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Cyclist Australia Issue 31

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

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: summer Down Under is an amazing time to be a cyclist. The European professionals, still thawing from their winter off-season, take a little longer to acclimatise to the heat and sweat of Adelaide’s WorldTour opener, but for homegrown riders like Simon Gerrans, the summer of cycling forms a key part of the build for the season. The two-time winner and recent BMC signing arrived at the start in January with a very different role to years gone by, riding in support of his new teammate Richie Porte, who finished in second place overall. We caught up with Gerro on page 72 to learn more about his plans. In January, instead of following the TDU caravan (we leave that to our amazing contributors), we…

4 min.
colossus of roads

All the stuff that makes you glad to be a cyclist It’s been nearly five years since Giant launched its pure aero road bike, the Propel, and it hasn’t changed much in that time. This new 2018 version is the first true revamp, and there’s more to it than the addition of disc brakes. Eagle-eyed race fans may have spotted Aussie Michael Matthews of Team Sunweb using a pre-production version of the Propel Advanced SL Disc on some of the flatter stages at last year’s Tour de France (he still preferred the lighter TCR Advanced SL for the mountains). Matthews and his teammates informed the design process and now the bike’s release is official, with a two-tiered range now available. Compared to the more outlandish aero creations we’ve seen from the likes of…

1 min.
skratch labs recovery mix

$49.50 (600g), Years before Skratch, Allen Lim was in charge of fuelling some of the sport’s very best athletes, including a former seven-time TDF winner. Way back when, it was his famous rice cakes and potatoes sprinkled with parmesan cheese that had us brewing up our own concoctions – with various levels of success – at home. Lim was the guy who told us to eat all the right foods as much as possible. His mantra still rings true today with Skratch Labs and his Sports Recovery Drink Mix. Intended for times when your favourite bowl of pasta, rice or veggies post-ride isn’t readily available, this 5:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio beverage will hit the absolute sweet spot. Gone are the days of pegging your nose while reluctantly engulfing a…

1 min.
fizik arione r1 open saddle

From $229 (approx), If Fizik’s exhaustive range of saddle designs is enough to make you dizzy, you may want to take a seat because the Italian brand has introduced a whole new sub-division to its popular Arione, Antares and Aliante models. The new Open range retains each model’s overall shape but includes a central cutout in the name of perineal pressure relief. It hasn’t just been a case of slicing up the old designs with a hacksaw, however. Fizik says the cutout has been researched to give the best balance of pressure relief without affecting hull rigidity – an issue it claims plagues many cutout-based saddles.…

1 min.
zipp 302 carbon clincher

$2,299, Zipp’s new 302 wheels are a big step for the brand. With both rim and disc brake versions coming in at under $2,300 a pair, the company has ventured firmly into the world of mid-priced carbon wheels. To hit the cheaper price point, Zipp hasn’t just outsourced to the Far East. It continues to hand-craft the carbon rims entirely in-house at its Indianapolis facility, and claims the aerodynamics and ride quality are based on its top-end Firecrest range, where prices can top $4,000. The cost savings come from the fact that the 302 rim is smooth, missing Zipp’s trademark dimples, making it easier to manufacture. Other than that, the profile is similar to the much pricier 303 Firecrest, with an external width of 26.5mm and internal width of 16.25mm. Zipp has…

1 min.
shimano dura-ace r9100-p power meter

$1,950 (incl. chainrings), $1,650 (cranks only), Spot the power meter. Shimano’s Dura-Ace R9100-P houses the pair of units so discreetly in its crank arms that they’re barely noticeable. What’s more, this long-anticipated arrival from the Japanese giant adds just 70g to the Dura-Ace 9100 crank weight, despite independent left/right leg power measurement. The benefit of Shimano having held off before jumping into the power meter market is that it has been able to assess the competition and look at criticisms before crafting its own unit accordingly. A notable benefit of the system is that it has ditched coin-cell batteries (that have a notoriously short life, especially in winter) in favour of a (claimed 300 hours) USB-rechargeable Li-ion battery in the axle. An app controls the system set-up, diagnostics and any firmware updates…