Cyclist Australia

Cyclist Australia Issue 17

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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Cycling is taking over the world, spreading from nation to nation. Countries that used to have people who rode bicycles are now discovering that they have cyclists – people for whom a bike is more than a mode of transport, and for whom riding is about more than simply getting somewhere. It all started in Europe, where it incubated for decades until a few years ago, when it swept across the world, to places as widespread as Asia, Africa, America, and a particularly far-flung island called Australia. More and more, we’re becoming a land of lycra-clad roadies. Cyclist continues to celebrate this diversity, bringing you features from both home and abroad. In this issue, we head to Queensland for our first Big Ride on the Gold Coast (page 44), taking on…

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fast, redefined

All the stuff that makes you glad to be a cyclist The Madone has a long history at Trek, having been the weapon of choice for Lance Armstrong during his Tour ‘successes’ (at least the bikes raced clean). Named after Armstrong’s favourite training climb in the south of France, the Madone has changed significantly over the past decade, but this latest version must count as the most significant update yet. Starting from the rear, the first noticeable change from the previous Madone is the introduction of an IsoSpeed decoupler system, an idea borrowed from the cobble-busting Trek Domane. This is a bearing that sits between the upper part of the seat tube and top tube, providing a certain amount of vertical suspension. But unlike on the Domane, the entire seat tube doesn’t…

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sram red etap wireless

Sram has been hinting at launching something a bit special for more than a year, and finally it’s here – the much-anticipated wireless electronic gear shifting system. And while Sram may be the last of the big groupset manufacturers to produce an electronic system, the Red eTap could help the American company to leapfrog some of its rivals. On Shimano’s Di2 or Campgnolo’s EPS electronic systems, you press a button on the shifters that sends a signal down a wire to a motor that makes the front or rear derailleur move. Sram, however, has done away with the wires. ‘We wanted to improve the riding experience, but technology shouldn’t clutter the bike,’ says Sram’s road brand director, Chris Zigmont. ‘A bicycle is supposed to be simple.’ Going wireless removes the need for internal…

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attaquer race jersey and core race bibs

Designed Down Under and constructed by Italian craftsmen, the Race jersey is built to do just that. With seamless tube-style sleeves, low-profile collar, second skin cut and ventilation where you need it most, the premium-made, wind-cheating and breathable fabric will also keep the likes of Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt - who laments the aerodynamic effect of an unzipped jersey - happy, and ensure you're given every chance to aspire for the top step. Paired with the Core bib shorts, you'll be ready for all-day epics or the summer crit season.…

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zipp 404 firestrike

$5,199 (tubular or clincher), 1,395g (claimed weight, tested with tubulars as shown) Limited to just 400 pairs, Firecrest represents the pinnacle of the Zipp road racing range when only the best of the best will do. Discreet and weight-shaving ImPress rim graphics, ergonomically improved skewers, rattle-free Zipp-Silca valve extenders and a revised hubset that requires zero pre-load on the pre-fitted CeramicSpeed bearings - for the ultimate in rolling performance - the 58mm tall wheelset is lightning quick when rolling or stopping thanks to the specific Showstopper brake track. Training and racing in all conditions just got a hell of a lot better. Your mates, however, may say otherwise. Finish Line Speed Degreaser $30 (530ml), The days of not having time to clean your pride and joy are over when you've got a…

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garmin edge 25

The Edge 200 was a great little GPS computer. However, for many riders it lacked one crucial thing: connectivity. It was a standalone unit that out on the road only listened to and spoke to itself, with data exchanged only when plugged into a computer. Its new replacement, the Edge 25, adds ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart connectivity, effectively making it a smaller version of the Edge 510. This means that when it’s paired with a smartphone the Edge 25 delivers live tracking (where friends or family can view ride progress online in real time), automatic uploads of ride data to Garmin Connect, and on-screen notifications such as incoming calls or upcoming ride segments to race for. It also has a basic navigation function where pre-planned courses can be uploaded and…