Boardman Bikes have launched the updated Female-informed – or Fi – collection for 2012.
From the four-bike range, fans of skinny tyres will be most interested in Boardman’s Fi Road Comp (£799.99) and Fi Team Carbon (£1299.99) machines.
So what makes them different to Boardman’s regular fleet? On the face of it both enjoy new paintjobs, with the Fi Road Comp white with a dash of pink, while the range-topping Fi Team Carbon is silver with a hint of pink.
And, more importantly, all four bikes in the range feature a female-specific geometry, with three sizes – small/medium/large or 46cm 50cm or 52.5cm – so there’s no need for a lot of women to grab the smallest unisex bike and find it still doesn’t quite fit.
The Fi Road Comp, which takes full length mudguards, features a triple-butted aluminium frame, aerodynamic downtube, curved wishbone seatstays for enhanced comfort, internal rear brake cable routing, carbon fork and Sram Apex groupset.
Meanwhile, the Fi Team Carbon, overhauled this year to reflect its updated unisex stablemate, features full carbon fibre monocoque construction, internal cable routing, oversized box section chainstays for increased power transfer, curved wishbone seatstays and a BB30 bottom bracket, while you also get Shimano 105 gears and brakes, an FSA Gossamer Pro 50/34 chainset and Mavic Aksium wheels to justify the £300 price hike.
Also included in the Fi range are the HT Comp hardtail mountain bike (£649.99) and the Comp hybrid machine (£599.99).
“The all-new 2012 Fi range builds upon the successful and ever-popular initial offering and includes input from our world-class female athletes, combined with my own cycling heritage to deliver a series of bikes specifically designed for women who enjoy cycling at every level,” said Chris Boardman, director of research and development.
“From commuting, competing, off-road through to family touring – all our bikes benefit from world-class frame design, superior materials and hand-picked componentry – specifically designed to enhance your ride experience and maximise all round performance.”
Halfords is expecting demand to be high and recommends customers reserve their bike in-store. For details of your nearest Boardman Fi stockist visit www.halfords.com/boardmanbikes