Cycling Plus

Cycling Plus April 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…

There’s no escaping the climate crisis gripping our planet, and no excuse for continuing to pretend nothing can or should be done to address it. And as a print magazine, we have to face up to the fact that we need to act as well: we’ve recently started shipping all subscriber copies in recycleable paper packaging, and all of our bagged issues now come in plastic that can be recycled at local supermarkets. We will keep at it. In this issue, we look at some of the innovators trying to clean up the industry in our feature on p86. After all, cycling is green at heart, and we’re all one less car. SUBSCRIBE! NEW SUBSCRIBERS TO CYCLING PLUS CAN GET A LEZYNE CADDY SPORT SADDLE KIT WORTH £49.99 ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER? Get access…

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STEEL’S NOT DEAD Images of steelworks might not fit with your idea of a cleaner world, but there’s a lot to be said for a bike that can last for decades and be recycled at the end of its life. And the material makes for some sweet rides, too p36. SITTING PRETTY Getting the right saddle can be the difference between miles of happy cycling and a bike that sits unloved in the shed. We test 10 of the best male and female saddles to help you to the purchase that will see you riding in comfort p76. 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…

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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! Wheels of steel tested as the old-school metal sees a resurgence p36 How comfortable is your perch? Male and female saddles tested p76 Cannondale Topstone and Specialized S-Works p124…

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the tech te am preview their issue highlights…

WARREN ROSSITER SENIOR TECHNICAL EDITOR I’ve been focusing on our huge Bike of the Year test coming next issue, but I tried out Cervelo’s rapid Áspero gravel machine along with the latest gravel wheels from DT Swiss, and eco-friendly clothing from Isadore and Giro. SIMON WITHERS TECHNICAL WRITER The weather was dreadful and I had my first puncture in ages that I dealt with in pouring rain – but 50-odd miles on All-City’s striking steel Zig Zag was a great afternoon’s riding. The other steel steeds weren’t that far behind it. ROBIN WILMOTT TECHNICAL WRITER It’s been an issue of blowing away the winter blues. After riding Devinci’s Hatchet gravel bike in dusty Quebec last year, it proved no less engaging in mucky Wiltshire. I’ve also been packing in road miles on some excellent saddles.…

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power ride

£2319 Rim-brake Ribble A new road bike with rim brakes is unusual, just as we’ve become used to hearing that all new road machines will be disc-only Ribble’s revamped bike range is certainly extensive, with 11 models in its endurance category alone. The frames come in steel, aluminium and three levels of carbon fibre, each available with disc or rim brakes, and there’s even an e-bike option. But a manufacturer making new road bikes with rim brakes is becoming unusual. Just as we’ve become used to hearing that all new road machines will be disc only, Ribble surprises us. Using Ribble’s online BikeBuilder, you can choose one of three colours for the Endurance SL: black, grey and teal. Black and grey offer seven groupset options, including Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo, but for some…

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cervélo áspero apex

£2699.99 DUAL-WHEEL CAPABILITY Cervélo’s gravel bike, like the rest of its range, has a singular purpose: going fast. Hhence it has no provision for bags or racks. It looks like the brilliant R3, but it can take much bigger tyres – 42mm on 700c wheels and a huge 49mm in 650b guise. A great design touch is the dual-wheel capability. On most 650b/700c frames the driveside chainstay is dropped to allow tyre clearance while maintaining chainline. It can look odd to have this wildly asymmetric look at the back. Cervélo got around this by dropping both stays equally. Cervélo also has an adjustable fork dropout (like Rondo and GT), but this is designed to alter the axle position fore and aft 5mm horizontally. NO GRAVEL GRINDER Aside from the treaded tyres, on the road…