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Cyclist October 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

Come the end of September, the eyes of the world will be on Yorkshire as it hosts the UCI Road World Championships. But what will those eyes see? Will it be the Yorkshire of 2014, when the sun shone on a green and pleasant land while the Tour peloton rolled through crowds of happy, cheering fans? Or will it be the Yorkshire of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire, when the rain lashed down, the hills were obscured in mist and the crowds huddled beneath umbrellas? It matters, because if you’ve spent millions to have the world’s top cyclists race through your back yard, you want the global TV audience (estimated at 300 million) to be thinking, ‘Hey, that looks like a nice place to visit on holiday. I hear Wensleydale cheese is…

4 min
light fantastic

This bike, Canyon’s new Ultimate CF Evo Disc, weighs just 6.16kg. That earns it the title of ‘lightest production road disc bike in the world’. Yet while that might be something to brag about, Canyon brand manager Matt Leake is remarkably modest about it. ‘All we did was make a light bike lighter,’ he says. ‘The original launched in 2016, so we’ve taken a further three years of material development and carbon layup experience and applied it to a design already conducive to a light frame weight.’ To all outward appearances, the new bike is identical to the regular Ultimate CF SLX Disc – it even uses the same mould. While the choice to not address tube profiles at the same time as the carbon layup might sound like an opportunity missed,…

1 min
gore gore-tex infinium c5 kit

Jersey £149.99, bibshorts £159.99, gorewear.com As the company that created Gore-Tex, it should come as no surprise to learn that Gore has a unique ‘Biophysics Lab and Environmental Chamber’ in which it claims it can replicate 95% of the Earth’s environments. The latest tech to emerge from the German brand’s laboratory is Gore-Tex Infinium, a baby brother to full-blown Gore-Tex, which Gore says prioritises low bulk and water resistance over full-on protection, allowing it to be applied to a greater range of garments. Among the range is the C5 jersey, which is ‘race weight’, form-fitting and very breathable, despite being resistant to both water and wind. That should make it a versatile option for anything less than high summer. The brand has backed up the virtues of the fabric with sensible features in…

1 min
campagnolo bora wto 45 disc wheels

£1,900, chickencyclekit.co.uk While the Bora name has adorned Campagnolo’s fastest wheels for decades, this latest incarnation is arguably the most deserving of the ‘fastest’ title. The ‘bora’ is a wind that blows over the Adriatic Sea, and these wheels are Campagnolo’s first to be ‘wind-tunnel optimised’ for aerodynamic efficiency, hence the WTO moniker. These 45mm versions weigh 1,520g, with Campagnolo suggesting their competitive weight is down to the quality of the rims’ carbon composite, which is also notable for not requiring any finishing – these rims apparently look this glossy when they come out of the mould. CULT ceramic bearings have been specced with the aim of improving the smoothness of the hubs – Campagnolo claims they are nine times more efficient than steel bearings. Flattened diamond spokes support the aerodynamics of the…

1 min
ritchey chicane stem

£97, upgradebikes.co.uk Because we all know #aeroiseverything, many riders now have truncated kamm-tail frames and deep section wheels, but the humble alloy stem is often overlooked as too small to make a significant difference. Haven’t you heard about #marginalgains? Ritchey clearly has, because its aluminium Chicane stem uses hidden bolts to secure a low-profile hinged faceplate, a slimline magnetic top cap and an internal steerer wedge clamp. The brand says this creates a clean and smooth design that reduces drag but preserves stiffness at a respectable 175g weight. In any case, even if the stem’s innovative features don’t do the job, its aggressive -10° slant will put you in a position so slammed it will be impossible not to be more aero.…

1 min
fizik r1 vento powerstrap shoes

£224.99, zyrofisher.co.uk Cycling shoe retention systems seem to change fashion more often than British governments. One year it’s all about Boa dials, the next year it’s laces, and now it seems we’re back to Velcro. But Fizik’s Powerstrap is about more than trends. Powerstrap involves a central Velcro strap that wraps around the midfoot, plus a higher strap to secure the instep, which together offer complete control of the fit of the shoe’s upper. The design was originally found on the lower-cost Tempo R5 Powerstrap, but its light weight and improved comfort proved to be a hit with WorldTour pros such as Mikel Landa and Richard Carapaz, so Fizik has now introduced the system to its top-tier R1. That means the shoe includes a stiff unidirectional carbon sole to preserve power transfer, and…