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2012 Orbea Occam Carbon and Aluminum Mountain Bikes

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2012 orbea occam carbon and aluminum mountain bikes   2012 Orbea Occam Carbon and Aluminum Mountain Bikes

For 2012, Orbea has redesigned its mountain bike, Occam, by getting rid of its common elevated chainstays. Orbea promotes its frame with 123mm of travel as with all-mountain and trail. Available both in carbon and in an aluminum versions, the Occam comes in nine different makes.

Both the carbon and aluminum versions will come available with the customary options, My Orbea. Other common features include a low bottom bracket height at 327mm, 420mm chainstays, which is relatively short, and a 612mm top tube, which is relatively long for a medium size.

One unique feature of the 2012 Orbea Occam Carbon and Aluminum Mountain Bikes is its concentric rear axle end that reduces its weight. In the main pivot, dual 28mm sealed bearings are used in both versions. Also, sealed bearings are used all through the other parts of the pivots and shock mounts.

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2012 Stevens Sonora SL and Sonora ES 29er Mountain Bikes

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2012 stevens sonora sl and sonora es 29er mountain bikes   2012 Stevens Sonora SL and Sonora ES 29er Mountain Bikes
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Two new 29er mountain bikes called Sonora SL and ES have been offered by Stevens Bikes for 2012. First off, weighing in at 9.3 kg is the Sonora SL, which features a Hi-Mod carbon frame, Classy Fox RLC fork with Kashima coating, Shimano XTR Premium equipment, and a 27.2 mm carbon seat post for maximum comfort.

Compared to the Sonora SL, the Sonora ES has slightly lower end spec. The Sonora ES comes with 100mm Fox fork and its top frame features a tapered headtube, embedded shifting cables and a Pressfit bottom bracket. Also in the rear are post mount disk brake eyes.

With the same high-quality carbon frame, both the 2012 Stevens Sonora SL and Sonora ES 29er Mountain Bikes are reliable machines on the trail. Weighing in at 10.3kg, the Sonora ES is heavier than the Sonora SL, which will be available…

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2012 Marin Mount Vision XM6 and XM7 Mountain Bikes

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2012 marin mount vision xm6 and xm7 mountain bikes   2012 Marin Mount Vision XM6 and XM7 Mountain Bikes

For 2012, Marin Bikes has redesigned two of its mountain bikes, which are the Mount Vision XM6 and XM7 models. The major change in the bikes is the brand new frameset. Both of the bikes have a 6061 aluminum main frame and swing arm.

Both models are reliable mountain bikes. Ascents and descents are both comfortably tackled by the XM6, which is a certified do-it-all machine. For those who enjoy uphill pounding, the XM7 guarantees efficient pedaling position from its supreme stability.

For speed and terrain management, the 2012 Marin Mount Vision XM6 and XM7 Mountain Bikes use Quad Link 3.0 140mm suspension system. The XM6 has Fox Float RL rear shocks with lockout and rebound adjustment while the XMS has Fox Float RP2 with rebound adjustment and dual position ProPedal lever.

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2012 Cube Elite Super HPC and Reaction GTC 29er Mountain Bikes

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Cube, a German brand, has released ten new 29er mountain bikes for 2012, two of which are the Elite Super HPC and Reaction GTC. Both of these upper level 29in hardtails use Agile Ride Geometry that offers sporty handling. Similar topnotch specs are featured by the carbon frame of the two bikes.

The modern specs of the frame include a press-fit BB, simplified internal cable routing, tapered steerer tube, and post mount brake. The use of aluminum in the head tube and dropouts is reduced and the frame is built in front, left, and right rear triangles to lessen the number of bonded joints.

Both the 2012 Cube Elite Super HPC and Reaction GTC 29er Mountain Bikes take pride in their first-class features. The difference is that the Elite Super HPC, which saves energy while climbing or sprinting, is lighter and stiffer than the Reaction GTC, which is unique…

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2012 Cannondale Scalpel Carbon 29er Full-Suspension Mountain Bikes

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2012 cannondale scalpel carbon 29er full suspension mountain bikes   2012 Cannondale Scalpel Carbon 29er Full Suspension Mountain Bikes

There will be four models of 29er full-suspension mountain bikes called Scalpel released by Cannondale for 2012. Two of the models are carbon and two are aluminum. Finally entering the 29er full suspension market, Cannondale made sure that they offer top quality.


In terms of design, Cannondale nicely mixed the looks of the 2011 Scalpel model with Jekyll’s innovative technology. Jekyll offers extra stiffness with the Clashnikov top tube while the 2011 Scalpel gives light weight and no pivot junction for chain and seat stays.

Highly anticipated, the 2012 Cannondale Scalpel Carbon 29er Full-Suspension Mountain Bikes are finally out on the market. Thanks to its 100mm of suspension travel front and rear, the Scalpel is ideal for all-day trail riding and very versatile for mountain bike racing.

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2012 Jamis Mountain Bikes

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Three new machines are included in the lineup of mountain bikes released by Jamis for 2012. First, the Dakar XCR Pro 29er is a carbon fiber full suspension race bike with 100mm travel front and rear and 12mm rear axle, full high modulus carbon fiber frame, and tapered head tube.

Also featured by the Dakar XCR Pro 29er are PressFit 30 BB, American Classic tubeless, SRAM X9 2×10 drivetrain, Avid Elixir 5, Ritchey PRO cockpit, and WTB Volt saddle. Second is the Dakota D29 Race, which is for riders who love hardtail, featuring triple butted main tubes with carbon seat stays.


Third, the Dakar AMT is designed for riders who want small wheels and much travel. It has 160mm travel front, 150mm travel rear, with 12mm axle. With the Dakar XCR Pro 29er, the Dakota D29 Race, and the Dakar AMT, the 2012 Jamis Mountain Bikes indeed have excellent new…

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2012 Raleigh Eva 29er Womens Mountain Bikes

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2012 Raleigh Eva 29er Womens Mountain Bikes   2012 Raleigh Eva 29er Womens Mountain Bikes

Raleigh Bicycles has released 29er bikes for women called the Eva 29er for 2012. The 29er bikes will come in two models, which are the Comp and the Sport. Featured by the Comp is a SR Suntour 80mm fork with lockout. It blends Tektro Draco Hydralulic brakes and Shimano Deore and Alivio in a 9-speed, too.

While it features Suntour XCR 80mm fork with lockout like the Comp, the Sport also has a Shimano Alivio 9-speed and Hayes Mechanical disc brakes. On the other hand, the Sport is a lot more affordable than the Comp.

Available in small, medium, and large, sizes, the 2012 Raleigh Eva 29er Womens Mountain Bikes caters to all women riders who love 29ers. Both bikes, which are mid to entry level with a women’s geometry, have 180mm front rotors and 165mm rear rotors.

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