Boardman Sport and Comp
That completes the carbon fibre road range and brings us on to the aluminium range. While we have noted the emergence of high-end alloy machines – not least the Kinesis Racelight Aithein and Specialized S-Works Allez – Boardman’s metal range continues to service the entry-level market, with the Road Sport priced at £499.99 and the Road Comp at £699.99.
Both are based around the same 7005, triple-butted frame, with the semi-compact ‘sportive’ geometry that features on the Road Team Carbon and Road Pro Carbon. The Road Sport has a fork with alloy blades and a chromoly steerer, while the Road Comp has a full carbon fork.
The frame’s smooth welds (everywhere expect the bottom bracket junction) give it a super-neat finish (it looks like carbon fibre at first glance). Unlike Boardman’s carbon frames, the aluminium models have mudguard eyelets.
The Road Sport (claimed weight 10.7kg) is specced largely with Shimano’s entry-level Claris groupset, while the Road Comp (9.98kg) gets upgraded Sora components.