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2011 Ghost Bikes ASX Series

2011 ghost bikes asx series   2011 Ghost Bikes ASX Series

For entry-level mountain bikers, the 2011 ASX series from Ghost Bikes is of similar geometry with the AMR range but with components that are more friendly on the pocket. The ASX range has four models with 120mm travel front and rear.

Ghost Bikes continued to feature double-butted tubing and a four bar linkage suspension on the ASX. Although, the specs are simple, the quality of each model was never compromised. Alex rims, Schwalbe tires and Ritchey kit are found on the ASX bikes.

The top high-end model for the range is the ASX 5500. It uses a Fox 32 Float RL fork, Shimano SLX drivetrain, X-Fusion o2 RLR shock and Avid Elixir 3 brakes. Second to the 5500 is the ASX 5100. This model has a 10-speed XT/SLX mix drivetrain and uses Shimano 505 disc brakes and levers.

The ASX 4900 sports a tapered headtube to match its tapered RST Titan…

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2011 Ghost Bikes AMR Series

2011 ghost bikes amr series   2011 Ghost Bikes AMR Series

The flagship for Ghost Bikes’ all-mountain this 2011 is the AMR Series. Featuring 120mm travel, it now comes in two frame choices: alloy or the Actinum and carbon or the Lector. Its latest offer is noticeable when the bikes are ridden because of the 600g difference between the two frames. All models are fitted with Fox 32 FIT RL fork and RP23 Boost Valve shock except for the AMR 5700.

Under the Lector range is the Lector 8700, Lector 9500 and the Lector 7700. Carbon fiber seat and chainstays can be found on the 8700 and 9500. The 8700 comes with a 10 speed XT groupset while the 9500 has a full XTR groupset. The 7700 possesses a carbon fiber front with an alloy rear end and XT groupset.

The Actinum range has the AMR 7500, AMR 5900 and the AMR 5700. The 7500 follows the same specs as those…

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2011 Specialized Big Hit I

2011 specialized big hit   2011 Specialized Big Hit I

The 2011 Big Hit I from Specialized places well within the range of affordability and quality in a mountain bike. Built with M4 alloy FSR frame, full cartridge bearing pivots and ORE tube construction it can give 7.5″ travel. The Big Hit I also features a tapered headtube, ISCG mount and asymmetrical rear triangle.

For excellent control and steering performance, Specialized included X-Fusion 170mm-travel coil-sprung fork and 20mm thru-axle. As with its name, the Big Hit I can take a hits with its low-rise 750mm alloy bars with 8-degree backsweep and 31.8mm clamp. Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic disc brakes and ergo levers with G3 Clean Sweep rotors for precise stopping power.

Specialized supplies the rest of the parts and components like DH stem, lock-on grips, Butcher tires and Demo saddle. MSRP is $2000.

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2011 Rocky Mountain Element

A part of Rocky Mountain‘s pride is displayed through its 2011 Element. A full carbon fiber XC race bike, the Element gets redefined for speed, stiffness and overall dynamic performance. The frame is flexible by changing its shock from the RSL or Race Super Light (98mm rear travel) to the MSL or Marathon Super Light (120mm rear travel).

The element features linear and a rising suspension rate for its rear shock to give no pedal feedback and chain growth. It has a tapered headtube, optimized tube forming design and a 3D smooth link rear suspension. There’s also a sag indicator machined in and unsupported seat mast. It uses an e-type derailleur from Shimano with BB92 for improved pedal power.

There are angular contact bearings to shave off weight and increase lateral stiffness at the swingarm. Fine-tuned to get the best race bike, it can possibly be for XC.

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Specialized Format Saddle

specialized format saddle   Specialized Format Saddle

Specialized designed the Format saddle for downhill riding, making it tough yet comfortable to ride on. It has a wide midsection and a rounded profile that aims to reduce or eliminate pressure on sensitive arteries around the crotch area. The Format saddle underwent rigorous lab testing with the patented Body Geometry design that takes into consideration type of saddle position, preferred discipline and if the rider is male or female.

The Format features EVA padding that is dense and light at the same time, giving a plush ride even during long day rides. Encased in a carbon reinforced shell, it has hollow chromoly rails, which makes the Format durable and longer lasting. It also has a Micromatrix cover that’s water-resistant with anti-slip qualities. MSRP is $70….

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2011 Turner 5.Spot

2011 turner 5 spot   2011 Turner 5.Spot

The 2011 Turner 5.Spot features an aluminum frame with dw-link suspension for enduro trail and XC riding. It has a Fox 32 Float Fit RLC 150mm travel fork with RP23 shock and Formula RX brakes. Slacker than previous models, it now has a 67.7 degrees head angle. There is also an option for an upgrade to TALAS (Travel Adjuster Linier Air Spring) fork.

With zero stack toptube, bars, stem and seatpost are from Raceface Evolve. The Turner 5.Spot has separate cable guides, with laser etched graphics and SLX 3×10 drivetrain. It comes with DT wheelset, Continental Trail King 2.2 tires and RaceFace Evolve bars, stem and seatpost.

The Turner 5.Spot has a Cane Creek S3 headset and 44XX on the bottom. Other components on the trail bike includes WTB Rocket V saddle and soft ODI grips. Weighing 28.7 lbs (medium), the trail-kit retails for $4598.

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2011 Trek Session 8

2011 trek session 8   2011 Trek Session 8

For excellent jumps and descents, the 2011 Trek Session 8 is a class above its counterpart in the market. With dialed geometry and the latest technology, the Session is dubbed a great benchmark for downhill bikes.

The Session 8′s frame is made from Alpha Red Aluminum ZR9000. It features Full Floater, alloy EVO Link and E2 tapered head tube. For speed and control, it gets ABP, oversized pivot bearings, replaceable derailleur hanger, ISCG03 mounts and 203mm travel.

“DH tuned” with rebound Fox Van RC takes care of the rear suspension for the Session 8. It comes with SRAM X.7, 9 speed shifters, Race Face Respond DH 38T crank and Wellgo pedals.

Bar, stem, seatpost and saddle are from Bontrager. An FSA headset was applied along with an Avid Elixir R for hydraulic disc brakes. Bontrager Big Earl Disc wheel system with Maxxis Minion DHF completes the bike. £3400.00 for a complete bike…

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