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Boardman Bikes launch all-new Performance range for 2016

Introducing the men’s road bikes in the British brand’s 2016 budget-friendly collection

This year sees Boardman celebrating its 10th anniversary and with the birthday cake and candles comes its new Performance range of bikes, which includes the disc -equipped Boardman Pro Carbon and sub-£1,000 Team Carbon.

The new range includes mountain, cyclo-cross and hybrid bikes but the majority of the 23 machines are intended for use on the road, whether you’re riding for pleasure or challenging yourself against the clock, the gradient, the distance or the people you ride with.

But it’s not just bikes that Boardman is focussed on this year. In the coming months the British company hopes to begin hosting its own ride events and open the Boardman Performance Centre – a wind tunnel and physiology testing facility that will not only help the company to develop new products but also enable its customers to explore the performance potential of their bodies and bikes.

Boardman’s 2016 Performance range includes the £1,499 Pro Carbon with hydraulic disc brakes

Boardman has come a long way in its first decade. Aside from establishing itself in the UK and international markets, its bikes have also been ridden to victory on some of the biggest sporting stages in the world.

The most notable win came in 2008, just two years after the company’s birth, when Nicole Cooke took gold in the women’s road race at the Beijing Olympic Games. And thanks to the Brownlee brothers’ domination in triathlon, Boardman bikes have continued to rack up Commonwealth, World and Olympic titles since then (not to mention a victory in the 2012 Ironman Hawaii courtesy of Australia’s Pete Jacobs).

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The Boardman line-up is split into two collections: Performance and Elite. The Performance range, which we’ll on focus on here, is sold through Halfords, while the high-end Elite bikes are available through Boardman’s network of independent bike shops. We’ve already covered the launch of the 2016 Elite range, which includes plenty of new bikes, including the SLR Endurance 9.9 with SRAM’s latest Red eTap wireless groupset, and the SLR Titanium.

With the launch of the 2016 Performance range, the company is looking to bring its bike-building expertise to riders on a tighter budget, with the cheapest bike, the Boardman Sport, costs £499, and the most expensive road bike in the range, the Boardman Road Pro SLR, coming in at £1,799. We’ll focus on the men’s bikes here, but for more on the women’s line-up, head over to Total Women’s Cycling.

Boardman Road Pro SLR

The bike with perhaps the highest ambitions in the Performance range is the Road Pro SLR. It’s based on the same frame and fork pairing found on the SLR Endurance bikes in Boardman’s Elite range but is constructed from a different grade of carbon fibre – C8 as opposed to the Elite bikes’ C10.

The Pro Carbon SLR is the top-of-the-range machine in the Boardman Performance range

Priced just shy of £1,800, the Road Pro SLR comes with a full SRAM Force 11-speed groupset, Mavic Ksyrium Equipe wheels.

Boardman Pro Carbon

Disc brakes find their way on to a Boardman Performance road bike for the first time in 2016 and arrive in the shape of Shimano hydraulic units on the Pro Carbon frame at £1,499.

The company has specced 160mm rotors on the grounds that the bigger diameter provides better speed control and heat dissipation under sustained braking than the smaller 140mm discs more commonly found on road bikes.

Hydraulic disc brakes and a carbon frame as the highlights on the Boardman Pro Carbon

The rear disc brake is mounted on the chainstay of the Pro Carbon’s frame. Positioning it on a tube that’s inherently stiff means the seatstays don’t have to be beefed up to cope with the forces the brake exerts and can be kept slimmer to provide a more comfortable ride.

Shimano’s 105 components make up most of the Pro Carbon’s 11-speed drivetrain and are topped off with a Gossamer Pro aluminium chainset from FSA. The wheels are Boardman’s own and are shod with Vittoria Zaffiro Pro tyres.

The most eye-catching part of the whole package, however, is a similar chrome-finish paintjob to the Pro SLR, which makes the carbon frame and fork look like a highly polished work of metallic art.

Boardman Team Carbon

Coming in at £999, the Team Carbon gets the same frame and fork as the Boardman Pro but compromises have had to be made to keep the bike below a grand.

