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Cycling Plus June 2021

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.

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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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16 Issues

in this issue

1 min
from the editor…

In an age of cutting-edge carbon, electronic shifting and four grand wheels, it’s easy to overlook the importance of the entry-level road bike. After a lifetime on MTBs, my first ‘racer’ was a Carrera TdF, a present from my mum in 2008 (yes, my mum was still buying my bikes at the age of 27). It took me on my first sportives and triathlons, and the emotional attachment remains strong today, even if it has long entered ‘Trigger’s broom’ territory. If any of you purchase one of the £1000 bikes reviewed from page 32, I hope that it brings you as much joy as my mighty TdF. Enjoy the issue… SUBSCRIBE TODAY FOR ACCESS TO EXCLUSIVE OFFERS & COMPETITIONS AS PART OF OUR SUBSCRIBER CLUB! HIGHLIGHTS… WHEEL LOVE As our Reinventing the Wheel feature…

1 min
cycling plus the uk’s best tests for over 25 years

We take our testing very seriously at Cycling Plus. For more than 25 years – back to an age when disc brakes, Di2 and super-wide 1x gearing weren’t even a glint in a designer’s eye – we have been putting road cycling products through their paces. Warren Rossiter, our senior technical editor, has nearly a quarter of a century of riding experience in just about every discipline. He can separate the great from the also-rans when it comes to bikes, clothing, accessories and more. And if it gets our seal of approval, you can be sure that you’ll be bagging a great buy! CYCLING PLUS’S SENIOR TECHNICAL EDITOR PREVIEWS HIS ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS… WARREN ROSSITER SENIOR TECHNICAL EDITOR We have a vast array of bikes on test this month, boasting £1K road and adventure bikes,…

6 min
plug in and ride

£2989 Smart, British-born e-gravel machine A greater standover height allows you to easily manoeuvre the 1.0 through tight, technical trails Electric bike builder Cairn is part of The Rider Firm, the British upstart that boasts an ever-expanding stable including celebrated wheel maker Hunt, Privateer mountain bikes and Dissent 133 gloves. The collective’s team design and refine its products, but it’s not just in-house suggestions that influence the build of its bikes. Take version two of the E-Adventure 1.0 on test here. Extensive feedback from cyclists who brought the first iteration led to a refinement of the 2018 original, resulting in some choice changes and upgrades to the already well-appointed aluminium frame. The rear seatstays have been shortened and more slope has been added to the top tube. This creates a greater standover height,…

5 min
faster, leaner, lighter

£9270 Flyweight Italian superbike The name of this new bike from Italian bike maker Wilier Triestina translates into English as ‘streamlined’ and it’s exactly that. Taking the aero-optimised Cento 10 PRO as inspiration, Wilier has slimmed things down and used the lightweight carbon lessons learned from its ground-breaking Zero models, while doing something interesting with the tube shapes. On most aero road machines, the frame tubing is constructed around kammtail designs. A kammtail tube is a truncated airfoil; think of the cross-section of an aircraft wing with the tail of the teardrop cut off, creating a D shape. This D shape ‘cheats’ the air into behaving like the tail is still there so it acts in a controlled manner and doesn’t create a disruptive wake. Wilier has gone a step further by…

7 min
going the distance

£3500 Gravel-curious mile-muncher The Scultura has been Taiwanese bike-maker Merida’s lightweight road option for many years. The new Scultura Endurance moves far more into endurance territory and into the realm of rough-road riding with generous tyre clearances, comfort-oriented geometry and, as a bonus, mounts for proper mudguards. It joins bikes, such as the Specialized Roubaix and Trek Domane, in blurring the line between a conventional road bike and full-on gravel machine. The Scultura Endurance 7000-E is the top model in the range and, no, it’s not an ebike – the ‘E’ denotes an electronic Shimano Di2 groupset. More affordable models feature lowerspec builds but get the same full-carbon frameset. Modern looks The Scultura Endurance is built around a carbon frame weighing a claimed 1124g including all hardware. The matching fork comes in at…

1 min
froome to grow?

Chris Froome went into the 2021 Volta a Catalunya in Spain saying that he was still searching for form. While this photo is somewhat misleading – he wasn’t dropped off the back of the whole peloton – he did lose over eight minutes on stage 1. It added to the evidence that it’ll be a Herculean task beyond even a champ such as Froome to return to the upper echelons of the peloton in time for the Tour de France on 26 June, the goal he’s set himself as he bids for a record-equalling fifth yellow jersey.…