Boardman Bikes‘ SLS ‘endurance race’ frame has received the disc brake treatment, with the British brand using the London Bike Show to unveil a four-strong collection of disc-equipped machines.
Boardman launched the SLS (or SuperLight Sportive) platform, part of the top-tier Elite range sold through independent bike shops, in November 2013 and the frame, designed to bridge the gap between performance and comfort, was an obvious candidate for disc brakes.
The SLS Disc range is based around a 950g frame, approximately 100g heavier than the 850g SLS but still certainly light, and a 400g fork. Interestingly, Boardman have opted to used thru-axles at the front and rear.
The range, due to be available from mid-March, is made up of four bikes, starting with the £2,299.99 SLS 9.0 Disc with Shimano 105 and rising to the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2-equipped SLS 9.8 Disc for £4,999.99. All four bikes have hydraulic disc brakes.
We stopped by the Boardman stand at the London Bike Show to take a closer look.