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2011 Cannondale Trail SL 5 Hardtail

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2011 cannondale trail sl 5 hardtail   2011 Cannondale Trail SL 5 Hardtail

Cannondale offers an entry-level race bike, its 2011 Trail SL 5 hardtail. It uses advance aluminum construction that features smooth welding and tubing for its 1.5″ headtube. Its geometry matches that of the Cannondale Flash with specs that make it a stiff and strong bike with a RST Gila Pro TnL 100mm fork.

The 2011 Trail SL 5 sports the Save Micros Suspension System. This brings lateral rigidity and vertical compliance without sacrificing power transfer by optimizing the chain stay and seat stay shaping. The hardtail continues to be comfortable and absorbs the bumps and twists well.

Detailed specs for the hardtail include Cane Creek semi-integrated 1 1/8″ headset, Cannondale stem, bar and seatpost, Shimano Alivio shifters, Promax Orange mechanical brakes, Formula hubs, Alex rims, Schwalbe Black Jack tires and a Cannondale Halo saddle.

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2011 Cotic Soul

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2011 cotic soul   2011 Cotic Soul

After six years, the Soul from Cotic gets overhauled for 2011. The new version bears a stiffer oval shaped top tube for a supple feel. The main frame has Reynolds 853 tubes plus a Reynolds 631 head tube. The 2011 Soul also possesses tapered gussets.

New to the Soul are cowled dropouts the ability to accommodate up to 140mm forks. It prides on having a 4130 cromo wishbone stay rear end and retains its proven geometry. 60-90mm stems are suggested for its long top tube and short stem design.

Better traction with a steep seat angle and 16.5″ chainstays, the 2011 Cotic Soul weighs 40 grams more than the previous model. MSRP is £470 including Hope Seat QR, neoprene chain-stay protector.

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2011 Dakota D29 Team

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2011 dakota d29 team   2011 Dakota D29 Team

The Dakota D29 Team gets upgraded for 2011 by Jamis Bicycles. Still with a high modulus carbon fiber frame, the 2011 Dakota D29 Team features a tapered headtube of 1.5-1 1/8″, SST tubing and a steep geometry. For bigger ankle clearance, it has a BB30 bottom bracket and asymmetrical chainstays. To shave off weight, there are alloy inserts for the BB, headset and replaceable a derailleur hanger.

The 29er uses a Fox 32 F29-RLC fork with lockout and adjustable air pressure with low speed compression. It has a Gen 2 F.I.T. damper and tapered alloy steerer as well. The 100mm travel bike has carbon disc mounts and SRAM X0 components.

Ritchey finishing kit and Avid hydraulic brakes match the American Classic tubeless wheels and GEAX Barro Race tires. It weighs 22.75lb and comes in four sizes that can fit 5’1″ to 6’1″ riders. MSRP is $4600….

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2011 Lapierre Zesty 714

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2011 lapierre zesty 714   2011 Lapierre Zesty 714

The Zesty 714 from Lapierre returns in 2011, ready to outperform existing mountain bikes on the market. The all mountain bike with 140mm of travel now comes with a tapered headtube and continues to utilize Lapierre’s OST (Optimized Suspension Technology) intelligent suspension platform.

Now stiffer than before, the Zesty 714 frame is available in carbon or alloy options. It uses a Fox 32 FRL FIT fork, a Shimano XT crankset and bearings. For brakes, the 2011 Zesty 714 has Formula RX1 brakes and Shimano SLX shifters. The stem and seatpost are from Syncros FL to match Fizik Goby XM saddle.

Handles well and is extremely dialed, the Zesty 714 weighs 11.7kg with a carbon frame and comes in four sizes….

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2011 Ghost Bikes RT Series

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2011 ghost bikes rt series   2011 Ghost Bikes RT Series

The 2011 RT series from Ghost Bikes is deemed to be where hardtail speed meets all-mountain damping performance. The RT range characteristically offer increased traction performance for uphill rides and faster downhill rides due to less pedal bobbing action. It comes in Ghost Bike’s Actinum and Lector classification where the former pertains to aluminum frames while the latter is for a carbon fiber front triangle with an alloy rear.

The RT Lector has 5 models. These are the RT Lector 5700, 7700, 9000, World Cup and Pro Team. The top model, RT Lector Pro Team features a SID XX World Cup fork with a DT XR carbon shock and SRAM XX components. It comes with a Tune Princess and Prince No Tubes Race wheelset.

Other than the RT Lector Pro Team, the RT Lector World Cup is also for those who are into racing. DT Tricon wheelset, Shimano XTR and a…

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2011 Transition Bandit

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2011 transition bandit   2011 Transition Bandit

Transition Bikes reveals a new trail bike for spring of 2011 called the Bandit. It comes with 130mm of rear travel, 68 degree head angle and a 74 degree seat angle. The Bandit’s geometry aims for a more upright riding position and comes in four sizes.

With 16.9″ chainstays, the Bandit runs with a 140mm Fox RP23 shock and uses Transition’s usual suspension system, the low single pivot linkage.

The Bandit’s design is slightly regressive with a firm top but is easy to handle for cornering, descents and climbs with its custom hydroformed tubeset that features a tapered headtube and 135mm x 10mm dropouts.

MSRP for the 2011 Transition Bandit is $1549 for the frame and shock.

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2011 Yeti 4X

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2011 yeti 4x   2011 Yeti 4X

The 2011 Four Cross from Yeti is a trail bike that’s ready for World Cup racing. With a progressive travel of about 80mm, it provides a plush landing yet a stiff take-off. This one full suspension frame is super fast and is comfortable in all types of terrain.

The 2011 4X comes with a Fox RP 23 (6.5″ x1.5″) rear shock and 73mm bottom bracket shell with 113mm spindle. It has a custom 7005 tubeset, 135mm spacing, standard 10 QR axle, custom sealed bearings and ISCG 05 mounts. With a low leverage ratio, the 4X is laterally stiff, making it easy to handle for jumping, railing and other sorts of riding.

Seat post is 27.2mm with 160mm rotor. The 2011 Yeti 4X can accommodate a maximum of 2.5″ tire. It also features a replaceable derailleur hanger. With an option for two sizes only, MSRP for the frame is $1800 with weight…

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