Top Ten Most Popular MTBR Articles of 2015

A look back at some of the most viewed articles and features of the year


Here is a quick look back at the most popular articles on our site based on page views. There are many ways to gauge interest in a particular topic or story, but page views are the most common for internet traffic. Facebook likes and the number of comments are also indicators and these usually go hand-in-hand with the page view stats.

Google Analytics is the de facto method for sites to accurately measure their traffic and it is much more reliable than the simple visit counter within the articles themselves. Some 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, without further ado, here are the Most Popular articles on from 2015.

Perhaps the scariest fall ever at Red Bull Rampage.

Perhaps the scariest fall ever at Red Bull Rampage.

1. Video: Rogatkin falls off cliff in the biggest crash in Red Bull history

Red Bull Rampage has been a large part of mountain biking for years. It is arguably the single biggest MTB event in the world and it is often colored with controversy. This year was no different.

With the severe injury suffered by Paul Basagoitia, the real world risks came to light big time. Is it really worth it? Even before Paul B’s crash, Nicholi Rogatkin had a get off so terrifying it needs to be seen to be believed.

In what we titled as the “biggest crash in Red Bull history”, the ending is simply amazing. Watch the video here:

Flat or platform pedals are a simple but popular component.

Flat or platform pedals are a simple but popular component.

2. Round Up: Best new flat pedals

Another popular article was our round up of the best new flat pedals. Illustrating just how popular flat (or platform) pedals have become for all mountain riding, this collection of the hottest pedals offers up some buying advice as well. Sure, everyone knows thin is in, but what other features are important? Brands highlighted include: Gamut USA, Xpedo, DMR, Spank, Race Face, Tioga, VP and more.

Whether you’re looking for high-end bling or budget bargains, you’ll find them listed here. Read the full article now:

When is budget a factor when buying a new bike? Always!

When is budget a factor when buying a new bike? Always!

3. 12 Awesome Value Mountain Bikes Under $3000

This article was actually written in 2014, but it remains one of our most popular articles and shows that buyers are always looking for a good deal. The $3000 price point is an important one for most shops and this list illustrates a good range of bikes that can be had.

For our list here, we ONLY calculated page views this article received during 2015. We gathered a new list for this year’s newest bikes ( but last year’s version still keeps getting plenty of eyeballs.

Check out the 12 Awesome Value Mountain Bikes Under $3000 here:

LED lights for commuting or night riding with plenty of high-tech features.

Side-by-side comparisons and analysis of the best night riding and commuting lights.

4. 2016 Lights Shootout

MTBR has been doing the Bike Lights Shootout for many years now. In fact, it was the first comparison article we ever featured. LED and battery technology has continued to develop and lights are brighter, last longer and they are more affordable than ever.

Whether you need lights for commuting, night riding or both, we take an in-depth look at all the hot models on the market today and analyze, measure and compare them side-by-side.

Check out the 2016 Lights Shootout here:

New updates and upgrades are key to releasing the true performance of this classic.

New updates and upgrades are key to releasing the true performance of this classic.

5. First Look: 2016 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR

Love them or hate them, there’s no doubt that the big red “S” makes some great bikes. They weren’t the first to jump on the 650B/27.5 band wagon by a long shot and their first attempt was much maligned. That all changed with the new 2016 Stumpjumper FSR which got quite a few updates and upgrades and it is a model that appeals to the heart of the mountain bike enthusiast community. New dialed geometry, SWAT features and better components are the new highlights.

Read the First Look article for more details and a quick ride impression. Where did we feel this bike fell short? Read on and find out.

Read the full article here:

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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