UCI World Cup 2014 Rider

Top downhill Bikes 2014

The results come in! We surveyed 1, 123 hill bikers to look for the most useful mountain bike items of 2015, and these would be the champions! (

Many of these things had been launched or began shipping back in 2014, though quite a few tend to be finally making their way out in to the real life.

A few review respondents replied with styles within the MTB marketplace in place of MTB products, so the following is a locate associated with the styles that were mentioned the most:

  1. Dropper seat articles

Again, not one among these trends were only available in 2015, however obviously they are in the minds of several hill riders this season!

Newly Top-Rated Mountain Bicycles

There are a few brand new names from the top-rated mountain bike lists this current year, notably when you look at the path and fat bike groups.

The Drivetrain Debate

Certain, the Shimano / SRAM debate happens to be raging for several years now but I’m discussing the major concern for 2015: 1X or 2X (or 3X!)? Well, in accordance with our survey, 1X drivetrains hold a slight side over their portlier 2X brethren this year, nonetheless it’s very slight (42% and 40per cent, respectively). Add in the 3X holdouts (or new converts by way of Shimano’s fresh 3×11 choice!) therefore the 1X riders tend to be truly outnumbered.

Nonetheless, the overall preferred into the drivetrain configuration group is 2×10, and it will be interesting to observe this keeps eventually. It’s additionally interesting to notice that this past year, SRAM was the preferred drivetrain brand name but this year, Shimano is ahead, maybe as a result of their brand new Di2 and 11spd offerings.

Lopsided Victories

There have been a couple of categories in which the top item (or brand name) merely blew away your competitors. Decreasing example is within the helmet digital camera category in which GoPro ruined all comers, but there were other people also: Clif taverns inside snack group, Thomson Elite into the stems group, therefore the Fox Float into the shock group. WTB snagged 4 of top 5 slot machines into the most useful saddle competition, Garmin nabbed 4 regarding the top 5 GPS slots, and Oakley had 4 of the top 5 inside eyewear group. And Specialized had a bike in the top 5 of 6 bike categories we polled (not to mention putting in 7 additional categories also!)

It’s also interesting to note two “write-in” applicants that appear on this year’s selection of top hill bike lights and GPS devices. “Cheap Chinese Lights off Amazon, ” together respondent put it, tend to be popular with riders, snagging the number 3 spot when you look at the light group. Plus the GPS category, it can’ve been a sweep for Garmin if not when it comes to iPhone (Android phones got many ballots also.)

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