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Cyclist July 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

Eight weeks of lockdown, and it’s safe to say that things are getting strange. I haven’t worn a pair of long trousers since March. I recently made my own cheese. I’ve started digging a pond in the garden. I don’t really know how to create a pond, or why I want one, but these are the things that happen when you are forced to stay home for long periods. Cycling is getting strange as well. I’ve been trying to abide by Government guidelines to keep my rides short and close to home. As such, I’ve earmarked half a dozen small, steep hills within a couple of miles of my house, and I’ve taken to blasting them every few days, mixing up the order just to keep it interesting. My Strava maps look…

4 min
all good things

In the cycling industry, model turnover is typically very fast. For a given platform, most bike manufacturers follow a rigid development cycle of two or three years. In that sense Felt is a bit of an anomaly. ‘We are an extremely small outfit – there are fewer than 10 of us on the development team – and we’re competing against brands with teams of engineers twice as big,’ says Alex Soria, Felt’s director of product development. ‘So we make changes to our bikes only when we think we can measurably improve something. In our age of consumerism, a lot of people think new is automatically better, but we don’t work like that.’ Hence the previous AR’s six-year tenure. According to Soria, it had still been testing well against newer competitors, and despite…

1 min
le col kit

Just as HC in mountain classifications is only awarded to the toughest and most gruelling ascents, so too in Le Col’s clothing line-up is the HC moniker reserved only for the most premium garments. Its latest HC jersey uses a fine Meryl fabric for what company founder Yanto Barker describes as ‘the most luxurious fit and feel of any jersey in the collection’. Meryl is also said to have exceptional wicking and heat management properties, and to maintain the soft touch of the textiles the jersey has been created with minimal seams. In addition to the three classic rear pockets, Le Col has added a fourth, waterproof and secured with a zip for stowing and protecting valuables. Where Le Col’s HC jersey is about comfort, the second-tier Pro-level bibshorts focus on race…

1 min
challenge paris-roubaix pro htlr tubeless tyres

There are varying levels of tyre appreciation, and we understand that not everybody’s runs as deep as ours. For most, the main story here is that Challenge’s Paris-Roubaix clincher is now tubeless ready. It’s only available in 27mm, weighs a claimed 280g (50g less than the clincher version) and has a thread count of… no, you’ve read too far, go back to your full and balanced lives. For us geeky few, Challenge has taken its popular cobbles tyre and reinforced the beads with aramid to prevent ‘rim chafing’ (being cut by rim bead hooks, an unlikely but not unheard-of complaint levelled at some tyre makers), and coated the insides to prevent air loss. Challenge calls it HTLR – ‘Handmade tubeless ready’ – which in essence means the tyres function like unstitched…

1 min
enve foundation 45 wheels

For a price that would typically only get you just a single Enve wheel, the US brand has released its new Foundation wheelset. Enve says the disc brake-only wheels pack in much of the technology from its über-expensive SES and AR lines but make sensible compromises to bring the cost down. For example, while the Foundation collection’s aero rim shapes are based on the SES, they are the same front and back, whereas in the SES range each wheel is individually shaped. The Foundation wheels also use a new hub – it has the same internals as Enve’s regular hub but a simpler hubshell to cut production costs. The 45s weigh a claimed 1,541g, which is competitive, and have an on-trend 21mm internal rim width that is tubeless-ready thanks to Enve’s proprietary…

1 min
dl killer ks2 shoes

It has been reported that Danilo Di Luca had an ‘enterprising’ attitude to taking banned substances throughout his professional cycling career, and it seems that the Italian has taken a similarly audacious approach in the cycling shoe market with his DL Killer brand. The KS2 shoes are the latest design from a brand that derives its curious name from Di Luca’s initials plus his nickname. They may be flashy and extortionately priced, but Di Luca says they’re not just for show and possess features that only more specialist brands such as Bont, Lake and Rocket7 can lay claim to. The Toray T800 3K carbon soles of the KS2s are all about anatomic fit, so they are shaped around the mould of an actual foot rather than a traditional last. They are also…