Cycling Plus

Cycling Plus January 2020

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…

I distinctly remember an old episode of Blackadder in which Lord Percy sought to make gold from lead in order to save his friend’s behind from the wrath of the baby-eating Bishop of Bath & Wells. Alas, all he managed to fashion was a “splat” of what “if it has a name” was “some green”. The secret of alchemy, it transpires, has eluded the world’s greatest minds for good reason. It seems that making a cycling jacket that is both waterproof and breathable is its own kind of alchemy. Are we edging closer to this holy grail? Our feature on p90 looks at the latest science… SUBSCRIBE TODAY FOR ACCESS TO EXCLUSIVE OFFERS & COMPETITIONS AS PART OF OUR SUBSCRIBER CLUB! SUBSCRIBE! NEW SUBSCRIBERS TO CYCLING PLUS CAN GET AN ALTURA AIRSTREAM JACKET…

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GET OUT THERE Winter is no reason to stop riding your bike. We’re not Norway, and the UK weather is generally not that bad… particularly if you have a bike built to withstand the rain, and protect you from it. We test five such rides on p38. STAY INDOORS That said, why go out in the cold, rain and subsequent road filth if you don’t have to? We test 10 of the latest smart trainers that will allow you to replicate your outdoor work indoors, including replicating gradients for climbs p82. 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 www.cyclingplus.com!…

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the tech team preview their issue highlights…

WARREN ROSSITER SENIOR TECHNICAL EDITOR I’ve been getting to grips with Vitus’s ZX-1 CRS, plus new knitted shoes from Bontrager and getting dirty miles in on my new long-term companion: GT’s new Grade Carbon with Shimano’s brilliant new GRX Di2 groupset. SIMON WITHERS TECHNICAL WRITER My biggest treat this month was riding Wilier’s new Zero SLR coming in at an eyewatering £11,100. At a much friendlier price, Van Rysel’s RR900 is a Shimano 105-, Mavic Aksium-equipped treat. Just £850. ROBIN WILMOTT TECHNICAL WRITER I’ve been embracing the seasonally wet weather aboard five well-priced, mudguard-equipped bikes that could be an ideal year-round option, and had fun putting Canyon’s Inflite CF SL through its paces.…

4 min.
race fit

Vitus ZX-1 CRS Aero Disc This disc-optimised model combines a very race-orientated design with some value packed specifications £2799.99 As used by the Vitus Pro Cycling team Back in Vitus’s early 1990s heyday, it launched the original ZX-1. It was an organically shaped, curvy carbon masterpiece and Vitus claimed it to be the first commercially available carbon monocoque race bike. Since then, the Vitus name has changed hands and the French brand is now based in Northern Ireland under the ownership of Chain Reaction Cycles. Since its revival, Vitus has been closely involved in racing with a long association with Irish sprint legend Sean Kelly’s An Post, and more recently with the Vitus Brother pro continental team and riders. The ZX-1 CRS Aero is the chassis chosen by the team for racing duties and this disc-optimised…

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canyon inflite cf sl 8.0

£2249 THE LATEST INFLITE When the Inflite launched two years ago, we rated the CF SLX model as the best ready-to-race out of the box ’cross bike we’d ever ridden, so there are high hopes for this CF SL version. With its different carbon layup, fork, seatpost, wheelset and saddle, but identical tyres, drivetrain and integrated carbon cockpit, our medium example weighs in at an impressive 7.93kg, just 210g heavier. CYCLOCROSS SPECIFIC The Inflite’s frameset is perfectly tailored for ‘cross racing, and with clearance for 40mm tyres, plus wide Reynolds rims, it has a life beyond the marker tapes too. That kinked top tube maximises the main triangle’s size, makes the top tube easier to grab, and along with the 1.5-degree steeper down tube, quicker to shoulder, while still allowing extra exposed seatpost to…

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italian stallion

£11,100 Super-light 6.5kg disc-braked road bike Wilier’s SLR Zero tallies up all the tech watchwords for today’s toproad bikes in one incredibly classy-looking package. At this year’s launches greater integration, asymmetry, aero features, low weight and disc-brakes were all the rage. And the SLR Zero certainly cuts a stylish swathe, Wilier describing it as ‘the first ultralightweight racing bike with disc brakes and fully integrated cables’. The high-modulus carbon frame incorporates a liquid crystal polymer within the resin, which Wilier says improves frame damping. As you’d quite rightly hope for from a pro-quality bike that was debuted by the Total Direct Energie team at this year’s Tour de France, the handling is razor sharp with direction changes from the integrated one-piece cockpit virtually instantaneous and the ride is never less than lively. The Zero…