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We crunch the data to reveal the race bikes ridden to the greatest number of wins and top placings over the past year

The bike that was ridden to the greatest level of success in the biggest professional races last year was – drum roll please – the Specialized S-Works Tarmac.

Any guesses on the other two bikes that make the podium?

Second place goes to the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX, and third is the Scott Foil.

 

How have we worked this out? 

We’ve looked at the individual stages of all three of last year’s Grand Tours and the Classics and awarded points to the bikes that were ridden to the top 5 places in each.

1st         10 points
2nd        7 points
3rd         5 points
4th         3 points
5th         2 points

Then we just added up the scores. It’s that simple. 

You can certainly pick holes in this system. We’ve not awarded Pinarello extra points for Chris Froome’s overall win in the Tour de France, for example, just for top 5 places in individual stages. And you could argue that Team Sky getting Froome to a safe 138th place finish on the final stage of the Tour was every bit as successful on that day as André Greipel getting the win.

We’ve also given winning GP Ouest-France the same number of points as winning Paris-Roubaix, for example, whereas every rider and bike manufacturer would rather win the Hell of the North.

And some brands have a massive advantage in that they have more than one team on their bikes. Astana, Etixx-Quick-Step and Tinkoff all competed on Specialized in the WorldTour last year, both Katusha and Movistar used Canyon bikes, and Orica-BikeExchange and IAM Cycling were on Scott, so it’s no surprise to see those three brands at the top of the tree.

All of these things are true but this is just a bit of fun. We’ve not come up with an algorithm to take account of the relative importance of each race, team objectives, number of riders on a particular bike or anything like that, we’ve just totted up points according to our top-5 system for the biggest pro bike races of 2016. It's rough and ready!

And if you’re just itching to tell us that race wins are more about the rider than the bike, well, we already know that, but feel free to fill yer boots in the comments down below anyway.

 

Road bikes

With all that in mind, here are the top 10 road bikes.

1    Specialized S-Works Tarmac (302 points)
2    Canyon Ultimate CF SLX (174 points)
3    Scott Foil (171 points)
4    Specialized S-Works Venge Vias (111 points)
5    Pinarello Dogma (F8, F8 XLight and K8-S versions) (110 points)
6    BMC Teammachine SLR01 (98 points)
7    Canyon Aeroad CF SLX (80 points)
8    Cervelo S5 (77 points)
9    Ridley Noah SL (60 points)
10  Bianchi Oltre (XR2 and XR4 models) (55 points)

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Alberto Contador had a custom painted Specialized S-Works Tarmac in 2016

As mentioned, there were three WorldTour teams on Specialized bikes last year, two on Canyons, and two on Scott, so those three brands have a distinct advantage according to our score system. Both Specialized and Canyon have two bikes in the top 10.

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Chris Froome's Pinarello Dogma F8 XLight

If you divide the number of points won by a particular bike by the number of teams using it, the Pinarello Dogma, used by just Team Sky, comes out on top as long as you count the F8, F8 XLight and K8-S versions all together. You might think that grouping them is a bit of a cheat though, the K8-S model coming with rear suspension.

Check out our Pinarello Dogma F8 review.

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Bianchi introduced the Oltre XR4 midway through the 2016 race season

LottoNL-Jumbo riders raced on the Bianchi Oltre XR2 early in the season and then switched to the Oltre XR4 later on, so we've counted the points together. This squeezes the Merida Scultura just out of the top 10. 

Check out our Bianchi Oltre XR4 review here.

Classics

If we cover just the Classics, the Specialized S-Works Tarmac still has more points than anything else, but things are a little different with endurance bikes like the Trek Domane and the Specialized S-Works Roubaix making the top 10. 

Go to our Trek Domane SLR 6 review.

