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Cyclist January 2021

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

Frankly, it’s a miracle that the 2020 race season happened at all, but now it’s over I can’t help thinking: wasn’t it brilliant? Here are my four reasons why this year was one of the best ever… Attacking, unpredictable racing Remember how it used to be? Sky would suffocate the Tour, Chris Froome would win by four minutes and Peter Sagan would nail another green jersey to the wall of his Slovakian mansion. Not any more! All of this year’s Grand Tours were won by less than a minute, with each race going to the wire. Scripts were ripped up, crowns were relinquished, Carlton Kirby ran out of superlatives and we all had to memorise a host of new names… The rise of the new guard Froome, Nibali, Valverde, Quintana, Dumoulin – all still riding…

4 min
the fast track

By way of introduction, Canyon says the new Aeroad saves an average 7.4 watts on its predecessor at 45kmh in a wind-tunnel – or 5.4 watts with two bottles plus the brand’s in-house ‘rider’, a pair of pedalling carbon fibre legs named Ferdi. In a world where just a few issues ago we were reporting that Specialized had made its Tarmac so ‘fast’ it meant goodnight Venge, 5.4 watts might sound like a last feeble gasp for the aero-road category. But in the context of the gains available in aerodynamics nowadays it’s a fair leap, and yet is only half the story of this ingenious bike. To achieve these rarefied drag gains, tube profiles have been made substantially deeper throughout – the seatpost is essentially twice as deep as before –…

1 min
castelli alpha ros 2 light jacket

£230, saddleback.co.uk The asking price of the Alpha RoS 2 Light jacket might be a touch beyond what most riders consider realistic, but Castelli has a case to say that the jacket might actually be darn good value. This, says the manufacturer, is because its features allow it to perform across a weather range the rider would usually need two or three conventional jackets to cope with. The Alpha RoS 2 Light jacket copes with temperatures from low single digits up to the mid-teens through the use of Gore-Tex Infinium Windstopper fabric on the front, Nano Flex Xtra Dry fabric on the back, and an internal vest section made from a fleecy Prosecco Strada fabric,’ says Rich Mardle, brand director at Castelli’s UK distributor, Saddleback. The Infinium layer blocks wind and repels water…

1 min
veloelite carbon wide 180-38mm disc wheels

£1,450, carbonbikewheels.co.uk We once met a man in a Taiwanese factory who could build a set of wheels from scratch in 45 minutes. Incredible stuff, but at the same time they weren’t handbuilt wheels in the traditional sense, and that’s because factory wheels, no matter how good, are built to generic specifications. VeloElite’s wheels, on the other hand, are handbuilt to suit each specific customer. ‘For example a 60kg gravel rider requires a different wheel to a 90kg sprinter in terms of strength and stiffness,’ says VeloElite’s master wheelbuilder Tom Scott-Collins. ‘The 90kg rider would find the 60kg rider’s wheels too flexy, while the 60kg rider would find the 90kg rider’s wheels too harsh. With different builds and spoke tensions we can build wheels to suit individual riders and styles.’ Here those wheels…

1 min
ceramicspeed ufo drip chain coating lube

€40 (approx £35), windwave.co.uk Chain lube can have a massive impact on drivetrain wear and efficiency, and it’s not always easy to tell which is the best product to use. According to one independent test source CeramicSpeed’s UFO Drip Chain Coating is among the best drip-on choices you can buy – not far behind the gold standard of hot-melt wax. The Danish brand says it has revised its formulation to make it longer lasting, easier to apply and more efficient. On top of that, it is biodegradable, non-toxic and at almost £30 less per bottle than it was, substantially cheaper now too.…

1 min
roval alpinist cockpit and seatpost

£450 cockpit, £195 seatpost, specialized.com Earlier this year Roval – Specialized’s in-house component brand – split its product offering into two distinct categories: Rapide and Alpinist. No prizes for guessing that Rapide includes all its most aero-focussed kit, and Alpinist is the gear aimed squarely at the weight weenies. The latter currently includes an impressively feathery 1,248g wheelset, plus the one-piece carbon cockpit and seatpost pictured here. At 255g for a cockpit comprising 420mm bar width and a 110mm stem length, Roval has aimed to make it as light as possible while adhering to all the necessary safety standards. The brand has kept to round tube shapes and well-established bar dimensions (125mm drop and 75mm reach) and there are 10 available sizes to make sure every rider can achieve the perfect fit.…