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2011 Marin Quad XC Series

2011 quad xc series   2011 Marin Quad XC Series

The New Year celebration isn’t over yet or at least not for Marin Bikes California who has introduced one of their latest models, theMarin 2011 Quad XC Series. This bike was announced last August 2010 but with less information and many people were left with unanswered questions.

Marin Quad XC Series bikes are built with a new Hydro Light II Frame and 100mm travel Quad 2.0 suspension system that comes with a new and low profile Y link design. Take note that all rift models are made for power and speed. The series features short chainstays and elevated swingarms that provide immediate energy transfer to the rear wheel, which gives ample tire clearance when racing through muddy and challenging trails.

First stop, in super white gloss with cyan blue and black decals, is the Rift Zone XC8 with a 6061 aluminum frame and front suspension of Fox 32 F100RL;…

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Ego-Kits E-Bike Downhill Mountain Bike Kit

ego kits e bike downhill mountain bike kit   Ego Kits E Bike Downhill Mountain Bike Kit

Cycling upward can torture the calf muscles. To deal with this problem, a mountain bike kit was specially designed to tackle those hilly areas. The Ego-Kits E-Bike Downhill Mountain Bike Kit works in a very efficient way. While cyclists head downhill, this electric-powered mountain bike will generate power to assist the them in the next climb. This bike kit features a 1200-watt aluminum motor, which mounts under the down tube of most downhill bike models. It is compatible with up to 70% of downhill bikes on the market. When mounted on a mountain bike, the kit even adds a cool appearance to the bike.

The Ego-Kits E-Bike Downhill Mountain Bike Kit includes a battery pack contained within an included backpack, crank set, chain, controller module, twist grip throttle with a battery charge indicator and charger. With this little engine, a standard bike can be transformed into a bona fide…

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Battaglin Full Dynamix Mountain Bikes to USA

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What could be one of the coolest things that could happen this year? I bet there could be hundreds on your list but for sure I’d include Battalgin Full Dynamix Mountain Bikes conquering the U.S. Yes! The Full Dynamix Brand with all of its six frames, coming with a variety of component specs from Shimano and SRAM, will be brought to American soil. So expect one of the most high-end bikes out and made from the latest technology and the power of intelligence at its finest from Italy being brought to the U.S. Now let’s have a look at them.

First stop is the SWAT. Owning this bike simply doesn’t make you just any rider. Rigidity and power through a saddle with its 960g high performance frame, an all carbon that uses a seat mast, the SWAT is best for its lightweight. It comes with 100mm Rock Shox SID World…

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2011 Santa Cruz Nomad

2011 santa cruz nomad   2011 Santa Cruz Nomad

The 2011 Nomad raises the bar higher as Santa Cruz made it lighter, sleekier and snappier than the previous Nomad. Incorporating carbon fiber into its frame, the Nomad is a certified lightweight and super stiff machine.

A one piece-lay up and curing is applied on the front triangle of the frame. Santa Cruz used the carbon fibers to continue around tube junctions for better shock absorption. Inside the frame, a net shape lay-up can be seen. Fiber compaction is smooth with no added unknown materials or resin pools. This also allows no rider weight limit on the Nomad.

Key technologies used on the Nomad Carbon involves VPP or the Virtual Pivot Point suspension design that was used on the old Nomad. This time, the patented counter-rotating link design manages to minimize chain growth by 20%. With carbon fiber upper and forged aluminum lower on short links, chassis and handling are…

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2011 Lapierre DH920

2011 lapierre dh920   2011 Lapierre DH920

Lapierre modifies the DH920 for 2011 with the Pendbox suspension system. The frame, which was developed by Nicolas Vouilloz, highlights an integrated seat clamp, a rear triangle made from carbon, a head angle that’s adjustable and internal cable routing. Lighter by 300g, the DH920 promises pedal efficiency combined with performance traction for a true blue downhill race bike.

Other than the carbon frame and the alloy suspension, the 2011 DH920 has a Fox DHX RC4 shock and a Fox 40 RC2 FIT fork. The bottom bracket is a SRAM GXP integrated bearings with a pressfit SRAM Descendant crankset. Seatpost, handlebar and stem is from Easton with SRAM X0 rear derailleur and shifters. Orange/black Formula One Factory 203 brakes, Selle Italia saddle, Mavic rims and Hutchinson tires with SRAM sprocket completes the downhill bike’s parts and components.

The DH920 or DH Team, weighs 16.6kg and retails for £5749.99….

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2011 Orange Alpine 160

2011 orange alpine 160   2011 Orange Alpine 160

Orange Bikes modified a bit of something on its Alpine 160 for 2011. Stemming from the Alpine Five prototype, the Alpine 160 features a tapered headtube, hydroformed top tube from Reynolds, Fox 36 160 float R TS fork and an oversized monocoque downtube. It has a 6061 aluminum seat tube that comes with a 30.9mm diameter for more seatpost options. The result is a more responsive bike with a Fox Float RP23 shock that stresses lateral stiffness and maximum traction, ideal for descents and climbs.

The 2011 Alpine 160 also brings a Race Face X type bottom bracket, flat pedals, Truvativ handlebar, stem and post and SDG Bel Air saddle to the table. Its aggressive geometry is well matched to the Cane Creek headset, Mavic rims, Maxxis Hi Roller tires and DT Swiss spokes on the bike. MSRP is £2999.99.

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2011 Commencal Supreme 6

2011 commencal supreme 6   2011 Commencal Supreme 6

When Commencal came out with the Supreme DH, the 2011 Supreme 6 garnered the name Mini DH. Made for downhill or enduro trail, it has a 6.3″ travel with the main pivot located inside the short seat tube. For a progressive spring curve, it features the Contact System linkage.

The Supreme 6 has replaceable dropouts that allows switching between 10mm, 12mm or Maxle. The forged bottom bracket is integrated on the swingarm and an oversized axle is held up by 2 stainless steel rings. The rear shock is a Fox DHX 3RC2 coil with piggyback.

Commencal adds a 30.9mm seatpost from Thomson Elite, e.thirteen LG1+ chainguide and adjustable head angle sleeves. The frame weighs 8.84lbs without the shock and comes in matt red color. The frame retails for $2449 and the complete bike for about $4600.

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