To that end the Team Carbon has to make do without the Pro Carbon’s fancy chrome paintjob, disc brakes and 11th sprocket, as the new 2016 Shimano Tiagra groupset is still ten-speed.

The Team Carbon comes in at a penny under a grand

The groupset may be a sprocket down on Shimano 105 but it now has gear cables routed out of the rear of the shifters. Previous incarnations of the Tiagra shifters had the gear cables sprouting out of the side, which made for a messy front end. Now they can be run out of sight along the bars and beneath the bar tape – it’s a small change but improves the aesthetics no end. Tiagra also now has a four-arm chainset similar to Shimano’s more expensive groupsets.

Tiagra calipers perform the stopping duties by working on Mavic CXP Elite rims wrapped with 25mm-wide Vittoria Zaffiro Pro tyres.

We swung a leg over the Boardman Team Carbon at the Performance range launch. Check back for our thoughts on whether Boardman’s sub £1,000 carbon machine is as good as it sounds.

Boardman Comp

The Comp pairs a triple-butted aluminium frame to a carbon fork and tops the package off with a set of disc brakes. The rotors are still 160mm but they’re Tektro Spire units rather than Shimano and cable actuated rather than hydraulic.

The Boardman Comp’s aluminium frame is dressed in Shimano Sora components

Shimano does supply the drivetrain, however, in the shape of its nine-speed Sora groupset, although, once again, FSA gets the privilege of providing the chainset. The bars, stem, seatpost and saddle are all Boardman’s own, as are the wheels, which roll on 25mm Vittoria rubber. Yours for £699.

Boardman Sport

The same aluminium frame that graces the Boardman Comp is also at the heart of the Sport model. All that’s missing on the Sport version of the frame are the disc brake mounts. It’s dual-pivot callipers that take care of stopping on this £499 bike, while an eight-speed Shimano Claris groupset handles shifting between gears.

The Boardman Sport is the most affordable bike in the range at £499

Wheels are a set of Mavic CXP rims shod with 25mm Vittoria tyres and it’s Boardman that supplies the aluminium bars, stem, seatpost and metal-railed saddle to match the metal frame.

Boardman Road TT

Boardman’s entry-level time trial bike uses an aluminium frame with a carbon fork and seatpost. The rear brake is hidden behind the bottom bracket, the cables are routed internally and the almost all of the tubes have some degree of aero profiling.

 

FSA supplies the chainset but the rest of the drivetrain is made up of SRAM’s ten-speed Apex components. Bar-end shifters mean you don’t have to come out of an aero tuck to change gear and the split-nose ISM Adamo saddle takes the weight off your perineum when you’re perched on the nose. There’s also scope for altering the effective seat tube angle thanks to the sliding saddle clamp.

Chris Boardman knows his way around a time trial bike and this TT machine makes its way into the 2016 Performance range

As for the wheels, the Road TT comes specced with Boardman’s own shallow-profile alloy rims and 23mm Vittoria slicks.

Cyclo-cross

There are also two cyclo-cross bikes in Boardman’s 2016 Performance range. The CX Comp comes in at £649 and the CX Team is a penny under a grand at £999.

The CX Comp is one of two cyclo-cross bikes and is priced at £649

Both are based around a triple-butted aluminium frame, but whereas the CX Comp’s fork has a chromoly steerer with alloy blades, the CX Team gets a tapered carbon fork.

Otherwise, the Comp is dressed in a nine-speed Shimano Sora groupset, with Tektra Lyra mechanical disc brakes. A compact 50-34t and 11-32t cassette ensure there are plenty of gears for climbing on a bike still capable of mixing it off road.

The Boardman CX Team is £999 and gets a SRAM 1×11 drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes

The Team is more of a thoroughbred cyclo-cross machine and comes with a 1×11 SRAM Rival groupset, with SRAM hydraulic disc brakes. Both ‘cross bikes have Mavic XM319 rims wrapped in Schwalbe Tyrago tyres.

Website: Boardman Bikes

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