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2012 RockShox Reba RLT 29er Fork

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One of the 29er forks released by RockShox for 2012 is the Reba RLT. Weighing in at only 1584g with a tapered steer tube and 9mm QR dropouts, the new Reba RLT is incredibly lightweight and is just 2g heavier than the SID World Cup XX 29er fork.

With the same new lighter lower chassis used in the SID 29er, the Reba RLT saved weight dropping as much as 150g over the earlier model. Included in the lockout types is the Push Loc or Pop Loc remote. Other changes in the fork are the new sag gradient markers on the stanchions.

Finally, the 2012 RockShox Reba RLT 29er Fork gets a 15mm thru-axle Maxle option for the shorter 80mm and 100mm travel sizes. The only downside is that along with the RL model, the RLT will be an OEM option only at the moment.

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2012 Kona Mahuna 29er Bike

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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

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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

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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 Kona Honzo 29er Bike

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Kona Bikes has released a new steel frame coming out for 2012 called Honzo 29er, which is a trail and all-mountain hardtail. The Honzo features short chain stays and a slack head angle. Through the short 415mm/16.3 inch chain stays, the Honzo can be run only as a 1×9.

Being teamed up with steel, the Honzo is an ideal bike for the 29er online crew. Kona has used slider drop outs for the Honzo and provided it with singlespeed capabilities. Since the headset is a 44mm variety, the bike can be equipped with a tapered steer tube.

Having a 68° head angle means that it is climbable but not so sharp that it holds the rider back when trail points down. Trail abusive and wildly supple, the 2012 Kona Honzo 29er Bike is one tough machine 29er riders must have.

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2012 Trek Wahoo 29er Bike

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2012 trek wahoo 29er bike   2012 Trek Wahoo 29er Bike

Trek has released a new 29er bike for 2012 called Wahoo. This new 29er bike takes pride in its light Gold Series butted-aluminum frame from Trek. The 29″ wheels keep momentum and offer more stability as well.

Along with the frame are a G2 29er geometry and a 100mm-travel fork to offer first-rate handling, clear-cut steering and absolute control on all kinds of trails. With its hydroformed Alpha Gold aluminum tubing, the ride is made even stiffer and more responsive.

In case the rider wants to slow down in any circumstance, it is made easier through the Solid Tektro disc brakes that put a clamp on the light Bontrager 29er wheels. The 2012 Trek Wahoo 29er Bike also has Shimano 24-speed drivetrain and Bonty components that allow the rider to cruise anywhere easily.

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2012 Cannondale Scalpel Carbon 29er Full-Suspension Mountain Bikes

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There will be four models of 29er full-suspension mountain bikes called Scalpel released by Cannondale for 2012. Two of the models are carbon and two are aluminum. Finally entering the 29er full suspension market, Cannondale made sure that they offer top quality.


In terms of design, Cannondale nicely mixed the looks of the 2011 Scalpel model with Jekyll’s innovative technology. Jekyll offers extra stiffness with the Clashnikov top tube while the 2011 Scalpel gives light weight and no pivot junction for chain and seat stays.

Highly anticipated, the 2012 Cannondale Scalpel Carbon 29er Full-Suspension Mountain Bikes are finally out on the market. Thanks to its 100mm of suspension travel front and rear, the Scalpel is ideal for all-day trail riding and very versatile for mountain bike racing.

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