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Cyclist June 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

Do you remember Space: 1999? For anyone unfamiliar with it (and at the risk of giving away my age) it was a slice of must-watch TV from the late 1970s, set in the distant future of 1999. Each week the crew of Moonbase Alpha would have wild adventures and encouter alien lifeforms as the Moon hurtled through space, having been knocked out of the Earth’s orbit after a nuclear explosion (or some other such hokum). All the main characters wore flared jumpsuits and sported voluminous sideburns. Even the women. It was brilliant. What it wasn’t was very accurate. The future of 1999 happened 20 years ago, and as far as I’m aware we still haven’t established a permanent research station on the Moon, nor built a fleet of star cruisers, nor…

3 min
on the bounce

‘In every other form of wheel-based sport, suspension is used to soak up imperfections in the road surface. Suspension helps vehicles maintain traction when going around corners even on the smoothest roads.’ Specialized’s lead product engineer on the Roubaix project, John Cordoba, makes a fair point. It is this ‘smoother is faster’ rationale that the company claims has been the driving force behind its 15 years of research into frame damping. This manifested itself in the ‘Zertz’ inserts of early Roubaix models, and has developed into a full-blown hydraulic suspension unit, the Future Shock 2.0, on this latest version. ‘Our sponsored athletes wanted to use suspension in races like the Spring Classics but there were a few issues with the previous design that prevented widespread adoption,’ says Cordoba. Issues that he claims have…

1 min
castelli aero race kit

Aero Race 6.0 jersey £110, Free Aero Race 4 bibshorts £150, saddleback.co.uk The Aero Race jersey and Free Aero Race bibshorts are stalwarts of Castelli’s range, having long been as popular with the weekend warrior as they are with the sponsored pro. Now that the jersey is in its sixth iteration, design updates are understandably minimal, yet are no less important for it. ‘We used CFD analysis to determine fabric placement and seam construction to make the jersey aerodynamically efficient between 30kmh and 55kmh,’ says Richard Mardle, brand director at Castelli’s UK distributor Saddleback. Castelli brand manager Steve Smith likens the bibshorts to the Porsche 911: ‘While each release looks similar, every single component has been changed.’ This fourth revision sees the shorts’ panel construction undergo similar CFD analysis to the jersey, but perhaps…

1 min
time osmos 15 shoes

£329, extrauk.co.uk An incredible 100 of the 180 riders at the 2000 Tour de France wore Time shoes. Unfortunately, the French brand soon found itself being muscled out of the market by the big American and Asian companies, and it languished in relative footwear obscurity until 2016. That’s when major ski boot manufacturer Rossignol purchased Time, bringing the necessary money, technology and facilities to allow the company to produce its first new pair of cycling shoes since 2013. The Osmos 15 is a high-end shoe that couples a seamless, one-piece synthetic upper with strategically placed Sensor 2+ padding (made from a specially developed foam material) on the inner sole. The outer sole is full carbon and provides a low stack height with a view to finding the sweet spot between comfort and…

1 min
alba optics stratos

£145, albaoptics.cc The trend for big sunglasses may have led to some riders looking like they’re wearing safety goggles for industrial welding, but it has also brought about some highly impressive leaps forward in technology. Alba’s Optics Stratos glasses, for instance, include an ‘optical cone of 180 degrees’ – in other words, a very wide field of vision – aided by an adjustable frame that can allow the lens to sit almost flush to the face. A central vent helps to prevent fogging, while the ‘Vzum’ lenses offer high-contrast vision on cloudy days without impacting clarity. It’s a bit like wearing a VR headset, except what you’re looking at is real.…

1 min
edco brocon wheelset

£2,900, edco-wheels.co.uk Tubeless, disc hubs, 28mm deep, 17mm internal/25mm external rim width, thru-axle and quick release compatible, 1,497g. Oh yes, and £2,900. But here’s the thing: Edco’s latest wheels have carbon spokes, and not just any carbon spokes. ‘The spokes are unique to the these wheels,’ says Edco’s Christian Dietl. ‘The weight is about 1g lighter than the lightest existing steel spoke – 2.8g for a 272mm spoke, for example – which provides a 25% weight benefit per spoke.’ With 20 spokes front and 24 rear, that’s a big chunk of weight saved over regular metal spokes. Unlike other carbon-spoke wheels, the Brocon’s spokes are replaceable and the wheels true-able in the same manner as regular spokes, as the ends of the spokes are bonded to steel inserts that thread into regular nipples.…