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Cyclist Australia Issue 16

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.

Pays:
Australia
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Citrus Media
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2 min.
ed’s letter

Another Tour in the bag, another name etched into cycling folklore (well, in this case, for a second time), another few weeks of late nights behind us, and another brand-spanking-new copy of Cyclist ready for your consumption. The wheels keep on turning in the world of cycling and in this issue we've got a little bit of everything to ensure you get your fix. Of course, there’s no busier month of the year in our sport than the month of July, and we’ve got Matthew Keenan on the case to give you the wrap-up of what went down in the biggest race of them all. Chris Froome and Team Sky got the bikkies, but as always there were plenty more stories to be told. Find out who delivered on expectations, who…

3 min.
something a bit special

All the stuff that makes you glad to be a cyclist When Specialized unveiled the new Tarmac last year, the bike really couldn’t have had a better start in life. In the space of a couple of months it carried Vincenzo Nibali to victory at the Tour de France and Alberto Contador to a win at the Vuelta a Espana. But the real game changer, according to Specialized, was the bike that no pro was allowed to ride – the Tarmac Disc. ‘The Tarmac has always been a purebred race bike,’ says Specialized’s Chris Riekert. ‘I think when we launched the Tarmac Disc last May, the disc bike was seen maybe as a club enthusiast’s bike because you couldn’t race it.’ Unlike many brands, though, Specialized hasn’t restricted disc brakes to its endurance…

1 min.
giordana exo system

$269 (jersey), $269 (bib shorts), giordanacycling.com Coined from the abbreviation for “external optimisation” and harnessing the power of the Greek prefix for “outside”, the cream of the crop from Giordana is concerned with delivering the very best in performance. Strategically placed panels, constructed from materials designed to enhance muscle performance and slice the wind faster than Mr Miyagi, the compression bib short and short sleeve jersey is all about comfort without compromise. With durability where it’s needed, ventilation where it matters, comfort where it counts and visibility for when conditions don’t play ball, the EXO jersey and bibs offer the best from a company with more than 30 years of production experience under the belt. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, an aloe vera infusion comes standard…

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campagnolo shamal mille wheels

$1,749, campagnolo.com The Shamals have come a long way since 1992. Those original Shamals had one of the first aero rim profiles thanks to Coke-can-thin aluminium fairings that were as apt to dent as to cheat wind. But boy were they shiny, and they quickly gained cult status among racers – despite the second-gen Shamal HPWs having just 12 spokes apiece. The Shamal Milles are altogether more robust, and a fair bit blacker. They still have a relatively low spoke count – 16 front/21 rear – but are appreciably stiff and accelerate with a spritely zip, notably when attacking hills. Braking is excellent. Campy has used a process similar to anodising called ‘plasma electrolytic oxidation’ to create a spiral groove in the brake track, making it harder wearing and providing better braking thanks…

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bontrager xxx le road shoes

$349, bontrager.com When it comes to shoes, some cyclists opt for stiffness, some for comfort, others for minimal weight, and some simply go for the lairiest look. The new Bontrager XXX LE has a rare claim to all four criteria. The shoes come at an extremely svelte weight of 390g for the pair (size 42), while simultaneously scoring 14 on the Bontrager stiffness index (which we once foolishly thought would end at 10). The shoes use a non-slip heel lining and an ergonomic design developed with Fabian Cancellara and the rest of the Trek Factory Racing Team. In a bid to save weight, these lighter LE models don’t employ the Boa closure system seen on the standard XXX shoes, using Velcro instead. That offers a 25g weight saving on each shoe, as…

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trek émonda alr

$2,249 (complete, Shimano Ultegra 11-speed), trekbikes.com Some would argue the bike industry is a bit like fashion – everything comes back around eventually. So it is that aluminium road frames are having a bit of a resurgence. To be fair, aluminium never really went away – it was simply upstaged by carbon fibre. But now we’re seeing a new crop of aluminium frames that is proving the metal is more than just carbon’s poor relation. Cannondale’s CAAD10 is highly regarded, and Specialized too has dabbled with an S-Works version of its acclaimed Allez frameset. Now Trek claims boldly that its new Émonda ALR will set a new standard in aluminium frames and surpass the lightness, performance and ride quality of many carbon competitors in the process. At first glance it’s certainly elegant, and…