The votes are in for the Cyclingnews.com 2008 ‘Best Team Bike’ and Cervélo takes the crown yet again with the SLC-SL of CSC-Saxo Bank. Company co-owners Gerard Vroomen and Phil White have long preached the concept of aerodynamic road bikes and it seems the majority of you have taken heed: not only does 2008 mark the fourth consecutive win for Cervélo’s Soloist line but other manufacturers such as Felt and Ridley have recently added their own entries into the light-yet-slippery genre.
Given the increased awareness of aerodynamic performance even in mass-start events, we fully expect this trend to continue in the years to come.
The Caisse d’Epargne Pinarello Prince and Trek Madone 6.9 – this time in Astana livery – again round out the top three but the two have swapped places relative to 2007. Pinarello’s top-end carbon machine moves up a spot with its swoopy shape, advanced carbon fiber blend, tapered steerer tube, and revised Onda FPX seat stays and fork blades. This third-generation machine clearly advances the Prince forward in the ‘light and stiff’ manufacturer wars but even our own testing has shown that it is also surprisingly comfortable as well, making for an ideal all-day race machine.
Trek maintains its position as a perennial favourite with its Madone 6.9. Though it didn’t win this year, Trek’s premier team machines have occupied the top step three times in our poll and have never fallen lower than fourth. The current version is easily the most advanced yet with heaps of cutting-edge technology such as drop-in bottom bracket bearings inside a massive 90mm-wide shell, a clever no-cut integrated seatpost, and a tapered 1 1/8″-to-1 1/2″ front end. Even with all of the new features, though, Trek has continued to maintain the spot-on handling of the now-classic nameplate – making a proven winner even more potent than ever.
1. CSC-Saxo Bank Cervélo SLC-SL – 3,162 votes, 26.56 percent; 2. Caisse d’Epargne Pinarello Prince – 1,922 votes, 16.14 percent; 3. Astana Trek Madone 6.9 – 1,286 votes, 10.80 percent; 4. Milram Colnago EPS – 987 votes, 8.29 percent; 5. QuickStep Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL2 – 915 votes, 7.69 percent; 6. Garmin Felt AR – 805 votes, 6.76 percent; 7. Silence-Lotto Ridley Noah – 586 votes, 4.92 percent; 8. Columbia Giant TCR Advanced SL – 535 votes, 4.49 percent; 9. Scott-American Beef Scott Addict – 495 votes, 4.16 percent; 10. Lampre Wilier Triestina Cento 1 – 449 votes, 3.77 percent; 11. Liquigas Cannondale Super Six – 417 votes, 3.50 percent; 12. Euskaltel-Euskadi Orbea Orca – 347 votes, 2.91 percent. Total votes: 11,906.