Cycling Plus

Cycling Plus July 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

in this issue

1 min.
from the editor…

A few years ago, if someone talked to me about electric motors in road bikes, they were invariably discussing the much-hyped but largely unproven issue of mechanical doping in the pro peloton. What heavy, utility e-bikes there were (such as the one that helped the chap that used to live down the road from me transport an entire felled tree to the council recycling centre branch by branch) were ugly and not for sport. For ‘real’ cyclists, mechanical assistance was cheating. But as the bikes in our test on p101 show, stunning bikes now exist that will give you a full road cycling experience and nudge you up the hills… tempting. ANY OTHER BUSINESS? Screen time I love watching bike racing, and while it takes place outdoors I usually watch it on a…

2 min.
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…

3 min.
pearson all mod cons

Heritage, eh? A word many bike firms can legitimately use, but none more so than London’s 159-year-old Pearson Cycles. Yep, in 1860 Victoria ruled the Empire, Abe became US president and Tom Pearson started repairing bikes in Sutton, though we suspect they were nothing like this bang-up-to-date aluminium all-rounder with hydraulic disc brakes and 21 more gears than a Victorian rider would have enjoyed. Pearson describes the All Mod Cons as an ‘all-road gravel bike’ and we successfully racked up numerous super-enjoyable testing miles on this, including 17-mile commutes, unsurfaced canal towpath jaunts and a ride along the top of The Ridgeway. The All Mod Cons (is Guy or Will Pearson a Jam fan?) has a wellfinished, triple-butted aluminium frame and a carbon fork with tapered aluminium steerer. The cabling is internally…

2 min.
merlin nitro sl

£1750 The scales-shirking weight The experts tell us that aero trumps low weight. However, little beats lightness when it comes to flash and you can’t feel an aerodynamic benefit with the same immediacy as you can lifting a bike. This Merlin is light for a bike at this price, which is what happens when the Nitro’s frame is the UCI-approved former Ridley Helium SL with a 750g weight and previously the climbers’ bike of the Lotto-Soudal team. The quality groupset and kit Braking is excellent and shifting is as good as it gets with Shimano Ultegra. There’s no cost-cutting anywhere else with a Deda cockpit, Fizik saddle and quality padded Fizik bar tape working well. Top-notch Continental Grand Prix 4000 II tyres are paired with Fulcrum’s tough and durable all-Quattro allrounders whose 35mm rims…

3 min.
moots routt ybb

Moots began building steel road bikes in 1981, and introduced the YBB (Why Be Beat) soft-tail design in 1987. Steel fabrication was largely replaced with titanium in 1991, and the first Routt was released in 2014 – as so often with these Colorado innovators, ahead of the gravel trend. Now 32 years old, Moots has added the YBB spring and elastomer micro suspension system to the 2019 Routt YBB we have here. Built with unfussy, round seamless 3/2.5 titanium tubes, and displaying immaculate welding, the Routt YBB includes a titanium, 3D-printed rear flat mount disc mount and dropout, as well as a third bottle mount beneath the down tube, beautiful internal routing ports, and simply extraordinary colour shift anodised graphics. There’s clearance for 700c x 45mm tyres, or 650b x 52mm,…

1 min.
cannondale synapse disc 105 se

Cannondale calls the SE the ‘full-day, fullgas performance’ Synapse, and it comes with wider tyres and lower gearing than the standard 105 Disc as well as being a claimed 500g lighter. It looks super-smart in its ‘Vulcan’ green paintwork and gumwall tyres, has a full-carbon thruaxle fork and Cannondale’s ‘SAVE’ micro-suspension in its rear triangle and fork. In fact, this Synapse features a lot of distinctive Cannondale-ware, including the company’s own svelte 25.4mm seatpost and super-compact 48/32 chainset. The latter is rarely seen but a real boon on an adventure bike, pairing with the wide-range 11-34 cassette for a lovely and low bottom gear that allows you – well, our tester, anyway – to stay seated for longer on tough climbs and gnarlier stuff. The comfort-boosting touches work well, as do…