Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Italian Bikes at Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii


I found the bike, group, and wheel counts undertaken by Triathlete Magazine at the 2009 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, interesting and surprising. Certainly, there are some opportunities for the Italian manufacturers to make inroads. Here are the results:



Bike Count (last year’s totals in parentheses)
Cervelo – 462 (415)
Scott – 109 (103)
Specialized – 93 (66)
Felt – 92 (89)
Trek – 90 (103)
Kuota – 85 (117)
Cannondale – 68 (68)
Orbea – 56 (68)
Kestrel – 54 (35)
QR – 52 (79)
Argon 18 – 43 (less than 10)
Giant – 40 (51)
Look – 39 (48)
Guru- 28 (27)
Pinarello – 26 (19)
Ceepo – 24 (less than 10)
Isaac – 18 (26)
Litespeed – 18 (35)
Stevens – 15 (less than 10)
Elite – 15 (less than 10)
Cube – 12 (13)
Beyond Fabrications – 12 (less than 10)
Ridley – 12 (less than 10)
Colnago – 12 (less than 10)
Serotta – 11 (less than 10)
Storck – 10 (less than 10)
Canyon – 8 (less than 10)
Blue – 8 (less than 10)
Planet X – 8 (less than 10)
Griffen – 7 (less than 10)
Jamis – 7 (less than 10)
Aegis – 7 (less than 10)
Fuji – 6 (less than 10)
Softride – 6 (less than 10)
BMC – 6 (13)
Calfee – 5 (less than 10)
BH – 5 (less than 10)
Principia – 4 (13)
Parlee – 4 (less than 10)
Willier – 4 (less than 10)
Time – 3 (less than 10)
Cheetah – 3 (less than 10)
Merlin – 3 (less than 10)
Teschner – 2 (less than 10)
Titan Flex – 2 (less than 10)
DeRosa – 2 (less than 10)


Component Group Count
Shimano - 1360
Sram - 289
Campagnolo - 107
Other - 8



Wheel Count (includes aero wheels only)
Zipp – 1936
Hed – 229
Mavic – 165
Xentis – 134
Bontrager – 100
Reynolds – 63
Shimano – 48
Corima – 37
Campagnolo – 35
Easton – 34
Lightweight – 29
SRAM – 23
Planet X – 22
Rolf – 17
Nimble – 17
Edge – 13
Ceepo – 11
Fulcrum – 6
Other – 212 (Includes unidentifiable wheels plus wheel count of less than five)


Photo: 2009 event photo, Cervelo P4


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