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Cycling Plus June 2019

Cycling Plus is the manual for the modern road cyclist. Whether you're cycling weekly, an occasional new rider or a Tour de France fan you’ll find everything you need. Each issue is packed with buying advice and tests of essential cycling gear - everything from bikes to bags! Cycling Plus is the place to find training advice, nutrition secrets and practical tips guaranteed to improve your bicycling. It's also full of inspirational rides, real-life cycling stories and entertaining riding-related features.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues


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from the editor…

In our main bike test in this issue, technical writer Robin Wilmott talks about rediscovering the sheer joy of childhood cycling thanks to the go-anywhere freedom afforded by the six all-road machines he’s been testing. And in doing so, I think he might have persuaded me – a road rider who thinks anything that isn’t perfect tarmac warrants a mountain bike – that I could use a gravel bike in my life. Off-road riding in itself isn’t the attraction, but the ability to combine it with faster road riding on a single ride on a bike that can handle both opens up so many new routes I can feel my feet itching… check it out from p42 and see what you think. ANY OTHER BUSINESS? Tech to the rescue Features editor John spoke…

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the uk’s best tests

Here at Cycling Plus we take our testing seriously and have been putting road cycling products through their paces for 26 years. Our test team, led by senior technical editor Warren Rossiter, is the best in the business. They’ve got decades of cycling experience between them and know what makes a good – and bad – bike, accessory, gadget or garment. That means you can trust us to bring you honest assessments of every product we feature. If it gets our seal of approval then you can be sure that you’ll be bagging a great buy! First Ride sees our test team bring you their first impressions of the most exciting new bikes available. As soon as they’re out, we’re riding! Before you buy a bike, you want to know how it…

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this month’s testers preview their issue highlights

BIKE TESTS In between travelling to Europe and the Far East, I’ve been trying out one of the new breed of road e-bikes that looks like a standard bike but has a hidden punch of power when you need it. Warren Rossiter, Technical editor GROUPTEST The Enigma Etape – I want one! And, even better, I can ride it while wearing Giro’s lovely Strade Dure Supergel gloves, smelling of Castelli’s embrocation cream… Simon Withers, Technical writer NEW KIT So many highlights in this issue including six well priced all-road bikes, one expensive one, many fine road shoes, Campag 12-speed and complete wheel ENVE. Robin Wilmott, Technical writer RATINGS EXPLAINED EXCEPTIONAL A genuine class leader VERY GOOD One of the best you can buy GOOD It’ll do the job very well BELOW AVERAGE Flawed in some way POOR Simply put, don’t bother…

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bianchi aria e-road

Aria’s powerful shape and aero-optimisation make it a favourite for speed merchants, so it was a surprise that Bianchi used the Aria chassis as the basis for one of its two e-road bikes. Inside the Aria’s substantial down-tube is sandwiched a 250-watt battery (some Enduro-batteries you’ll find on the burgeoning e-mountain bike market can be double that), so we’ve ridden the Aria to empty to see how much assistance that gives you and for how far. We’ve tried the ebikemotions system before on the excellent gravel-focused Orbea Gain D15, but on the Aria it’s the latest X35 V2 hub motor. The system is controlled by their iWoc button mounted on the top tube, and it’s a simple process to operate: press the top tube button to turn it on and the LED-lit…

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enigma etape disc

£3999 Shiny things Back in the day titanium was the future, before carbon came along… The Etape’s neat-as-a-pin tig-welding is backed up by front and rear thru-axles, mudguard and pannier mounts, three bottle cage mounts and even bosses to secure the fully enclosed cables under the down-tube. And there’s routing for dynamo cabling through the right fork. The ride Simply superb. Accelerates beautifully while soaking up road bumps and retaining loads of feedback. A great balance of stiffness, precise handling and mile-munching smoothness that crackles along on tarmac, track and towpath. And with room for 35mm tyres you could fit full-on grippy gravel rubber for further adventures. It climbs nimbly thanks to its stiffness and low 1:1 bottom gear and descends like a demon. The Shimano Ultegra Ice-Tech hydraulic disc brakes are impeccable. The versatility We…

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cipollini mcm allroad

Professional cycling fans will know Mario Cipollini, a brash sprinter nicknamed the Lion King. After years of making road bikes, Super Mario has gone gravel. Available as a £3800, claimed 1180g, frame only – or in builds from Ultegra to Dura-Ace Di2 – the MCM Allroad is no budget option, and our SRAM Force 1-equipped bike is still one of the cheaper models. On paper, our large test example says all of the right things, with 72.5 and 72.8 head and seat angles respectively, 73mm bottom bracket drop and a 152mm head-tube. At 417mm, the chainstays are short for a bike with larger tyres, but the 1025mm wheelbase should be stable. The drivetrain has a 42-tooth chainring turning an 11-42 cassette, and a chain catcher is fitted to the removable front mech…