Top 10 Most Successful Road Bikes Of 2016 – GCN’s World Tour Of Bikes


– [Dan] The 2016 racing season is but a
distant memory, but we have now had time to reflect on what was an incredible 2016
in the World Tour. Matt Hayman’s incredible win at Paris-Roubaix. Steven
Kruijswijk coming incredibly close, agonizingly close to a win at the Giro
d’Italia, and Peter Sagan performing amazingly well all the way through the
year as World Champion. – [Simon] Indeed. But, while we appreciate
that the riders themselves are super important, what we really want to know
about now are the bikes that took them there. Like Matt Hayman didn’t just win
Paris-Roubaix, he won it on an Aero bike. Yeah. So we have crunched through an awful
lot of data, and we can now bring you the definitive list of the Top Ten Most
Successful Race Bikes of 2016. – We can. But how exactly have we
done it, I hear you ask? Well, we have used mathematics. And we’re
rubbish at math, so we’ve enlisted the help of a math genius named Daffyd Thomas,
and together, we have come up with the World Tour of Bikes. So all the World Tour
races and their respective stages have been put into a spreadsheet
and points have been allocated. – We suspect, though, that many of you,
like us, don’t necessarily agree with the allocation of points in the UCI’s World
Tour. So, you’ll be pleased to hear, we’ve rewritten it. That’s right. For
example, races like Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, prestigious one-days,
now get more GCN points than they would UCI points. So the Tour de France overall
is 100 GCN points, Paris-Roubaix is now 80 GCN points. But stage victories in the
Tour de France get proportionately more points. So you now only have to win five
stages, only, in order to get the equivalent points as the
Tour de France overall itself. – Impressive, and we haven’t even finished
just there. We’ve also got some more incredibly complicated calculations, which
mean that if you’re a bike manufacturer who only sponsors one World Tour team,
you’ll be allocated proportionately more points than a manufacturer who sponsors
three teams. Because, of course, if you sponsor three World Tour teams,
World Tour wins are going to come that little bit easier. There’s only a small adjustment, the
maximal differential in points is just five per race, but it
is important nonetheless. – Right, then, Dan. I think it’s time… – It is. – …for the 10th most successful race
bike of 2016. It is… – The Lapierre Xelius SL, racking up 102
GCN points. This has taken stage wins at the Criterium du Dauphine, as well as the
Vuelta a Espana, but of course the big one was Arnaud Demare’s win at Milan-San Remo
all the way back in March. All told, this means they racked up enough
points to get them just inside the Top Ten. What we found interesting, though,
was that Demare chose to use this model, which is the lightweight version for
Lapierre, as opposed to the Aircode, which on paper is the faster
model for a sprinter. – In at number nine, it’s the Ridley
Helium SL with 114 GCN points. Now, last year, the Helium SL finished
10th on our list of most successful bikes, so it climbs one place this year. It won
the Tour of Poland overall, stages in Grand Tours, including Thomas De
Gendt on Mont Ventoux although you could be forgiven for forgetting that, given
everything else that happened on Mont Ventoux that day. Now, sadly,
this is perhaps the last time we’ll see the Helium SL in the World Tour,
but don’t be dismayed for long, it’s because Ridley have developed a new
even lighter Helium and that is going to be launched, apparently, in 2017. – Maybe the SSL. – In at number eight, on 136 GCN points,
is the Scott Addict, another featherweight bike which is due a refresh anytime soon,
given it was launched all the way back in the summer of 2013. Hardly surprised,
though, that it’s made the Top Ten, given the exploits of a certain Esteban
Chaves, who had multiple victories this year, and who knows what would have come
had he held onto the pink jersey at the end of the Giro d’Italia. – Yeah. – Number seven, it’s the
Cervelo S5 with 150 GCN points. Now, this bike has amassed an
impressive array of results this year. Mark Cavendish took four stages at the
Tour de France, Stephen Cummings took one, and also, another thing going in this
bike’s favor is the fact that Cervelo stopped the riders using the super-light
R5 in any race except Paris-Roubaix, leaving them with just one choice, this,
the aerodynamic S5. Meaning that all 10 victories this season were aboard this
bike. I tell you what, Dan, at least I mentioned this bike fares
better in the GCN World Tour than the team did in the UCI World Tour. I think that
shows that ours is probably fairer. – Definitely. – In at number six,
on 171 GCN points, is the Specialized Venge Vias. So the second
aero bike in the Top Ten, after that Cervelo S5. Now, this is
a very stage-specific bike, which means it doesn’t get used as much as
most other bikes in the World Tour. But, nevertheless, it’s had a very
successful year, including multiple stages of the Grand Tour, ridden by the likes of
Peter Sagan and Marcel Kittel. Now, I think it’s fair to say that this
was adopted fairly slowly after its release by the pro riders, but now,
you can hardly keep them off it. – Number five, it’s the BMC Team
Machine SLR01 with 198 points. Now, with just one team in the World Tour,
it’s a great performance in the BMC. Especially when you think that one of
their key riders, Richie Porte, won just one World Tour race this year.
