 Giro Remedy Mountain Bike Helmet

One of the superior mountain bike helmets for 2012 is the Remedy from Giro. Like its big brother Remedy CF, the Remedy gives excellent ventilation, protection, and attention to detail while its price is very affordable. Its unrivaled graphics makes a good choice for top riders in the world.

Major features of this helmet include washable interior lining, replacement cheek pads, and optimized Super Fit goggle port. Giving the helmet state-of-the-art quality are its fiberglass shell construction with EVA-lined chinbar and Wind Tunnel ventilation that features internal channeling and 14 vents.

Tackled well by the 2012 Giro Remedy Mountain Bike Helmet is anything in the gravity sphere, such as freeride, all-mountain, as well as MTB DH and MTB Slalom/4X races. What makes the helmet so comfortable is its super fit engineering and Skull Hugging Luxury.

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2012 Look Cycle 920 Full Suspension Marathon Bike

2012 look cycle 986 race ready carbon hardtail   2012 Look Cycle 920 Full Suspension Marathon Bike

One of the new full suspension marathon bikes for 2012 is the 920 from Look Cycle. Aside from its innovative head tube design, this full susser features carbon seat stays built to flex up to 15mm to reduce a heavy pivot on the swing arm that triggers the shock through a short rocker linkage.

Made from full high modulus carbon fiber, the 2350g frame features post mount disc brake mounts for 160mm rotors and aluminum downtube protection. Other features include an integrated A-Stem stem, four reversible brackets, and front triangle and a swing arm made of carbon VHM 3K.

Ideal for marathon and all-day cross-country riders, the 2012 Look Cycle 920 Full Suspension Marathon Bike gets 120mm of front and rear travel that offers versatility. Lighter than 100mm of travel, 120mm is the modern reference for cross-country.

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2012 Cube Elite Super HPC and Reaction GTC 29er Mountain Bikes

2012 cube elite super hpc and reaction gtc 29er mountain ikes   2012 Cube Elite Super HPC and Reaction GTC 29er Mountain Bikes

Cube, a German brand, has released ten new 29er mountain bikes for 2012, two of which are the Elite Super HPC and Reaction GTC. Both of these upper level 29in hardtails use Agile Ride Geometry that offers sporty handling. Similar topnotch specs are featured by the carbon frame of the two bikes.

The modern specs of the frame include a press-fit BB, simplified internal cable routing, tapered steerer tube, and post mount brake. The use of aluminum in the head tube and dropouts is reduced and the frame is built in front, left, and right rear triangles to lessen the number of bonded joints.

Both the 2012 Cube Elite Super HPC and Reaction GTC 29er Mountain Bikes take pride in their first-class features. The difference is that the Elite Super HPC, which saves energy while climbing or sprinting, is lighter and stiffer than the Reaction GTC, which is unique…

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2012 Cube Two15 Downhill Mountain Bike

2012 cube two15 downhill mountain bike   2012 Cube Two15 Downhill Mountain Bike

After the success of the Hanzz, Cube is adding a new downhill bike called Two15, which has even more travel. In cooperation with downhiller André Wagenknecht and Fox Racing Shox’s Eamonn Cleere, the making of the Two15 is expected to be a success.

What Wagenknecht provided is the input for geometry and handling. On the other hand, Cleere delivered the necessary technical details to design the kinematics within the limits and possibilities of the chosen damper, the Fox DHX-RC4. Moreover, the bike’s weight was reduced by 500g.

Thanks to Wagenknecht and Cleere, the 2012 Cube Two15 Downhill Mountain Bike is made first-class. Using Triple Linkage Kinematics with a curve of the linkage over the whole shock travel, compression and both high and low speed rebound surely work over the complete travel in a linear way.

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2012 Giro Selector Time Trial Helmet

2012 giro selector time trial helmet   2012 Giro Selector Time Trial Helmet

A new time trial helmet called Selector has been released by Giro for 2012. Coming with two aerodynamic lowers, the Selector allows riders to choose between different depths for the bottom section at the back, which are 10mm and 45mm.

Between the helmet and the back of the rider, there is no drag-causing gap. Drag is prevented since there are no front vents in the shell of the helmet. However, at the top of the removable visor, the little vents go straight to some deep channels in the body of the helmet.

In turn, the deep channels remove the air to wear out ports at the back, providing a steady flow of air over the rider’s head. Being one of the fastest production aero helmets on the market today, the 2012 Giro Selector Time Trial Helmet comes at a quite expensive price tags.

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