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GCN’s Most Successful Pro Bikes of 2017

October 2, 2019


– [Dan] Which was the most successful bike of the 2017 season? It’s a season which is quickly fading from memory at the moment. So let’s remind you of
some fantastic racing with the annual GCN World Tour of Bikes. – [Simon] You thought it was just riders that got world tour points. Well you would be wrong, unfortunately, because in our universe, the bikes get points as well. These aren’t UCI points, these are GCN points.
– They are. – They’re arguably better.
– Yeah. Anyway, the following list will tell you what the most successful
bikes of 2017 were, and to work it out, we have looked at every single world tour race and stage and allocated points. – [Simon] That’s right,
the points structure is different from the UCI World Tour. We felt the one day classics
deserve more points. So accordingly, the Tour de France has the biggest points
with 100 up for grabs. But races like the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix get 80 points. That’s just 10 less than
the other grand tours, the Giro and the Vuelta which
therefore get 90 points. – [Dan] Likewise, stages of grand tours also get more points with five stage wins give me the equivalent number of points to an overall victory at that race. – Which seems fair, I think.
– It does. – [Simon] Now the women’s
world tour calendar does differ again, and so
the points structure there changes accordingly. – [Dan] So let’s start
with the men, shall we? The tenth most successful
bike of 2017 was… (drum roll) – [Simon] It’s the Scott
Foil, tumbling seven places from its very impressive third in 2016. The Foil only just scrapes
in to the top 10 this year, scoring an almighty 279 points less than it did the previous season. But thanks to an ever consistent stride right from young sprinter Caleb Ewan, it does still make the list. Well then maybe it won’t next year, because maybe it will be the disc version. (drum roll) – [Dan] In at number nine, it is a first in the GCN World Tour of
Bikes, a time trial machine. And probably no surprise, it’s a BMC, with hitters such as Rohan
Dennis, Richie Porte, and Stefan Küng, and a
formidable team time trial squad. Over the course of this year, it has racked up 106 points. – [Simon] This is rumoured to be the fastest time trial
bike in the pro peloton. And I think I’m right in saying,
Dan, that it’s the only one that gets its very own
specialist team mechanic to look after the fleet. (drum roll) – [Dan] In at number
eight, it is another first in GCN’s World Tour of Bikes, and this will be a very welcome sight for many of you out there. It is a Bianchi with its
familiar celeste green. – [Simon] That’s right, it
is the aerodynamic Oltre XR4 featuring Bianchi’s own countervail vibration damping technology. Now perhaps because of that, perhaps in respective of that,
it has had a stellar season. It’s racked up a wide variety of wins under the LottoNL-Jumbo team. (drum roll) The ever consistent Ridley Helium is once again back in the top 10 for the third year running, in fact. This time it climbs to seventh
up from ninth last year with 44 more points to its name. – [Dan] It’s thanks to
some great riding this year from team Lotto-Soudal, who
had a stellar Vuelta a Espana, taking four stage victories there. But also, it is in part down
to team Aqua Blue Sport. They also took a stage win at the Vuelta. And let’s not forget that hugely popular stage victory for Larry Warbassse over at the Tour de Suisse. (drum roll) In at number six, we
have yet another first in GCN’s World Tour of Bikes. Giant have broken into the top 10. – [Simon] Almost unbelievable that that’s the first time, isn’t it? Now it is probably a result
of their race victories being spread out over four
successful frame size. However this year has been
more successful than ever, and most victories have come aboard the legendary TCR Advanced SL. – [Dan] Yeah, there was a
grand tour victory of course through Tom Dumoulin’s
efforts at the Giro d’Italia. And it took multiple stage wins this year at the Tour de
France through Warren Barguil, and also Michael Matthews,
who fortunately for them, tends to favour the TCR
over the Aero Propel. (drum roll) Number five, and we’re up to
the second BMC on our list. This time, it is the Team Machine. And this is in fact
exactly the same position it held 12 months ago,
though this time around, it scored double the points. Ironically though, the
biggest win that team BMC had this year, Paris-Roubaix,
was not won on a Team Machine, but instead on a Granfondo.
– That’s right. Technically Dan, the Team
Machine should perhaps count as two different bikes this year, given that BMC released
