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2012 Exposure Lights

2012 exposure lights   2012 Exposure Lights

Exposure Lights has announced the release of their new range of bike lights for 2012. The range includes Six Pack Mk.2, MaXx Mk.4, Diablo, and Joystick, which weighs 478g, 337g, 124g, and 103g respectively. The most affordable one is the Joystick, which is ideal on a helmet mount or for a backup light.

For improved efficiency, the new lights use Intelligent Thermal Management technology to offer better heat management, which enhances output and battery life. Moreover, the improved Cree XPG R5 LEDs makes the lights brighter with 25lumen/LED increase with the same burn time.

Especially in terms of electronics, the 2012 Exposure Lights were nicely enhanced. Other important changes of these lights are the gold-plated charge ports and a new storm cap. These new features offer conductivity, corrosion resistance, and enhanced durability.

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2012 Kona Mahuna 29er Bike

2012 kona mahuna 29er bike   2012 Kona Mahuna 29er Bike

Kona has designed a new reasonably priced entry-level mountain bike called the Mahuna for 2012. This inch-wheel hardtail is ideal for riders who want to jump on the big-wheel bandwagon. Taking pride in its Kona Race Light 7005, this Kona is lightweight in weight and geared for performance.

To produce thicker tubes at weld areas and at vital parts of the frame, Race Light 7005 uses custom butting. This also provides the rider with unbelievable strength and torsional reliability. Speed and stiffness are perfectly balanced by removing wall thickness in some parts of the frame.

With 7005 aluminum butted tubing and 29er geometry, the 2012 Kona Mahuna 29er Bike is designed to keep things simple yet exciting. Moreover, its carefully selected topnotch components make it one of the most durable 29er machines on the market today.

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2012 GT Xizang 29er Titanium Frame

2012 gt xizang 29er titanium frame   2012 GT Xizang 29er Titanium Frame

From the 90s, the iconic frame called Xizang will be brought back by GT Bicyles for 2012. With its reincarnation, this titanium frame will be reintroduced as a 29er. While the new Xizang is immediately recognizable, it is scrupulously interpreted with nice innovations.

Included in the innovative updates of the frame are a replaceable derailleur hanger, a tapered 1-1/8 to 1-1/2in head tube, and post mount disc tabs. Nicely welded, the custom drawn butted titanium tubes come with state-of-the-art geometry.

With the master plan of GT Bicyles to regain the glory it once enjoyed, the 2012 GT Xizang 29er Titanium Frame is back after its absence for over a decade. Other new features of the frame are a 31.6 seat post, English thread bottom bracket, full-length cable housing, and direct post type disc brake mount.

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2012 Charge Cooker Hi 29er Mountain Bike

2012 charge cooker hi 29er mountain bike   2012 Charge Cooker Hi 29er Mountain Bike

Charge has released a range of 29er mountain bikes for 2012 including the Cooker Hi. As the most expensive steel model of the 2012 range, the Cooker Hi has state-of-the –art features, such as the SRAM X5 components and a RockShox fork.

As a specially designed 29er mountain bike, the Cooker Hi is made with a high quality Tange Infinity frame, which is seamless and double butted chromo. With its unique frame geometry, riders will enjoy a very lively 29er ride.

In order to offer the best combination of comfort, strength, and weight, the 2012 Charge Cooker Hi 29er Mountain Bike is constructed with a carefully chosen steel tube set. Moreover, this mountain bike offers highly responsive ride qualities.

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2012 Verde Radia BMX Bike

2012 verde radia bmx bike   2012 Verde Radia BMX Bike

Getting a revamp for 2012 is the Radia BMX bike from Verde. The new model will be having larger 8.5″ bars, new Stunner LO`s 2.25″ tires, and a KMC 710SL Chain. Both the low flange female front hub and 9t female cassette from Cinema has fully sealed bearings.

Featured by Radia’s Full 4130 frame are removable brake mounts and Verde’s very own investment cast headtube. In order to achieve a more dependable and solid ride, both the tapered forks and 8.5″ rise bars are built from 100% chromo. Maximum durability is offered by the heat treated 4130 crank set.

With top-quality components, the 2012 Verde Radia BMX Bike is one of the best expert level street BMX machines on the market today. Excellent components from Duo are the aftermarket pivotal seat, grips, plastic pedals and tires. Other features are double-walled Cinema 777 rims and Reynolds 520 Downtube.

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2012 Specialized Crux Cyclocross Bikes

2012 specialized crux cyclocross bikes   2012 Specialized Crux Cyclocross Bikes

Specialized has revamped its Crux cyclocross bike line for 2012 by getting rid of the carbon fiber. They have brought disc brakes instead to the mainstream. Moreover, three new tubular cyclocross tires were introduced.

With the three added cantilever brake complete bikes is a canti-ready frame module. With a forged, one-piece brake hanger, the canti models lessen brake chatter. The Crux Comp has Avid mechanical discs matched with Specialized’s CXD wheels, FSA cranks, and a SRAM Apex component group.

The three new tubular cyclocross tires for the 2012 Specialized Crux Cyclocross Bikes are the Terra, Tracer and Trigger. Terra is for mud, Tracer is all-around, and Trigger is for smooth and dry conditions. With the treads hand glued to a 260TPI 33mm polycotton casing, the three tires are quite affordable.

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2012 Verde Vex OG BMX Bike

2012 verde vex og bmx bike   2012 Verde Vex OG BMX Bike

Part of the range of Verde BMX bikes upgraded for 2012 is the Vex OG. Included in the new upgrades of the Vex OG are the stem, colored spokes and nipples, anodized front and rear rims, a fully sealed female bolt front hub, Cinema 333 rims, Duo 2.25″ tires, and Duo barends.

As compared to the Eon model, the Vex OG is more chromoly for a lighter, stronger machine with dope color matched spokes. On the front of its frame is an integrated head tube that allows for a tidy-looking print. Other dependable components are CNC stem and Pivotal seat post.

Also featured by the 2012 Verde OG BMX Bike frame are Verde’s new Investment cast, a full chromo front triangle, and a built-in seat clamp. This affordable intermediate level bike also features a chromo steerer tube tapered fork and 100% chromo 8.5” rise handlebars.

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