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Intense Hard Eddie Carbon Fiber 29er Mountain Bike

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intense hard eddie carbon fiber 29er mountain bike   Intense Hard Eddie Carbon Fiber 29er Mountain Bike

Intense rolled out the Hard Eddie Carbon Fiber 29er mountain bike at last years EuroBike, and announced the bike would release in March 2012. Now it’s April and it seems Intense is finally releasing the Hard Eddie 29er.

Designed by Jeff Steber and engineered by SEED, the Intense Hard Eddie Carbon 29er MTB taes the same carbon fiber tech from the Carbine SL model. Comes equipped with 142×12 rear axle dropouts but you can also run singlespeed.

The frame weighs about 1,000 grams, with a complete around 18 pounds. The frame retails at $1,895 plus an additional $425 for the fork.

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2012 Raleigh Talus 29er Carbon Fiber Mountain bike

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2012 raleigh talus 29er carbon fiber mountain bike   2012 Raleigh Talus 29er Carbon Fiber Mountain bike

Free from mechanical problems, the Talus is one of the top-quality 29er carbon fiber hardtail bikes released by Raleigh for 2012. Raleigh has loaded the Talus with state-of-the-art specs including Fox 32 F100 15mm QR, 3×10 SRAM XO, Easton cockpit and Easton EXC90 carbon-rimmed wheels.

Using a Direct Connect Evolution frame design, the top, down, and head tubes of this 29er hardtail bike are molded as a single piece while the other tubes are carbon welded, cut, and mitered. Other features include internal cable routing, the rear brake hose, and a decent clearance from the stays.

Another nice touch of the bike is the color-coordinated Avid XX two-piece rotors. Regardless of its huge bottom bracket junction, the 2012 Raleigh Talus 29er Carbon Fiber Mountain Bike adheres to a customary outboard BB.

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2012 Intense Cycles Carbine Carbon Fiber Mountain Bike

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2012 intense cycles carbine carbon fiber mountain bike   2012 Intense Cycles Carbine Carbon Fiber Mountain Bike

After almost three years of working on carbon fiber, Intense Cycles has finally introduced the Carbine all-mountain bike for 2012. Just like all Intense full suspension bikes, the Carbine is constructed on the tested VPP suspension system. Its travel settings are either at 140 or at 152mm.

Also tested is the locking collet bolt axle system used so that the pivots will keep rolling smoothly. Maintenance is made easier by the sealed angular contact bearings well matched with grease fittings. To maximize stiffness at the crank, the bottom bracket features a BB92 press fit shell.

Intended for trail, AM, and Enduro, the 2012 Intense Cycles Carbine Carbon Fiber Mountain Bike is one exciting new item on the market. Other features are a built-in FLK:GRD down tube protector, replaceable G1 dropouts, dropper post cable routing, and water bottle mounts.

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