Cervélo, Zipp, Shimano dominate Kona bike and gear count

Tally of most popular triathlon gear provides glimpse of market trends

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Rudy Project shared this photo of the bike transition area, which included a large number of its aero helmets.

Rudy Project shared this photo of the bike transition area, which included a large number of its aero helmets (click to enlarge).

While actual racing is the No. 1 story at the annual Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, the count of competitor’s bike and gear is arguably more interesting for many casual multi-sport fans. Each year on the eve of the race numbers are tabulated for bikes, wheels, drivetrains, pedals, power meters, helmets and more.

Once again the big winner was Cervélo, which accounted for nearly twice as many bikes as second-place finisher Trek (522 to 275). Specialized (218), Felt (153) and Argon 18 (101) rounded out the top five in the bike count. The other truly dominant players are Zipp and Shimano, which ruled the wheel and drivetrain categories respectively. ENVE, Reynolds, Mavic and HED rounded out the top five in wheels. SRAM was a distant second, with Campy and Vision even further back in drivetrains.

The Ironman World Championships provide an interesting glimpse into consumer behavior. Photo courtesy Rudy Project/Nils Nilsen

The Ironman World Championships provide an interesting glimpse into consumer behavior (click to enlarge). Photo courtesy Rudy Project/Nils Nilsen

For helmets, Rudy Project ruled the day, with Giro, Specialized, Garneau and Casco completing the top 5. Power meters was one of the tightest battles, with Quarq edging out Garmin, and relative newcomer Stages slotting a close third. Former stalwarts SRM and PowerTap were 5th and 6th. Here’s a look at all the rankings from 2016, which are courtesy of Lava Magazine.

