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Cyclist Australia Issue 42

Dedicated solely to the exhilaration of road cycling, Cyclist is the very first magazine of its kind. A celebration of the rides, the travel and the latest gear – we'll show you how to get the best from your ride every time.

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in this issue

2 min
ed’s letter

There's no place quite like home. While we strive to provide Cyclist readers with an assortment of destination ideas and reasons to travel far and wide, sometimes the best Big Rides are those in your own backyard. Jugiong, for example, is one of the few Hume-side towns that offer a strong enough reason to divert from the main road for a pit stop en route to Sydney or Melbourne. And yet we'd never thought it a place for cycling. How wrong we were! Whisper-quiet country roads, a smattering of gravel and all the little things that make a Big Ride truly great – this little town of 200 is worth a visit. Our ride around Jugiong and the Hilltops Region was on the shorter side, but for those with a thirst…

3 min
canyon ultimate cf evo disc

This bike, Canyon’s new Ultimate CF Evo Disc, weighs just 6.16kg. That earns it the title of ‘lightest production road disc bike in the world’. Yet while that might be something to brag about, Canyon brand manager Matt Leake is remarkably modest about it. ‘All we did was make a light bike lighter,’ he says. ‘The original launched in 2016, so we’ve taken a further three years of material development and carbon layup experience and applied it to a design already conducive to a light frame weight.’ To all outward appearances, the new bike is identical to the regular Ultimate CF SLX Disc – it even uses the same mould. While the choice to not address tube profiles at the same time as the carbon layup might sound like an opportunity missed,…

1 min
pro stealth superlight saddle

$449, pro-bikegear.com When every gram matters and speed is everything, there’s the Stealth Superlight saddle. Proven in the WorldTour under the caboose of Team Sunweb, the all-new 145g package retains its renowned platform with a full revised one-piece carbon base and construction. Designed for comfort and stability from the hood to the drops and on the aerobars, the Superlight saddle features a unique central cut-out to alleviate perineal pressure while the wide nose provides a powerful position when on the gas. Featuring integrated ports for PRO accessories including camera mounts, race plates, fenders and Co2 brackets, the Superlight comes in 142mm and 152mm widths to suit any rear end.…

1 min
giro imperial shoes

$599 (approx.), giro.com Giro created the world’s lightest production cycling shoe – its 150g Prolight Techlace – back in 2017. But while there are undoubtedly those who just want the most featherweight kit, there are others who would sacrifice a little weight saving in exchange for improved adjustability and comfort. Enter Giro’s Imperial, a shoe that product manager Peter Curran says ‘offers more features, greater adjustability and professional-grade performance with best-in-class comfort’. The Imperial is still a very light shoe, a size 44 weighing just 236g. This figure is achieved by using materials and construction techniques similar to the Prolight. The upper is made from a monofilament mesh called Synchwire that’s paired with Giro’s lightest and stiffest Easton EC90 SLX carbon sole, while the dual Boa dials use soft lace guides to distribute…

1 min
schwalbe pro one tle tyres

Price TBC, schwalbe.com Schwalbe has a decent claim to have kick-started the trend for tubeless tyres back in 2015 when it introduced its One Tubeless. This top tier design has gone through several iterations, and the latest is the Pro One TLE, which claims to be around 20g lighter per size, 13% faster rolling and 22% grippier. The aim was to achieve the souplesse feel of a tubular tyre, so the new Pro One has fewer overlapping carcass layers under the tread. Importantly the tyres adhere to the new ETRTO tubeless standard, which is an assurance most tubeless tyres have yet to offer. According to Schwalbe, this helps guarantee the tyres’ safety and ease of installation.…

1 min
evoc road bike bag pro

$1,399, evocsports.com Do you prefer it hard or soft? When it comes to bike bags there are benefits to both. A hard case can take the knocks better, but a soft bag is usually lighter and easier to stash away when not in use. Evoc’s new Road Bike Bag Pro aims to be best of both worlds, with the company describing it as being ‘soft where possible and hard where necessary’. It uses an impact and pressure-resistant polycarbonate upper and lower section joined by a collapsible fabric middle section. The fabric sidewalls are held up with removable plastic rods, and are protected by a horizontal polycarbonate spacer to prevent the bike from being crushed laterally. The upper is shaped so the bike’s handlebars and seatpost don’t need to be removed – perfect for…