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Cyclist May 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

Over its 113-year history, Milan-San Remo has been cancelled only three times. The first was in 1916 during the First World War; the second and third times in 1944 and 1945 for the Second World War. The fact that it has been cancelled again in 2020 (or postponed, at least) can mean only one thing: the Third World War is here. On this occasion, however, the global terror is not an invading army, but a particularly nasty variant of the flu virus, which is no respecter of borders and seems selfishly unconcerned about the road racing calendar. In fact, it’s tempting to think the coronavirus is singling out cycling, what with its primary targets being China and northern Italy, the former being where much of the bicycle manufacturing industry is based,…

3 min

Being the best cyclist of all time wasn’t enough for Eddy Merckx. In 1980, barely two years after his retirement from pro cycling, Merckx launched his eponymous bike brand with the aim of producing the best bikes too. As a rider he was a serial tinkerer, having famously stopped to adjust his saddle height mid-race several times. In retirement he needed an outlet for his obsessive attention to detail, so he headed to Italy to get trained in the art of bike building by none other than Ugo De Rosa, founder of De Rosa, who had built bikes for him throughout his career. Launching under such auspicious circumstances meant Eddy Merckx Cycles was competitive from the off. It quickly garnered a reputation for quality and found modest success through the 1980s, 90s…

1 min
rapha pro team shoes

£260, rapha.cc This isn’t Rapha’s first rodeo when it comes to making shoes but, in its own words, the Pro Teams are ‘Rapha’s first cycling shoes created specifically for racing’. That means they’re pretty light, a few hairs over 500g a pair (size 45), and in a world already full of stiff carbon, the soles stand out as being exceptionally rigid. However, the groundbreaking thing here, Rapha itself reckons, is the construction of the uppers, which are woven, not knitted. ‘Knitted material is made from a single, looped yarn,’ says Rapha’s head of design, Maria Olsson. ‘Woven material is made from multiple yarns woven together. This means we can create a shoe that perfectly follows the contours of the foot but doesn’t stretch, or sag in wet weather.’ On that note, Rapha says these…

1 min
selle italia sp-01 boost tekno superflow

£449.90, zyrofisher.co.uk It isn’t by chance that the swooping architecture of the SP-01 Boost Tekno saddle’s carbon shell looks like it was taken straight from the panel of a race car. Selle Italia developed the saddle with Dallara, an Italian manufacturer of motor racing chassis, and judging by the retail price, that evidently introduces Formula 1-level costs. Selle Italia says it wanted to incorporate two of its most recent anatomic design concepts into a snub-nosed full carbon saddle to bring their purported performance benefits down to a lighter weight. So the SP-01 Boost Tekno features Selle’s Superflow technology, a large central cut-out to relieve perineal pressure, as well as the brand’s ‘Suspension Link Movement’ feature. That means the left and right sides of the saddle are only attached at the nose. According…

1 min
wolfpack road race cotton tyres

£64.99 each, wolfpacktyres.co.uk If the resumé of Wolfpack founder Wolfgang Arenz is anything to go by, these tyres should be something special. Apparently, Arenz was behind Continental’s BlackChili, Specialized’s Gripton and Schwalbe’s Addix tread compounds. The man clearly knows his rubber, and says he has brought all his experience to bear in these Road Race Cotton tyres. Arenz says rolling resistance is low thanks to the 320tpi cotton carcass, and his newest compound creation, ‘ToGuard’, adds grip and even has vertical striations to help boost aerodynamics. Available in 24mm and 26mm widths.…

1 min
praxis works zayante carbon chainset

£700, upgradebikes.co.uk Praxis is the king of compatibility. The brand is renowned for making bottom bracket converters that can seemingly fit any crank standard to any BB size, and it also has a big hand in after-market cranksets. The Zayante Carbon shows just how strong that hand is. The Zayante boasts a set of carbon fibre cranks that offer high rigidity for a light overall weight. Those power a set of cold-forged X-rings, which are fixed to a direct-mount 160/104 BCD chainring mount. The chainrings are available in 48/32, 50/34, 52/36 and 53/39 combinations, and the Zayante is even compatible with a 1x system – a real coup among chainsets. As if that wasn’t enough, the Zayante uses 4iii’s left-side-only crank arm power meter, which offers decent enough power accuracy for most competitive…