Cycling Plus

Cycling Plus June 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…

As I write this, the UK has just entered a lockdown situation to try to slow the spread of coronavirus. At the moment we can still cycle, solo, once a day, but for how much longer we don’t know, and whether it is responsible to do so is another question. It has certainly made producing this issue an interesting experience, and I don’t imagine things are about to get easier. Hopefully we can provide you with the escapism we all need at this time, and keep you thinking about what adventures await when restrictions eventually lift… until then, stay safe everyone. SUBSCRIBE TODAY FOR ACCESS TO EXCLUSIVE OFFERS & COMPETITIONS AS PART OF OUR SUBSCRIBER CLUB!…

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SEE THE WORLD With the world stuck at home for a while, now is not the time for epic adventures. But we test five solid tourers up to the job when those days return… and like all the testing in this issue, it took place ahead of restrictions p36. THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT Back in the depths of winter, we travelled to Holland with British cycling sensation Tom Pidcock. A winner on his road, cyclocross and mountain bikes, this young man is destined for a stellar future. Read our interview on p92. 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 uk’s best tests for over 25 years

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! THE TECH TEAM PREVIEW THEIR ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS… WARREN ROSSITER SENIOR TECHNICAL EDITOR SENIOR TECHNICAL EDITOR This issue I’ve taken a breather after the…

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all ti’ed up

£6195 Mason’s new titanium Bokeh There are loads of striking details, and a lot more going on than is the case with most titanium frames Mason’s aluminium Bokeh is a long-time favourite at Cycling Plus, even getting a hen’s-teeth-rare five-star rating when we tested it three years ago. We appreciated it for its superb detailing, quick ride on tarmac and its ability to hit the trails confidently. The only negative was that its unique frame detailing contributed to a £3100 price. At first glance, it looks like it could be more of the same for 2020’s titanium Bokeh – at more than twice the price in our build and a frameset that’s yours for £3450. Just as with Mason’s aluminium Bokeh there are loads of striking details, and a lot more going on…

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ribble adventure ti

£2499 A SINGULAR PURPOSE The Adventure Ti is a ground-up, adventure-focused build with all you need to leave the beaten path far behind. Its triple-butted titanium frame and oversized carbon fork are durable and fully equipped with mounts for mudguards, racks, two bottle cages and a top-tube bag, plus fork leg mounts for bottles or luggage. The 148mm-wide boost rear dropouts spread the stays out for huge tyre clearance, accepting up to 27.5 x 3in or 29 x 2.3in tyres. The gear cable runs externally within full-length outer casing. ITS SPECIFICATION This flared-bar model has a SRAM Rival 1x groupset with NX MTB crankset and a 32-tooth X-Sync ring. With an 11-42 cassette it’s geared for hauling luggage over just about anything, as even the highest gear gets a bit spinny above 25mph. The…

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a wild ride

£1790 Minimalist urban ride This understated, urban e-bike is certainly attractive with its stealthy matt black looks and a singlespeed belt-drive, disc brakes, flat bar, integrated lights front and rear (which also works as a brake light); the Cowboy also features a rather clever app. Battery level is represented by five LEDs on the top tube. Aside from this the Cowboy has no head unit or switches, rather, it’s controlled by the Cowboy app (iOS, Android). Connecting via Bluetooth, the app is a digital key to the bike, which means that only the bike/phone owner can operate it. The dashboard shows speed, duration, distance, battery level and estimated range left, it can operate the lights as well as full map navigation. It also has a ‘find my bike’ function with true GPS tracking.…