Top 10 most popular RoadBikeReview articles of 2015

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Top 10 Posts of 2015

Take a look at the list below and there are three main takeaways: You the reader are most interested in new bikes, weird bikes, and articles explaining how to fix your bike. Indeed, the 10 most popular RoadBikeReview articles of 2015 included product launch posts featuring Giant, Specialized, Felt and Cannondale, plus the wacky Bird of Prey bike, and How To features on quieting creaky bottom brackets and setting saddle height.

This list is based on total page views, and while there are many ways to gauge interest (Facebook likes, number of comments, etc), we rely on Google Analytics, which is the industry standard for this sort of tabulation. Here then are the most popular posts ranked 1 to 10. Thanks to all of you for stopping by. We hope you keep coming back for more in 2016. Happy New Year!

Top 10 Posts of 2015

1. Giant TCR Road Bike Line-Up Launched

Leading the way in 2015 was our expansive feature on Giant’s impressive new line-up of TCR road bikes, which the world’s largest bike maker said, “was not an aero bike, not a sprinter’s bike, this is a GC bike. It can climb, it can sprint, it can descend. It’s designed to do it all.” After two days of test riding in Spain, we concurred, writing “Overall the bike behaved exactly as advertised, delivering the kind of efficient and precise ride you’d expect from a $8800 Tour de France-level race machine. Bottom bracket stiffness was especially noticeable. No matter how hard we mashed, there was absolutely no hint of slop. It truly felt as though all your energy was being delivered to the rear wheel.”

Top 10 Posts of 2015

2. Ten Things Cyclists Should Eat and Drink

Bucking the trend of tech related posts was this video detailing what you should eat while out on your bike. Indeed, outside of choosing which bike to ride, perhaps the most important consideration a cyclist makes is what to put inside their body. The right food and drink can make or break your ride — and how you feel afterwards. Get the answers here.

Top 10 Posts of 2015

3. First Look at the Bird of Prey

No this post was not about a falcon or eagle, it details a bike — a very strange looking bike. Rather than the normal seated position, this two-wheeled contraption places riders in Superman style riding position, which the inventor says allows riders to easily see the road ahead, while offering many positive attributes – such as improved aerodynamics and a lower center of gravity. That may all be true, but we’ll stick to our regular road bike, thank you.

Top 10 Posts of 2015

4. Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS Launched

Arguably the most interesting “normal” bike to debut 2015, the uber-aero S-Works Venge ViAS caught readers eyes as much for its impressive design as the bold claims that came with it. In a nutshell, the Big Red S claimed that the combination of its new road bike with new Roval CLX 64 aero carbon wheels, S-Works Turbo tires, S-Works Evade GC skinsuit, S-Works Sub6 Shoes, and S-Works Evade helmet could save you more than 5 minutes over the course of a flat’ish 40km time trial. That number exceeds the margin between first and second place overall in nine of the last 10 Tours de France (if you still count Lance).

Top 10 Posts of 2015

5. How To Set Your Saddle Height and Position

Checking in at No. 5 was this post on the all-important task of setting saddle height. As most cyclists know, an improperly set saddle can lead to power output inefficiencies at best, severe knee pain at worst. That’s why it’s imperative that you don’t take this task lightly. Instead follow the tips in this helpful video.

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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 / 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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