As we push headlong into 2018, it's fun to look back on the year that was. Top storylines in the world of road cycling ran the gamut from the rapid emergence of disc brake-equipped bikes, to wider adoption of tubeless tires, to refinements in electronic shifting and the unveiling of ride smoothing road frames capable of on- and off-road adventuring. These trends were reflected by the most read stories on RoadBikeReview, which included a comprehensive gravel road tire test, beta on the new Specialized Tarmac, and some cringe-worth crash videos. Here are the top 10 most read stories of 2017.
1. Gravel Road Tire Test Part 1
Comparative product testing always does well, and no RoadBikeReview post drew more eyeballs in 2017 than part 1 of our Gravel Road Tire Shootout. Tested here are dirt chomping tires from Specialized, Schwalbe, and Kenda among others. Read the full post here.
2. Gravel Road Tire Test Part 2
Not surprisingly, the second most popular post of 2017 was part 2 of the RoadBikeReview Gravel Road Tire Shootout. This time tires from Clement, Vee, Maxxis, and other were tested. Read more here.
3. 2018 Specialized Tarmac Unveiled
No matter the news, Specialized always pulls in the page views. In this case it was the worldwide unveiling of their new Tarmac race bike that's designed to be good at all facets of riding be it climbing, sprinting, aero, or compliance and comfort. Here are all the details, including our first ride impressions.
4. Crash Into Ravine Caught On Tape
There's an old saying in the TV news business that if it bleeds it leads. Well there's no actual blood in this video (at least none that we can see), but holy sh*t that's some kind of tumble off the road. Check out the carnage here.
5. Gravel Road Tire Test Part 3
It's back to the dirt for post No. 5, which is the third and final installment of the Gravel Road Tire Shootout, this time with testing beta on tires from Ritchey, Vittoria, Hutchinson and others. More details here.
6. Mechanic Error Causes Catastrophic Crash
It's more carnage in post No. 6, which shows the harrowing crash of Ag2r pro rider Maxime Roger. Next time someone ought to check those aerobar bolts a little more closely. See the calamity here.
7. Bike Repair Mistakes Every Cyclist Can Avoid
Tech tips are always a popular topic on RoadBikeReview, especially when it's useful information on what not to do. Here are six mistakes we should all try to avoid.
8. Carbon Clinchers Put To The Test
What happens when carbon clincher wheels fail? It's not a pretty sight. Check out the mass destruction here.
9. Driver Punches Cyclist in Face
Can't we all get along? Apparently not. This guy definitely needs to spend some time with an anger management counselor. Duck!
10. Have Secret Motors Been Used To Cheat In Pro Cycling
What would a year in pro cycling be without a cheating scandal. Except this time instead of dope it's motors. Check out this report that reveals how some riders might have been gaining a little extra horsepower.
Thanks to all our readers for making 2017 a great year. Here's to a 2018 that's filled with more amazing riding adventures.