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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.