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Cyclist September 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

Something strange is happening. At a time when big road races are getting more TV coverage than ever, how is it that for a few days in June we found our attention being dragged away from the glamour of the WorldTour to some muddy trails in Britain? While his teammates were riding to an unremarkable 27th place at the Tour de Suisse, EF Education First’s Lachlan Morton was setting off from Land’s End on a Cannondale Topstone gravel bike, fully laden with bikepacking bags. As part of the team’s ‘Alternative Calendar’, Morton was taking part in the inaugural GBDuro, a self-supported multi-day race from one end of Britain to the other, open to all-comers and with much of the route following off-road trails. Being a seasoned pro, Morton had little trouble winning…

3 min
let’s talk about six

One of the things that always separated the Cannondale SuperSix Evo from its peers was just how traditional it looked. While others experimented with dramatic tube profiles and geometries, the SuperSix stuck to the predominantly round tubing and horizontal top tube that were more commonplace when the original launched back in 2008. Its low weight and ride quality helped keep it a perennial favourite among racers, but it undeniably lagged behind the pack with regards to its aerodynamic credentials. No longer. While the all-new SuperSix Evo has lost its traditional looks, it has gained a heap of speed thanks to work in the wind-tunnel by Cannondale’s aero guru, Dr Nathan Barry. Inevitably, by joining the ever-increasing group of lightweight aero race machines, the new bike presents a very similar silhouette to a…

1 min
dhb aeron lab raceline 2.0 kit

Jersey £110, bibshorts £130, wiggle.co.uk Dhb is perhaps best known for its competitively priced apparel, but its latest Aeron Lab Raceline 2.0 range is designed with one aim in mind: going fast. The company claims two years of R&D have gone into sourcing advanced fabrics to fit and breathe like a second skin, while sculpted ‘3D Aero’ textured panels have been created to disrupt airflow across the shoulders and down the sides of the body and legs with the aim of reducing drag. Jersey pockets are designed to sit completely flat when not in use to prevent them acting like air brakes. And to reduce weight, the middle pocket includes what Dhb calls the ‘toko pocket’, a hidden fabric pouch for valuables without the added bulk of a zip. Raceline 2.0, Dhb says, is…

1 min
stages dash m50 computer

£209, saddleback.co.uk Stages’ original Dash computer was really just a screen that displayed data generated by the company’s power meter. As such it was a useful training device for users to follow and analyse sessions prescribed by Stages ‘Link’, a software that formulates training plans based on a rider’s goals. But the unit was a little too limited to compare with the more complete bike computers on the market. The new Dash M50 seeks to address the old version’s shortcomings. It incorporates mapping capabilities and a colour screen in an attempt to make sure it can now do everything its competitors can. The M50 has a claimed 12.5-hour battery life, OSM base maps preloaded as standard and an ‘EverBrite’ 2.25in display that should mean you’ll be able to find your way even in…

1 min
selle italia slr boost kit carbonio superflow saddle

£274.99, selleitalia.com And the award for the longest saddle name goes to… Which is ironic, because Selle Italia’s new SLR Boost is actually its shortest road saddle, knocking 25mm off the nose of the regular SLR to measure 248mm in length. Short saddles, which allow more pelvic rotation for more aggressive ride positions, aren’t new, but this is the lightest in class at 122g. It comes in two widths, 130mm and 145mm, and a more padded women’s version (£154.99, 198g) is available, as are two other rail choices: titanium (£189.99, 158g) and manganese (£119.99, 208g).…

1 min
hexr helmet

£349, hexr.com What does a brand new unboxed TV and a cyclist’s head have in common? They’re both protected by more or less the same material – expanded polystyrene. British brand Hexr aims to change all that. Hexrs are made from a polymer honeycomb structure and are custom 3D printed to each customer’s head. The result is a helmet that Hexr claims trumps the competition in safety terms. ‘The average deceleration in a CE test is 150G [representing the force encountered by the head on impact]. The safety threshold is 250G but we regularly achieve figures as low as 80G or 90G,’ says Hexr co-founder Jamie Cook. He claims testing on 32 helmets at the University of Strasbourg confirmed Hexr’s helmets were 26% safer than rival helmets, even those with Mips. ‘The long-term objective…