Boardman Bikes have introduced four new models with Shimano Di2-specific frames based on their existing AiR and SLR platforms.
The AiR (Aerodynamic Racing) range is bolstered by the addition of the new AiR 9.2S and AiR 9.0S models, while the SLR (Superlight Racing) range has also been increased to six bikes with the addition of the SLR 9.2S and SLR 9.0S models. All four machines are specced with Shimano Ultegra Di2.
The updated AiR and SLR frames have been adapted specifically for Di2, with full internal cable routing and a battery mounting point on the left-hand chainstay.
Otherwise the frame is the same as that found on the existing models, with the AiR optimised for aerodynamics and the SLR frame, which weighs less than 900g, Boardman’s super-light offering. We tested the SRAM Force-equipped Boardman SLR 9.2 in September and were impressed by the bike’s responsive, super-stiff ride.
Chris Boardman, the company’s head of research and development, was an early adopter of electronic shifting as a professional, winning the opening prologue of the 1997 Tour de France on Mavic’s Zap electronic system.
“I’ve always been able to see the value of getting precise, predictable gear changes even when under stress on a mountain or sprinting out of a corner,” said Boardman.
“Having used electronic gears for eight years as a pro rider, I have always appreciated the benefit – so much so, I have always wanted to incorporate the principle into the range.
“Thankfully, technology has now advanced and, with Shimano releasing the Ultegra level option, we are able to satisfy our customers increasing demand for this product. The four new Elite Series models are the result of this – with additional models already in the pipeline.”
The AiR 9.2S and SLR 9.2S will cost £3,499.99, with Shimano Ultegra Di2, FSA SLK chainset, Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels, Vittoria Open Corsa CX tyres, Ritchey WCS finishing kit and Fizik Arione saddle.
The AiR 9.0S and SLR 9.0S will cost £2,699.99, with the Shimano Ultegra brakes swapped for 105 calipers, plus there’s an FSA Energy chainset, Mavic Aksium wheels and Boardman’s own-brand finishing kit.
All four bikes will be available from mid-October through Boardman Bikes’ independent dealer network.