Appropriately it was International Women's Day when we received a shipment of women's specific Trek bikes. For the Roadies out there, we received the Lexa S ($999), the Lexa SL ($1299) and the Lexa SLX ($1499). Can't decide between road and trail? Don't because we also received Trek's women's specific dualsport bikes the Neko S ($669) and the Neko SL ($889) which are at home on pavement and gravel paths. If you like the idea of pavement riding for fitness or commuting but the drop bars make your back hurt just looking at them then we have Trek's FX bikes. The FX bikes are essentially road bikes with flat handlebars so the position is more comfortable. Highlights of the women's FX series are the 7.3 FX WSD ($819) and if you really want to fly in comfort, the 7.6 FX WSD ($1449). The cool thing about the 7.6 is the Isozone dampening material it has in the frame and the handlebars to absorb vibration making for a smooth and less jarring ride.
If trails are your thing, Trek's new Lush full-suspension mountain bikes are the consumate all-rounders; at home in the trails of our river valley or in the knarlier terrain of the mountains. The Lush S ($2449) and the Lush SL ($2749) have 120mm of travel, excellent suspension and components. In hardtails, 29ers are popular this year and we have two of Trek's women's specific 29ers; the Mamba WSD ($999) and the X-Caliber WSD ($1599). The larger diameter wheels of 29ers roll over obstacles and rough terrain more easily and make the bike feel more stable.
Check out Trek's full line of Women's Specific Bicycles by Clicking Here
Come by for a test ride, you won't be dissappointed.
The New 2012 Marin Bikes have arrived at Hardcore. Come check them out. For mountain bikes this year it is all about 29ers of course and Marin has some sweet ones in their line up. Highlights at various price points include the Nail Trail 29er ($2199), the Palisades 29er ($1399) and the Alpine Trail 29er ($899).
For women who would like to ride off-road the women's-specific Bear Valley WFG is a solid choice and for the discerning urban commuter, the Muirwoods 29er is a fast, tough and practical option. Drop by anytime to test ride the new Marins. Click Here to Visit Marin's Website.
Congratulations to Head Mechanic Barry Levoir for his 10 Year Anniversary here at Hardcore Bikes. Ten years ago he was a tattooed kid who wandered in here straight from taking his Barnett's mechanics course. His first bike build took 8 hours but several thousand later he is a lot faster now. Barry keeps the service department running smoothly even in the face of a Groupon onslaught. He can fix any bike and specializes in those tough jobs that no one else can figure out. Need your bike fixed in a hurry? Just bring a 12 year old or older scotch and he'll hook you up.
Let's face it 29ers are taking over the (mountain bike) world and Niner Bikes is a company that saw that coming earlier than most. Niner, as the name suggests, only makes 29-inch wheeled mountain bikes and some pretty sweet ones at that. The first model to arrive here at Hardcore Bikes World Headquarters is the SIR 9. Niner is big on acronyms and all of their bike's names are 3 letters, in this case it stands for "Steel Is Real." Yes this bike is real; real nice in that the tubing is Reynolds' lovely-riding 853, real versitile because with its eccentric bottom bracket it can be set up with gears or as a singlespeed, and real fun to ride with its 29 inch wheels that flow over everything on the trail. Click Here to see the details on the SIR 9
Next to arrive were the RIP 9 with an XT build kit and even more exciting, a JET 9 RDO carbon frame, the first one we have seen. Come check out these amazing bikes.
Niner has a solid lineup of hardtails and full suspension bikes. Check it out by Clicking Here
It's been a long time coming but we have received our first Ibis Mojo SL-R. To celebrate the occasion we had to order it with the top-draw XTR "WTF" parts kit (it's called WTF because you lift the bike and go "WTF!"). The SL-R is 3rd in the evoloution of Ibis' Mojo 140mm travel trail bikes (4th if you count the 140 HD). This bike is state of the art in mountain bikes with its 142x12mm Maxle rear axle, its integrated bottom bracket, tapered headtube, direct mount front derailleur, and the proven DW-Link suspension system. Many of the design features are carried over from the Mojo HD, Ibis' 6 inch travel, burlier trail bike and the SL-R will be almost as stiff. It took so long to come out because Ibis was perfecting a new carbon lay up system to make the frame and didn't want to release it until it was foolproof. This frame is a large and weighed in on "The Heartbreaker" scale at 5.3lbs--pretty amazing for a 140mm travel all-rounder. This bike is one of those "have your cake and eat it too" bikes in that it has trail bike travel and durability but race bike weight.
To read all about the Mojo SL-R Click Here to go to the Ibis website.