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Cyclist Summer 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

Pity the people of Brazil. It is a vast and beautiful country with a colourful culture and incredible natural wonders, but it is in the hands of a vandal. Since coming to power, President Jair Bolsonaro has been encouraging the deforestation of the Amazon and displacement of indigenous tribes, and now he has described the Covid-19 crisis as a ‘little flu’. He even boasted that his background ‘as an athlete’ means he has nothing to worry about. Bolsonaro’s refusal to take the pandemic seriously, insisting that everyone should carry on as normal, has ensured that his country now has the fastest growth rate of infections anywhere in world. At the time of writing, it has 555,383 reported cases, behind only the United States, but while the rest of the world’s hotspots…

4 min
giant steps

Followers of bike design history will remember with nostalgia the first Giant TCR from 1997. Its radical ‘compact’ frame was the handiwork of British engineer Mike Burrows, who noticed that a sloped top tube could render a bike lighter, stiffer, more aerodynamic and capable of accommodating a wider range of rider sizes. Since then Giant has consistently been in the vanguard of bike companies seeking the holy trinity of ‘lighter, stiffer, more aero’, and the manufacturer claims the latest TCR outstrips its competitors in all three areas. We’ve managed to save 140g in a medium frame and fork,’ says UK product manager David Ward. ‘We’ve looked at absolutely every single element to do that, things like the paint, the headset spacers and even the paint on the headset spacers – the full…

1 min
castelli summer kit

Climber’s 3.0 jersey £85, Superleggera bibshorts £190, saddleback.co.uk If you’re after kit that weighs less than your mid-ride coffee, look no further. Castelli’s Superleggera bibshorts weigh 141g, and the brand’s new Climber’s 3.0 jersey is just 116g. Undoubtedly these are featherweight garments, yet the Climber’s jersey is 33g heavier than its predecessor. Castelli says that’s for good reason – it now has a dropped tail with a silicone gripper for better pocket placement, and longer stretch sleeves to improve aerodynamics across the shoulder. The body is similar to the brand’s Pro Mesh base layer, which Castelli says enables airflow and quick moisture evaporation, despite claiming to block 90% of UV rays. The Superleggera shorts are something of a marvel. They use the same Progetto X2 Air Seamless pad and mesh bibstraps as Castelli’s…

1 min
fizik vento powerstrap r2 aeroweave shoes

£334.99, extrauk.co.uk Fizik says its Vento Powerstrap R2 Aeroweaves are a racer’s best friend, but with coronavirus having put all racing on hold for several months, perhaps the Italian company would be better promoting the shoes as being ideal for hot summer weather. The move would be logical, because they’re the lightest shoes in Fizik’s range, with a claimed weight of just over 200g apiece, as well as the company’s most breathable design. Playing its part in this is the clever Powerstrap Velcro closure, which is lightweight but shaped to wrap the foot and close the shoe securely. Yet it’s the Aeroweave upper that has allowed most of the bulk to be shed over traditional shoes. It’s made by interlacing nylon fibres with filaments of thermoplastic polymer to create a fabric that, Fizik…

1 min
red bull spect flow glasses

€149.99 (approx £135), redbullshop.com To quote its own stats, Red Bull sold 7.5 billion cans in 2019, which equates to nearly one for every person on Earth (sales of Jägermeister remain undisclosed). Not satisfied with such domination, it has now moved into sunglasses with the Spect Flow. On the face of it they look on trend, if generic, but there is a neat trick here – the lens ‘floats’ above the bottom of the frame (it is only attached at the edges) such that Red Bull claims better comfort and less judder over rough stuff.…

1 min
zipp 303 firecrest tubeless disc

£1,600 wheelset, zipp.com With every new upgrade we expect wheels to get lighter and more aerodynamic, and Zipp hasn’t let us down with the latest version of its 303 Firecrest, but that isn’t the big story here. Zipp claims the real performance gains come from what it describes as much improved ‘system efficiency’. ‘Our testing showed that a staggering amount of performance improvement can still be found on modern road bikes with wider tyres if we can ride more smoothly and efficiently and with less vibration,’ says Zipp’s wheel product manager, Bastien Donzé. The key, says Zipp, is a new rim profile with a cavernous 25mm internal width that allows for substantially reduced tyre pressures without any negative effect on aero drag or rolling resistance. And we mean low tyre pressures. Forget 90-100psi,…