What does the road bike of the future look like? Well, there’s a good chance that it’s the 3T Strada on the cover of the latest issue of Britain’s best selling cycling magazine. Sure, with it’s drop handlebars, two wheels and chain the 3T does look quite a look like the other road bikes on sale today. And the bikes that were on sale 20 years ago for that matter… but is a very different beast!
The 3T Strada is an aerodynamic, disc-brake equipped race bike that has but a single SRAM Force 1x chainring at the front. Does it work? Senior tech editor Warren took it to Australia – naturally – to find out.
We also take a look at speedy – if slightly more conventional – disc brake machines in our main bike test. The UCI is continuing its disc trials in the pro peloton so it makes sense that bike builders are producing road bikes that, once regulations make them official, can battle out in the bunch. Our man Guy Kesteven runs the rule over bikes that stop as fast they go from the likes of Bianchi, Specialized, Scott and Cannondale.
If you’re buying a new bike then you definitely need new clothes to ride in! Luckily we’ve pulled together some of the best spring outfits from brands including Altura, B’Twin, DHB and Sportful. Elsewhere we check out SRAM’s new Red Etap HRD groupset – more discs! – try out a new short saddle from Prologo and take some new wheels from Veltec, Raleigh and Prime for a spin or two.
Getting kids on bikes at a young age is the best way to encouraging them to become a rider. And the younger the better, so finding a way to get your little ‘uns onto two wheels before they can even walk is surely the best way to nuture future cyclists! Luckily, tech writer Robin Willmott has a willing young passenger so he was ideally placed to examine some of the most innovative child carrying options on the market right now.
Elsewhere we examine whether you can really eat more and lose weight without negatively affecting your riding, Trevor Ward goes grass track racing at the Highland Games and rides across Scotland on the shortest day and we reveal 21 steps to better cycling this spring. And if you’re a new rider our free supplement is filled with tips and advice that’ll help get you started as a cyclist!