Cyclist February 2021

Dedicated solely to road cycling, Cyclist is the very first magazine of its kind. A celebration of the freedom to explore and the gear that makes road cycling special. Cyclist will take you on the world's best routes and get behind the doors of iconic brands. With performance advice from the experts, we unearth tall tales from the pro peloton and get you up-close to the best road bikes and technology. Plus, Cyclist mixes in-depth articles with breathtaking imagery from the sport's best photographers. It's the road cycling magazine you've been waiting for.

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2 minutos
ed’s letter

We’ve been under the cloud of Covid for so long now that we may find it hard to revert to past habits. Even if the national rollout of vaccines proves to be a success, will we want to go back to hugging friends and shaking hands with colleagues? Will we be happy to stand nose-to-armpit in crowded trains or sit in a packed cinema while the person behind us coughs gently throughout the film? Will we dare to consign our facemasks and empty hand sanitiser bottles to the recycling bin for good? I suspect we may be wary of mass gatherings for some time to come. I, for one, have reached the point where if I see a crowd scene in a movie I can’t help fretting that everyone is too…

4 minutos
the fast track

Traditionally bike brands split their road designs into three classes, each serving a different niche. There is the burly and aggressive aero bike, the nimble and responsive lightweight bike and the comfortable and stable endurance bike. In Factor’s range its One could be said to occupy the aero niche, while its O2 VAM accounts for the lightweight niche. So the brand’s newest bike, the Ostro VAM, must slot into the endurance niche, correct? Yes and no. ‘Just because the bike has space for big tyres, that doesn’t mean it has to handle like your grandad’s town bike,’ says Graham Shrive, Factor’s head of engineering. ‘And just because a bike is an all-rounder that doesn’t mean it has to have sit-up-and-beg stack and reach.’ Shrive joined Factor from Cervélo and the Ostro VAM…

1 minutos
sportful fiandre winter kit

Although we’re past the winter solstice and the days are getting longer again, there’s still plenty of chilly weather to endure before spring springs and being on a bike gets that bit more pleasurable again. That’s no reason to spend the next couple of months holed up in a shed, though, pedalling but going nowhere. Sportful boasts that its new Fiandre Pro will keep you comfortable on the road no matter what the British winter can muster. The jacket is predominantly made from PolarTec’s NeoShell fabric, which has been cut in an on-bike position to promote a svelte fit while riding. It’s fairly thin, so is designed to be paired with an insulating base layer. PolarTec says the shell itself is waterproof and windproof but also breathable thanks to a ‘sub-micron…

1 minutos
fizik vento infinito knit carbon 2 shoes

Fizik was such an early adopter of knitted fabric in its cycling shoes that despite this technology still feeling new, it is already releasing the second generation of its top-of-the-line Vento Infinito Knit. The brand says it has refined the knitted construction in the upper, stripping away more weight, while targeted areas of heat-fused TPU yarn create additional support for better power transfer. As far as the carbon outsole is concerned, the update is much like we’ve come to expect with bikes - lighter and stiffer. The twin Boa dial closure system appears not to have altered much from the previous generation, save for the use of the latest Boa Li2 dials which have a lower profile, further reducing weight and improving aerodynamics. At a claimed 225g per shoe they’re definitely at…

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saris h3 smart trainer and mp1 nfinity platform

The Saris H3 is right up there among the top-end smart trainers, being compatible with the big online platforms like Zwift and TrainerRoad, boasting +/-2% power accuracy, making very little noise (a claimed 59dB at 32kmh) and replicating up to 20% gradients. So the next step, says Saris (formerly known as CycleOps), is to make home training even more like riding outdoors. Which is where the Nfinity comes in. It’s a platform that you put your bike and turbo trainer on, allowing the whole setup to move in a way that feels like riding on the road for real. Conceptually this is nothing new – Kinetic has long since had the Rock and Roll turbo that moves side-to-side – but what makes the Nfinity unique is its 360° ‘multi-dimensional’ movement. Using a…

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oakley sutro lite sunglasses

Sported by Egan Bernal and Giro hero João Almeida, Oakley’s Sutro sunglasses have been a popular choice in the pro peloton in recent times. To earn the ‘Lite’ moniker these glasses have lost the bottom half of the frames, which Oakley says increases the field of view and improves ventilation. Another upgrade is that the arms now use Unobtainium rubber, a material that was previously used only on the nosepads. According to Oakley, Unobtainium – not to be confused with the sought-after mineral in the film Avatar – not only makes them more comfortable but also actually increases its grip with sweat. The rest of the setup is the same as the original Sutro: the contrast-enhancing Prizm lenses, durable O Matter frame and the oversized form factor. With wünderkind Remco Evenepoel seen…