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2012 Salsa Horsethief Full-Suspension 29er Trail Bike

2012 salsa horsethief full suspension 29er trail bike   2012 Salsa Horsethief Full Suspension 29er Trail Bike

Salsa Cycles has introduced its full-suspension 29er trail bike for 2012 called the Horsethief. For riders who are looking for bikes that are capable of tackling any terrain well, the Horsethief is the perfect machine to use on any trip or ride.

Combining a double-butted hydroformed top and downtubes with a forged bottom bracket piece and a tapered headtube, the front triangle strength and stiffness are maximized.Its hydroformed 6061-T6 alloy tubes increase strength and beefiness, making the Horsethief a real all-mountain worthy bike.

Engineered to be tough enough for huge rides, the 2012 Salsa Horsethief Full-Suspension 29er Trail Bike allows riders to tackle any rugged terrains with confidence. With a 120mm of rear wheel travel, the aluminum alloy frame of the Horsethief is able to take a 120-140mm suspension fork.

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2012 Specialized Carve Pro 29 Hardtail 29er Bike

2012 specialized carve pro 29 hardtail 29er bike   2012 Specialized Carve Pro 29 Hardtail 29er Bike

Competition-inspired, the new Carve Pro 29 is an aluminum hardtail 29er bike released by Specialized for 2012. This new bike comes with a 29er, featuring an 80mm-travel RockShox Recon Gold 29 SL fork with SLX shift levers and Deore hydraulic disc brakes from Shimano.

Offering excellent stiffness, efficiency, and light weight, the M4SL alloy frame of the Carve Pro 29 is fully butted and smooth-welded. Along with 29er XC geometry, a tapered head tube is included to offer front-end stiffness as well as seatstays with no bridge to achieve compliance over bumps.

Climbing is made easier by the new 2012 Specialized Carve Pro 29 Hardtail 29er Bike, thanks to its excellent components, including the remote lockout, double-walled alloy rims, and the aluminum steerer and stanchions featured by the fork.

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2012 Niner Bikes EMD 9 Entry-level 29er Hardtail Bike

2012 niner bikes emd 9 entry level 29er hardtail bike   2012 Niner Bikes EMD 9 Entry level 29er Hardtail Bike

Niner Bikes, the big-wheeled specialist, has updated two of their frames for 2012, which are the Air9 and the EMD9. The latter, which is the entry-level 29er hardtail bike of Niner Bikes, has been redesigned with a stiffer frame compared to the old model.

Combined to enhance the stiffness of the EMD9 frame are a custom hydroformed tubeset, reshaped downtube and tapered head tube with an internal zero stack headset. Adding a bigger diameter toptube, there is a hydroformed downtube rather than a whole frame of hydroformed tubes.

Updated with a black anodized option, the 2012 Niner Bikes EMD 9 Entry-level 29er Hardtail Bike is perfect for cyclists who want the roughest and most lightweight finish. For riders swapping parts from the previous frames, the traditional European type bottom bracket is maintained. …

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2012 Surly Ogre 29er Bike

2012 surly ogre 29er bike   2012 Surly Ogre 29er Bike

Included in the long list of 29er bikes for 2012 is the Ogre, which has been released by Surly Bikes. Since the bike is a 29er machine that can do everything, all the fenders, racks, trailers, disc brakes, v-brakes, and Rohloff will work well.

Since it is based on the 26er Troll, the new Ogre looks like a creative combination of the Troll and the Karate Monkey. The cantilever brake capabilities or bent seat tube and disc are from the Karate Monkey while the rear dropouts, fender, rack, and trailer capabilities are from the Troll.

Offering superior usefulness, the 2012 Surly Ogre 29er Bike is a very versatile machine. Aside from the standard size range, the Ogre will come in a super sized 24in frameset for big riders. The frameset is available in medium green.

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2012 Salsa Mamasita Hardtail 29er Bike

2012 salsa mamasita hardtail 29er bike   2012 Salsa Mamasita Hardtail 29er Bike

A new exciting machine for hardtail 29er bike lovers called Mamasita has been released by Salsa Cycles for 2012. Instead of Scandium Carbon mix or Scandium, the new frame is made from EV6 Xtrolite aluminum tubing, which optimized the ride quality of the bike.

New additions to the Mamasita frame that give performance benefits are a PressFit 30 bottom bracket shell and a tapered headtube. While maintaining the reputable ride quality of the bike, its frame tracking, efficiency, and power transfer are improved.

With superior efficiency derived from the highest power transmission possible, the 2012 Salsa Mamasita Hartdtail 29er Bike is an ideal machine for single track riding and cyclocross racing. Moreover, its weight and price are reduced to further make the bike an excellent choice.

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2012 Santa Cruz Tallboy Aluminum 29er Bike

2012 santa cruz tallboy aluminum 29er bike   2012 Santa Cruz Tallboy Aluminum 29er Bike

Included in the long list of 29er bikes released for 2012 is the Tallboy Aluminum by Santa Cruz. Since its introduction, the Tallboy bikes are becoming more and more popular in the cycling market, and for 2012, Santa Cruz has loaded the bikes with some new features.

By pairing 29in wheels with VPP suspension, this versatile bike guarantees snappish handling and quick rolling. The Tallboy makes the most of the advantages offered by big wheels. While a little bit more weight is added, its price is made more affordable.

While it maintains the same geometry, lines, and great suspension, the 2012 Santa Cruz Tallboy Aluminum 29er Bike is just an alloy version of the original model. With the same excellent features, the bike can tackle various terrains, including alpine singletracks and long desert rides.

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2012 Rocky Mountain Element 950 29er Bike

2012 rocky mountain element 950 29er bike   2012 Rocky Mountain Element 950 29er Bike

Element 950 is one of the new 29er bikes released for 2012 from Rocky Mountain. In order to mimic the finest 26ers, the RTC 29 geometry of the bike comes with superior components, such as shorter chainstays and top tube. Its 142mm rear axle definitely enhances its stiffness.

Its design, which features internally-routed derailleur cables through its downtube, is very nice. Both in minimum and maximum travels, riders can climb smoothly and efficiently with the RockShox Revelation 120mm with a travel adjuster that plummets to 95mm.

Really outstanding, the 2012 Rocky Mountain Element 950 29er Bike is a trail-friendly and XC-capable full-suspension 29er that can efficiently climb anything with incredible comfort. The only downsides of the bike is the slightly noodly wheels and its weight.

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