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Cyclist March 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

1 min
ed's letter

Well, I’ve finally gone and done it. I never thought I would, and I honestly resisted for ages, telling myself that I just wasn’t that kind of rider. But eventually I couldn’t hold out against the irresistable force of inevitability any longer. I’ve bought a gravel bike. Now, before you spit out your single-origin espresso and denounce me as a traitor to all that’s good and pure in the world of road cycling, let me explain my thinking. Yes, gravel riding is dangerously close to mountain biking, and as we all know, those guys are basically savages. And yes, gravel riding has its roots in the United States where they have thousands of miles of gravel trails, while the only gravel near me is in my neighbour’s ornamental Japanese Zen garden. But…

1 min
ride the world’s best bikes

Thinking of getting a new bike? Or just want a great day of riding? The Cyclist Track Days bring together the top road bikes from the leading brands, all waiting to be ridden on a purpose-built track. There are five dates and four venues to choose from: 28th April in Castle Combe, near Bath; 18th/19th May in London; 9th June in Fife, Scotland, and 22nd June in Leeds. Tickets are £45 for the whole day, including hot lunch, coffee and an amazing goody bag, so head over to cyclisttrackdays.com now.…

4 min
adjusted focus

The original version of the Focus Izalco Max can lay claim to being the first true disc brake race bike. At a time when most brands’ disc offerings incurred too much of a weight penalty to be considered as genuine racers, the 2015 Izalco Max in a size small could flirt with the UCI’s minimum weight limit – it tipped the scales at just 6.81kg. Yet time waits for no bike and since then several other brands have developed models to match the weight of the former Izalco Max and better it in other areas, such as aerodynamics. ‘Our old model was a real benchmark for early disc brake racers – one of the lightest production framesets available,’ says Fabian Scholz, lead engineer on the new project. ‘But to get it so light…

1 min
maap women’s apparel

Annex jacket €215 (approx £190), Thermal Long bibs €225 (approx £200), eu.maap.cc There’s a lot to like about Maap. The Australian brand has helped pave a way into a brighter cycling-kitted future – injecting a bit of Antipodean cool into the staid European market – yet it has avoided the pitfall of ‘all aesthetic mouth, no high-quality trousers’. Admittedly this cold weather pairing is on the conservative side in the colour department, but its materials and fit deserve attention. The Thermal Longs have been pre-dyed so the Lycra colour won’t fade when stretched, which is something particularly noticeable with navy blue garments (which the Longs are also available in). The thermal fabric is lightweight, soft-brushed Super Roubaix and the seat pad has been developed specifically to pair well with modern saddle shapes,…

1 min
dt swiss prc 35 mon chasseral wheelset

£2,999.98, madison.co.uk The Mon Chasseral name is inextricably linked to our brand,’ says Alex Schmitt of DT Swiss. Not only is it the highest peak in the Jura mountain range that overlooks the company’s HQ, it’s the climb the brand uses as a testing ground for its lightweight products. ‘Giving a wheelset the Mon Chasseral moniker is our way of recognising that it’s the best we can produce,’ says Schmitt. This 35mm wheelset weighs just 1,382g yet DT Swiss claims it’s easy to service and robust enough to have a rider weight limit of 100kg. The rim is 18mm wide internally and, like all DT Swiss wheels, tubeless ready. The main area where the wheelset differs from the regular PRC 35 design is in its full-carbon hub shell: ‘This sheds weight, but to keep stiffness…

1 min
specialized angi crash sensor

£40, specialized.com This little black box, seen here attached to this helmet, can rescue you in an emergency. Named ANGi (angular and G-force indicator), it uses accelerometers to detect a crash and, in the event, sends a text message with your GPS location to your nominated emergency contacts, informing them of a potential incident. It can also be used as a live tracker so others can keep an eye on you in real time. The initial price includes a one-year subscription to the app, which subsequently costs $29.99 (£23) a year.…