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Cycling Plus December 2018

Cycling Plus is the manual for the modern road cyclist. Whether you're cycling weekly, an occasional new rider or a Tour de France fan you’ll find everything you need. Each issue is packed with buying advice and tests of essential cycling gear - everything from bikes to bags! Cycling Plus is the place to find training advice, nutrition secrets and practical tips guaranteed to improve your bicycling. It's also full of inspirational rides, real-life cycling stories and entertaining riding-related features.

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from the editor…

(Image Sportograf)It’s now obligatory to signal the start of the dampest, darkest and coldest season by stating that “winter is coming”. Apparently, it’s the motto of a family in something called Game of Thrones, but for me it – weirdly – signals my favourite riding season. I’ve no idea why, but I always seem to get my cycling mojo back as the nights draw in and the mornings get icier. Perhaps it’s because I’m an October baby, or maybe I just prefer bikes with mudguards, waterproof jackets and frozen fingers, no matter how thick my gloves! I’ll be using the gear, training and fuelling advice in this issue to keep me on the road this winter.ANY OTHER BUSINESS?Earning learningsIf you could jack in your job and make a living through…

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the uk’s best tests

Look out for our Best On Test award. We only give this to gear that really deserves your attentionHere at Cycling Plus we take our testing seriously and have been putting road cycling products through their paces for 26 years. Our test team, led by senior technical editor Warren Rossiter, is the best in the business. They’ve got decades of cycling experience between them and know what makes a good – and bad – bike, accessory, gadget or garment. That means you can trust us to bring you honest assessments of every product we feature. If it gets our seal of approval then you can be sure that you’ll be bagging a great buy!FIRST RIDEFirst Ride sees our test team bring you their first impressions of the most exciting new…

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this month’s testers preview their issue highlights

GROUP TESTSThis month I’ve got your winter wardrobe covered with a test of 16 jackets (p84) and a guide to what to wear whether you’re commuting or putting in winter training miles (p106).Ian Osborne, Freelance writerNEW BIKES & KITI’ve been riding and rating BMC’s SLR02 Disc (p16), and put Raleigh’s Mustang up against Marin’s Four Corners (p24), plus tested out a sextet of mini pumps (p64).Simon Withers, Technical writerBIKE TEST & NEW KITAs my thoughts turn to the cyclo-cross season, I’ve tested six bikes designed to tackle the tough courses and conditions (p40), plus reviewed Campagnolo clothing (p72), and more.Robin Wilmott, Technical writer ■…

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bmc slr02 disc one

There was a time when BMC’s bikes cut a unique swathe through the peloton or on the streets. Their dropped seatstays would mark out a BMC machine at 100m.They’re less distinctive now that other brands have also lowered and slimmed down their seatstays and BMC bikes have lost their little hollow triangle at the join of the top-tube and seat-tube. What they still retain is a pro race-developed huge polygon down-tube, expanding from around 60mm wide at the head-tube to nearer 80mm where it morphs seamlessly into the PF86 bottom bracket shell. For BMC big really does mean beautiful.Less obvious is the asymmetric fork, with the disc side noticeably both deeper and wider, to cope with the forces generated by braking.It’s easy to understand how BMCs have won Olympic, Tour…

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merida scultura disc 6000

£2750The smooth speedThe Scultura is Merida’s race-bred lightweight bike, but in this CF2 guise the front end has been lifted a little and the reach shortened. It takes a bike with bags of racing heritage plus plenty of speed and swiftness, and counters that with a comfortable all-day ride position. If you like your endurance bikes with a racier edge, the Scultura is one of the best around.The componentsThe Scultura rides lighter than its 8.65kg would suggest. The Fulcrum wheels are low profile with quick pickup and responsive feel thanks to being seriously stiff. The large volume 28mm Continental tyres provide plenty of purchase and compliance. The Shimano Ultegra 50/34 compact chainset and 11-28 cassette are pretty much the ideal climber’s combination, providing smooth and precise shifting day-in, day-out.The rideThe…

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tifosi ss26 potenza

The SS26 is named after the road that runs between the French and Italian sides of Mont Blanc in the stunning Aosta Valley.Living up to the awesome geography of its namesake, the SS26 is a fine looking bike. Tifosi’s linear graphic styles and colour palette look brilliant and the frame’s styling features angular frame tube profiles - that T-section top-tube comes straight out of BMC’s back catalogue – while the aero-profiled seatpost seamlessly blends into triangulated and dropped seatstays. The interlocked fork crown and forward-arching fork following similar lines to Pinarello’s latest designs.The bike is built around Campagnolo’s Potenza groupset with a performance-orientated 11-28 cassette and 52/36 chainset. Campagnolo shifts with the rapid mechanical efficiency we’ve come to expect from the brand’s Ergopower design, and is matched to its latecomer…

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