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Cyclist Australia Issue 30

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

This is the big one. After five years spent scouring the planet for the most exciting and challenging routes, Cyclist has finally found – and ridden – the mother of all climbs. Forget the rest, this is the big kahuna, the grand fromage, the numero uno. We're talking about Mauna Kea on the American island of Hawaii. You may not have heard of it, and you may initially think that a paradise island in the Pacific doesn't sound like the kind of place that would be home to the toughest climb on earth (after all, it's best known for beaches and Magnum, P.I. – it's hardly the Alps or the Rockies), but its stats alone are enough to give the average cyclist sleepless nights. Taking Cyclist's route to the summit of…

4 min.
calculated disc

BMC Teammachine SLR Disc Cadel Evans knows the BMC Teammachine better than most. ‘I reckon I’ve done 150,000km on every iteration of the SLR,’ he says. ‘I would say this, of course, but this new bike is exceptional. It has the same geometry as the original, that same nimbleness that allows you to hit a 46cm gap with 44cm bars, but it’s got discs. And as I’ve always said, if you can’t go fast, at least look good.’ As a BMC ambassador, the 2011 Tour de France champion has a vested interest in talking up BMC’s redesigned flagship, but he might just have a point. The previous generation of the Teammachine SLR garnered praise across the board for its sharp handling and impressive stiffness, yet many pedigree race machines have suffered as a…

1 min.
cyclist coffee mug

Coffee and cycling: their place in our lives needs little explanation. The two simply are. For those on the outer, this obsessive and overly dependant understanding may appear to merely clog a cafe with sweaty cyclists. If you’re like us, though, the call for caffeine-fuelled beverages can happen anytime. We’re traditionalists at heart and that’s why we love enamel. Known for its hardy and lightweight construction, the 8cm enamel custom mug is hand-made in Poland using only the most traditional methods. Perfect for travelling with your favoured portable brewing apparatus in tow. Designed to last a lifetime of Tours de France, late nights watching our homegrown heroes over in Europe and weekends away with mates – with your choice of beverage splashing around inside, of course – this is the mug for…

1 min.
shimano ultegra r8000 groupset

Never one to neglect the younger of the two performance-level siblings, Shimano has always ensured Ultegra gets the goodies. It might not ever reach the WorldTour heights of Dura-Ace – it’s always been the bigger and badder of the two – but the latest R8000 iteration isn’t too far off. As is classic form for Shimano, R8000 has received plenty of attention in the design and function department, with a few material and design features to ensure there’s just enough reason for many to cough up for the weight savings of Dura-Ace. Slot the latest R9100 ensemble next to Ultegra and plenty of similarities become apparent. From the revised four-arm crankset, with a singular BCD (bolt circle diameter) platform for multiple rider-tuned chainring options, through to the low-profile Shadow rear derailleur…

1 min.
bontrager aeolus pro 3 tlr disc

Road, gravel, cyclo-cross and available in both rim and disc brake versions: the more wallet-friendly Pro 3 TLR Disc is truly designed for the choose-your-own-adventure type rider. Built to the same stringent standards, according to Bontrager, as the US-made range of Aeolus hoops, the Asian-built Pro series finds new ways to shave dollars while doing little to tip the scales in the other direction. The 35mm-tall rim is laced to what initially appears to be the usual DT-Swiss Star Ratchet rear hub engagement system. However, the new Pro 3 feature an in-house 3-pawl ratchet design that offers 24 points of engagement, as opposed to DT’s 36-point system. The rims remain laced to DT Swiss Aerolite spokes and gain a little of the extra 150g – as compared to the its US-made…

1 min.
bont riot+

Updated with a suite of bunch-buzzing colours, the all-new Riot+ packs in many of Bont’s renowned features including anatomical shaping and support for greater power transfer, through to its proprietary anti-stretch material layered underneath the vented mircro-fibre upper. It retains the uber-stiff carbon composite sole, with additional carbon placed around high-stress areas, sandwiched between fibreglass layers to bolster all-round strength. The Riot+ comes complete with a revised lower retention system and a BOA dial for the upper closure. The three-hole cleat configuration remains standard and offers plenty of fore and aft adjustment for the regular folks through to those needing something a little more out there. Finally, for that little bit of additional customisation, the inner sole can also be heat moulded. ‘Made for cycling, not walking,’ as Bont like to…