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Cyclist April 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

I am not a big fan of the word ‘sportive’. It feels like a mishmash of the words ‘sporting’ and ‘festive’, and somehow manages to diminish both. The image that ‘sportive’ conjures is one of sport but in a frivolous, family-friendly, come-along-and-have-a-laugh kind of way. It’s cuddly and unthreatening. It’s sport-lite. And this month, more than any other month, the word sportive does not do justice to the event that Cyclist came face-to-face with. Over the past six years we have taken on a huge number of sportives and gran fondos (a name that isn’t much better – it sounds like a cheese dip made by your mother’s mother) but nothing has come close to the Tour du Mont Blanc. On first seeing the stats, we assumed they were a misprint.…

4 min
all change

It has been three years since Sram launched its original Red eTap wireless groupset, and now the next generation is here. It’s a completely new 12-speed offering, called Red eTap AXS. The big news may be the extra sprocket, but the AXS (pronounced Axis) comes with a host of new features. ‘In the time since we developed the first-generation eTap there have been massive developments in hardware,’ says Paul Kantor, Sram’s road category manager. ‘Things like more advanced chips for faster communications, more advanced motors for quicker shifts – things have really moved on, and this is a completely different product.’ Starter for 10 One of the most notable changes is the introduction of a 10-tooth sprocket. ‘With a 10t start on the cassette we can improve on both ends of the gearing,’ says Sram…

1 min
tacx flux 2 smart trainer

£699, zyrofisher.co.uk The original Tacx Flux won fans with its keen price, solid build and ride feel, and this second iteration promises all that and then some. Power accuracy has improved from +/-3% to +/-2.5%, peak power measurements run up to 2,000W (up from 1,500W) and a larger, heavier flywheel makes for a quieter, more realistic ride feel. It also ships with thru-axle adapters, previously an add-on item. Arguably the biggest change, however, comes in the form of gradients: the original Flux could simulate inclines of 10%, but the Flux 2 can now get up to 16%, meaning virtual training tools such as Zwift are that much better at mirroring life on the open road. The Flux 2 can also handle simulating much lower wattages than before, as previously some riders complained they struggled…

1 min
pearl izumi tour road shoe

£119.99, madison.co.uk It may come as a surprise to learn that Pearl Izumi was not founded by a samurai grandmother from the East End, but rather by Kinji Shimizu, who in 1950 started making clothes for his son to race bikes in, and who named his company after the gemstone and an area of Japan famed for its clear waters. It might also be surprising to learn that Pearl Izumi’s latest shoes cost just £120, yet weigh a mere 261g a shoe (size 43), sport a carbon-nylon sole, lightweight uppers, slick lacing and reflective detailing, and – as if that wasn’t enough – are also compatible with both two-bolt and three-bolt cleat systems. That looks like some incredible value to us.…

1 min
halo carbaura 50mm rcd

£1,099.96, halowheels.com Halo’s new Carbaura 50mm RCD wheels are the first carbon road disc brake wheels from the 25-year-old British brand. And, despite costing a little over a grand, they boast some impressive technology. The aerodynamic rim profile is designed using computational fluid dynamics, they are tubeless-ready and have an on-trend 19mm internal rim bed. But as far as the manufacturer is concerned, one of the most important features is the unique 16-8 spoke pattern. ‘The 16-8 pattern actually influences the wheel’s stiffness more than the developments in stiffness of carbon rims,’ says Ryan Griffiths, Halo’s product design engineer. He adds that this is because the use of 16 spokes on the drive side hugely increases the torsional stiffness of the wheel compared to a 12-12 spoke pattern, but is considerably lighter than…

1 min
fizik arione versus evo 00 saddle

£324.99, extrauk.co.uk Fizik says its Versus Evo line is all about pressure relief thanks to its full-length channel, which has been formed by totally separating the saddle’s padding on each side. The 00 level is brand new and is the no-expense-spared version of the design. It trades the plastic base and carbon rails of the R1 for a carbon base and ‘Mobius’ carbon rails. That means it has a continuous loop of carbon that Fizik says delivers better weight distribution and helps eliminate pressure hotspots on the ischial bones (the sit bones). The price may be astronomical, but if it delivers on its promise of light, stiff and comfortable, it might be worth it.…