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Cyclist May 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

I have never really understood cricket. To me, uninitiated in its subtleties, it seems like the dullest sport in the world. Long periods drift past where nothing really happens; most of the players stand around with not much to do; the scoring is baffling; and after five days of snail-paced action the outcome is often-as-not a draw. Friends have tried to explain cricket’s appeal to me, but I still struggle to get excited about it. However, I am acutely aware that cricket is actually quite a lot like cycling. As a sport, cycling is also impenetrable to newcomers, who complain that not much seems to be going on as the peloton cruises merrily through the countryside. Like cricket, cycling is all about the slow build-up of pressure, the tactical ebb and…

1 min
bikes finalised for track days

If you haven’t signed up for one of this year’s Cyclist Track Day events, there’s still time, but places are limited so don’t wait too long. The line-up for 2019 includes the top models from 3T, Bianchi, BMC, Cannondale, Cipollini, Colnago, Heroin, Look, Orro, Pinarello, Scott, Specialized and Swift, with clothing from Assos, tyres from Stan’s No Tubes and nutrition from Rawvelo, plus a chance to try the new trainer from Wattbike. For more details of dates, venues and tickets, go online to cyclisttrackdays.com.…

3 min
harnessing the elements

This is truly the year of the aero disc bike. It’s quicker to list the brands that haven’t released an aerodynamic speed machine with disc brakes, but while companies such as Specialized, Trek, Cannondale and Cervélo have been grabbing the headlines with their latest creations, Argon 18 has quietly released its own new aero road design too – a heavily revised Nitrogen. Aerodynamics is an area in which the brand has pedigree. Its history is littered with strong results in triathlons, time-trials and track, and head of R&D Martin Faubert says that while the Nitrogen Disc’s release may have been lower in profile than other new bikes, its performance is right up there with them. And so was the scale of redevelopment. ‘Several years’ worth of research has gone into the development…

1 min
sportful bomber suit 111

£280, c3products.com Sportful has a history of making kit specifically for the needs of pros, and then later rolling out its race-ratified designs to the general public. The Bomber Suit 111 is a perfect example. This super-light, super-aero number was designed specifically for Peter Sagan’s 2018 spring campaign, which you may recall went rather well, with wins at Gent-Wevelgem and Paris-Roubaix. The 111 refers to Sagan’s race numbers: 11 when he won Gent-Wevelgem, 111 when he won Paris-Roubaix, and of course the number one three years running at the World Championships. To minimise drag, the upper of the Bomber Suit is produced as a single piece with no seams. Added to that are lightweight mesh sleeves and a race number compartment so that no pins are needed and the number will lay perfectly flat. If…

1 min
cane creek eesilk seatpost

£299.99, extrauk.co.uk Cane Creek has some pedigree in suspension seatposts, having provided its Thudbuster to the mountain bike crowd for years. The eeSilk post is a toned-down version of that design, offering less travel (a still-not-inconsequential 20mm) but at a much lighter weight, making it better suited to road and gravel riding. The elastomers in the centre of the linkage are interchangeable, to suit riders ranging from 45kg to 150kg. Its own 295g weight is in fact competitive with some rigid seatposts, meaning riders should enjoy a decent dollop of extra cushioning for a minimal weight penalty.…

1 min
bkool smart air turbo trainer

£1,099, i-ride.co.uk Bkool’s Smart Air turbo was first teased to the public in late 2017, but has only now made its way to market. If the claimed features are anything to go by, it will have been worth the wait. The Smart Air uses infrared sensors to measure power, which Bkool claims keeps measurements accurate over a range of temperatures, and it has a special cooling fan to make it very quiet (a claimed 41dB, making it barely louder than a whisper). To create a realistic experience, the base of the turbo incorporates 6° of left-right tilt to mimic the movement of a bike, and it can simulate 25% gradients. It can also create resistance up to 3,000 watts. According to Bkool, these features are best employed along with its new ‘Cycling Simulator’, which…