1     Specialized S-Works Tarmac (48 points)
2     Scott Foil (40 points)
3     Pinarello Dogma (F8 and K8-S versions) (35 points)
4     Canyon Ultimate CF SLX (25 points)
5jt  Canyon Aeroad CF SLX (23 points)
5jt  Trek Domane (23 points)
7     BMC Teammachine SLR01 (21 points)
8     Specialized S-Works Roubaix (14 points)
9jt  Bianchi Oltre XR2 (12 points)
9jt  Cube Litening (12 points)

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The new Trek Doman picked up points under Fabian Cancellara 

The Scott Foil takes second spot, 10 of its points coming from Matthew Hayman's Paris-Roubaix win – an aero road bike ridden to victory across the cobbles.

The Cube Litening gets onto the list thanks to points solely from Enrico Gasparotto of the Pro Continental Wanty Groupe Gobert team (now with Bahrain-Merida).

Check out our Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 review here.

 

Time trial bikes

The most successful time trial bike by a long way was the Pinarello Bolide. A large part of its winning margin was down to Team Sky taking the team time trial in the Vuelta and so scooping up all of the available points on that day. 

1    Pinarello Bolide (57 points)
2    Giant Trinity (25 points)
3jt Bianchi Aquila CV (19 points)
3jt Canyon Speedmax CF SLX (19 points)
5    Scott Plasma (17 points)

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The Pinarello Bolide was ridden to more race success than any other time trial bike last year 

If we treated the teams in a team time trial as individuals (so Team Sky would have won only 10 points for winning on the Bolide rather than 27), the Bolide would still come out on top, but the Canyon Speedmax CF SLX would jump up to second place (with 26 points) thanks to Movistar finishing second in that Vuelta TTT.

 

Like we said, this is just a bit of fun. You certainly can't draw any conclusions as to the relative merits of the various bikes being ridden at the top level from this information. Still, we think it's interesting all the same.

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Oreos [12 posts] 2 years ago
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Didn't GCN do their own version last year? 

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RobD [798 posts] 2 years ago
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would it be significantly different if they were just a count of which bikes picked up the most world tour wins?

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Tony Farrelly [2998 posts] 2 years ago
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Oreos wrote:

Didn't GCN do their own version last year? 

Dunno. If they did we didn't see it, we don't spend all day watching videos y'know. More like a third.

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Oreos [12 posts] 2 years ago
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Tony Farrelly wrote:
Oreos wrote:

Didn't GCN do their own version last year? 

Dunno. If they did we didn't see it, we don't spend all day watching videos y'know. More like a third.

 

Presumably Tony you work at Road.cc...so two points: 1) probably not best to be derisive towards your customers; and 2) it is quite literally your job to create original content. If i were a musician and was peddling Stairway To Heaven as my own, you'd probably think i was a lousy musician. 

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davel [2723 posts] 2 years ago
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Oreos wrote:
Tony Farrelly wrote:
Oreos wrote:

Didn't GCN do their own version last year? 

Dunno. If they did we didn't see it, we don't spend all day watching videos y'know. More like a third.

 

Presumably Tony you work at Road.cc...so two points: 1) probably not best to be derisive towards your customers; and 2) it is quite literally your job to create original content. If i were a musician and was peddling Stairway To Heaven as my own, you'd probably think i was a lousy musician. 

Tony Farrelly works at Farrelly Atkinson? How very dare you.

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dave atkinson [6529 posts] 2 years ago
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Oreos wrote:

Tony Farrelly wrote:

Oreos wrote:

Didn't GCN do their own version last year? 

Dunno. If they did we didn't see it, we don't spend all day watching videos y'know. More like a third.

Presumably Tony you work at Road.cc...so two points: 1) probably not best to be derisive towards your customers; and 2) it is quite literally your job to create original content. If i were a musician and was peddling Stairway To Heaven as my own, you'd probably think i was a lousy musician. 

Yes, because you'd have to have listened to Stairway to Heaven, learnt it and passed it off as your own. It's not beyond the wit of man to imagine two people separately coming up with the idea of working out which bike won the most races in a year, and then presenting it in (presumably) entirely different formats. Is it.

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dave atkinson [6529 posts] 2 years ago
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Anyway, the GCN vid came out in December. the reason we have this feature is because we thought it'd be a fun project for one of our interns to get his teeth into, back in August and September. Liam finished it off.