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Cyclist February 2019

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

New Year, New You! That’s what all the adverts for gyms and weight loss shakes tell us as we emerge bleary-eyed from the fug of the Christmas break. Usually I find that I’m not in the market for a new me. The old me will do fine – I just need to find him beneath the layer of flab that magically appeared some time between the first beer of the office Christmas party and the last champagne of the New Year’s Eve bash. The trick to finding the old me is simple: I have to get back on my bike. I need to get in some serious distance (apparently it takes about 200km just to burn off Christmas dinner), but the short days and cold weather don’t do anything for my…

4 min
big softy

Giant’s outgoing Defy has sat at the top of the company’s endurance road category for four years. That’s a long stint, especially in a sector that is particularly trend-driven, so it’s understandable that for 2019 Giant felt the time was right to update its popular design. ‘Update is probably not the right word,’ says Giant’s UK product manager, David Ward. ‘Pretty much the only things that have been carried over unchanged are the headset bearings and rear mech hanger, so all it really shares with the previous Defy is its name.’ Ward says that for all the gizmos being employed by other brands to add compliance to frames, the biggest developments since the last Defy have been in disc brakes and bigger tyres. ‘We wanted to keep the Defy looking like a “pure”…

1 min
campagnolo c-tech winter kit

Jacket €249, bibtights €250 (both approx £220), chickencyclekit.co.uk Campagnolo is best known for the elegance and heritage of its products, but with its new C-Tech winter range the Italian brand is more keen to emphasise the research and science that have gone into the garments. The C-Tech jacket has a triple-layer construction. Campagnolo says the jacket uses an external weather-repellent fabric to keep the wintery conditions out without reducing breathability or flexibility, with the internal layers geared around insulating the rider. Semi-neoprene sections at the cuffs negate drafts from funneling up the rider’s arms, while also making the jacket simpler to couple with gloves. There is a similar panel on the dropped rear hem to guard against road spray, while reflective piping and logos improve visibility in grotty conditions. These features extend into…

1 min
ism pn 3.0 carbon saddle

£400, upgradebikes.co.uk ISM’s PN 3.0 Carbon saddle attempts to balance the trickiest of acts: providing the light weight of a full carbon design without the crotch-numbing discomfort that’s usually associated with an unpadded shell. ISM says the key is in the PN’s unique shape. Instead of compressing soft tissue like regular saddles can, the company says the PN 3.0 Carbon contacts the pubic bone, freeing space in between for regular bloodflow. If nothing else, ISM has definitely achieved one part of the equation. The PN 3.0 Carbon is virtually half the weight of its non-carbon equivalent: 131g versus 260g.…

1 min
mavic cosmic ultimate sl shoes

£340, mavic.com Talking about the Cosmic Ultimate SL, former pro Frank Schleck once told Cyclist, ‘In the last 15 years I have never been more happy with a shoe.’ Well, he would say that. Schleck played a part in designing Mavic’s top-end shoe and, in keeping with the Luxembourger’s climbing prowess, the Cosmic Ultimate SL comes in at an astoundingly light 199g for a size 42. Impressively, Mavic has added rather than removed features, the most distinctive being the inclusion of a set of Boa dials. This is the first time the company has deviated from its own closure system, the Ergo Dial. Mavic still claims the system to be every bit as good as Boa, but admits it is a little less alluring on the spec sheet. The shoe has echoes of…

1 min
cane creek eewings all-road crankset

£1,000, extrauk.co.uk If these cranks seem familiar, that’s because a very early version existed in the 1990s called ‘Sweet Wings’. They were made of steel, were highly coveted and were manufactured by Sweet Parts and designed by Craig Edwards – the same man who created the 170g-a-pair eeBrakes rim callipers. Edwards’ eeCycleworks has since gained the backing of Cane Creek, and together they have resurrected the Sweet Wings hollow metal crank concept, only this time around they’re made of titanium, and they are even more magnificent to gaze upon. Cane Creek’s Luke Bukoski claims their benefit is more than purely aesthetic: ‘The eeWings have a trifecta of light weight, stiffness and durability. The idea of using titanium came from the fact mountain bike riders were breaking their very expensive carbon cranks on the…