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Cyclingnews 2005 Reader Poll Results
With Cervelo taking out the best team bike category, it's perhaps not surprising that the company's Soloist frame got the nod for best product of 2005. This year saw the introduction of a carbon version of the Soloist, which made a very low-key debut at the Giro d'Italia and was ridden into the Tour yellow jersey by Jens Voigt in July.
Cervelo's Phil White told Cyclingnews back in October that he believes the Soloist carbon is "the fastest road bike you can buy." The design idea was to combine the attributes of Cervelo's previous two key bikes: the low weight of the R2.5 and the aerodynamic qualities of the aluminium Soloist. The results is clearly a very desirable frame.
However, the vote was by no means a landslide. SRAM's new road shifters ran Cervelo a very close second, even though they won't actually be available to buy till some time in 2006. We nominated them because we thought the appearance of a third alternative to Shimano and Campagnolo in road gear systems was perhaps the most exciting tech development of 2005, and many of you agreed.
Zipp tweaked its wheel line for 2005/6 with the addition of dimples to the surfaces of all its rims, and took third place in the poll as a results. Aero wheel makers are admitting that the time gains produced by previous improvements in wheel aerodynamics are unlikely to be repeated, but dimpling can still be worth a few precious seconds over 40km.
Votes %ge 1 Cervelo Soloist frame 984 14.3 2 SRAM road shifters 949 13.8 3 Zipp dimpled wheels 608 8.8 4 Look Keo pedals 550 8.0 5 Shimano Ultegra 548 8.0 6 Colnago C50 446 6.5 7 FSA Mega Force Exo compact crank 415 6.0 8 Trek Madone SSLx 403 5.9 9 Mavic Ksyrium ES wheels 367 5.3 10 Continental GP4000 tyres 282 4.1 11 Lightweight 'Ventoux' wheels 249 3.6 12 Garmin Edge 305 GPS cyclecomputer 227 3.3 13 Avid Juicy 7 brakes 174 2.5 14 Surly Pugsly 165 2.4 15 Specialized S-Works Carbon Stumpjumper FSR 130 140 2.0 16 Zero Gravity cranks 140 2.0 17 Giant Maestro platform bikes 90 1.3 18 Ibis Mojo Carbon 79 1.1 19 Maxxis Maxxlite 310 MTB tyres 50 0.7 20 Fallbrook Technologies NuVinci CVP 21 0.3 Total 6887