Cycling Plus

Cycling Plus August 2019

Cycling Plus is the manual for the modern road cyclist. Whether you're cycling weekly, an occasional new rider or a Tour de France fan you’ll find everything you need. Each issue is packed with buying advice and tests of essential cycling gear - everything from bikes to bags! Cycling Plus is the place to find training advice, nutrition secrets and practical tips guaranteed to improve your bicycling. It's also full of inspirational rides, real-life cycling stories and entertaining riding-related features.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
from the editor…

Cycling inspiration can come from many sources. I was recently moved to embrace our local hills by the words of Jennifer Saunders’ Madame Arcati in a new production of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit: “Down with your head, up with your heart, and you’re over the top like a flash and skimming down the other side like a dragonfly.” But recent successes at the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España by British cyclists Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Simon Yates have provided us all with motivation to be the best we can be. In this issue all three champions share their training secrets to help you up your cycling game… enjoy! ANY OTHER BUSINESS? Back to the future Senior technical editor, Warren, gets to grips with two very different bikes from…

2 min.
the uk’s best tests

Here at Cycling Plus we take our testing seriously and have been putting road cycling products through their paces for 26 years. Our test team, led by senior technical editor Warren Rossiter, is the best in the business. They’ve got decades of cycling experience between them and know what makes a good – and bad – bike, accessory, gadget or garment. That means you can trust us to bring you honest assessments of every product we feature. If it gets our seal of approval then you can be sure that you’ll be bagging a great buy! First Ride sees our test team bring you their first impressions of the most exciting new bikes available. As soon as they’re out, we’re riding! Before you buy a bike, you want to know how it…

3 min.
genesis zero disc sl

In the recent Tour Series town centre criterium races, custom-painted Zero Disc SLs could be seen tearing around urban areas beneath Madison Genesis team riders. Team sponsor and Genesis distributor Madison sell a 24T/30T carbon Zero Disc with Shimano Ultegra for £2699.99, but only sell this high modulus 30T/40T carbon model as a frameset. Including seatpost collar, headset and thru axles, it costs £1699.99 and weighs 1.44kg. This almost money-no-object build has a mechanical Dura-Ace groupset, Dura-Ace wheels and PRO finishing kit. The only unticked wishlist box is Di2. *As it’s a bike built by the distributor, all parts prices have been added together at full RRP. In reality, due to discounting, you can build it for less. Such a blingy build has many benefits – most instantly noticeable is the lack…

1 min.
merida reacto 7000-e

£3200 The chassis Merida offer its race bikes in two geometries: the more relaxed CF4 and the more aggressive CF2. This one is firmly in the latter camp. An extremely low 593mm stack and a long 394mm reach, parallel 73-degree angles and a metre-long wheelbase make the Reacto a fine handling machine, fast accelerating and stable through the turns. The equipment Shimano’s Ultegra Di2 is superb and the 52/36 11-28 gearing is spot on for out-and-out speed. The drivetrain is mostly Di2 but with a 105 cassette and FSA’s latest direct-mount design Energy chainset. The cockpit is smart and the drop bar is shaped well with semi-aero profile tops and a compact drop. Merida’s Reacto carbon post is infused with an elastomer to prevent vibrations and topped with a Pro Logo saddle. The ride The 7000-E…

3 min.
focus whistler2 6.9 eqp

Focus is a pioneer in the e-bike market. Aware that e-bikes are pricey, it has produced the relatively more affordable Whistler2 6.9 in two models: a standard 6.9 at £1549 or this EQP model with a dynamo hub, front/rear lights and full mudguards all for only an extra £80. The 6.9 uses a Bafang rear hub motor combined into the Groove Go system. This integrates the battery into the frame’s down-tube. The charge point is by the bottom bracket and it takes around four hours to reach full charge. Then it’s a case of pressing the on button mounted into the top-tube; no head unit or settings to navigate. You can adjust the level using the ‘set’ button below the on button. Turn it on and four LED lights light up…

1 min.
specialized sirrus elite

We’re pretty used to flat-bar bikes being a bit of an afterthought; a bit of a mishmash of cheap components with no real thought to how they perform as a bike. The Sirrus Elite, however, is a bit different. The aluminium frame is well finished and features reflective graphics so the Elite really does shine in the dark – smart thinking for a bike that’ll almost certainly be a commuter as it also has all the mounts you’ll ever need (racks, guards, bottles, bags all catered for). The contact points are excellent with a comfy saddle, a wide bar held in place with a slick-looking smooth stem that wouldn’t look out of place on a Venge, great ergo grips and bar ends for when you want to put in a bit…