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Cyclist Australia Issue 51

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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3 Issues

in this issue

3 min
ed’s letter

Back in May, I attended my cousin’s wedding. It was her third attempt in a little over 12 months. The first was scheduled for April 2020; that, of course, had to be cancelled due to the original COVID-19 lockdown. They rescheduled for mid-January, only for an outbreak on Sydney’s Northern Beaches to bring about new restrictions and, frustratingly, another cancellation. Finally, she booked a new date in May, crossed her fingers and hoped for the best. And although a brief BBQrelated outbreak in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs made for some tense moments, the wedding went ahead, the dance floor was full, and she and the new hubby finally got to celebrate their love with friends and family. No doubt most of us know someone who has a similar story over the last…

4 min
let’s rock!

All the stuff that makes you glad to be a cyclist It’s one of the world’s most instantly recognisable album covers. The Clash’s London Calling shows bassist Paul Simonon about to smash his guitar during a gig at The Palladium in New York. The photo has been voted the best rock ’n’ roll image of all time – and it’s the inspiration for the new Cinelli Pressure aero bike. ‘We always like to try to create an emotional connection with the customer,’ says Cinelli vice-president Fabrizio Aghito. ‘This is because Antonio Columbo, our company president, loves art. He has an art gallery and wants to use bikes as cultural vehicles rather than just something only used physically. So every bike we make blends art and popular culture into its design. There is…

1 min
pearl izumi pro kit

Pearl Izumi says the Air jersey is the ‘lightest, most breathable’ jersey it has ever produced. The key feature underpinning that claim is the jersey’s thermo-welded seams. Pearl says that conventional seams can chafe in hot conditions as well as hold moisture so, to address that, the only stitching on the entire jersey is to separate the three rear pockets. The front of the jersey is made from a stretch weave fabric to let air in while the back uses a knit mesh to let heat out, and both areas use a Coldblack treatment to maximise heat reflectivity. The theme of minimal seams is carried through into the bibshorts, which are constructed from only seven cleverly shaped panels in an attempt to create a second skin-like fit. The bibs are laser-cut and…

1 min
campagnolo bora ultra wto

If you have Campagnolo on your bike, you need these wheels. The Bora model has been Campag’s flagship wheel since 1994 and, in recent years, the WTO (wind tunnel optimised) takes the suite to the next level. Like every new wheel, these are stiffer, lighter and more aero than their forebears. Campagnolo supports these claims with the fact they’re made from proprietary carbon (stiffer, lighter), sport the WTO acronym and have internal nipples (aero). It’s worth mentioning that the internal nipples can be adjusted without so much as removing the tyre. Campagnolo has come up with a tool that slides into the rim from the spoke-side. Unusual, different and excellent! The nipples also have a fibreglass reinforced polymer between the rim and nipple to drastically reduce the chance of corrosion. Translation? Fewer…

1 min
northwave extreme gt2 shoes

Northwave’s Extreme GT2 shoes bring the XFrame 2 construction of the Italian brand’s top-tier Extreme Pro shoes to a more accessible price point. The upper is entwined with precisely placed fabric tape, criss-crossing the shoe like a spider’s web to provide anchor points for the brand’s SLW2 closure system. The cables are made from Dyneema fibre instead of steel and follow a particularly sinuous routing pattern, which Northwave says helps the shoe better conform to a rider’s foot. While the top is all about comfort, the bottom is all about stiffness thanks to the Anatomical Arch Support carbon sole, which Northwave says is one of the stiffest it makes.…

2 min
sram rival etap axs

Sceptics were quick to say wireless electronic shifting would never be reliable when Sram first launched eTap back in August 2015, but any misgivings over its dependability have long since been put to bed. The platform has proven itself beyond doubt, such that Sram introduced two updated 12-speed eTap AXS groupsets at both its flagship Red and second-tier Force level in 2019. Now this recently released third-tier Rival eTap AXS offering means that wireless electronic shifting is no longer the preserve of superbikes and pros. We could see this technology on carbon road bikes costing as little as $5,000. Sram is also releasing a low-cost, low-weight (40g) Quarq crank spindle-based option as part of the Rival product line-up. Crucially, Sram has retained many key features of the higher tiers. Rival uses the…