Cyclist November 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.

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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
ed’s letter

When Covid first struck, seemingly back in another lifetime, we were faced with a bit of a dilemma: how to produce a magazine about foreign travel and cycling when you can’t travel abroad or cycle more than 5km from your front door? That’s when we hit upon the idea of doing an epic ride in the UK – all we’d need is a brief window in lockdown restrictions and someone with legs of steel. The first was granted in the summer of 2021; the second appeared in the form of Marcus Leach, a rider and writer who has never been known to pass up an opportunity to punish himself for the sake of a good story. Just our sort of guy. Next came the plan. Plenty of cyclists have done the…

4 min
ultra fast

In recent times you’d be forgiven for thinking out-and-out aero road bikes are heading the way of the dodo, with manufacturers increasingly adding aero elements to lightweight race frames to create bikes that have a little bit of everything. But Ribble clearly hasn’t been reading the same script as the rest of the bike industry because its new Ultra SL R looks to be not just a full-blooded aero road bike, but one of the most aggressive interpretations of the genre yet. ‘Every tube in the frameset was individually assessed and shaped to minimise drag,’ says Ribble CEO Andy Smallwood. ‘The process took us about three years. We got to the level of most bikes in the industry – using airfoil cross-sections, then truncating them – and then went further. We’ve…

1 min
dessus apparel

In the rider-bike system, the human portion accounts for around 80% of total drag, so it stands to reason that making the rider more slippery is the most influential factor in achieving overall aerodynamic efficiency. Yorkshire-based kit brand Dessus had this fact in mind when it developed its Azul Aero.21 jersey, which it says is ‘8-16 watts faster than a standard jersey’. It is a pretty bold claim yet looks to be far from baseless. Dessus says it worked with Body Rocket, a British engineering brand that specialises in aero testing, to produce the data, which is how is came up with its zipless design. According to Dessus, ditching the traditional zip creates a second-skin-like fit, which it supports with aero material choices and hidden rear pockets. While the Azul jersey is all…

1 min
suplest edge+ performance shoes

Unsurprisingly from a brand that cites ‘Swissness’ as one of its three guiding principles, these off-road shoes from Suplest are all about exacting performance. Designed for aggressive off-road riding, the Crosscountry Performance’s carbon composite outsole has been made in collaboration with SUPtraction, a Swiss rubber outsole specialist, to create a stiff platform that also has plenty of grip when you’re unclipped. At the top of the shoe, the foot is held snugly in place by the Anatomic Wrap closure system that aims to adapt to any foot shape, while an extra layer of carbon in the upper works to evenly spread the pressure across the top of the foot. It’s finished off with a Boa dial for an adaptable fit that can be altered on the go. On the inside, the shoe is…

1 min
selle italia model x green superflow saddle

Selle Italia’s new Model X Green Superflow may look like a fairly ordinary saddle, but it represents an exciting new direction for saddle design. Selle Italia says it is the first saddle to be made in an entirely automated process, with all the parts fitting together mechanically, meaning there’s no need for adhesives or polyurethanes. Its resultant 315g weight is a little chunky by modern standards, but the way it has been produced makes it much better for the environment as well as helping to keep the price notably low. Could this be the future of saddle design?…

1 min
zipp 101 xplr gravel wheels

Zipp says a number of its road wheels – the 303 Firecrest, for example – can tackle gravel just fine, but it has taken until now for the Indianapolis-based brand to release a dedicated wheel for the rough stuff. The 101 XPLR wheels plug that gap and use technology borrowed from Zipp’s 3Zero Moto mountain bike wheels in an attempt to meet the specific needs of gravel racers. The wheels’ design is hinged around the rim’s single-wall construction, which means there is no cavity as found in a box-section rim. Zipp says this allows the rim to twist from side to side under off-centre impacts, a feature it dubs ‘ankle compliance’. This movement absorbs some of the energy from any skewed contact between wheel and terrain, leading to improved comfort, better…