RoadBikeReview’s top 10 most viewed articles of 2016

Fast bikes, light bikes, and two with motors among top draws this year

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The last 12 months have been tough for celebrities, musicians, and democrats, but it’s been an awesome year for bike geeks. We’ve seen some remarkable new technologies, beautiful bike builds, and many inspiring stories from real world heroes. The year hasn’t been without its low points, though. But the good outweighs the bad, as we take a look back at RoadBikeReview’s top 10 most viewed articles of 2016.

The custom bike used to break the record has double-reduction gearing, massive 60-tooth chainrings, custom built 17-inch dragster wheels with shaved tires, an elongated frame, and steering stabilizers.

The custom bike used to break the record has double-reduction gearing, massive 60-tooth chainrings, custom 17” dragster wheels with shaved tires, an elongated frame, and steering stabilizers.

1. Woman sets world speed record on bicycle at 147 mph

Surprisingly, our top story this year wasn’t really about road bikes, it was Denise Muellers’ world speed record attempt.

Under-23 racer Femke van den Driessche’s bike was pulled from the pits at the world cyclocross championships in Zolder, Belgium, then pulled apart. Inside the bottom bracket area officials discovered a mishmash of wires and a motor

Under-23 racer Femke van den Driessche’s bike was pulled from the pits at the World Cyclocross Championships in Zolder, Belgium, then pulled apart. Inside the bottom bracket area officials discovered a mishmash of wires and a motor.

2. Bike racing hits new low with case of motorized doping

For years, cycling enthusiasts have debated the veracity of motorized doping rumors. Earlier this year, those fears were realized. During the 2016 World Cyclocross Championships, UCI officials uncovered an electrical motor in the bike of an U23 racer from Belgium. She claims the bike in question belonged to a friend. Rumor also has it a dog may have eaten her homework.

This two-lane road near Kalamazoo, Michigan, was the scene of a tragic accident.

This two-lane road near Kalamazoo, Michigan, was the scene of a tragic accident.

3. Five cyclists killed, 4 injured when truck crashes into group

This tragic accident was one of the saddest stories we reported on this year. Our hearts and prayers continue to go out to all those affected. If you’re interested in making a donation to the victim’s family, visit www.kalamazoostrongorganization.org.

The futureshock sits between the stem and the head tube, offering 20mm of travel for improved axial compliance. Photo by BrakeThrough Media

The futureshock sits between the stem and the head tube, offering 20mm of travel for improved axial compliance. Photo by BrakeThrough Media

4. 2017 Specialized Roubaix first ride review

The new Roubaix is not only the lightest bike Specialized has ever built, it’s one of the most unique due to a groundbreaking vibration damping system integrated into the headtube.

As with mountain bike tires, gravel tires are made for different conditions, different surfaces, and for different preferences

As with mountain bike tires, gravel tires are made for different conditions, different surfaces, and for different preferences.

5. Best gravel road tires tested – part 1

While the benefits of tubeless tires can be debated in cyclocross racing, for mountain and gravel riding, tubeless is the only way to go. Reduced weight, a more supple ride, and fewer flats mean that you can spend more time pedaling instead of being stuck on the side of the road. This year, RoadBikeReview tested almost a dozen gravel road tires to see which was the very best.

Currently, the wait time for a custom frame from Rob English is 18 to 20 months. He produces between 23 and 28 frames per year.

Currently, the wait time for a custom frame from Rob English is 18 to 20 months. He produces between 23 and 28 frames per year.

6. NAHBS 2016: English Cycles 9.9-pound stainless steel road bike

Bike weight of 9.9 pounds. Yes, you read that right. This stainless steel work of art weighs less than 10 pounds. It was crafted by Oregon-based Rob English for his own personal use and is finished with EE brakes, THM cranks, AX-Lightness bars, and more fancy bits.

Scott claims the disc version of the Addict frame is only 60g heavier than their rim version.

Scott claims the disc version of the Addict frame is only 60g heavier than their rim version.

7. Scott adds disc brakes to Addict race bike

While disc brakes may not yet be legal for use in the pro tour, you can still get a disc equipped Scott. For 2017, the Addict race and gravel lines are now available with disc stoppers. They’ve also added thru-axles, improved tire clearance, and made some other smart updates.

This Lightweight Urgestalt frame paired with a Fernweg Carbon wheelset and Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 retails for roughly 15k. With Look Keo Blade Ti pedals, the entire package weighed 14.6.

This Lightweight Urgestalt frame paired with a Fernweg Carbon wheelset and Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 retails for about $15,000. With Look Keo Blade Ti pedals, the entire package weighed 14.6 pounds.

8. Lightweight Urgestalt road bike review

With a retail price north of $15,000, this drool-worthy road bike is the Lamborghini Huracan of the bike world.

The Allez Sprint is available as a frame only or a complete.

The Allez Sprint is available as a frame only or a complete bike.

9. Specialized lowering price on Allez Sprint framesets

While marketing tells us that carbon is the go fast option of choice, there’s something to be said for aluminum, especially when it’s as well thought-out as the Specialized Allez.

This $3,400 e-steed weighs roughly 45 lbs.

This $3,400 e-steed weighs roughly 45 pounds.

10. Giant road e-bike helping riders stay forever young

E-bikes are a huge source of contention in the mountain bike world due to trail access. On the road, it’s a different story. E-bikes are a great alternative to cars and the technology can help older or injured riders keep spinning. At least, that’s how most of you felt in the comments of this Giant Road-E Bike story.

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