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2012 Norco Aurum Downhill Bike

2012 norco aurum downhill bike1   2012 Norco Aurum Downhill Bike

A new downhill bike from Norco for 2012 is the Aurum. Carefully designed, the Aurum is one of the fastest bikes in the world that can tackle various races from local race series to the World Cup circuit. As what it is named after, the Aurum is made to help make its rider a champion.

As compared to the earlier downhill rigs from Norco, the Aurum frame is made even stronger, stiffer, and lighter. It also features three different levels of component spec and size-specific geometry. Pivot placement, rear centre length, and front triangle change according to the height of the rider.

With a minimal 200mm of front and rear wheel travel, the purpose-built 2012 Norco Aurum Downhill Bike is engineered to provide its riders with all the possible benefits on the race course. Along with the four different models to be offered is a team replica frame.

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2012 Norco Sight

2012 norco sight   2012 Norco Sight

One of the new bikes from Norco for 2012 is the versatile 140mm-travel Sight. During an all-day ride, the Sight will smoothen out every tad of trail noise, thanks to its very flexible rear end. It is filled with cutting-edge technologies including the Advanced Ride Technology (ART) suspension platform.

Like the rest of the 2012 full-suspension range, the Sight features a one-piece forged aluminum bottom bracket area that integrates the ISCG tabs, lower pivot mount and main pivot clevis. The Sight has a Syntace 142×12 bolt-through rear end as well like on most models.

Very versatile, the 2012 Norco Sight is ideal for riders who want to do a little bit of everything. This includes marathon-length events, backcountry epics, and even local trails. Efficient and light, the Sight will not take excess energy away after hours in the saddle.

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2012 Norco Revolver

2012 norco revolver   2012 Norco Revolver

Designed for riders who are fond of long-distance endurance races, the 2012 Norco Revolver is one of the latest hot bikes on the market today. Aside from Shinobi, the Revolver has many other high-quality features as well. A trail-focused ride, the Revolver features 100mm of front and rear travel.

Its custom, hydroformed tubeset offers light weight and stiffness while maintaining solid and nice aesthetics. The seat tube of the frame’s tubing includes the link arm pivot, clevisless pivots at the chain and seat stays, and a considerably curved top tube that keeps standover at a practical height.

The 2012 Norco Revolver still uses Advanced Ride Technology (ART) to boost pedaling efficiency, braking performance, and square-edge bump compliance. ART also facilitates the achievement of a bottomless feeling suspension system. This is also for riders who enjoy peddling through rolling singletrack.

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2012 Felt Breed Cyclocross Bike

2012 felt breed cyclocross bike   2012 Felt Breed Cyclocross Bike

Included in the big family of the 2012 cyclocross range from Felt Bicycles is the slightly revamped singlespeed Breed. While the Breed will have similar upgrades as the rest of the alloy frames, it features rear-entry horizontal dropouts.

Its trick rear thru-axle rear hub only requires, for installation and removal, a single 15mm wrench and a nice BEERNuts tool, which connects to the water bottle bolts. Featured by the drivetrain are a SRAM singlespeed BB30 crank and the thru-axle rear cassette/hub from Felt.

Definitely a new exciting machine, the 2012 Felt Breed Cyclocross Bike is another must-have for cyclocross buffs. Its frame is a Felt 7000 Series aluminum that comes with a full carbon fork. Also, its tapered head tube apparently comes with a 1.5″ lower bearing.

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2012 Raleigh Capri Womens Road Bikes

2012 raleigh capri womens road bikes   2012 Raleigh Capri Womens Road Bikes

Included in the new line of bikes for women released by Raleigh Bicycles for 2012 is the Capri. Like the 2011 model of Capri, the new version gets the same geometry and a full carbon frame and fork. The four 2012 Raleigh Capri Womens Road Bikes are all available in 45, 49, 52, 54, and 56cm.

Ideal for beginners is the Capri 1.0. This starter model comes with Shimano 2300 8-speed. A step up from the 1.0 is the Capri 2.0 that comes with 8-speed. However, the 2.0 is still not with the mainstay of 10-speed and it features Shimano Sora 9-speed and FSA cranks.

With the same aluminum frame and fork, the Capri 3. 0 has a downgrade on parts to Shimano 105 10-speed for the majority of the drivetrain. The Capri 4.0 has a carbon fork with an alloy steerer, hydroformed aluminum frame, and except for brake calipers,…

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2012 Felt Mountain Bikes

2012 felt mountain bikes   2012 Felt Mountain Bikes

Felt Bicycles has upgraded its lineup of mountain bikes for 2012. Compared to the Edict line introduced in 2011, the 2012 LTD Pro versions are still similar featuring 2×10 drivetrains. Using UHC Ultimate plus Nano mix, the Edict LTD will be nicely kitted with a Fox 32 F100 FIT Remote fork and RP23 Boost Valve rear shock.

Offering a full XTR bike, the Virtue line has an added LTD model.

With an upgraded construction, the Nine Team has an added weight to its frame with approximately 30g. A considerable amount of durability is added to the frame as well. Moreover, the 2012 Nine Team, which will cost a little more, features a full SRAM XO 2×10 drivetrain and RockShox SID.

Another impressive offer of the 2012 Felt Mountain Bikes Nine lineup is an alloy race bike called Race. The Race weighs approximately 11kg.

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2012 Bianchi Impulso Road Bike

2012 bianchi impulso road bike   2012 Bianchi Impulso Road Bike

As the only new road bike from Bianchi for 2012, the Impulso is an exciting machine to watch for. Aside from its good looks, the bike also guarantees a stable ride. Weld texture is removed from the headtube making the increased front end stiffness smoother and prettier.

Its Triple Hydroformed frame features hydroformed top and head tubes, welded and combined together into a monocoque structure before a second hydroforming process. The bike’s components include FSA cockpit, Shimano Ultegra gray compact drivetrain, Hutchinson tires, and Fulcrum wheels.

A part of the long distance C2C Coast 2 Coast lineup, the 2012 Bianchi Impulso Road Bike has both positive and negative aspects. While the ride and handling are stiff and stable, the heavy wheel and kit tends to give dull responses.

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