£1000 remains perhaps the most popular pricepoint in the bike-buying business, thanks to it being the limit of various Cycle to Work schemes that subsidise purchases. Our main bike test this month features six bikes hovering at, or around, this mark, and includes the Giant Contend SL1, Merida Reacto 300 and Ribble Endurance AL Disc.
In our second bike test, we look at how bike design has changed over the past two decades, comparing the Cinelli Unica from the turn of the century to a modern Canyon Endurace.
Elsewhere, we have first rides of the Merlin Cordite SL, Bianchi Oltre xr3 Disc, All-City Macho Man Disc, Ross BackRoad and a head-to-head of two electric road bikes – the Cube Agree Hybrid C:62 SL and the Orbea Gain D10 LR.
In Long Termers, senior technical editor Warren Rossiter talks us through the changes he’s made with his Kinesis Tripster ATR V2, which is nothing short of an enduring love affair.
In New Kit, we’ve tests of the Specialized S-Works Evade w/ANGI (which sends emergency alerts after detecting a crash), Mavic AllRoad Pro UST Disc wheels, Giant Surge Pro shoes and the Specialized Power Pro Elaston saddle.
To fit alongside the £1000 bike test, we’ve also got a round-up of the best kit, for you and your bike, on a budget.
There’s also a second grouptest on workshop tools and the essentials you need to become your own mechanic.
In Big Ride, Trevor Ward heads to Snowdonia to ride with an old hero of his. Nick Sanders, in 1981, became the first person to set the Guinness round-the-world cycling record – riding fewer than 80 days decades before Mark Beaumont (the distance was shorter back then). A professional explorer, Nick has, in later years, become better known for his motor cycling exploits, and this was his first bike ride in some time.
In features, we reveal 17 ways to make 2019 your best year ever. We examine the rise of indoor training and smart trainers and ask whether there’s still a place for outdoor winter miles on the road, and dip a toe into the world of ultra-cycling, as Marcus Leach rides the 1000km Glocknerman in the Austrian Alps.
In The Hub, we examine the Tour de France’s latest bid for unpredictability, share three routes in Surrey and hear from new women’s round-the-world record holder Jenny Graham.
In Training Camp, we get advice from former pro-turned-coach Liam Holohan on how to tackle a gran fondo, learn track cyclist Callum Skinner’s recovery secrets and find out how to prepare yourself for riding in harsh winter conditions.
On top of all that, we’ve a 28-page ‘2019 Gear Guide’, looking at the essential kit for the coming year.
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