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Cyclingnews 2006 Reader Poll Results
After only a single season on the market, SRAM's pioneering DoubleTap road shifter has managed to capture the Best Product award in our 2006 Cyclingnews Reader Poll, and in convincing fashion with nearly a full third of the total count. The victory should, perhaps, come as no surprise, though, given that the new shifter garnered a close second last year before it was even introduced.
Whether it was due to the mechanism's intuitive operation, or simply by virtue of the fact that there is now a third viable option on the road, SRAM has clearly made a successful debut on the road amid daunting expectations, and we're eager to see how things continue to develop in the future.
Campagnolo netted a solid second place with its long-anticipated successor to its proven square-taper crankset design. In some ways, Campy may have been wise in waiting so long to develop its own external-bearing integrated design as it had the luxury of knowing what has worked well to date, and what hasn't. So far, the new Ultra Torque system appears to work well, runs impressively smoothly, and still manages to remain largely true to the Campy aesthetic.
Cervélo's newly crowned big brother of last year's winner rounds out the top three, which combined hoarded more than half of your votes. The new SLC-SL shaves a whopping 200g off of the already impressive Soloist Carbon, yet retains all of its aerodynamic advantages and even manages to be stiffer both at the bottom bracket and in torsion. Were the changes necessary? No, but then again, it's never about need, now is it?
Votes %ge 1 SRAM DoubleTap road shifters 3385 32.3 2 Campagnolo Ultra-Torque crankset 1423 13.6 3 Cervelo SLC-SL road frame 1091 10.4 4 Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL road frame 537 5.1 5 Look 595 road frame 450 4.3 6 Colnago Extreme Power road frame 395 3.8 7 Shimano M970 XTR group 384 3.7 8 Cannondale SystemSix road frame 382 3.6 9 Hutchinson Road Tubeless tires 355 3.4 10 FSA MegaExo Ceramic bottom bracket 354 3.4 11 Photochromic eyewear 352 3.4 12 Velocomp iBike Pro power meter 289 2.8 13 FSA K-Force Lite compact road crankset 281 2.7 14 Scott Addict road frame 194 1.8 15 Rotor Q-Rings 180 1.7 16 Avid Juicy Ultimate disc brakes 153 1.5 17 Giant Anthem Advanced mountain bike 129 1.2 18 Scott Spark mountain bike frame 62 0.6 19 Reynolds Topo C carbon fiber mountain bike wheels 56 0.5 20 Felt Virtue mountain bike 39 0.4 Total: 10492