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Cyclist Australia Issue 50

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

Welcome, readers, to the 50th issue of Cyclist Australia/NZ. It’s a milestone we’re incredibly proud of here at the Cyclist office, particularly after a tough few months at this Our big plans for issue 50 don’t end there. The pro season is back once again, and after time last year when, like most of the world, we all faced a high level of uncertainty about what the future might hold. We’re proud to say we kept pedalling, and we couldn’t have done it without you, our readers and subscribers, not to mention our many commercial supporters. From everyone at Cyclist, a massive thank you! When planning our Big Ride for issue 50, we’re not afraid to admit we got a little nostalgic. We launched Cyclist all the way back in March…

4 min
gravel arcadia

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Bianchi, as the oldest bike brand in the world, would be resolutely about road riding and nothing else. Yet the Italian brand’s range is surprisingly diverse. If you could see beneath the mud splatters you’d notice that Wout van Aert’s 2020 race-winning cyclocross bike was a Bianchi, and the company has a comprehensive range of cross-country mountain bikes too. Bianchi is no stranger to going beyond the tarmac, but until now it hasn’t properly ventured off-road with a dedicated carbon gravel frame. The new Arcadex addresses that. ‘We started studying the gravel world back in 2016 and released the aluminium-framed Bianchi Allroad,’ says Bianchi’s Claudio Masnata. ‘Back then we were the first to deliver a gravel bike with a dropper seatpost.’ It was a radical spec choice…

1 min
sole mates

Solstice Entry-level road shoe, $129.99 Aimed at riders looking for a simple, inexpensive and long-lasting pair of clip-in shoes, the Solstice is a quality road bike shoe that offers efficiency without sacrificing fit, comfort or compatibility. Evoke Entry-level MTB shoe, $199.99 The Evoke is comparable to the Circuit shoe (see below), but for dirt and gravel. Featuring a Tachyon rubber sole, it’s a great option for both new riders and long-time, long-distance shredders who are after a comfortable and reliable off-road shoe at a decent price point. Circuit Mid-range road, $219.99 The new Circuit looks better than ever and is sure to land well with road riders. An efficient, full-feature road shoe with a roomy design, it’s a great option for everyone from first-timers to racers on a budget. Foray Mid-level MTB, $249.99 A long-time favourite on the cross-country scene, the…

4 min
keep a lid on it

As Beyoncé once famously told the world, if you like it then you should have put a lid on it. Or perhaps we’re paraphrasing. Who can be sure? Either way, we agree with the sentiment, which is that helmets are very important. If you’re in the market for a fresh brain bucket – or, alternatively, if you simply want to apply the old N+1 theory to what’s above you as well as what’s below you – then you’re in luck. Here, we’ve gathered four of the latest releases from top-name brands including Lazer, Specialized, MET and Kask for your consideration, complete with lovely pictures and all. Lazer Sphere MIPS RRP $250, lazersport.com/au Lazer’s latest sits neatly in the middle of the range, being neither its lightest nor its most aero model, but offering a…

2 min
gear+tech new gear

Wahoo Elemnt Rival watch RRP $599.95, fesports.com.au Apparently there are people out there who run and swim as well as cycle, and to accommodate these peculiar folk Wahoo has created the Elemnt Rival. This smartwatch can connect to a Wahoo Elemnt bike computer to show extra data including heart rate, calories burned and cumulative metrics if you’re doing a multisport event, and the watch will go into sleep mode while you’re riding. You can also use it to control Kickr equipment and log your indoor training on Strava, giving you the chance to have a complete set of interconnected Wahoo tech. The Rival’s 30.4mm display sits under a rugged Gorilla Glass lens and ceramic bezel, and can show a whopping 64 colours to help maintain clarity under different lights. The data itself is customisable…

6 min
dt swiss arc 1100 dicut 50

I don’t know about you, but when I think of DT Swiss, the first thing that pops into my head are hubs, and for good reason. DT Swiss hubs are just about bomb and idiot-proof, which is why you’ll also find them strung into Roval and Bontrager wheels, both with and without the DT Swiss Badge. But when the ARC 1100s were revamped last year, they caught my attention for reasons other than the hubs. Designed in collaboration with aero expert Swiss Side, DT Swiss took its aero optimisation beyond merely looking at rim shape, and aimed to make every single component on the wheel faster and more stable in the wind tunnel. The most apparent change to the casual observer is the width. DT Swiss has pushed the inner rim width…