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Cycling Plus March 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.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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from the editor…

I don’t know about you but I’m not the biggest fan of politicians right now… However – and I’m definitely jumping the gun here – we’ve got an interview on page 86 with a man who, were he to make the move into the corridors of power would get my vote. Chris Boardman is into his second year as Manchester’s cycling commissioner and, as our piece reveals, he’s a man with a burning desire to change the public’s attitudes, habits and, ultimately, their lives by getting more people on bikes. That’s a policy that I’m more than happy to get behind for the whole of the country and not just Manchester. A bike lane to Number 10? ANY OTHER BUSINESS? Energy deficient Just before I started writing this I wolfed down a Mars…

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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 attention Here 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 RIDE First 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 TESTS After being put through Simplon’s unusually high-tech bike-fitting process at its Austrian HQ, I got the opportunity to try out the brand’s aero-all-rounder – the extraordinary Pride. p92 Warren Rossiter, Technical editor GROUPTEST Disc brakes have established their place in road cycling but how do you choose which system is best for you and what can you do to get the best out of it? I find out on p104 Guy Kesteven, Freelance writer NEW KIT I’ve been taking a leaf out of Taylor Swift’s book and shaking it off – it being mist and rain water. In other words, I’ve been trying out Gore’s C5 Gore-Tex Shakedry 1985 jacket (p68) Robin Wilmott, Technical writer…

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marin gestalt x11

Marin’s long history as one of the original Californian mountain bike innovators has a big influence on the new Gestalt X11. Its design is derived from current hardtail mountain bike geometry with longer, slacker frames and shorter cockpits. Here Marin mixes a 71.5° head-angle with a mid-height stack (measured up from the bottom bracket to level with the top of the head tube) of 59.9cm on our 56cm frame. The wheelbase is long (102cm) but with the help of a 9cm stem, the reach is shorter than expected (38.7cm). The slightly steeper seat angle of 73° puts you in a forward, attacking position, but is offset by relaxed front end. It makes off-road handling superb, letting you stand on the pedals and sprint hard over the roughest surfaces, while the…

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canyon inflite al slx 6.0 race

£1249 It’s an Inflite This is the aluminium-framed equivalent of the carbon-fibre Inflite, which we think is one of the best ’cross bikes we’ve ridden. It shares the same 360g fork as its carbon-fibre stablemate and, aside from a few subtle differences (a slimmer down tube, less prominent top-tube kink and seatstays that are dropped lower), is constructed around the same geometry. It’s value for money If the Inflite AL cost £500 more, we’d still think this was a good build. Alongside its stellar frame and fork, you get a complete SRAM Apex 1 groupset, a DT Swiss wheelset, Schwalbe X-One Allround tyres and a Selle Italia saddle. The bar and stem are good too. Its performance Comparing the Inflite AL to other aluminium ’cross bikes is almost unfair. It’s lighter than its competition and far…

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specialized turbo vado 2.0

The Vado 2.0 is the cheapest model in Specialized’s Turbo e-bike range. Instead of opting for an off-the-shelf battery and motor system from the likes of Shimano, Bosch, E-Bikemotion or Yamaha, Specialized has worked with Switzerland’s Brose to develop its own, which has ended up being a 250W motor powered by a neatly integrated 460W/h battery. This certainly pays dividends in one respect, as the way its power-assistance is delivered is among the smoothest we’ve tried. It does a brilliant job of giving you a helpful push up to the legally restricted EU limit (15.5mph/25kph). And once there, it tapers off gently instead of simply cutting out. On climbs the power assistance is ample and welcome. It’s not as subtle as Orbea’s Gain e-bike, that has a ‘just enough’ feel, or as…