Cyclist Australia

Cyclist Australia Issue 29

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

Nothing is impossible, said an overwhelmed Chris Froome shortly after taking a historic Tour-Vuelta double – the first ever to win both grand tours in a single year since its current position in the professional calendar. We also think it’s a fitting quote to describe our emotions following the first-run Gravel Grit Central Coast. We wanted to create an event that brought together cyclists in all shapes and wheel sizes. Cyclo-cross, adventure, mountain, road and even e-bikes were seen excitedly awaiting the start gun. There are few events that truly cater for all, but we think our inaugural event got pretty closed – despite a few roadies not quite following the recommendations for the day. At least they’ll know for next. We must send a huge thanks not just to the…

4 min.
don’t call me light

Canyon’s got previous when it comes to lightweight racers. In 2004 it produced the Project 3.7, a wee slip of a thing at just 3,784g. Based around a pared down Canyon F10 carbon frame that bore the designation Ultimate, it was apparently rideable, although there were trade-offs. For starters, the entire groupset bar the front mech was proprietary – and even then it had a ‘tuned’ Dura-Ace front mech, filed and drilled to weigh just 65g. And there was more than just the odd quirk besides. The front shifter was down tube-mounted like days of old; there were only 16 gears; the brakes had about as much leverage as a pair of nail scissors; the one-piece seatpost and saddle had no adjustment; the Fly Sports Propeller Titanium cranks were prone to…

1 min.
fizik link r1 bibs and r1 saddles

You can almost see how it played out; Fizik’s best business and performance brains sit around a table at their Italian headquarters musing: “We’ve climbed to the top of the saddle market, our shoes are revered for style and comfort, our bar tapes and finishing accessories are strong. How can we entice more people to ride Fizik?” Then, the bravissimo moment: “Why don’t we make shorts to fit our saddles?” The prosecco flows and plans are drawn up as Fizik looks to enter cycling’s textiles market. The R1 bibs are designed specifically to pair with the range of saddles: Arione, Antares and Aliante. The bibs come with three different chamois cuts, so whether you’re a snake, chameleon or bull, there’s a pair for you. There’s zero overhanging material and because it’s…

1 min.
campagnolo h11 groupset

To paraphrase Julie Andrews in popular children’s film The Princess Diaries, ‘Campagnolo is never late... Shimano and SRAM were simply early.’ So after much anticipation, the Italian groupset master has finally released a hydraulic disc brake groupset under the moniker ‘H11’. We had internal standards that needed to be met and we weren’t satisfied with releasing the product until they had been achieved,’ says Joshua Riddle, global press manager for Campagnolo. ‘Consequently we were slower to market than our competition but I’d say that is to our advantage. We could learn from their mistakes.’ H11 integrates with the derailleurs of Campagnolo’s other groupsets, from Chorus up to Super Record mechanical, and Record to Super Record EPS. The company has gone to a lot of trouble to retain its aesthetic – for example…

1 min.
bontrager velocis mips helmet

Protecting your head is only part of a cycling helmet’s duties these days. There’s also the toss-up between ventilation and aero performance: do you want to go fast or feel cool? Bontrager claims to have both covered with its latest Velocis MIPS, a race-level helmet currently being used by Trek-Segafredo at the Tour de France. Bontrager has borrowed some of the proven aero qualities of its highly regarded Ballista helmet, but has substantially increased the ventilation, claiming the Velocis MIPS moves 18% more air through the helmet (thanks to internal recessed channelling) than Giro’s rival Synth MIPS. Bontrager’s data also suggests the Velocis MIPS outperforms the Synth for aerodynamics, reducing drag across a yaw range of 0°-20°. Of course, we only have Bontrager’s word for this, and Giro’s test data may say…

1 min.
polar m460 bike computer

The mid-priced GPS market is more competitive than ever before, but at a few notes over $300 and with a host of on-trend features, there’s no reason why Polar’s M460 shouldn’t gather up a fair share of the popular vote. Provided you can overlook one thing. Polar is sticking resolutely to sensor pairing via the Bluetooth protocol, which means any ANT+ device you have will not be compatible. That said, most peripherals these days will transmit in Bluetooth, plus Polar has brought the M460 right up to date regarding power meter compatibility, meaning it happily accommodates everything from PowerTap P1 pedals to Stages crank arms. The M460 is a standalone GPS unit, but it won’t do turn-by-turn directions so isn’t a navigational aid. For Strava lovers, Polar has added Live Segments, which…