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Cycling Plus January 2019

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 Steve Behr)I’m old and have been doing this a long time so I’m sure you’ll forgive me for repeating something I’ve said before on this page… Cycling is one of the only things you can do in public as an adult that you used to do as a kid and not get funny looks. Riding a bike was fun when you were six and it’s still fun when you’re, say, 46. And it’s even more fun when you try something different like mastering a new skill or two. That’s what I’m doing in the picture above and, as you can see, I’m definitely enjoying myself! Turn to page 98 to find out why I’m wrestling another grown man and then try it yourself. Okay, you might get funny looks…ANY…

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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

BIKE TESTIn our 26 years of existence you’d think we’d seen it all. But as my exclusive test of six superb 2019 bikes (p38) shows, the bike industry still has a trick or two up its streamlined sleeves.Warren Rossiter, Senior technical editorNEW BIKES & KITIt’s easy to get carried away with expensive swathes of carbon and deep-rimmed wheels, so I was reassured to ride a sub-£450 road bike and tourer that outperformed their RRP (p22).Simon Withers, Technical writerGROUP TEST & NEW BIKESAero road helmets are one of the key gear advancements of recent years. I put 16 lids through their paces (p84), as well as continuing to enjoy the beauty of Cinelli dressed with Campag (p36).Robin Wilmott, Technical writer ■…

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chapter 2 rere

Chapter 2 is the brainchild of Neil Pryde Bikes founder Mike Pryde. The new Rere, meaning ‘to flow’ in Maori, is its second model and a new aerodynamic design. The Rere hits all of the design cues you’d expect, including the keyed-into-the-down-tube fork crown with sculpted airflow lines to condition the air around the head-tube. The fork bows outwards away from the turbulent air of the front wheel, a design first pioneered by Pinarello, and the down-tube has a cutout underside profile to clear and cover the front wheel’s trailing edge. The back end features shaped, kinked chainstays and dropped aero profiled seatstays.The Rere looks great, the understated colourway and Maori tattoo-inspired graphics setting it apart from the crowd. The 7kg complete weight (XL) is impressive, as is the claimed…

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j.laverack r j.ack disc iii

£8230Its detailingJ.Laverack’s R J.ack Disc features a handmade 3AL/2.5V titanium frame with double-butted main triangle, flattened top tube and curvy, chunky stays. The masked-off graphics shine through the bead-blasted opaque finish, while the seat-tube has an etched Griffin and the frame’s date of manufacture, plus each bike is numbered. This one is ‘No.15’ of 50.Its ride qualityThe R J.ack Disc’s race geometry ensures this is no soft handling, flexy number. With ENVE’s road disc fork, a stout, straight head-tube and frame tubes with life in them, there’s instant reaction when you press on the pedals. It’s a bit of a chameleon, displaying aggression when needed but, thanks to ti’s characteristic supple ride, it flows beautifully across rough roads. The PRO Vibe carbon seatpost and handlebar with alu stem and 28mm…

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specialized crux expert

SRAM’s Force 1 takes care of stopping duties, ably and consistentlyFACT 11r carbon forks will cope easily with winter’s worstPraxis’ Zayante crankset is an impressive addition at this price point (Images Robert Smith)Specialized’s CruX Expert sits second in line within the four-bike 2019 CruX hierarchy, but costs exactly half as much as the range-topping S-Works model, and £1200 more than the Elite.The CruX Expert shares the same FACT 11r carbon frame and S-Works FACT 11r carbon fork as the other two carbon models. Specialized claims a 56cm frame weighs around 900g, which is over 400g less than the old CruX and light for a ’cross bike. It has a purposeful build, fitted with SRAM Force 1 and a Praxis Zayante carbon crankset, and that looks even better value when you…

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