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Cyclist Australia Issue 43

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.

Citrus Media Digital Pty Ltd.
3 Issues

in this issue

2 min
ed’s letter

Since our launch back in 2013, the festive season has always been filled with boundless enthusiasm for the season to come. The much-needed break over December and January allows us to take a breather, get in some long summer rides and switch off from the world of magazine production. It has been a very different summer this year. And while the impact on most of our personal lives has been limited to a few postponed criteriums, a couple of detoured bunch rides and a few sessions missed due to city smoke ‚ others have not been so lucky. Here at Cyclist, we love the opportunity to ride in new locations and share the stories that come from those destinations, and it’s heart breaking to see a beloved location impacted or destroyed…

3 min
scott addict

In recent times, the arrival of new top-end bikes has followed a remarkably consistent theme. Regardless of the brand, the flagship race platform gets disc brakes, dropped seatstays, integrated cables, wide tyre clearance and aero tube profiling. In that respect, Scott’s new Addict RC is no different. ‘It’s because there are certain features that just perform best,’ says Scott’s Janosch Wintermantel. ‘Lower seatstays are more aero and provide better compliance. Discs offer superior braking performance compared to rim brakes. It’s no surprise other companies have reached the same conclusions. The industry is just getting closer, given current materials and techniques, to the best way a road race bike can be built.’ That isn’t to say the new Addict RC is just Scott keeping up with the Joneses. ‘The room in which we have…

1 min
pearl izumi pro kit

AmFib jacket $299, Pursuit bibtights $349, pearlizumi.com The perennial challenge facing designers of winter cycling apparel is to incorporate a high level of protection from cold, wind and rain into light and stretchy fabrics while allowing adequate breathability to avoid an unwelcome sweatfest. Pearl Izumi’s answer to this challenge is its exclusive PI Dry technology, which the brand describes as helping to create ‘its most advanced technical outer layers to date’. PI Dry is a hydrophobic treatment that means water will bead and roll off the fabric, and will continue to do so, Pearl Izumi claims, even after 100 washes. Both the Pro AmFib jacket and Pro Pursuit bibtights utilise the PI Dry technology, with three-layer, four-way stretch softshell for a combination of low bulk, warmth, unrestricted movement and decent ventilation. So now…

1 min
specialized tdu collection

$550 (shoes), specialized.com/au Curated specifically for this year’s Tour Down Under and ‘inspired by the speed and colour’ of the Australian budgerigar, the latest collection from Specialized – including S-Works 7 shoes, matching socks, Allez frameset and Prevail helmet – arrives with meaning and purpose. While much of Australia looks to rebuild itself following a disastrous fire season, much of our local wildlife will never get that chance. Specialized has pledged to donate $150,000 to WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service), whose mission it is to help rescue and care for animals across the country during this time of need. Find out more and donate directly at wires.org.au.…

1 min
time xpro10 pedals

$199, time-sport.com Just shy of $200 will usually buy you all but the most premium pedals in most brands’ ranges, but in Time’s Xpro series it only gets you on the bottom rung of a ladder that rises to the $500 Xpro15s, in all their ceramic-bearing, titanium-axled glory. That isn’t to say the Xpro10s are entry-level. The axle is hollow steel and the pedal body is carbon composite, as is the blade that provides the spring tension. It means each pedal weighs a competitively low 113g despite having a claimed 725mm2 contact surface with Time’s proprietary ‘Bioposition’ cleats. They even have a fairing that covers the pedal to help with aerodynamics – not something usually found on the cheapest pedals in a range.…

1 min
met vinci helmet

$149, met-helmets.com The Met Trenta 3K Carbon helmet was released to celebrate the Italian brand’s 30th anniversary. It boasted an innovative construction method whereby a carbon fibre skeleton was imbedded in the EPS foam liner. That produced some impressive claimed performance – it was designed to reduce weight and bulk while improving safety – but also generated an equally impressive pricetag. The Vinci is Met’s attempt to bring down the cost of the Trenta’s performance. It even bests the Trenta in one area too – it’s the first of Met’s performance road helmets to include the slip-plane safety technology Mips. Carrying over the Trenta’s carbon skeleton wasn’t economically viable but the Vinci still features a low profile and an enviable weight – at 265g it doesn’t cede much more than 50g to helmets…