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Cyclist Australia Issue 26

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.

Pays:
Australia
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Citrus Media
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2 min.
ed’s letter

The early part of the pro season is a tale of two pelotons: those who battle the wind, rain, cobbles and pave of Belgium and France; and those who hit the snow-dusted mountains of Europe to prepare for the Ardennes classics, the Giro, and Le Tour. There are plenty of reasons to stay up late. Thankfully, we’ve also got enough in this issue to get you up early. That’s what our riders wish they’d done during our Big Ride through the Snowy Mountains as they battled slopes, scorching sun and the bites of March flies. You can take your own bite out of our stunning local feature on page 54. As we went to print this issue, all eyes were on Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and his near-unstoppable run of…

4 min.
stranger things

All the stuff that makes you glad to be a cyclist Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.’ Mary Shelley, writing about Frankenstein’s monster, had never seen the Cervélo P5X, but its beastly curves, unorthodox dimensions and gleaming disc brakes may have served as the perfect getaway vehicle for the creature at the centre of her story. Cervélo’s P5X is an unexpected update to the P-series of time-trial and triathlon bikes. While it may look substantially different from anything we might have seen from Cervélo in the past decade, the P5X is actually Cervélo getting closer to its roots than ever. It bears an overwhelming resemblance to Cervélo’s first-ever frame in 1995 – the Baracchi. That frame, the consequence of a university project by founders…

1 min.
wahoo elemnt bolt

$399, 62g, fesports.com.au From the same people that delivered the highly intuitive ELEMNT (a personal favourite here at Cyclist), the BOLT is everything you love about its bigger brother, but in a smaller and more wallet-friendly package. But wait, there’s more. It’s also the first cycling computer and mount – that we’re aware of, anyway – that has been designed as a complete aerodynamic package. That’s right: now even your GPS computer is aero. ‘Until now, no one has focused on the computer design and how it affects performance’ says Chip Hawkins, CEO of Wahoo Fitness. The BOLT displays as much or as little information as is needed, while recording everything thanks to the Perfect View zoom functionality. Two small buttons on the side quickly allow the user to show more or…

1 min.
pro vibe aero handlebar

$399, 240g (40cm bars); $199, 159g (120mm stem), pro-bikegear.com Shimano’s own brand of controls and components wouldn’t be right without a little future proofing, and both the new Vibe Aero bars and stem deliver as intended. Compatible with the all-new R9100 Di2 junction box – that sits inside your handlebar instead of a bar plug – and featuring internal wiring through both bars and stem, the entire package is kept sleek and ultra fast. Better yet, the Vibe Aero bar combats even the harshest of conditions, thanks to the reinforced Innegra fibres lined in high-stress areas. The anodised alloy Vibe stem comes stock with Ti hardware and integrated topcap, and is available in two different steerer diameter sizes, eight lengths and two angles. Serfas E-Lume 600 & Cosmo 60 Combo $149, 168g (front…

2 min.
oakley radar pace

$TBC, au.oakley.com From Andy Hampsten’s 1988 Factory Pilots to David Millar’s 2000 Over the Tops (proving that not only did he race through the dark, but he also occasionally got dressed in it), Oakley is no stranger to outlandish designs. And while the Radar Pace might not look too dissimilar to Oakley’s built-in MP3 player ‘Thump’ glasses of 2004, they do a whole lot more than just play music. ‘Essentially, the Radar Pace is your own personal trainer,’ says Oakley’s wearable tech manager, Luis Diaz. ‘It’ll plan training sessions based on data you feed the app, then instruct you through tailored sessions via the ear booms. But the really cool thing is you can interact with it.’ Simply say something like, ‘Radar, what’s my power?’ and a reply will come through the earphones,…

2 min.
cube attain gtc race

$2,599, 99bikes.com.au Renowned for its huge lineup of bikes – try scrolling through the range if you don’t believe us – German-owned Cube has enjoyed a rebirth in the Australian market after a couple of absent years. Seated, tested and raced under the caboose of the Belgian Pro Continental outfit Wanty-Groupe Gobert, which last year won Amstel Gold thanks to a handy move by Enrico Gasparotto, we were intrigued to see what a more wallet-friendly offering would deliver. The brand reportedly moves half a million bikes globally every year, but it’s still a very new player in the Australian scene. Now, with a slimmed down local offering, Europe’s largest producer is available here once again. We hit the streets on the Attain GTC (Gran Turismo Composite) Race equipped with Shimano Ultegra groupset (Shimano…