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2011 Orbea Alma 29er

2011 orbea alma 29er   2011 Orbea Alma 29er

Orbea upgraded its Alma model with the 2011 Alma 29er. Made with “silver” mid-modulus carbon fiber, the Alma 29er is more resistant to whatever hard trail riding you can throw at it. Orbea’s USA National sales manager Ronnie Points shares, “We used Kenda 2.2 Nevegal tires as the benchmark and still achieved 4 to 5mm clearance on either stay. Seat stays have about 7 to 8mm clearance, so this bike will handle serious conditions.”

The Alma 29er has a tapered headtube, 29er specific 439 chain stays and BB30. It now has 100mm travel and features DCR cable routing with the aim for longer life of the cables. The geometry for the Alma was modified by Orbea, using the Size Specific Nerve technology or SSN to match the rider’s height and weight to the frame’s layups and carbon structures. It comes in 3 sizes (16.5, 18.5 and 20.5).

The 2011 Orbea Alma…

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2011 Trek Advance (Gary Fisher Collection)

2011 trek advance gary fisher collection   2011 Trek Advance (Gary Fisher Collection)

Featuring G2 or Version 2 of the Genesis Geometry, the 2011 Trek Advance Hardtail from the Gary Fisher Collection excels with superior handling and better traction. Available in 5 sizes, the frame for the Advance is made from the Gold Series 6061 T6 aluminum with hydroformed and butted tubing. It has 100mm travel SunTour suspension fork to make climbs easy and comfortable.

24-speed Shimano drivetrain coupled with Bontrager 550 rims and LT3 ECO tires, the Advance also has Tektro brakes and Wellgo platform pedals. Other components include Bontrager saddle, seatpost and handlebars with a threadless 1-1/8″ semi-integrated headset and semi-cartridge bearings at the cockpit.

It is available in a matt burnt orange and black combo colorway. For a great value and excellent quality hardtail, the 2011 Trek Advance has it all at a retail price of $549.99. …

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2011 Giant Anthem X3

2011 giant anthem x3   2011 Giant Anthem X3

Giant designed the 2011 Anthem X3 to be an all-around type of bike. It can be used for marathons, weekend trips and races. The Anthem X3 will deliver the best performance it can bring with the lightest alloy full suspension system in a FluidFormed™ ALUXX SL tubing profile.

Similar to to rest of the Anthem line, the X3 has an oversized headtube at the front for ultra-stiffness but without sacrificing weight. Geometry follows a standard 71/73 XC racing and as for women, it can be customized.

The 2011 Giant Anthem comes out strong with Fox 32 F100 RL and for the rear, there’s a Fox Float R shock. It also has the Shimano SLX/Deore 27-speed drivetrain. At the cockpit is a Giant seat, bar and stem. With an integrated bottom bracket shell, the Anthem X3 comes in black or blue. MSRP is $2399….

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Scott 2011 Scale 949 29er

scott 2011 scale 949 29er 300x225   Scott 2011 Scale 949 29erScott unveils its Scale 949 29er model for 2011 in three sizes (medium, large and extra large). Comfortable and steady, the Scale 949 comes with a new seat and chain stays infused together that has a hollow tube along the bend, right above the dropouts. The chainstays measures 438mm.

The Scott Scale 949 has a tapered head tube and uses internal cable routing for a clean and slick front end. It uses the Press Fit BB30 which can allow you to use a wide BB shell and downtube junction. The derailleur cables also exit at the BB shell while the fork features the Reba 20mm to thicken the steering feel and matches the girth of the head tube assembly.

Scott’s Shock Damping System was used on the seatstays which gives you a vertical flex of 4mm to 5mm at the rear axle. Retail prices for the Scott’s Scale 29er are…

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Leatt DBX Neck Brace

leatt dbx neck brace 300x289   Leatt DBX Neck BraceLeatt releases the DBX comp neck brace especially for mountain biking. It differs from th GPX model due to its low-profile shape which was designed to target the requirements of cyclists’ range-of-motion.

The DBX comp is made from glass-injected nylon, making it strong and sturdy. Some parts of the neck brace are made from carbon-fiber strengthened by Kevlar®. The final product is a neck brace that guarantees safety for its user.

The back portion of the brace has a thoracic part that protects your spine in case you fall. It also keeps the rest of the brace together. The rear-upper support and the thoracic member breaks away at a certain force or load to protect the spinal column.

The DBX comp has a cut-out section which is unique to make sure that the collarbone is not crushed by either the helmet or the brace. The neck brace has a shock absorbent cushion called…

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2011 XTR Mountain Bike Components from Shimano

2011 xtr mountain bike components from shimano1   2011 XTR Mountain Bike Components from ShimanoShimano comes out with the 2011 XTR mountain bike component group. In accordance to the 10 speed mountain biking market’s needs, the group caters to two styles, race and trail. This is based on the cranking configuration. The “Race” highlights lightweight pedals and starts with a 2 ring crank. Shimano employs its Dyna-Sys technology for an intuitive gear combination that allows the rider, the bike and the trail to become one.

The FC-M980 Crankset is designed for trail. It has the Hollowtech II design to maintain stiffness while retaining its lightweight feature. To keep you stable as well, it has outward bearings. The HG-X chainring tooth profile is present with the Dual Spike to keep front shifting smooth. It has a threaded BB and weighs about 755 grams.

The FC-M985 Crankset is set for racing. The Q-factor was decreased by 3 mm on each side and the carbon/titanium middle ring gives better…

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Milwaukee’s Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park

milwaukees rays indoor mountain bike park1   Milwaukees Rays Indoor Mountain Bike Park

Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park opens its second location in Milwaukee. Following the success of the first indoor mountain bike park in Cleveland, Ohio, the second indoor MTB park will be where the Menards Home Improvement center once stood. The 110,000 square foot area is now being remodeled to make way for the venue that will accommodate mountain bikers of all ages. Scheduled to open on November 2010, the indoor park will server cyclists an alternative place to get some saddle time in, especially in bad weather conditions.

The new park in Milwaukee was supposed to launched earlier but some financing concerns placed the plans on hold until Trek Bicycle came to the rescue and bought the business. Now, plans for the second indoor mountain bike park are back on track.

Namesake and founder, Ray Petro explains how it all happened: “Without Trek, Ray’s Milwaukee could not have happened. I’m…

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