Best Hardware – Singletrack Reader Awards 2018 Finalists

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We’re in sync people! The 3 final nominations for the Best Hardware Award, chosen by you, are 3 products that we all love here in the office too! Thank goodness you guys have the final say though, knuckle dusters and old handlebars are being brushed off here in the office!

The finalists

  • BikeYoke revive Dropper Post
  • RockShox Lyrik RC2
  • Shimano XTR Groupset

Voting instructions are at the end of this article. Read on to learn more about each finalist.

BikeYoke Revive Dropper Post

bikeyoke revive dropper post
Will the BikeYoke Revive dropper receive your vote?

We’ve tested 2 versions of the BikeYoke dropper post and the feature that impresses us most about this product is the fact that it works, it continues to work and it still works! BikeYoke’s unique design means that the Revive dropper post never has to be bled, and the updated version is as fit and forget as can be! You love them, we love them, and judging by the number of bike companies choosing them as OEM kit, the industry loves them too.

RockShox Lyrik RC2

  • Price: £989
  • From: Sram
The new RC2 comes in understated black or super fast Boxxer red

This big red fork has given our very own Ross hours of fun. Just to see him arrive at the office with a big grin on his face after smashing through a rock garden or launching over a bus full of nuns is enough for us to know that RockShox’s latest enduro fork is a keeper. Oh, we think Sam Hill might run one too, but what is he even famous for these days?

Shimano XTR groupset

  • Price: TBC
  • From: Madison
shimano xtr m9100 1x12 shifter
Yes, this is BIKE PORN!

They took their sweet time but Shimano is finally a member of the 12-speed club and if Wil is to be trusted (he is) it is a quality groupset. While we finally have a 1×12 Shimano drivetrain, the big S hasn’t killed off the front mech and there is an option to build up a 2×12 24-speed bike. Other important features from the 2019 XTR update are a silent rear hub and the option of either 2 or 4 pot brakes.

Those are the choices but which will be the overall winner?

How to vote

The voting page opens at midnight Saturday 15th September. Come back after then to..

Cast your vote by clicking this link

Click here to see all our other categories and finalists

Andi is a gadget guru and mountain biker who has lived and ridden bikes in China and Spain before settling down in the Peak District to become Singletrack's social media expert. He is definitely more big travel fun than XC sufferer but his bike collection does include some rare hardtails - He's a collector and curator as well as a rider. Theory and practice in perfect balance with his inner chi, or something. As well as living life based on what he last read in a fortune cookie Andi likes nothing better than riding big travel bikes.

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