Cyclist Australia

Cyclist Australia Issue 20

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

Something has been nagging away at me for a while now. It’s a feeling that strikes all cyclists at some point, and no matter how hard I try to suppress it or drive it from my mind, it has grown to the point where it has become impossible to ignore, and I simply have to accept that I’m helpless to resist its urges. I am going to buy a new bike. Ordinarily this wouldn’t be an issue, except for the fact that I really don’t need a new bike. I can’t think of a single decent reason for getting another bike. None of my riding plans for the coming year involve any terrain that couldn’t be dealt with admirably by my current crop of bikes. But still, against all logic and…

5 min.
venge is sweet

All the stuff that makes you glad to be a cyclist The bike industry is accustomed to product evolution through small steps. When a new model of a bike comes out, it’s often pretty similar to the previous model, with a tweak to the geometry here, or a slight change to the lay-up there. It’s rare for a brand to unveil an update to a bike that represents a giant step in design and technology, which is what makes the new Specialized Venge ViAS so exciting. Unleashed at last year’s Tour de France, the ViAS is Specialized’s first substantial revision of the Venge since its inception in 2011. It looks significantly different to previous Venges, and its creation required Specialized to bring together all its different divisions. ‘We applied all three arms of…

1 min.
vittoria corsa g+ tyres

If you haven’t heard of graphene, where have you been? It’s the new miracle material that’s 30 times stronger than carbon fibre, 200 times lighter than steel, a better light source than LED and three times tastier than caviar. Well, the last one is just speculation, but graphene does promise to be the wonder stuff of the future, and Vittoria is the first cycling brand to get it into a finished product with the grapheneinfused G+ Isotech tyre compound. Vittoria claims the graphene layer in its tyres, which is just 2-8 atoms thick, gives the tyres less rolling resistance and greater puncture protection. Graphene is also ‘intelligent’ – when rolling along a straight it’s claimed the graphene hardens to reduce rolling resistance, while in a corner or under pressure while braking…

1 min.
wahoo elemnt bike computer

The Elemnt bike computer is a surprising little device, not least because Wahoo has allowed some of the vowels to remain in its name, which is unusual for them. In order to compete in a market heavily dominated by Garmin, Wahoo has opted to take a fundamentally different path in terms of set-up and connectivity. ‘A consistent trend we noticed in our consumer research was the need for simplicity,’ says José Méndez, Wahoo’s head of cycling. ‘So we created an intuitive set-up and update process for the Elemnt using an app on your phone, rather than in the computer itself. Apps, unlike devicespecific software, are used every day so we could capitalise on the familiar app navigation processes.’ The app, combined with the Elemnt’s Wi-Fi capability, allows a degree of connectivity rarely…

1 min.
specialized airnet helmet

The Airnet isn’t just a helmet – it’s a design paradox. Somehow Specialized have managed to create a new lid that is at once modern yet wonderfully old school, reminiscent of the “hairnet” helmets riders sported in the 1970s and 80s – but with a contemporary, aero twist. ‘The Airnet was wind-tunnel engineered and tested,’ Specialized’s Justin Sullivan says. ‘It’s based on the S-Works Evade shape, but we’ve added more vents. So the Evade is still fastest – 25 seconds quicker over 40km – but the Airnet is now second of our top three road helmets, 21 seconds faster than the S-Works Prevail.’ It’s also cheaper than the Prevail and Evade, which makes it something of a bargain in Cyclist’s eyes, yet comes with expensive trimmings such as the same retention system…

1 min.
cycliq fly6 camera/light

The spork – part fork, part spoon – showed that true innovation is possible simply by combining one tool with another. The Cycliq Fly6 proves that point once again by combining a rear bike light with an HD camera. The idea came about after Fly6 co-inventor Kingsley Fiegert was hit by a projectile from a passing car. Fiegert wanted to make a product that could be used to hold drivers accountable for dangerous behaviour. The name comes from "fly on the wall" and "6 o’clock" (military lingo for "rear") to give Fly6. The device continuously captures the scene behind a rider at 30 frames per second, and when it runs out of memory it records over any old footage – unless an accident occurs. Then the "incident capture protection" technology kicks in.…