The October edition of Cycling Plus is out now

Has Specialized made its best bike ever?

Has Specialized made its best bike ever? That’s the question we pose this month as we test the latest iteration of the The Big S's cobble-conquering Roubaix. With its innovative front-end suspension the answer may very well be in the affirmative.

Electronic shifting might not be innovative any more but the technology's ubiquity in the armouries of all the major groupset manufacturers proves it was no flash in the pan. We put six bikes through their paces, from brands including Eastway, Bianchi and De Rosa.

There are also First Rides of the Engineered Bicycles Gezel, the Cannondale SuperX and the Lapierre Audacio 200 FDJ, on top of reviews of the Selle Italia Novus Superflow L saddle and HT Racing PK-01 pedals.

The Special One? We give our verdict on the new Specialized Roubaix...
The Special One? We give our verdict on the new Specialized Roubaix...

With so much pricey kit on test this month, one of your best investments could be one of the home security products over on p134. There were 327,000 reported incidents of bike theft last year and a good deal of them will have been from homes. We run the rule over several products that will help to keep your bike yours.

Post-Olympics, post-Tour of Britain, it’s a good time to assess the movers and shakers in the world of British cycling. Our 2016 power list charts the 15 most influential racers, politicians, administrators and bike makers in the nation. And speaking of power, our free supplement this issue is called ‘Power’ and its 36 pages are packed with valuable information on making you a stronger rider.

Plenty of strong riders have powered through the exit doors of the UCI’s World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland, including the strongest of the current crop, Chris Froome. We pay the centre a visit and find out how they do it.

...And then show you how you can protect it
...And then show you how you can protect it

In this month’s 'The Hub' we ask whether reduced team sizes are the way to improve the competitiveness of grand tours, take a look at Campagnolo’s new Potenza groupset and speak to The Gadget Show presenter and Olympic skeleton champ Amy Williams on a newly-favourite gizmo, her bicycle. 

In 'How to…' we’ve got tips on staying motivated, how foam rollers can improve flexibility and how sleep can improve your cycling. Finally, in On the Road, we’ve got a ride in the Scottish whisky county of Speyside and a report on the Maratona dles Dolomites.

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This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

After early cycling flirtations with the Tour de France on childhood holidays, John Whitney fell for it hook, line and sinker in his mid-20s as an escape from the more sedate sports of his youth. As a classically trained news reporter, he snagged his dream job as a cycling writer straight out of college and is now fully immersed in the industry and wouldn't have it any other way.
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