Cycling Plus embraces the single life this month in the main grouptest, with a look at six different steeds that each have one thing in common: they come fitted with SRAM’s new single chainring groupset.
With such groupsets eliminating the need for two chainrings – at least according to SRAM – our other bike test this month asks whether we really need two bikes, specifically time trial and aero bikes, when one might do the trick. We pit the Look 795 Light aero machine against the Orbea Ordu LTDM 20i TT bike and find out what the hard numbers tell us.
There are heaps more bikes for your consideration this month, too, including first rides of the Rose Team DX Cross AR 2000, the Giant Propel Advanced Pro 2 and the Ribble CR3, a head-to-head between the Identiti Initial-D105 and the Vitus Zenium SL Pro, a look at Cube’s showpiece Litening C:68 SLT Zeroblack, and long-term reviews of the Scott Solace 15 Disc 2015 and the BMC Granfondo GF01 Disc 105.
In New Kit, we review Zipp's 404 NSW clinchers, Mavic’s Ksyrium Pro SLT clinchers and Lezyne’s Super GPS computer. There's also a subscription offer that includes a free Lezyne Mini GPS worth £79.99, over 30 quid more than the cost of a full year of Cycling Plus! There are also group tests of 16 of the best training apps, and 16 stem-and-handlebar combos.
Up front in the mag we take a look at the UCI’s controversial Extreme Weather Protocol, which may well be activated at May’s Giro d’Italia, if recent editions are any indication, and keep the Giro theme by speaking to Francesco Guidolin, the manager of Swansea City football team who says he indirectly put the race’s organisers onto the discovery of its most fearsome climb, Monte Zoncolan. Right at the very back is Ned Boulting, who’s got all philosophical this month.
In Features, we look at whether the masses of information available to us as cyclists can actually be holding us back, get the shock of our lives by accepting an invite to ride with the British Army cycling team at their training camp in Cyprus, and take a look at the impact World Bicycle Relief’s Buffalo Bike is having on people’s lives in Africa. In the back, John Whitney makes his time trial debut in Challenge Cycling Plus, while Doug Dewey attempts to get Endura’s RideLondon jersey from Scotland to London in 24 hours.
It’s quite the issue, we think you’ll agree.