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Cyclist Australia Issue 25

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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taiwan, isle of wonders

S ize certainly isn’t everything when it comes to Taiwan. Small enough to be easily explored over a week or two, Taiwan’s location on the Pacific Rim, right at the edge of the tropics, means it is blessed with a spectacular range of natural assets. Take your pick from majestic mountains, sweeping turquoise coastlines, challenging hiking and running trails, and amazing wildlife such as the blue magpie and endangered Formosan black bear. Popularly known as “Formosa”, which means beautiful – a name bestowed by Portuguese explorers in the 16th century – Taiwan is a hidden travel gem. Don’t wait for the stars to align before exploring it! Hiking the Taroko Gorge Easily experienced as a day trip from Taipei, the 18km marble-walled Taroko Gorge is one of Asia’s best natural wonders. Meander through…

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ed’s letter

Welcome to the latest issue of Cyclist magazine A s part of our job here at Cyclist, we spend quite a lot of time scouring Australia – and the globe – for great places to ride. Sadly, this rarely (okay, never) involves a private jet and a series of five-star hotels. It usually means hours on Google Maps, dutifully flicking between Street and Map Views, scanning road systems for the tell-tale curves that might reveal a previously undiscovered climb, or clicking our way down tiny lanes to see if they go somewhere cool. Not that we’re complaining – as bike nerds, we find the whole process pretty fun. Give it a go with our Big Rides from this issue: Canberra’s Centenary Trail (page 48) twists and turns around the capital on…

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swiss army bike

All the stuff that makes you glad to be a cyclist B MC has achieved a lot in its 22-year existence. Its trademark angular frame shapes and tube forms make its bikes highly recognisable and they’ve been ridden to victory in the Tour de France, road and time-trial World Championships, as well as mountain bike races and Ironman triathlons too. From its hi-tech, robotised Impec lab in Grenchen, Switzerland, BMC has pushed the boundaries of weight, aerodynamics and comfort. Like every brand, it has until recently seen these as separate categories, so it has the light, stiff Teammachine for racing, the aero Timemachine for speed and the Granfondo for long days in the saddle. But what if you had to pick just one BMC? ‘The engineers, faced with this question, for sure could…

1 min.
met manta helmet

$289, M ET claims that at a wind speed of 50kmh, the Manta saves 10 watts over other semi-aero competitors. We can’t confirm that, but it certainly looks as sleek and slippery as the sea creature it’s named after. It has hardly any vents, but the few there are have been placed for best effect so cooling shouldn’t be an issue, and at 218g there won’t be any problems with weight either. 100% Speedcraft SL sunglasses $249.95, Optics specialist 100% is best known for its motocross goggles, but it recently branched into performance eyewear too. The Speedcraft is its signature design, looking more than a little reminiscent of Oakley’s iconic Eyeshade to make for an interesting competitor to the latter’s current Jawbreaker line. The Speedcrafts use a grime-resistant Dalloz Sunoptics lens and…

2 min.
quarq dzero power meter

$1,695 (incl. carbon crankset, excl. chainrings); $1,099 (spider only); T he DZero (or D0) experiment is an intense search by the world’s leading scientists, using the Tevatron particle collider, into subatomic clues that reveal the character of the building blocks of matter. Quarq’s engineers obviously watch too much Big Bang Theory, because that was the inspiration for the name of its new power meter. It’s the fourth generation from a company that started making power meters just 10 years ago. As you’d expect, there are several improvements – more than 150 according to Quarq – but that’s entirely believable given the fast-moving pace of electronics. Most are driven towards increasing accuracy, but also improving reliability, battery life and durability. Bluetooth low energy data transfer is a new addition too (while retaining…

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suplest edge/3 pro shoes

$495, M anufacturing quality cycling shoes is usually the preserve of third-generation Italian artisans, able to size up feet at a glance and push cobblers’ nails in with their thumbs. Which is what makes Suplest so interesting – it’s Swiss and relatively young. It does have pedigree, however. ‘My best friend Robert Gehrig and I started Suplest in 2007,’ says co-founder Daniel Balmer. ‘Robert is a designer and I used to work at BMC as road product manager. My father also had a company that did R&D for sport shoe brands, so I was able to profit from his knowhow and contacts. This is what motivated us to do cycling shoes.’ Not yet a decade on, Suplest has a small but perfectly formed range of four road shoes, with the Edge/3…