Cyclist Australia

Cyclist Australia Issue 21

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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What makes a tyre the fastest in the world? Is it a low rolling resistance? Better traction? More grip? We say all of the above, but as riders, we’ve grown used to compromise. That’s because most tyres are made from carbon black rubber. And most of these tyres have a hard time being good at more than one thing. Call it a tradeoff, but nobody is happy with settling-especially when their job is on the line. With tyres, we saw a challenge, and our solution came with a single, funny sounding word: Gripton® Invented by an industry-leading team of scientists and engineers, Gripton® is a proprietary mix of synthetic rubber and an activated Silica compound. Yes, this secret recipe is made in something of a black site lab, but the tyres it…

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fuelling the machine

Deep down we’re all competitive, whether it’s pushing ourselves for better times or battling our mates for that lamp post victory. You most likely invest considerable time and money ensuring your bike and gear offer the latest technological advantages, but what about the engine that fuels that machine - how much time do you spend making sure you’re properly fuelled and your body is matching the performance of the bike it’s on? An aero helmet is said to save anywhere from 30-60 secs over a 40 km distance, but did you know that new studies have shown the right nutrition can save 2.5 mins over the same distance? You might be surprised by the difference giving your body the right fuel can make. Here’s a few nutrition tips that may just…

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ed’s letter

Welcome to the latest issue of Cyclist magazine Okay cycling fans – time to place your bets. Will Chris Froome take his third Tour de France victory this July? The bookies certainly seem to think so, placing him (at the time of writing) as the clear favourite ahead of Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador and – fourth in the pecking order – our own Richie Porte. The Australian has a new team this year with BMC and has been given his first real chance to lead at the Tour, partnered with US team-mate Tejay van Garderen. The 31-year-old has long been touted as Australia’s next Grand Tour contender following his rookie years with Saxo Bank but, despite some stellar results in one-week races, he’s yet to deliver (over three weeks) on his…

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flexible friend

All the stuff that makes you glad to be a cyclist Trek wasn’t the first bike brand to use rear suspension in its frames but it’s the only one that can claim real success. The original Domane won the Strade Bianche, E3-Harelbeke, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix all under the power of Fabian Cancellara, but it has always suffered from accusations of feeling unbalanced. The rear end of the frame was as comfortable as they come, thanks to its IsoSpeed Decoupler, but the front end felt harsh in comparison. The new Domane SLR hopes to change all that. Trek has taken the lessons it learnt from adding a suspension unit to the rear of a frame and repeated that at the front end. ‘Ever since the first Domane, people have been asking…

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deuter race exp air

$149, 890g, When every gram counts and compromise is more about additional weight than having spare undies, the sub-900g pack is still roomy enough to squeeze all your day or multi-day essentials inside. The handy expandable zip gives a little extra space while the compact design remains sleek and secure over even the roughest terrain. We recently tested the EXP Air over a three-day , two-night CX adventure and had just enough room to carry nutrition, spare clothes for the end of the day, trainers and a second pair of bib shorts – in case our kit wasn’t completely dry after washing the night before. With a total loaded weight of 3kg, this is the bag for those carrying nothing but the absolute essentials. BBB Sniper light $190, 210g, There’s no such…

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stages power carbon power meter

(As pictured FSA BB30) $999, Stages power meters became popular owing to the neatness and simplicity of having strain gauges built into the left-hand crank arm, but that also threw up a problem. Stages previously steered clear of carbon fibre crank arms because they were considered too challenging due to the potential inconsistencies in the way carbon fibre behaves. This wasn’t a problem if you used alloy Shimano cranks, but ruled out anyone using high-end FSA, Sram or Campagnolo chainsets. Until now that is. ‘We could have made a carbon power meter a long time ago, but it would have required constant and vigilant zero resets,’ says Sam Morrison, Stages Cycling engineer. ‘Carbon expands and contracts with temperature very differently to metal. The biggest hurdle was designing the [power] meter to…