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Cyclist April 2020

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

This issue our Classic Climbs series pays a visit to the mighty Col du Galibier, one of the high points – literally – of any Tour de France. It holds the record for hosting the highest stage finish ever at the Tour (2,642m, Stage 18, 2011, won by Andy Schleck) and although it is bettered in height by the likes of the Col de l’Iseran and Col de la Bonette, those have only ever been included a handful of times at the Tour, whereas the Galibier has been tackled no less than 58 times over its 108 years of appearances. It’s so massive that anyone attempting it from the north has to first climb another cat 1 climb, the Col du Télégraph, just to get to the bottom of it. The…

4 min
special powers

Specialized is a behemoth of the bike industry, and we’re used to seeing it set new trends. Yet with the release of its first e-road bike, the brand seems to be uncharacteristically late to the party. Sometimes, however, being fashionably late can make for a spectacular entrance, and the Turbo Creo SL is certainly turning heads with its proprietary drive system, developed entirely in-house. With typical bravado, Specialized claims it provides a better balance of power, range and weight than any other system on the market. ‘That was the single biggest investment we’ve made in product development ever,’ says Mark Cote, Specialized’s global head of marketing and innovation. ‘It stems from the commitment we showed to e-bikes several years ago when we set up an e-bike development hub in Switzerland, which now…

1 min
stolen goat bodyline sector kit

In a world dominated by matt black bicycles, a cyclist’s clothing is their best opportunity to add a little personality, colour and flair to the equation. Stolen Goat is a brand founded on precisely that mantra. ‘We base our kit designs not on a set, structured plan but simply by allowing more freedom with ideas,’ says CEO Tim Bland. Take the Sector kit, for instance. Bland explains this refreshingly bold design was inspired by the multi-coloured fluoro vinyl that 1970s punk band X-Ray Spex released its records on. Beyond aesthetics, Stolen Goat’s Bodyline garments are made in Belgium by Bioracer, the company that makes the national team kit for both the Dutch and Belgian squads, and as such uses cutting edge fabrics and technology. The Bodyline range is focussed on an aero…

1 min
sidisixty shoes

Guess what age Sidi has just turned? The brand’s self-explanatory new shoe is claimed to be its lightest ever, which is quite something, since Sidi shoes aren’t famed for being particularly lightweight. This new design is pretty competitive, however, coming in at 516g for the pair. While the shoes are handmade in Italy like most of Sidi’s top-end models, they appear cleaner and less technical than the company’s other recent designs. The Sixtys eschew Sidi’s adjustable heel mechanism, and the usual second Tecno-4 dial has been replaced by a Velcro strap across the forefoot. Both decisions were made to help shed grams. Sidi claims to be doing its bit for the environment too. The shoes’ TechPro upper – a polyurethane microfibre – is said to be eco-friendly as well as high-performing, being…

1 min
lightweight fernweg evo wheels

The Fernweg Evo wheelset weighs 1.7kg. At the time of writing, the same weight of gold costs £66,289. That makes these wheels, per gram, only 1/9th the price of gold. To our mind that’s a relative bargain, as an equivalently priced 200g gold bar would have had no wind-tunnel testing. It certainly wouldn’t boast a mere 1nm of lateral flex from 90nm of external force, or be able to complete 20,000 emergency stops from 50kmh to dead stop in testing. The centrepiece for Lightweight, as ever, is the rather striking carbon spokes, each of which boasts a tensile strength of 1.8 tonnes. That makes for impressive stiffness but also offers exceptional braking. That’s helped by the pentagon hub system, which dissipates heat so that even the highest temperatures generated from long…

1 min
huawei watch gt 2

Remember when smartwatches were the latest hi-tech gadget? These days they have become as commonplace as non-dairy milks and Mathieu van der Poel winning things, so a watch needs to have something very smart indeed to stand out from the crowd. Mobile phone giant and political hot potato Huawei (pronounced wah-way) has decided that battery life is the best place to focus its efforts, and claims its new Watch GT 2 will go for two weeks between charges. That’s based on ‘average use’, which it defines as continuous heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking and 90 minutes of GPS-tracked exercise per week – covering everything from cycling to gym work to swimming (the latter an activity that usually precludes heart rate monitoring in other smartwatches due to the water, but which Huawei says…