The rest is largely down to the performance of one Greg Van Avermaet,
overall at Tirreno-Adriatico, the GP Montreal, and of course,
a stage win at the Tour de France. But having said that, it is a well-rounded
team, and it has been a solid and consistent year for them. – Just off the podium, in at number four,
is the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX, on 366 points, which is a huge leap of 168
over the BMC Team Machine. This bike has of course won a Grand Tour
this year in the form of the Vuelta, as well as multiple Grand Tour stages, and
there’s no doubt that this was a great year to be the sponsor of both Mobistar
and Katusha. And interestingly, if we delve a little deeper into the
result, what we find is that this has won more mountain stages this year
than any other bike. That’s right, if you take just the toughest stages of
2016, you will find that the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX is the
climbing bike of the year. – That is a great stat, that, isn’t it? – Thanks, mate. – Doesn’t explain your performance,
but it’s a great stat. – In at number three and climbing
four places from last year’s list, in part a result of netting one of the
biggest prizes in pro cycling, Paris-Roubaix, it is of course the Scott
Foil. Now, it’s also vying for the prize of the most versatile bike, as a result of
Mat Hayman crushing it on the cobbles. But, it has also performed under the likes
of Caleb Ewan and Oliver Naesen from Orica and IAM Cycling, respectively, to
incidentally, Dan, make this the most successful bike in one-day races. – Oh, great fact. – Yeah, mate, right back at you
with the facts. – In the runner-up slot, position number
two, and climbing one place since 2015, is the Pinarello Dogma F8. How much of a
surprise is this? Not that much, really. When you look into the results you
will find it was actually the best stage-race bike of 2016,
albeit by only 1 point. – Good fact there. – And that wasn’t just down to Chris
Froome riding it, don’t forget that Geraint Thomas won Pyrenees overall this
year. And, it’s been very good in one-day races, too. Wout Poels and Michal
Kwiatkowski both took very big wins. So like the Foil before it, this is one
very versatile aero bike. – In number one, the most successful race
bike in 2016 is the Specialized Tarmac. That’s right, for the second year running,
the lightweight bike from the Big S dominates our list, with a frankly
staggering 661 GCN points. That’s six times more points than our 10th most
successful bike. Now, it’s perhaps not too much of a surprise, given the likes of
Peter Sagan, Alberto Contador, and Vincenzo Nibali all use this bike, and
collectively, their Palmares is frankly staggering. Now while it’s not aerodynamic
nor indeed is it the lightest bike, although with World Tour-level components
you can get it close to if not below the World Tour weight limit, it does beg the
question, Dan, maybe aerodynamics and light weight aren’t the only
things that win bike races. – Oh, my word. What a question. – Yeah. – Well, we won’t ponder on that for too
long, because we’ve got another burning question that we need to tackle. So
certain brands, I’m thinking BMC and Pinarello, really only have one model for
their riders to use throughout the season on all types of terrain, which means any
victories are going to be very much concentrated on that one particular model.
Whereas other brands, like Specialized and Giant, have up to
three models for their riders to choose for different types of terrain, and so
their victories are going to be slightly more spread out. And that begs the
question, then, who has been the most successful manufacturer of bikes for 2016?
Well we’ve got the results of that, too. In fifth place, it is BMC. – Fourth place goes to Canyon. – Third place goes to Pinarello. – Second place is Scott. – And no surprise, really, at number one,
given that they had the Venge Vias at number six and the Tarmac at number one,
it is of course Specialized. – Well, there we go. We have got so many
more cool stats and data to show you that we thought if you asked for it in the
comments section down below, that we would go into things a
little bit deeper in a live video. And perhaps we may even get an appearance
from our resident math genius himself…well, I do use that term
“genius” loosely. It might be that he just seems clever given that he has to work
with a load of ex-pro cyclists, but, you know. – I think we’ll have to rope him in, to
explain, if I’m perfectly honest. – Yeah, complex algorithm might not cut
the mustard for some of you guys. – No. We’d love to hear your thoughts on
this, too. Do you agree with our Top Ten? What’s been your favorite bike of 2016,
even if it wasn’t amongst the most successful. Leave your thoughts in the
comments section down below. – Yeah. Make sure as well that you
subscribe to GCN, if, for nothing else, other than you being at the perfect
place for the 2017 season, which we will be covering in all sorts of
different ways very soon indeed. – Yeah. We’ve got a couple more videos
after you’ve done that to watch right now. First up is a tour around Chris Froome’s
pro bike, a Pinarello. – Yeah. Or Vincenzo Nibali’s Specialized
Tarmac, which is certainly one of the most beautiful, as well as successful. – Yeah. You’ll find them down here. – Yeah.