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2011 Orange 224 Evolution

2011 orange 224 evolution   2011 Orange 224 Evolution

The 2011 Orange 224 Evolution follows the footsteps of its predecessors and stays true on aiming to deliver winning performance in downhill racing. Available in two models, World Cup and Race, 224 Evo features stiff front and rear ends further strengthened by oversized single-pivot assembly by Orange.

The 224 Evo’s unique headtube system, adjustable shock mount and wide axle clamp presets the option for adjusting the head angle, BB height and wheelbase. This makes it a more flexible DH bike to suit different trails, roads and terrains.

The 224 Evo World Cup and Race tubesets are made from Monocoque/6061-T6 Custom Butted Aluminium. Rear shocks are Fox DHX RC4 with 12mm bolt thru swingarm. The 224 Evo World Cup carries Rock Shox Boxxer World Cup Solo Air MC 200mm while the 224 Evo Race has a Rock Shox Boxxer RC.

Being a high-end race bike, the 224 Evo World Cup is equipped…

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2011 On-One Titanium XC 29er

2011 on one titanium xc 29er   2011 On One Titanium XC 29er

The Titatnium XC 29er from On-One debuts with features like “Swapouts” and a 3-2, 5 titanium frame. The “Swapouts” are options so you can make a switch from singlespeed to geared. It also has a strong sloping top tube and uses a 73mm bottom bracket shell.

The 29er bike comes in short or long travel. The long travel fork measures 120mm. A large bottom bearing and tapered headtube delivers less headset flex.

Additional details on the ti bike are On-One segmented seat stays, tire clearance for 2.2″x29 inch tires, tubeless and tubeless ready carbon rims from On-One. It also has 1 1/8” headset and ISCG05 chainguide mounting.

The chainstay length is 444mm and the ti 29er bike will come in 4 sizes. Since On-One aims for performance and value, the titanium XC 29er retails at around $1289. It will be available in April 2011….

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2011 Ellsworth Momentum

2011 ellsworth momentum   2011 Ellsworth Momentum

The Momentum is Ellsworth‘s first venture into slopestyle/4x/dual bikes. With 120mm rear travel and 100mm travel by Fox 831 front fork on this mountain bike, It uses ICT or Instant Center Tracking suspension and monocoque chainstays for added durability.

The Momentum comes with a pivot integrated seat tube, held by 12mm Sex Pins and a semi-integrated tapered headtube. Using tube-to-tube welding, its design is host to a short wheelbase, slack head angle and low bottom bracket.

Other details include a chainstay length of 430mm, 405mm seat tube and a shock length of 190mm. The Momentum comes in two sizes and with a unique raw aluminum finish. Spec’d with Loaded components, MSRP for the Momentum with X9 is $4,395, with XT it’s $4,895 and $2,395 with Fox RP23 for just the frame, shock and hardware.

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Selle SMP Full Carbon Lite Saddle

selle smp full carbon lite saddle   Selle SMP Full Carbon Lite Saddle

With a variety of saddles coming up in 2011, the Selle SMP Full Carbon Lite was one of the highlighted among all. Made for the riders who prefers a saddle lighter in weight with a comfortable seating position, the 100% full carbon structure saddle encompasses a top design seat from Selle for mountain and road use.

Selle SMP’s Full Carbon Lite is built for those with a medium-wide pelvis, hence the reason for a completely free central channel along with Selle’s original eagle-beak nose.

Weighing in at 119g the Selle SMP Carbon Lite Saddle is available in 3 sizes (M-L-XL). Colors to pick from are the original Clear-coated woven carbon fiber (as seen in the picture), and one with a Gloss White finish with a heavier weight of 175g compared to the original one which is just 119g.

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Transition Bikes Bank Hardtail

transition bikes bank hardtail   Transition Bikes Bank Hardtail

Transition Bikes offers the Bank Hardtail for 4X and dual slalom racing although, it can handle dirtjumps and pump tracks. Lightweight and with newly modified top and down tubes, the Transition Bank has an integrated gusset to make the front end lighter and stiffer. There’s a tapered headtbe with 1 1/8″ Cane Creek integrated top and 1.5 bottom. The rear end features Transition Bikes’ Concentric Rear Axle Positioning or C.R.A.P. This allows the Bank to run a singlespeed or geared setup with a 135mmx10mm rear dropout.

The Bank frame is heat treated 6061 aluminum and comes in sizes S, M and L. It has a 31.7mm seatpost and 34.9mm seat clamp. For the bottom bracket, the Bank has Euro 73mm shell x 51mm chainline. It also has a ISCG05 chainguide.

The full weight of a complete bike is around 23lbs-31lbs, depending on what fork or build you’ll have. The frame itself…

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Banshee Legend MK-II

banshee legend mk ii   Banshee Legend MK II

The Legend MK-II was designed by Banshee Bikes to outperform other mountain bikes at a world cup level. It took them 4 years to develop a super fast, downhill race bike that is well tuned to every rider’s need.

It features an anti-sag component, even under heavy pedal acceleration. Also included is a 1.5 headtube and 12×150 Maxle. It uses titanium pivot parts and forged CNC’d parts.

The Banshee Legend MK-II has Manitou Dorado Pro forks with 203mm of travel, Shimano SLX shifters and Formula K24 ORO brakes. A 31.8mm Easton Havoc Low handlebar, along with a Twenty 6 F1 stem and Thomson Elite seatpost compliments a WTB Devo carbon Team saddle.

MSRP for frame with Manitou Revox shock is $2900 and if with Fox RC4 shock, it’s $2999. The Legend MK-II is available in team red color

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2012 London Olympic Mountain Bike Venue

2012 london olympic mountain bike venue   2012 London Olympic Mountain Bike Venue

As host for the 2012 Olympics, London is right on track with the new venue for mountain biking. Located in Hadleigh Farm, Essex, the site encompasses 550 acres of rough terrain, hilly trails and challenging routes. Normally, mountain biking runs in forested areas. This is a first to have it run on an open hillside. Possible factors for this decision could be visibility; spectators can now view a large part of the course from several locations.

A test event will be conducted sometime in the middle of 2011. The venue will be tested on some key features already in place. The race will be on August 11-12, 2012. There are 50 contenders for the two gold medals up for grabs. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) partners with the Essex County Council to finish the construction of the venue that began last July.

The competition…

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