Imagine for a moment that the road bikes in Boardman’s new Performance range are characters in a romantic comedy. The Pro Carbon, with its polished-chrome paintjob and hydraulic brakes, would undoubtedly be cast as the head-turning beauty that gets all the attention. The Team Carbon, meanwhile, would play the slightly plainer but brainier best friend – the one that gets all the best lines and could turn out to be the suitor’s ideal partner.
There’s no denying the Team Carbon isn’t as eye-catching as the Pro Carbon but its charms are more than skin deep. Spend some time getting to know it and you discover a bike with hidden charm, a bike that gradually wins you over by appealing to your head rather than your heart.
Why? Because it’s a well-equipped bike with a full carbon frame and fork that costs £999, and putting together a package like that is no mean feat. There’s only a handful of companies that are able to offer similarly specced carbon bikes for less than a grand – new bikes, that is, not just discounted models from previous years.