Cyclist Australia

Cyclist Australia Issue 18

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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2 min.
ed’s letter

Recently, our sister publication, Cyclist UK, hosted an online discussion entitled ‘Who is the second best cyclist of all-time?’ It generated a fair amount of debate among Cyclist readers, who argued for the likes of Hinault, Coppi, Anquetil and even Armstrong. No one questioned, however, why we were only looking for the number two. That’s because there is no argument about who is the greatest cyclist the world has ever seen: Eddy Merckx. Since we launched this magazine almost three years ago we’ve been keen to get time with Merckx for an interview and photo shoot, but it hasn’t been easy. Merckx is a fairly private individual who has no love of the limelight and little inclination or need to talk to journalists. We would make discreet enquiries about whether Mr…

5 min.
the french connection

French bike brand Lapierre has been in a 14-year relationship with French pro team Francaise des Jeux, and the two renewed their vows this year with a win on the penultimate stage of the Tour de France. Lapierre provided the team with its latest climbing bike, and FDJ returned the favour when Thibaut Pinot rode to a memorable victory on Alpe d’Huez. The new Xelius SL 700 CP is, as you might expect, lighter than its predecessor, at a claimed 850g for the frame, but what’s more interesting is where the weight has been lost from. Lapierre worked directly with riders from FDJ, and the feedback was that they wanted not just a lighter bike but a bike that was more specifically lighter in its upper portion. Lapierre’s R&D project manager,…

1 min.
bbb summit

Available in a host of different colours, of course intended to match the mood of your weekly rides, the latest Summit eyewear is technically sound while impressively durable thanks to its grilamid frame construction. Known for its hardness, high-tensile strength and resistance to abrasion (great for frequent travellers) the quick-snap design makes lens swap quick and easy. Better still, the special coating and multiple vent styling will ensure clean and clear vision regardless of speed and conditions. With seven colour combinations and other customisable options including ear socks and side BBB logos, there’s a look to suit nearly everyone.…

1 min.
knight 35 carbon clincher on dt swiss 180s

Start with Swiss-engineered hubs, the DT Swiss 180s with ceramic bearings, and combine it with a cast of individuals who between them founded Reynolds, delivered Felt to its first Tour outing, developed the Smart ENVE Series of aerodynamic testing and, last but not least, designed the Cervelo P3C and SLC. The resume alone is enough to prove Knight is no cookie-cutter player. Constructed using the very best aerospace-grade Toray carbon, the 35 is designed to provide greater comfort and compliance over the rough stuff compared to a traditional box section rim. The rim shape across the entire range of clinchers was also created using what Knight call Trailing Edge Aerodynamic Manipulation Technology (TEAM Tech). In short: they’re meant to be fast as a complete tyre and wheel package. The beefed-up braking track…

1 min.
bontrager ballista helmet

When Jens Voigt made history by beating the hour record, albeit temporarily, for the first time in nearly a decade, aero geeks the world over were captivated by the mysterious lump of aerodynamic polystyrene strapped to his head. The then-unknown helmet has now broken its cover, and the Bontrager Ballista is available to the masses. The Ballista promises to save between 3 and 13 watts of power depending on the angle of yaw compared to Bontrager’s conventional road helmet. ‘We see this as an everyday aero helmet,’ says product manager Jason Fryda, ‘We looked at a whole bunch of options in terms of design and settled on three main vents and two moderated vents.’ Temperature control has been as much a part of the design as the aerodynamics, and Bontrager modelled how…

1 min.
giant surge road shoes

It has taken more than two years, countless hours of testing in the lab and relentless kilometres in the field under the brand’s sponsored development outfits for the Surge to come to life. Flipping traditional cycling shoe conventions on their head, the high-performance line of footwear provides one of the most comfortable platforms going around, through a unique ExoBeam and ExoWrap sole and construction. The idea behind the asymmetric carbon-fibre sole and a new fit philosophy is designed to give the rider a greater range of motion while pedalling – dubbed by Giant as Dynamic Cycling. Combining an extremely stiff platform with just enough torsional give ‘optimises the natural motion of a rider’s foot,’ says athletic footwear biomechanics expert Simon Luthi Ph.D, who was instrumental in developing the model. With…