For some, 2018 can’t come soon enough. But before we break out the bubbly and pucker up at midnight, here’s a quick look back on the bicycle side of 2017. It’s safe to say that ‘gravel’ was probably the buzz word of 2017, though only two of the top 10 stories have to do with bikes that would fall into the category.

#1 – Rim Width vs. Tire Width

However, our number one story did at least include the gravel category as we dove into the balance between rim width and tire width. Not surprisingly, as both tires and rims have gotten wider, there are a lot of questions about what is best for what purpose, and we got some great info straight from various manufacturers.

Tech Talk: Are your bike tires too wide for your rims? Here’s how to get it right

#2 – Cannondale revives XC, again

Our second most popular story clearly highlights the power of search engines – since it’s just a teaser, and not even from 2017! Apparently when you say XC is dead, you get a lot of traffic. The story does have a link to the actual release of the new Scalpel though. We also posted the tech specs and pricing here, and our ride review here.

Cannondale says XC is dead, teases new XXC mountain bike

#3 – 2018 Specialized Epic Actual Weights

Posts about Specialized always draw a crowd – especially when it includes bikes on a scale. This year that meant the 2018 Specialized Epic round up. Clearly, XC isn’t quite dead.

2018 Specialized Epic Actual Weights & Retail Pricing

#4 – TT Fat Bike Hack

TT x Fat Bike hybrid? Sure, why not. It’s just weird enough (and well built) to be an utterly fascinating creation.

Trek Fat Equinox fat bike time trial prototype concept hack

When a TT bike and a fat bike have a baby… The Fat Trek Equinox is born

 

#5 – The New Specialized Diverge

When Specialized and Gravel collide… well, then you have our 5th most popular read about the all new Specialized Diverge. The Future Shock, SWAT, and dropper post made it almost as entertaining to read about as it was to ride.

All new Specialized Diverge drops in with Future Shock, SWAT, and a ton of options

 

#6 = #VanLife

The #vanlife trend is gaining more traction than ever. How do we know? Readers dug up a post from 2015 on the new (now old) MB Sprinter 4×4 Diesel enough times to make it into the top 10. Should we include more cargo van coverage for 2018?

New 2015 Mercedes Sprinter diesel 4×4 is the dream vehicle, Outside Van makes it real

#7 – Cannondale Slate Review

Another gravel (or all road) rig from a big manufacturer, the Cannondale Slate review slips in at #7.

Review: Cannondale Slate “all road” bike is just too much fun

#8 – SRAM Eagle Still Flying High

In spite of launching in early 2016, SRAM Eagle was still a popular search. We’re guessing that’s the result of many riders waiting until their current drivetrains wore out before considering the leap to 12 speeds. Spoiler alert – it’s worth it. And with GX Eagle, it’s actually somewhat affordable.

SRAM XX1 / X01 Eagle – Tech specs, pricing & actual weights

#9 – Mandaric Reinvents Drivetrain Layout

One of the most interesting things we found at Interbike 2017 is also one of the most read stories of 2017 – no surprise there. With a 21.5mm axle, bearings in the frame, and the cassette outside the chainstay with a derailleur in front, there was certainly a lot going on with Mandaric’s ‘Standard 21.5’. Are we looking at an early blueprint of the future of bicycle design, or just an exercise in engineering?

IB17: Wild Mandaric ‘Standard 21.5’ concept runs the cassette outside the frame

#10 – Shimano Dura-Ace Wheels Go Wide

Number 10 was a bit of surprise. It wasn’t any of the posts on the new Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 group, rather the new R9100 carbon wheels. I suppose when Shimano is offering wider, tubeless ready or tubular, deep carbon road disc brake wheels it grabs your attention.

Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 wheels in detail: wider carbon, tubeless & road disc brakes

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

Now that we’re wrapping up 2017, what should we focus on for 2018? What can we do better? What do you already love? We really do bust our collective butts to bring you the best cycling tech and news coverage, and we appreciate your feedback. Let us know in the comments.

As always, thanks for reading, and here’s hoping everyone has a great new year filled with plenty of riding!

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3 comments

  1. awenborn on

    Really disappointing to see that BikeRumor (and seemingly everyone else in the copy-and-paste media) continually fails to acknowledge the fact that Shimano’s “new” rim-brake clinchers are in-fact just the old DA 9000 models rebadged.

    This was mentioned in a comment at the end of that article and there really should be an update to that article that makes this clear.

    To summarise for anyone not aware of this, the new rim-brake C40 and C60s are *exactly* the same rims as the old DA 9000 C35 and C50s; they are *not* deeper (as the name would imply) or wider, as is widely reported, they are exactly the same rims as the old models, just with a grey sticker slapped on it. The tubular and disc-brake options are new rims with the new dimensions reported, but the standard rim-brake clinchers are exactly the same as the old ones…

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