Cyclist Australia

Cyclist Australia Issue 38

Dedicated solely to the exhilaration of road cycling, Cyclist is the very first magazine of its kind. A celebration of the rides, the travel and the latest gear – we'll show you how to get the best from your ride every time.

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in this issue

2 min.
ed’s letter

If you're a regular reader of Cyclist, you'll know Byron Bay has long held a place in our hearts – it just took a while before all the pieces came together to feature the destination. But after an overwhelming response to our issue #37 Big Ride, we've decided to partner up with Lifecycles once again. This time, however, you're invited along for the ride. Coffee shop starts, perfect hinterland riding, afternoons strolling through town or by the beach, and evenings spent at some of the area's best eateries sounds almost too good to be true, right? But there's more. For southerners, it also comes during the depths of winter, when many of us are dreaming of warmer-free rides. So, really, there's no excuse not to join us for what we're calling…

4 min.
all change

It has been three years since Sram launched its original Red eTap wireless groupset, and now the next generation is here. It’s a completely new 12-speed offering, called Red eTap AXS. The big news may be the extra sprocket, but the AXS (pronounced Axis) comes with a host of new features. ‘In the time since we developed the first-generation eTap there have been massive developments in hardware,’ says Paul Kantor, Sram’s road category manager. ‘Things like more advanced chips for faster communications, more advanced motors for quicker shifts – things have really moved on, and this is a completely different product.’ Starter for 10 One of the most notable changes is the introduction of a 10-tooth sprocket. ‘With a 10t start on the cassette we can improve on both ends of the gearing,’ says Sram…

1 min.
bont riot

It wasn't too long ago that premium-level shoes included a buckle and Velcro to secure our feet. Somewhere along the way, however, we left behind this effective design in place of more contemporary systems. Renowned for premium-level construction, disruptive design and WorldTour-level performance, the all-new Riot brings back the trusty retention system with an offering to appease the masses while continuing to embrace Bont Cycling's dedication to anatomical efficiency. Costing less than a third of the top-level Bont models, the Riot delivers competition-level fit, a micro-adjustable buckle and Velcro retention system wrapped around a mircrofibre upper and fibreglass sole for maximum power transfer. Further enhanced with a heat-moldable chassis, the all-new Riot is all punch at just 295g per shoe (size 42) without the credit crunch.…

1 min.
garmin varia ut800 light

With the days getting steadily shorter and the morning rides darker, it seems an appropriate time to introduce Garmin’s Varia UT800 headlight. It can provide a steady beam of 800 lumens for up to an hour and a half, which Garmin says is visible from up to almost 2km away. But the UT800 also has brains to back its brawn: it can pair with a Garmin Edge computer, allowing it to automatically adjust to both your speed and ambient light conditions. Aside from extending the light’s run time, it also means the only thing that will unintentionally dazzle passers-by will be the proficiency of your riding.…

1 min.
bontrager xxx wavecel

Flex, crumple and glide – that’s the catchphrase used to describe the way in which WaveCel helmets respond to direct impacts. The three-stage process sees the collapsible cellular structure fold under impact, which is designed to combat and reduce rotational forces. According to Trek, this process absorbs energy far more effectively and is reported to be up to 48 times better at reducing the impact of rotational forces and subsequent concussion when compared to a standard EPS foam helmet. Licensed to manufacturers around the world, Bontrager helmets will continue to utilise the proven MIPS system while WaveCel finds its way exclusively into four new Bontrager models. Unsurprisingly, with such investment made into the development of WaveCel, this technology won’t be made available to other helmet manufacturers – at least not for…

1 min.
finish line multiseal sealant

Finish Line launched its ‘FiberLink’ sealant with some initial bold claims that it would never dry out. Since then, it has dialled things back with a more reasonable promise: the sealant will quite likely last the lifetime of the tyre, but certain rubber and environment characteristics mean you might need to top it up every now and then. This is because the formula doesn’t use latex so CO2 canisters won’t affect it, and rather than gumming up into a hard-to-remove residue, the sealant washes off rim beds easily with water. It uses Kevlar fibres to plug any nicks in the tyre, so forget puncture-proof – this stuff might just make your tyres bulletproof.…