Top Ten Most Viewed Mtbr Articles of 2014
Here at Mtbr, there are many different metrics we look at to determine how popular an article, feature or category is. One way to gauge how hot a story is, is the number of Facebook likes it garners. Granted, Facebook is not for everyone but in today’s world of Social Media, sharing via personal networks is a big factor. How many comments an article gets is also a good indication of whether or not the subject is about something that people really care about. Many of the Angry SingleSpeeders articles seem to draw out the most “fervent” of comments from our readers. But perhaps the single biggest measure is the number of page views an article gets.
We track page view numbers on the back end of our site using Google Analytics, but there is also a page view count within our articles themselves. Often times these numbers will not match up and there are various reasons for this, but the most common one is that Google Analytics also counts the number of image loads. So an article with a bunch of images (like the Bike Lights Tunnel Beam Pattern) will get many more views than what is shown within the article itself.
So, without further ado, here are the Most Viewed articles (or categories) from 2014.
1. Outerbike photo preview of 2015′s hottest mountain bikes
Long time Mtbr forum member and contributor Krob’s bike write-ups are always popular on our site and this year was no different. Even though we took a bit of a different approach to Krob’s contribution, it’s obvious that people want to see the latest and greatest bikes especially in the All Mountain/Trail/Enduro category.
Krob’s rode bikes from Giant, Yeti, Pivot, Santa Cruz, Salsa, Transition, Intense and more. Read the full article here: https://reviews.mtbr.com/outerbike-photo-preview-of-2015s-hottest-mountain-bikes
2. Best in Show: 30 cool new bike products for 2015
Another popular article was our choices for Best in Show from Interbike and Eurobike. We featured 30 cool new products for 2015 like Shimano XTR Di2 Electronic Shifting, Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie Cyclocross Bike, Lupine Rotlicht Tail Light, Park Tool IR-1 Internal Cable Routing Kit, Norco Sight Carbon Forma Women’s Mountain Bike and more.
Read the full article here: https://reviews.mtbr.com/best-in-show-30-cool-new-bike-products-for-2015
3. Bike Lights Shootout
Mtbr has been doing the Light Shootout for many years now and it is always a very popular category. It is important to note that it is a category and that the page views are counted for each individual article that falls under that category.
Bike lights have never had more features, been brighter or cheaper when measured in lumens per dollar. We tested dozens and dozens of commuter lights, night riding lights, tail lights and more. We give you the hard data and our expert opinion as well.
Check out the Bike Light Shootout here: https://reviews.mtbr.com/category/lights-shootout
4. All Mountain/Enduro Helmet Shootout
Showing that shootouts are popular to our readers, the All Mountain/Enduro Helmet Shootout was very popular. We compared 20 of the hottest models side-by-side and found out some very surprising performances from brands you may not have previously considered including iXS, Kali, Mavic, Scott, Smith and more.
Check out the All Mountain/Enduro Helmet Shootout here: https://reviews.mtbr.com/all-mountain-helmet-shootout
5. Video: Mountain bikers drop through sinkhole in Mexico
But it was the video of Aaron Chase (and friends Eric Porter and Chris Van Dine) dropping through a huge sinkhole in Mexico that garnered the most views.
Read the full article here: https://reviews.mtbr.com/video-mountain-bikers-drop-through-sinkhole-in-mexico
6. Round-up: 12 awesome value mountain bikes under $3000
Check out our collection of some of the hottest new mountain bikes for riders on a budget. We went around to different bike manufacturers at Interbike and asked them to show us their best value mountain bike for less than $3000. The list includes a 29er hardtail, a fat bike, a women’s specific bike and many others.
Read the full article here: https://reviews.mtbr.com/12-awesome-value-mountain-bikes-under-3000
7. 2014 Mtbr Bike Lights Shootout: Tunnel Beam Patterns
The Tunnel Beam Patterns article is another indication of how popular our Bike Light Shootout is. This article features 43 different photos of the beam patterns of the hottest bike lights on the market today.
Read the full article here: https://reviews.mtbr.com/2014-mtbr-bike-lights-shootout-tunnel-beam-patterns
8. 2014 Mtbr Enduro Compare-o Bike Test
Mtbr’s Enduro Compare-o was a huge bike test that we held in the Spring that featured us riding and comparing some of the best bikes at the start of the season. We tested 22 of the best and we also handed out our Best of Test awards to many brands at the Sea Otter Classic.
We did First Looks and Full Reviews on each model giving in depth analysis on each bike. If you didn’t see it the first time around or you’ve forgotten which bikes were best, the Enduro Compare-o is worth a re-read.
Check out the All Mountain/Enduro Helmet Shootout here: https://reviews.mtbr.com/category/enduro-compare-o-2014
9. Specialized Fatboy First Look and Full Review
Thanks to Mtbr forum member and contributor “schlim” for his great, scenic photos and review of the Specialized Fatboy. Fat bikes are popular on Mtbr and it’s no surprise that we find this article in the top ten list. Specialized has done there homework and produced a winner with the Fatboy.
Read the full article here: https://reviews.mtbr.com/just-in-specialized-fatboy-fat-bike
10. Thieves Steal $100,000 in Demo Bikes from Santa Cruz in Brazen Daytime Robbery
In a story that they would probably prefer to forget, Santa Cruz Bikes was featured in a news article from January of 2014 for the daring day time robbery of their demo bike fleet. Estimated value of the bikes totaled nearly $100,000 as the bikes were stolen from a locked trailer that was parked at company headquarters.
Read the full article here: https://reviews.mtbr.com/thieves-steal-100000-in-demo-bikes-from-santa-cruz-in-brazen-daytime-robbery
So there you have it. We hope you enjoy a look back at some of the most “popular” articles of 2014. Perhaps one of the most surprising things we learned when crunching these numbers was that the Angry SingleSpeeder’s contributions didn’t land at least one in the top ten. So where did ASS’s musings fall? His most viewed article of 2014 was his “Fat Bikes…Meh” (reviews.mtbr.com/the-angry-singlespeeder-fat-bikes-meh) that came in at 17th.