Bikes
  • Cervelo: 522
  • Trek: 275
  • Specialized: 218
  • Felt: 153
  • Argon 18: 101
  • BMC: 93
  • Scott: 88
  • Quintana Roo: 81
  • Cannondale: 76
  • Ceepo: 74
  • Giant: 54
  • Canyon: 51
  • Dimond: 33
  • Orbea: 31
  • Kuota: 28
  • Fuji: 23
  • Kestrel: 22
  • Planet X: 21
  • Guru: 20
  • LOOK: 15
  • Boardmann: 14
  • Cube: 13
  • Merida: 13
  • Ridley: 11
  • Blue: 11
  • Parlee: 11
  • Pinarello: 10
  • Serotta: 10
  • Focus: 9
  • Falco: 7
  • Garneau: 7
  • Willier: 7
  • Boma: 5
  • Ventum: 4
  • Litespeed: 4
  • Isaac: 4
  • Corratec: 4
  • BH: 4
  • Colnago: 4
  • Stevens: 3
  • Jamis: 3
  • Neilpryde: 3
  • Storck: 3
  • Cheetah: 2
  • Javelin: 2
  • Author: 2
  • Azzurri: 2
  • Diamondback: 2
  • Simplon: 2
  • Softride: 2
  • Dolan: 2
  • Rose: 2
  • Valdora: 1
  • Aegis: 1
  • Beyond: 1
  • Airstream: 1
  • Alchemy: 1
  • Carrera: 1
  • Cipollini: 1
  • Colner: 1
  • Columbus: 1
  • Cucuma: 1
  • Dalkai: 1
  • DaVinci: 1
  • Swift: 1
  • Teschner: 1
  • Time: 1
  • Russ Denny: 1
  • Feska: 1
  • Anatomic: 1
  • Bottecchia: 1
  • BFour: 1
  • Pearson: 1
  • Oppy: 1
  • Merckx: 1
  • Lynskey: 1
  • Grigio: 1
  • Griffin: 1
  • Gios: 1
  • Wave: 1
  • Calfee: 1
Wheels
  • Zipp: 2006
  • ENVE: 308
  • Reynolds (carbon): 237
  • Mavic (carbon): 227
  • HED: 210
  • Bontrager: 171
  • Shimano Carbon: 106
  • Roval: 85
  • FLO: 80
  • Mavic (alloy): 75
  • FFWD: 64
  • Xentis: 61
  • Easton: 56
  • Lightweight: 50
  • Vision Carbon: 47
  • Profile Design: 47
  • Campagnolo: 46
  • Rolf: 37
  • Shimano alloy: 35
  • Fulcrum: 35
  • SRAM: 27
  • Corima: 27
  • DT Swiss (carbon): 26
  • American Classic: 12
  • 3T: 12
  • Planet X: 11
  • Ceepo: 9
  • Token: 8
  • DT Swiss (alloy): 7
  • Knight: 6
  • Oval carbon: 6
  • Williams: 4
  • Giant: 4
  • Oval (alloy): 4
  • Pro-Lite: 4
  • Vision (alloy): 4
  • Spinergy: 3
  • Fulcrum (alloy): 3
  • Gisko: 3
  • Reynolds (alloy): 2
  • Orr: 2
  • Gravity Zero: 2
  • Rothar: 1
  • Nimble: 1
  • Gray: 1
  • FRS: 1
  • Hi-Fi: 1
  • Other/unbranded carbon: 411
  • Other/unbranded alloy: 106
Drivetrains
  • Shimano: 1860
  • SRAM: 402
  • Campagnolo: 38
  • Vision: 6
  • Round 1941
  • Not round: 347
Helmets
  • Rudy Project: 639
  • Giro: 369
  • Specialized: 257
  • Garneau: 135
  • Casco: 104
  • Kask: 92
  • Lazer: 67
  • Other: 61
  • Bell: 34
  • POC: 32
  • Bontrager: 31
  • Scott: 22
  • UVEX: 18
  • Ekoi: 14
  • MET: 13
  • Catlike: 13
  • LAS: 7
  • Limar: 6
  • Spiuk: 4
  • Giant: 3
  • OGK: 3
  • Cratoni: 2
  • BBB: 2
  • Alpina: 1
Power Meters
  • Quarq: 289
  • Garmin: 222
  • Stages: 170
  • Power2Max: 126
  • SRM: 113
  • PowerTap: 78
  • Rotor: 45
  • Pioneer: 19
  • Polar: 3
Pedals
  • Shimano: 739
  • LOOK: 702
  • Speedplay: 387
  • Garmin Vector: 236
  • Time: 86
  • PowerTap: 13
  • Keywin: 12
  • Wellgo: 4
  • Polar: 2
  • Mavic: 1
  • Ritchey 1
  • Crank Brothers: 1
  • Other: 29
Saddles
  • ISM: 732
  • Fi:zi’k: 396
  • Specialized: 294
  • Cobb: 228
  • Selle Italia: 143
  • Bontrager: 134
  • Prologo: 80
  • SMP: 33
  • Selle San Marco: 27
  • Terry: 25
  • Dash: 24
  • Profile Design: 22
  • P.R.O: 16
  • Syncros: 15
  • Serfas: 7
  • Koobi: 4
  • Planet X: 3
  • Ritchey: 2
  • SQ Lab: 2
  • Token: 2
  • Vision: 2
  • WTB: 2
  • Forte: 2
  • Selle Royal: 1
  • Velo: 1
  • Fabric: 1
  • Ergon: 1
Front Hydration
  • Profile Design: 669
  • XLab: 402
  • Speedfil: 120
  • Torhans: 75
  • Integrated (stock): 50
  • Zip ties: 47
  • Custom: 25
  • Zipp: 22
  • Shimano: 15
  • Jetstream: 8
  • Nathan: 6
  • Vision: 3
  • Elite: 3
  • Giant: 2
Rear Hydration
  • XLab: 696
  • Profile Design: 171
  • Integrated (stock): 114
  • Tacx: 67
  • Zip ties: 36
  • Bontrager: 30
  • Speedfil: 23
  • Shimano: 22
  • Beaker Concepts: 15
  • Minoura: 14
  • Cobb: 8
  • Giant: 8
  • NeverReach: 1
Aero Frame Hydration
  • Integrated (stock): 63
  • Speedfil: 45
  • XLab: 22
  • Elite: 6
  • Bontrager: 3
  • Specialized: 3
  • Profile Design: 2
  • Arundel: 1
Aerobars
  • Profile Design: 563
  • 3T: 415
  • Bontrager: 256
  • Vision: 205
  • Zipp: 120
  • Felt Devox: 111
  • Argon 18: 73
  • P.R.O.: 68
  • Giant: 42
  • Canyon: 33
  • Syntace: 29
  • Deda: 25
  • HED: 23
  • Oval Concepts: 15
  • ENVE: 13
  • Planet X: 13
  • Blue: 12
  • TriRig: 10
  • Ventum: 4
  • Storck: 2
  • Most: 1
  • USE: 1
  • Valdora: 1
  • Cheetah: 1
  • Integrated: 1367
  • Clip-on: 732
Swim Skins
  • Roka: 419
  • Blue 70: 355
  • TYR: 299
  • Xterra: 247
  • Huub: 115
  • Sailfish: 114
  • Zoot: 89
  • Orca: 81
  • Aquasphere: 73
  • 2XU: 38
  • Other/custom 153
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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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