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Cyclist Australia Issue 44

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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3 Issues

in this issue

2 min
ed’s letter

As we write this welcome note, the world is changing rapidly as a result of COVID-19. At Cyclist, though, it’s business as usual for now, despite a flurry of cancelled events in Australia and around the world and a level of uncertainty few of us have faced in our lifetime. In true cyclist fashion, we'll push on – even if the world’s metaphorical gradient is getting a little steeper. On this very page in our previous issue, we wrote about the impact of Australia’s devastating summer of bushfires. It seems like so long ago now, but for many Australians the impact remains a stark reality of their everyday lives. This was on full display at the Santos Tour Down Under earlier this year, as the peloton made its way through burnt-out…

3 min
big softy

Having been making titanium frames in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, since 1981, Moots can lay claim to being one of the most experienced fabricators of gravel bikes in the world. ‘Making bikes to handle the type of riding now classed as “gravel” is what we’ve been doing in one form or another since we were founded,’ says product developer Nate Bradley. ‘It was driven out of necessity because Steamboat Springs is very rural. There’s one big road east to west and one north to south. Then there’s this spider’s web of hardpack that connects everywhere around town to everywhere else. These are the roads we ride on because there’s little traffic and they’re technically more engaging, so we’ve always built bikes best suited to that style of riding.’ Given that the industry has…

1 min
bontrager dual charger

$99, trekbikes.com/au The one pump to end it all. Featuring two settings for high-pressure road tyres or larger volume gravel or MTB tyres, the Dual Charger is built to last with a steel main chamber, large foot plate and replaceable internals. The auto select head makes inflating the entire family’s fleet a dream with no need for fiddly adjustments prior to use. Simply attach the head to the valve, flip the secure locking lever and pump away. With a maximum pressure of 160psi and an easy transition between high-pressure and volume, it’s not out of the question to assume this pump will also work for your road tubeless setups.…

1 min
assos equipe rs spring/fall

Jacket $495, gilet $380, bibshorts $415, assos.com Balancing sufficient insulation with adequate breathability is a perpetual challenge for riders who want to extend their racing season well into autumn or start earlier in spring. Assos has gone about solving this conundrum with its new Equipe RS Spring/Fall range – garments designed to be race-ready in terms of weight and aerodynamics, but with added emphasis on heat management. Despite the name, the Equipe RS Jacket (pictured) is more of a thermal long-sleeve jersey. Among its features are ‘valves’ – small openings on the shoulders that allows air in between the two front layers to create a pocket of insulation while also allowing excess heat to escape. This means you should never have to unzip, even during high-intensity efforts. The Equipe RS Aero Gilet offers…

1 min
maxxis high road tyres

120TPI $69, $170TPI $89, maxxis.com Maxxis is a big name in mountain bike tyres, but until now the brand hasn’t really garnered the same reputation for its road rubber. The High Road tyre aims to change that. It uses an all-new compound called Hypr, which Maxxis says significantly improves performance over its previous top-tier tyre, the Padrone. Maxxis claims High Road offers 23% better grip in wet weather and 16% less rolling resistance, as well as being lighter and having better puncture protection.…

1 min
specialized power mirror saddle

Price TBC, specialized.com/au Specialized was the first brand to launch a snub-nosed road saddle back in 2015 with its Power design, which aimed to reduce pressure in sensitive areas and promote better blood flow. Now the brand is looking to move the concept forward once again by incorporating 3D-printed cushioning on top of the Power’s base and rails. Foam padding is so 2019. The structure is a polymer lattice that incorporates ‘14,000 struts and 7,799 nodes’, each of which Specialized says can be tuned individually to provide anatomy-specific comfort and support. The idea is that it allows Specialized to adjust the density of the material in a way that isn’t possible with foam. The saddle is not available to the public yet but has been spotted propping up many Specialized-sponsored pros, so Cyclist…