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Cyclingnews 2007 Reader Poll Results
By James Huang
Proving that last year's result was no fluke, SRAM has again won the 'Best Product' category for a second year with its newest Red road component group. SRAM took what it learned from Force and poured it liberally into Red: the new group boasts quicker shift action thanks to its new Zero Loss internal design, longer brake levers and newly carbon fiber shift paddles, independently adjustable reach for both, and a healthy smattering of ceramic bearings in the bottom bracket and rear derailleur.
SRAM isn't just on a roll with Cyclingnews readers, though; with the recent additions of the Astana and Agritubel teams, SRAM's presence in the top professional ranks has tripled from its initial foray with the Saunier Duval-Prodir team (now Saunier Duval-SCOTT). Where do they go from here? We can only wait and see.
Cervélo's range-topping SLC-SL frame lands an impressive second place finish, particularly considering it isn't really even a 'new' product anymore. Even so, it boasts an enticing combination of light weight and aerodynamics, plus arguably one of the most striking appearances of any frame in the marketplace. After giving it a thorough thrashing ourselves as the subject of our inaugural Project Bike, it's no surprise to us how well it continues to fare.
Coming in at a close third, however, is Trek's newly revamped Madone 6.9 Pro. Unlike the Madones of yesteryear, though, the latest iteration follows few, if any, conventions. The new Madone wears a whopping 90mm-wide bottom bracket shell with integrated (and easily replaceable) bearings, an innovative no-cut integrated seat mast, a tapered 1 1/8-to-1 1/2" steerer tube, and purposefully asymmetrical chain stays. What is arguably most impressive about the new frame design, however, is how it artfully balances light weight and stiffness with an uncannily smooth ride quality and well thought-out geometry.
Votes % 1 SRAM Red group 3087 34.03 2 Cervélo SLC-SL road frameset 852 9.39 3 Trek Madone 6.9 Pro road frameset 664 7.32 4 Campagnolo electronic Record group 650 7.17 5 Pinarello Prince Carbon road frameset 546 6.02 6 Powertap SL 2.4 power meter 497 5.48 7 Garmin Edge 705 GPS computer 440 4.85 8 Oakley Radar sunglasses 430 4.74 9 Mavic R-SYS wheelset 409 4.51 10 Shimano electronic Dura-Ace group 271 2.99 11 Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL2 road frameset 253 2.79 12 Zipp VumaQuad crankset 162 1.79 13 Shimano Deore XT group 161 1.77 14 Giro Ionos helmet 126 1.39 15 Carbon Drive Systems polychain drivetrain 123 1.36 16 Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR mountain frameset 96 1.06 17 Reynolds Cycling SDV66 wheelset 92 1.01 18 Rock Shox 2008 SID World Cup 83 0.92 19 Trek Fuel EX 9.5 mountain frameset 66 0.73 20 Yeti AS-R Carbon 63 0.69 Total: 9071