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Cyclist Australia Issue 49

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

Frankly, it’s a miracle the 2020 race season happened at all, but now it’s over we can’t help thinking: wasn’t it brilliant? Here are four reasons why the latest season was among the best ever… Attacking, unpredictable racing Remember how it used to be? Sky would suffocate the Tour, Chris Froome would win by four minutes and Peter Sagan would nail another green jersey to the wall of his Slovakian mansion. Not any more! All of last year’s Grand Tours were won by less than a minute, with each race going to the wire. Scripts were ripped up, crowns were relinquished, commentators ran out of superlatives and we all had to memorise a host of new names… The rise of the new guard Froome, Nibali, Valverde, Quintana, Dumoulin – all still riding but nowhere to…

4 min
the fast track

By way of introduction, Canyon says the new Aeroad saves an average 7.4 watts on its predecessor at 45kmh in a wind-tunnel – or 5.4 watts with two bottles plus the brand’s in-house ‘rider’, a pair of pedalling carbon fibre legs named Ferdi. In a world where just a couple of issues ago we were reporting that Specialized had made its Tarmac so ‘fast’ it meant goodnight Venge, 5.4 watts might sound like a last feeble gasp for the aero-road category. But in the context of the gains available in aerodynamics nowadays it’s a fair leap, and yet is only half the story of this ingenious bike. To achieve these rarefied drag gains, tube profiles have been made substantially deeper throughout – the seatpost is essentially twice as deep as before…

1 min
watts new

eScultura 400 RRP $4,799, Colour: Race Red (Black) The ‘classic road bike’ of the range. Equipped with full carbon fork that features a more aero profile while still offering great comfort and shock absorption. With its classic dropper handlebar setup paired with fast-rolling 32mm road tyres, its the choice for road riders who like an active riding style. eSilex 400 RRP $4,499, Colour: Teal (Light Teal / Black), Anthracite (Black) The off-roader of the range, available in the more rugged 650B or more fast-rolling 700c set-up, similar to its non-assisted gravel relative. Both versions come with gravel / off-road tyres for extra grip. A large number of fixing points on the frame, as well as the fork, ensure it's adventure-ready. eSpeeder 200 RRP $3,799, Colour: Steel Blue (Silver / Black) The commuter's bike of the range but also…

1 min
partington r-series wheelset

$7,590, partington.cc Every now and then a product comes across the desk at Cyclist that tickles us just right. Partington wheels are certainly among those. The Australian company is redefining the design and manufacturing process of premium wheels to bring us something that’s extremely light and very, very good-looking. Founder, Jon Partington, has based his company at Deakin University’s ManuFutures innovation hub at Waurn Ponds (just outside Geelong). Partington is no upstart, having worked with Ford before completing a mechanical engineering degree at Deakin. He has since embarked on a PhD in advanced composites but is now going full steam with his fledgling company. The wheels have spun heads the world over, winning praise for their claimed 1,200-gram weight and unique carbon spoke layup. The full-carbon set-up sees Partington draw comparisons with Lightweight,…

1 min
campagnolo big corkscrew – titanium version

$329, campagnolo.com Campagnolo has been lending its design and precision engineering expertise to bicycle components for 88 years, but did you know it has also, for 30 years, lent that same expertise to the very noble pursuit of uncorking a wine bottle? Created, like all Campagnolo products, in Vicenza by the same hands that create many of the company's most famous bike components, the BIG Corkscrew features quality materials, careful finishes and that signature Campagnolo artisanship. The corkscrew is designed so that the screw self-centres on the cork, ensuring optimal extraction every time and preventing that always-embarrassing moment of breaking the cork in front of friends and family at a dinner party. It has also been designed to never twist completely through the cork, thus preventing pieces of cork dropping into…

1 min
lazer genesis mips helmet

$379.95, lazersport.com/au Helmet of choice of one of the best riders in the world right now, Jumbo-Visma’s Primož Roglič, the Genesis is the lighest lid ever produced by Lazer, weighing in at just 199g for a size medium. Incredibly, Lazer also claims that the vents have been designed in such a way to offer the head better cooling than if you were wearing no helmet at all (cue Ned Flanders meme). Alternatively, a clip-on Aeroshell can help transform it into a watt-saving air battering ram. Impressive stuff – no wonder Roglič had such a great season in 2020.…