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Cycling Plus April 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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1 min.
from the editor…

Both excitement and a fair amount of stress are starting to build here in the Cycling Plus offices – next issue we’ll review our 2019 Bike of the Year! As ever, the gargantuan task of whittling down dozens of brilliant bikes to the one we feel offers you the best bang for your buck has fallen to our tech team, led by Senior Tech Editor Warren Rossiter. As I write, Warren, Simon Withers, Robin Wilmott and Aoife Glass are braving the weather to put the final miles onto nearly 50 bikes and drawing up a stellar shortlist. Make sure that you grab the next issue to see the results of their incredibly hard work and discover our Bike of the Year! ANY OTHER BUSINESS? Shouldering the burden One staff member who hasn’t been…

2 min.
the uk’s best tests

Look out for our Best On Test award. We only give this to gear that really deserves your attention BEST ON TEST HIGHLY COMMENDED BEST VALUE 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 First Ride sees our test team bring you their first impressions of…

3 min.
merida mission cx 8000

Positioned above four aluminium-framed bikes in Merida’s extensive cyclocross range are four Mission CX carbon-framed models. The Mission CX 8000 places second in both cost and specification terms, putting it in serious ’cross racing territory. There are five sizes available, from XS to XL, and our medium test bike equates to just a little smaller than some other brands’ 56cm machines, but that’s okay for a CX bike. Toe overlap from our size 45s was never an issue at slow speed, and with its conical headset top cap plus a couple of spacers, the short 125mm head tube produced a position plenty racy enough for us, with scope to get down further if preferred. Its race credentials are enhanced by its 7.76kg mass, which is very competitive. For this price, the expected…

2 min.
isaac vitron disc

Rolling on The Vitron is designed to be very much the endurance bike, and the frame certainly shows that to the full. The swooping curve of the top tube melds into tapering and flattening seatstays, which help add plenty to the compliant feel of the Vitron on the road. The stack is tall at 621mm and the reach short at 397mm. This compact ride position is seriously comfortable and gives you a commanding view of the road ahead. Stable hand The relaxed seated position and a long wheelbase (1038mm) and headtube combine to deliver steering that’s slower than a race bike, which makes the Vitron wonderfully stable, even when you’re bouncing across rougher road surfaces. The chassis has plenty of tyre clearance to spare, as it comes with not-often-seen Vredestein 25mm Diamante tyres.…

3 min.
ribble cx5

Ribble’s range covers all bases, including, of course, cyclocross. The CX5 is the Lancashire brand’s all-carbon fibre ’cross platform which, with its online BikeBuilder, you can configure to suit your needs and budget. Groupsets range from Shimano Tiagra to SRAM Force 1, as tested, with prices starting at £1349. The frame looks conventional, with a near horizontal top tube which, while attractive, does mean that to maintain standover height, the 140mm head tube is relatively short, much like Ridley’s ’cross bikes. On a 56cm Trek Boone, for example, we wouldn’t need any spacers beneath the stem, but on a large CX5 we had 30mm. It will suit some ’cross riders better than others, but does help the CX5 in its other role, as a multipurpose road bike. As is the modern way,…

2 min.
merlin malt-g tiagra

Merlin’s direct-buy Malt-G gravel-specific bike represents fantastic value for money. Using Shimano’s 10-speed Tiagra groupset found on bikes nearly double the Malt-G’s price, a carbon fork, with carbon steerer and dropout blades, and Tektro Lyra mechanical disk brakes with 160mm rotors, it’s almost a ‘too good to be true’ ride. The carbon fork and frame – made from 6061 aluminium – both have mudguard-mounting bosses and pannier fittings. The mix of own-brand and Kalloy Uno finishing kit keeps the price down, but works as expected. On road, the bars’ 41cm width is fine but a wider set up for gravel would be preferable. The flat centre surface of the Kenda Kwick 35mm tyres keeps rolling resistance down on paved surfaces, but lean over to corner and the sharp transition between the centre and…