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Cyclist October 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

Hang on a second, what happened to summer? The nights are drawing in, the kids are heading back to school, the pro racing season is nearing its end, and yet I’m still waiting to see the sun. Combined with the continuing Covid saga, the gloomy summer has hardly provided the ideal conditions for getting away to seek out new roads in far-flung places, but still we have prevailed. In our never-ending quest to bring you the best rides, not even quarantine or extreme weather could stop Cyclist from heading to Italy to hunt down a climb that came to prominence when it received its debut outing at this year’s Giro d’Italia. The Passo dello Spluga may have an ugly name, but it is certainly a beautiful climb, and I felt a pang of…

4 min
mons of anarchy

Tifosi is a British brand, and for nearly 20 years it built the kind of bikes you would expect from a British brand: robust, four-season machines that prioritised practicality over race performance. Then, following some internal redirection, along came its ‘race programme’. The aggressive SS26 was introduced, as was the aero Auriga. In 2017 Tifosi presented the Mons, a climber’s frame that could be built up with exotic parts to tip the scales at just 4.91kg. The lightest production bike in the world at that time didn’t come from one of the giant brands in California or Taiwan. It came from a small operation in Leighton Buzzard. ‘We got a number of key contacts onside, such as the German boutique carbon component brand AX Lightness, who were instrumental in helping deliver what…

1 min
maap allied pro air jersey

£140, maap.cc Maap’s Allied Pro Air jersey comes in an array of colours to help you stand out on the road, but all of them are green. They are made with majority-recycled materials and use Bluesign Approved fabric, which means factories have been checked to ensure the production process only uses chemicals and methods that are safe for workers, customers and the environment. On top of that, the elastic hem is Oeko-Tex certified, which shows it’s safe and made sustainably. Designed for hot summer rides – and being Australian, Maap knows all about proper heat – it’s lightweight, breathable and moisture-wicking with long mesh sleeves and tiny perforations on the chest and back panels to ensure all areas are aerated. Longer sleeves may seem an interesting choice for a jersey that’s meant to…

1 min
scicon aerowing lamon sunglasses

£155, sciconsports.com Considering they’re one of the first things to cut through the air when you’re on your bike, surprisingly few sunglasses claim to be aerodynamically efficient. As the name suggests, though, the lenses of the Aerowing Lamons are slitted on the outside edges – mimicking wings – to ensure air exits the sides smoothly. Scicon claims this both helps reduce drag and brings extra air behind the lens to avoid fogging. The lenses are shaped to offer a wide field of vision and are impact-resistant. They’re also eco-friendly, as Scicon says the frames are made from a bio-based material that helps reduce its carbon footprint. And if all that isn’t enough for you, these are the glasses that young Tadej Pogačar wore to victory in this year’s Tour de France. What more…

1 min
campagnolo bora ultra wto 60 wheels

£2,810, chickencyclekit.co.uk The Bora has been in the Campagnolo catalogue for so long it’s ostensibly a brand in itself. These Ultra WTOs are the latest iteration to roll off the production line at Campy’s Vicenza HQ, where all Bora wheels are developed, tested and manufactured in-house. The rim shape is essentially the same as the regular Bora WTOs that sit one branch lower on Campagnolo’s carbon wheel tree but, thanks to some investment in production facilities and the resultant adoption of new technologies, the manufacturer says the Ultra WTOs are 100g lighter for an equivalent rim depth. These 60mm-deep versions are a claimed 1,547g, the 45s are 1,425g and the 33mm depth are 1,385g. The rims’ carbon layup is all new and is responsible for much of the weight loss. The fabrication method…

1 min
favero assioma duo-shi spindles

£555, cycling.favero.com Assioma is the Italian word for axiom, meaning something that’s accepted to be true. The accepted truth in this case is that Garmin has competition. The Assioma Duo-Shi is a dualsided power meter designed to pop into your standard Shimano pedal bodies. Compatible with the PD-R8000, 7000, 6800, 550 and 540 pedals, it allows riders to access a wealth of data for significantly fewer pounds than Garmin’s Rally pedals. Its Instantaneous Angular Velocity-based (IAV) metrics mean that, alongside providing classic power data, the Duo-Shis give access to left/right balance, torque effectiveness, pedal smoothness and more, allowing analysis of pedal technique and positioning on the bike. According to Favero, IAV data is unaffected by problems brought about by irregular pedalling and oval chainrings, while being accurate to within 1%. The brand also claims…