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Cyclist Australia Issue 28

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

Good things come to those who wait, and there’s no doubt all of us at home were waiting for a Australian stage win at this year’s Tour de France. And two weeks following the Grand Depart in Dusseldorf, it arrived. Michael Matthews wanted it so badly; you could sense it by the way he rode, nearly every day, for two straight weeks. His disappointment was visible, and he made no secret of the fact he wanted more – from his team and himself. Then, finally, on the demanding uphill finish to Rodez, he got it right. He showed his intention by putting riders on the front soon after the gun, and when Philippe Gilbert launched his effort early, the versatile fast man sprinted effortlessy over the top of the former…

4 min.
design concept

All the stuff that makes you glad to be a cyclist The original Concept project started in 1986. ‘It was incredibly clever, designed and engineered with Ferrari,’ says Colnago’s Davide Fumagalli. ‘It was carbon tubed, carbon lugged with carbon dropouts, press-fit bottom bracket, internal cable routing, hydraulic rim brakes, carbon wheels and an internal, sealed gearbox – way ahead of its time. But it was too heavy for the market and it wasn’t stiff enough nor strong enough for the Colnago standard, and it was very expensive.’ Fumagalli, Colnago’s design engineer, cites the seven-speed gearbox – housed in the crankset spider and operable via a mini gearstick in the down tube – as contributing a whopping 5.3kg to the overall 13kg weight. It also helped the bike cost three times the price…

1 min.
assos ss mille evo7 jersey and t mille s7 bibs

A tanned, muscular leg sits upon a small Alpine ledge, wrapped in premium cycling garments picture-perfectly positioned next to a glossy Italian steed – Campagnolo, of course. The ‘Assos Man’ appears to spend more time in the gym than on the bike; so too does his female counterpart. But looks often deceive. The Assos Man is very much a bike rider and he’s been a centrepiece for the Swiss brand for many years. The women’s range, too, has seemingly appealed more to the fitness-focused than the avid cyclist – until now. More recently, local distributors have sought our own Assos Man and Woman to be featured in marketing collateral Down Under. The duo are bike riders of a serious nature and can be found in the collection day in, day…

1 min.
campagnolo zonda disc

What’s an Argentinian meteorologist’s favourite wheel? That’ll be the Zonda, named after the dry wind that whistles down the eastern slopes of the Andes. Up until now, if that meteorologist rode a disc bike they’d have been unable to fit it with Campagnolo’s redoubtably stiff, mid-priced alloy wheelset. All things shall come to pass, though, even where the notoriously traditional Italians are concerned, so here is Campagnolo’s first ever disc brake wheel. Most notable is the rim shape, which bears not even the merest hint of a redundant rim-track, a facet of early disc rims as makers rushed to make disc-only wheels. The G3 spoke pattern (where spokes are grouped in threes) that features on most of Campagnolo’s rear wheels now features on the front too, to cope with the braking…

1 min.
flaer revo via chain lubricator

The idea behind the Revo Via is simple: a chain that’s well lubricated will generate less friction and so is more efficient. The trouble is that the slickest lubricants tend to be the least viscous so will quickly dry up, leaving your chain squeakier than Dracula’s coffin lid. What the Revo Via does is to automatically drip-feed a very thin, very low-friction lubricant onto a chain during riding. To do this, a reservoir and pump sit just behind the bottle cage and connect via a hose to a jockey wheel-mounted dripper (pictured, mech not included). The system is electronically controlled and doses the chain with 0.03ml of lube from the reservoir every 30, 90 or 150 seconds, depending on weather and ride length. That might sound like overkill, especially given the system…

1 min.
stages dash head unit

Stages is only five years old, but in that short time it has established itself as one of the big names in power meters, even becoming official supplier to Team Sky. Having produced various versions of its crank-based power meter, the Colorado-based company now has its own head unit, the Stages Dash. Stages says the focus has been on keeping things simple, and it believes the Dash will be as appealing for beginners as it is for elite-level athletes. The screen is adaptable, and can display up to 16 fields of data in either landscape or portrait orientation. The unit itself is designed to be light and neat to reduce its impact on aerodynamics, while Stages claims the aluminium out-front mount is sturdy enough for MTB downhill use. Battery life is…