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Cyclist August 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

Can you see it? If you squint a bit and concentrate hard, you can just about make it out – the light at the end of the tunnel. After almost four months of lockdown, it’s nearly time to get out there again. Of course, I never actually stopped riding during the lockdown period, but turbo sessions and solo outings within 20km of my house are hardly my idea of a proper bike ride. While the coronavirus crisis has been in full force, I’ve been determined to stay within the rules – both written and unwritten – which means only ever riding alone, sticking close to home and avoiding any places where crowds gather. And now, by God, I’m bored of my local climb, sick of the sight of the same streets,…

4 min
uphill battle

For the third generation of the Émonda, Trek has borrowed a little bit from its comfort-focussed Domané and a little bit from its aero Madone, but the American company is keen to reassure us the Émonda is still very much a climber’s bike. ‘Weight is such a focus for elite athletes,’ says Trek’s head of industrial design for road products, Hans Eckhom, ‘so the racers on the Trek Segafredo team want the lightest, which the Émonda is. But they felt that it was well behind on aerodynamics. We had exposed cables, less integration and the frame was not fully optimised for aero. So the big push for this bike was to keep the weight low, maintain the ride characteristics but push towards the aero gains we learned from the Madone.’ ‘But we…

1 min
velocio concept kit

Despite what they might tell you, the most important development in cycling over the last 50 years is the elasticated foam chamois. After all, can you really imagine sitting on a piece of deerskin for the entirety of the Fred Whitton? Or worse yet, a steak? Velocio claims the seatpad in its new Concept bibshorts is extra-special in that it ‘floats’ over the Lycra beneath it, such that the shorts can stretch as you pedal while the seatpad remains in place, preventing abrasion. Up top, Velocio says it has utilised body-mapped patterns and ‘three recycled high-gauge Italian knit fabrics’ to create an aero jersey that is compressive but doesn’t squeeze, all while remaining breathable. The idea is the different fabrics present different levels of compression and breathability – your back, for example,…

1 min
coefficient wave rr bar

Gravel riding has prompted bar designers to begin experimenting with alternative shapes, but for the most part road bars have experienced nowhere near the same level of attention, especially when compared to the other contact points on a bike: shoes and saddles. Rick Sutton couldn’t understand why, so co-founded Coefficient, a company with a unique attitude towards bar design. ‘The tops of a traditional dropbar introduce passive stress in the rider’s upper body, so much so that it renders the bar rather useless between the stem and the brake hoods,’ Sutton says. Using anthropometric data, Coefficient says it has changed the shape of a road bar’s tops – introducing that distinctive ‘Swope’ (a sloping sweep) – to turn that hand position into one that allows the rider to ride more comfortably…

1 min
park tool universal brake bleed kit

Hydraulic disc brakes are more the norm than the exception now, so having the means to bleed them yourself will ensure they stay in tip-top order. Granted it’s not a job you’ll need to do often, but when it is necessary having the right tools will make the task a pleasure, not a chore. This comprehensive home mechanic’s kit from Park Tool has all the necessary widgets and wotsits to bleed all the major brands. It is available in either DOT or mineral fluid versions, so just check which you need before you buy.…

1 min
specialized s-works vent shoes

Hot on the heels of the driest spring on record, Specialized has introduced an airy alternative to its popular S-Works 7 shoes. The upper of the S-Works Vent features the same fit, Boa S3 closure system and Dyneema reinforcement layer as the S-Works 7, but introduces sections of a woven material that the brand says promotes airflow. Of the fabric, Specialized says it is a ‘single-layer, engineered mesh material that is designed to provide structure where it is needed while remaining open and breathable’. Translation: it’s got holes in it. The ‘Fact Powerline’ sole is borrowed from the brand’s featherweight S-Works Exos shoes. Compared to the slab-like plates of carbon underneath the S-Works 7 shoes it is far more sculpted, containing large cutouts that further encourage ventilation and save weight for only…