a new one mid-season. Although we are gonna disregard that. And it has to be said, Greg
Van Avermaet’s gold themed bike is possibly my pro bike of the year. (drum roll) In at number four, up two
places from last year, is the Specialised Venge
Vias, and Venge Vias Disc, which we’re counting as one bike. – [Dan] The Venge Vias has
been far more widely adopted by pro riders this year
with consistent wins from the likes of Peter
Sagan, Fernando Gaviria, Sam Bennett, possibly most
notably, Marcel Kittel. It’s a super specialist bike. There’s no doubt, it’s mega aero. But the disc version does seem to have won a few more fans in the pro peloton. (drum roll) Up one place from 2016 and
breaking onto the podium, it’s the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX, which has racked up 453 points. – [Simon] Many of which,
they have to thank the prolific Alejandro Valverde for even in just the half
season that he raced. In that time, he got two
of the sprint classics, the Volta a Catalunya and
the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. – [Dan] To be fair though,
the Canyon always racks up a lot of points because it’s not just Team Movistar who use
it, but also Team Katusha who favour the lightweight bike for many of their racing days. We are now down to the top two with two icons of the pro
peloton still to come. The Pinarello F10 and
the Specialised Tarmac. But which one has taken the crown? – [Simon] Well Dan…
(drum roll) In second place, dropping off
the top spot for this year is the second Specialised on our list, it is the Tarmac. Now after its mid-season refresh, this icon of the pro racing peloton is arguably even better than it was before with improved aerodynamics
and even lighter weight. (drum roll) – [Dan] And that means that
taking the crown for 2017 is the Pinarello Dogma F10.
(cheering and clapping) New for 2017, it remains Team
Sky’s only road bike option and as such, it’s taken sprint victories courtesy of the likes of Elia Viviani, classic with Kwiatkowski,
and of course grand tours with Chris Froome. That’s quite an accolade. – [Simon] Of course having
only one road bike option does mean that the
Pinarello is more likely to take the crown than other brands that have a larger choice of frames that riders can choose from. So as always, we are gonna award the title for the most
successful manufacturer as well. (drum roll) – [Dan] In at number five, it’s Giant, thanks to some stellar
performances aboard the TCR, but also on the Trenti time trial bike. Giant’s break into not only the bike list for the first time, but
also the manufacturer’s. – [Simon] In fourth place, up one spot from 2016, it’s BMC. Hardly surprising perhaps,
given that they have two bikes inside the top 10. – [Dan] In third, just
four points clear of BMC, and moving up one place
in 2016, it’s Canyon. – [Simon] In second,
also moving up one spot, it is Pinarello, which means
that the big loser this year, Scott dropping from second
all the way down to eight, leaving only one choice
for the number one spot. It’s Specialised,
(cheering and clapping) with an almighty gap of 302 points over their closest challenger. – [Dan] So what about the
women’s world tour then? Well in fifth place there, it’s the Cipollini NK1K. – [Simon] In fourth place,
it is the Scott Foil, choice of the Orica-Scott team. Another hugely successful year for them with Annemiek van Vleuten
in particular, standing out. – [Dan] In third, we have the Liv Envie, the bike of Team Sunweb. – [Simon] In second, it’s
another welcome sight in the GCN World Tour of Bikes, another historic Italian brand, it’s the Colnago C60,
bike of Wiggle High5. – [Dan] And in first,
perhaps unsurprisingly given that it’s the bike of the all conquering Boels-Dolmans squad, it is the Specialised Amira.
(cheering and clapping) – [Simon] Now does this all mean anything? Does successful mean best? No. Now perhaps the GCN World Tour of Bikes is as much a judge of marketing spent as it is performance. But I think it’s interesting
to see nevertheless when we’ve got that welcome
new entry of Bianchi, the rise of Giant, and the fall of Scott.
– Interesting stuff. What’s your opinion though? I mean, those are the stacks
in the numbers and the facts, but what do you think was
actually the best bike of 2017? If you so wish, you can get involved in the comment section just down below. – [Simon] And do also make
sure you subscribe to GCN before leaving this video. To do it, just click on the globe. – [Dan] A couple more videos now, down here is last year’s
GCN World Tour of Bikes. Whilst down here, Si’s
about to click there, it is Greg Van Avermaet’s Team BMC Team Machine gold edition. – [Simon] I might have another watch, yes, if I must.

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