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Cyclist November 2018

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.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
ed's letter

once played football at Wembley stadium. It wasn’t real football, of course – it was a media charity fundraising thing, where lots of out-of-shape journalists puffed around the hallowed turf, occasionally scuffing the ball into the stands to the ironic cheers of the seven people in the crowd. As I recall, we lost our match by a hefty margin. Our defeat was mainly because no one in our team wanted to play in defence, and everyone wanted to be the star striker, meaning we played the little-known formation of 1-1-8. Subsequently, the opposition scored against us almost at will. But winning wasn’t really the point. It was all about being there: getting changed in the same dressing rooms as national heroes (this was the era when Alan Shearer captained England and Wembley…

3 min
all show, all go

One of the biggest bike brands in the world has just released a new superbike, and its paint options have generated just as much of a buzz as the frame design itself. According to Trek, half of all the previous-generation Madones it sold were through its Project One custom programme, where customers could spec the components and paint scheme they wanted. This time around, the route to purchase has been expanded with the Project One Icon option – a more premium level that includes six pre-configured colour schemes that are even flashier, such as the ‘Prismatic Pearl’ paintjob seen here. Yet Trek’s road product manager, Jordan Roessingh, assures us the Madone’s new exterior is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what has been improved in this sixth iteration…

1 min
castelli classics thermosuit

£210, saddleback.co.uk The story goes that in the time Team Sky has been sponsored by Castelli, their road captain Luke Rowe has developed a particular fondness for racing in the Italian brand’s San Remo 3.2 speedsuit. But Rowe’s main focus is the spring Classics (he recently confirmed toCyclist he’d rather win Paris-Roubaix than Olympic Road Race gold) and he was concerned he would be unable to use his favourite speedsuit in the chilly Belgian weather. Which is why Castelli made the Classics Thermosuit. Like the San Remo 3.2 speedsuit, its seam placement and fabric choice have been determined with aerodynamics in mind, but additional features provide more protection in the early-season conditions. The jersey section is made from what Castelli calls X-Stretch fabric, which is lightly fleeced. The outside is treated with…

1 min
abus airbreaker helmet

£TBC, zyrofisher.co.uk When the last helmet you released was named ‘Gamechanger’, you’d better make sure the one that follows is pretty damn good too. Luckily Abus claims its new Airbreaker is accomplished enough to follow its boldly named predecessor. ‘The helmet is based on the Gamechanger’s geometry to maintain an aero shape, but is blended with the airflow of the Aventor – our third helmet – which prioritises ventilation,’ says Abus UK brand manager Roger Seal. The result is Abus’s attempt at a Goldilocks product: a helmet that is aero, well ventilated and also lightweight. The Cyclist scales certainly seem to back up that third attribute – our medium sample weighs just 220g. ‘Our thinking is that when you can’t decide whether your ride necessitates the Gamechanger or Aventor, you’d go for the Airbreaker.…

1 min
repente aleena 4.0 saddle

€328 (approx £293), repente.it The market for premium Italian saddles is a crowded place, but newcomer Repente has a clever point of difference to its competitors. The saddles are modular, meaning you can swap different shells onto the same rails to suit your requirements on a ride-by-ride basis. This version is the aggressively shaped Aleena 4.0, which weighs just 130g but has a padded tip to ensure riding ‘on the rivet’ should only hurt your legs and not more sensitive places. Other options include the more comfortable Kuma 4.0 and the Comptus 4.0, which sits between the other two.…

1 min
sidi wire 2 shoes

£330, saddleback.co.uk If the Tour de France is any kind of barometer, Sidi is clearly the most successful cycling shoe company this century, with no fewer than seven triumphant GC campaigns waged in its shoes (Froome four, Contador two, Sastre one). And if the parts list is anything to go by, the latest Sidi Wires are surely among the most adaptable shoes on the market. A pair of Sidi’s Tecno ratchet-style dials secures the foot into the redesigned PU leather uppers, which feature an embossed aesthetic that doubles as reinforcement for the anchor points of the closures. Heel retention can be adjusted by changing the tension on a strap across the back of the foot, while the tongue strap’s placement can be shifted incrementally across the foot, with the tongue itself coming…