Cycling Plus

Cycling Plus September 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.

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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
from the editor…

We’ve been up in Yorkshire this month, riding the roads that the 2019 World Championships will be raced on in September, and the sharp climbs, stunning scenery and sense of anticipation in the air has us truly excited. Check out our head to head between Alejandro Valverde and Peter Sagan’s bikes on p102, and look out for more next month. We’re also looking forward to the Cycle Show from 13-15 September at the NEC. Head to p126 to find out how you can get 10 percent off as a Cycling Plus reader. Subscribers should see p76 for 20 percent off! SUBSCRIBE TODAY FOR ACCESS TO EXCLUSIVE OFFERS & COMPETITIONS AS PART OF OUR SUBSCRIBER CLUB! HIGHLIGHTS… THE NATION’S FAVOURITES Britishness is a fraught subject in the current political climate, but we’re not going to…

1 min.
the only bike buying advice you can trust…

We take our testing very seriously at Cycling Plus. For more than 25 years – an age when disc brakes, Di2 and super-wide 1x gearing weren't even a glint in a designer’s eye – we have been putting road cycling products through their paces. Our test team, led by senior technical editor Warren Rossiter, has nearly a century of riding experience between them in just about every discipline. They can separate the great from the also-rans when it comes to bikes, clothing, accessories – and more. If it gets our seal of approval you can be sure that you’ll be bagging a great buy! An old name with a stylish new twist as Bianchi relaunches the Sprint p16 Five great bikes from British brands go head-to-head in our main test p42 We test…

1 min.
the tech team preview their issue highlights…

WARREN ROSSITER SENIOR TECHNICAL EDITOR The bikes may not be made in Britain any more, but the big names of the British bike industry can still deliver a plethora of high-quality road machines, as our test on p42 shows. But which of our five will deliver the best of British? SIMON WITHERS TECHNICAL WRITER Gravel bikes? Not tried one? You should! On page 24 I put a steel one up against the more familiar aluminium and unless you're chasing PBs or Strava bests both these bikes are perfect for virtually all riding. And they're unbelievable fun. ROBIN WILMOTT TECHNICAL WRITER It had to happen. Yes, the popularity of gravel and adventure bikes has led to the reappearance – or the reinvention – of the suspension… stem! Bounce over to p68 to see whether Redshift’s Shockstop will add a…

4 min.
fast & furious

£2675 Bianchi reignite a classic 70s name Bianchi’s original Sprint from the 1970s was renowned as the race machine of choice for the budding competitor. While the original was a slender-tubed, welded steel machine, its reinvention for the 21st century is a full-carbon speedster with aggressive racing geometry and a nod here and there to aerodynamics to keep it fully on trend for a modern race rig. The new Sprint slots into Bianchi’s range below the glorious Specialissima and the WorldTour proven Oltre; so it’s sort of alongside the aero-optimised Aria, which is highly-rated here at Cycling Plus. It’s designed as a racy all-rounder that won’t break the bank (like the premium priced Oltre and Specialissima). It’s the Boxster to the Oltre’s 911. Geometry-wise, our 57cm is pretty sharply aggressive with a 73.5-degree…

2 min.
trek emonda alr5 disc

£1750 IT’S A LOOKER The ALR5 doesn’t look like your average aluminium bike. With the combination of complex hydro-formed aluminium tubes and welds (that don’t look like welds) you’d be forgiven for thinking the understated primer grey ALR was made from carbon. That, along with the bike’s shape that follows the traditional two triangle form rather than the latest trend towards dropped rear-stays, sets this Emonda apart. IT’S LIGHT, AND NOT JUST FOR ALLOY The ALR frame weighs in at a claimed 1131g plus 350g for the fork (stated weight on the 56cm size) and for a bike at under two grand that’s impressive. The 9.15kg overall weight doesn’t sound low but, thankfully, the ALR5 rides like a much lighter machine offering sprightly responses on rolling terrain and a positive, lively feel on the…

3 min.
take your tern

£2300 New Ultegra-equipped slimline folder Tern’s ‘smallest-ever’ folding bike is no threat to the Brompton – it might pack down small, but not that tiny at 81cm tall, 35cm wide and 52cm deep. With the Metro Transit rear rack and its integrated trolley wheels, it’s easy to move though, even at 13.3kg. You can completely fold the bike down, including the long stem-cum-steerer (or ‘Physis’ handlepost), or leave the bar extended to help manoeuvre when trolleying. The tri-fold system requires unclipping the joints, removing one of the quick-release MKS pedals and hoisting the pedal on to the frame holster. Then fold the bike up and press the anchor bolt (mounted on to the fork) into the rear dropout. It’s a more secure set-up than Tern’s old magnetic clasp, though unlocking involves activating…