By Brice Minnigh
Photos by Anthony Smith
Hayes has made some key adjustments to its product line for the 2012 season, introducing new technology designed to make brake tuning idiot-proof and stiffening up one of its best-selling forks.
The patented new brake-tuning technology—called 'Crosshair Alignment'—centers around a pair of set screws that simplifies fine adjustments to brake-pad position. The new feature will be included on all of the company's Prime brakes from June 1 and all Hayes Dyno brakes from July 1.
On the apparel side, the company will offer a new line of Answer gloves called 'Answer IT' that will feature smart phone-compatible paneling on the index fingers to make it easier to navigate smart-phone screens without having to remove your gloves. The gloves, which have been developed with input from Diamondback rider Eric Porter, will cost $35 and will be available on June 1.
Here's a look at some of the company's 2012 products:
Hayes' patented new 'Crosshair Alignment' technology features two set screws that make it easy to fine-tune the position of your brake pads.
So simple it hurts—the new set screws will be on all Prime brakes from June 1.
Hayes' new L Series rotor will come in 160-millimeter, 180-millimeter and 203-millimeter sizes.
Some riders liked their Hayes rotors so much that they wore them down into chainrings….
Hayes developed these new '20/20' bars in concert with cross-country racer Evan Plews, who felt that some backsweep could help prevent wrist and arm fatigue. These feature a 20-degree backsweep and weigh 218 grams.
The 20/20 bars are fully cuttable and flippable and feature a 4-degree sweep, up or down.
The new Pro Taper carbon DH bars are 780-millimeters wide—thus meeting the industry standard for shredding.
The Pro Taper carbon DH bars weigh 250 grams, will retail for $180 and will be available from June 1.
Hayes redesigned Tower fork features a 1.5-inch tapered steerer and optimized casting for stiffness.
The company claims its QR15 is the fastest quick-release in the industry.