Cycling Plus

Cycling Plus December 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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from the editor…

It’s pretty easy in this job to have your head turned by the sort of two wheeled exotica that passes through our office and costs north of £10,000. It can also start to become a new kind of normal: of course, a decent bike starts at £8000, I mean, you’ve got to have Dura-Ace, haven’t you? So it was heartening this month when a tester as experienced as our Simon started coming into the office singing the praises of the bikes priced from £400-£800 in this issue’s main test. Not only do you not have to spend £8000 to get a serious road bike, these days you don’t even need to spend £1000! SUBSCRIBE! NEW SUBSCRIBERS TO CYCLING PLUS CAN GET A LUSSO DRYLINE BASE LAYER WORTH £32.50 ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER Get access to…

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RACE READY If you’re looking to take your cycling up a level next season, why not race? You’ve got all winter to train, and first race nerves can be conquered, as all the riders in our feature on starting racing can prove. We’ll be here to help… p74. GET LIT Cycling in the dark is awesome, as I discovered while audaxing several years ago. It didn’t used to be, though, not for me anyway, because bike lights were rubbish. LEDs changed all that, and we test 10 of the best new sets on p80. GET IN TOUCH… If you’ve anything you want to say you can chat with us via @cyclingplus on Twitter, CyclingPlusMagazine on Facebook and cyclingplus on Instagram. And, of course, you can always email us at cyclingplus@immediate.co.uk. And don’t forget to visit…

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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! Our senior technical editor enjoys a killer ride on the Orbea Orca p14 Five budget beauties that make great bikes for new riders p38 As the evenings get darker…

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the tech team preview their issue highlights…

WARREN ROSSITER SENIOR TECHNICAL EDITOR I’ve had the pleasure of getting to grips with Orbea’s new OMX. This next-gen superbike combines light weight, aerodynamics and an out-of-this-world ride, as well as testing some great performance kit from Endura. SIMON WITHERS TECHNICAL WRITER A carbon road bike for… wait for it… just £800? Yes! And it’s a very decent bike too, as were all the other budget bikes I racked up the miles on, gravel and road, for this issue's cheap thrills bike test. ROBIN WILMOTT TECHNICAL WRITER After over a year of (time) trials and tribulations, mechanical conundrums and some fantastic ride experiences, my occasionally most frustrating bike feature reached its conclusion. Can just one bike really do it all?…

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killer ride

At just 833g for the frame and 370g for the fork the basis of the OMX is, without doubt, a light one… £7899 An everyday superbike? The new Orca OMX is a big departure from the brand’s Orca OMR. Gone are the traditional two-triangle frame shape, slender rounds tubes and rim-braked options in favour of aero-optimised tube profiles, dropped rear stays, disc-brake only design and integrated features throughout. What Orbea hasn’t compromised on, however, is the weight. At just 833g for the frame and 370g for the fork the basis of the OMX is, without doubt, a light one. Our complete 57cm test bike weighed in at 7.5kg with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, carbon Mavic wheels and (mostly dedicated own-brand) carbon components. The OMX does look, at first glance, incredibly similar to a raft…

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ritchey swiss cross disc v2

£1299 (black frame only*) IT’S AN EVOLVED CLASSIC The original Swiss Cross cantilever brake-equipped ’cross bike has been lusted after by racers for decades. This second generation Swiss Cross Disc has much greater tyre clearance for exploratory riding as well as racing, and comes as a frameset only with full carbon fork. It can built to suit, with our all-Ritchey test machine coming in at approximately £3000. Ritchey’s triple-butted Logic steel tubing is joined with welds and a lugged seat cluster, maintaining its slim lines. ITS NO-NONSENSE NATURE As built, it’s a very monochrome affair, but its performance is anything but black and white, exploring all the exciting shades in between, with a fast-rolling, precise ride. There’s a seatstay bridge, but the chainstays are bridgeless, leaving heaps of clearance behind the threaded bottom bracket…