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Boardman Road Pro Carbon

By:
Daniel Simms
Published:
April 05, 2011, 21:28 BST,
Updated:
April 10, 2013, 18:55 BST

Specification

Brand:
Boardman
Price:
£1799.99
Frame Material:
T800 carbon fibre
Available Sizes:
L| M| S| XL| M| L| M| L| M| L| XL| M| L| XL| M|XS|XS| S| M| L|XS| S| M| L| XL|XS| S| M| L| XL|XS| S|XS|XS
Cranks Model:
FSA Energy BB30
Saddle Model:
Fizik Arione
Brakes Model:
SRAM Force
Fork Brand:
Ultralight Carbon monocoque
Seatpost Brand:
Ritchey
Seatpost Model:
WCS 31.6mm
Stem Brand:
Ritchey
Rims Model:
Mavic Ksyrium Equipe
Stem Model:
WCS OS 31.8mm
Bottom Bracket Model:
FSA BB30
Weight (lb):
7.73
Front Hub Brand:
Ri WCS 16H front 24H rear
Handlebar Brand:
Ritchey
Rear Derailleur Model:
Shimano Ultegra
Handlebar Model:
PRO OS 31.8mm
Headset Brand:
FSA
Headset Type:
Orbit integrated cartridge bearing
Front Derailleur Model:
Shimano Ultegra
Front Tyre Model:
Continental Ultra Race 700x23c
Chain Model:
KMC X10
Cassette:
Shimano CS5700
Rear Tyre Model:
Continental Ultra Race 700x23c
Description:
Continental Ultra Race Folding tyres

Cyclingnews Verdict:

Rating:
90 out of 100

Fast and uncompromising aero road bike at a bargain price

Sub £2K aero road bike

Helped by their high street distribution via Halfords in the UK, Boardman Bikes have made quite a name for themselves in just a few years. They're not standing still in 2011. This year they're sponsoring a professional road team, are looking to move into international markets and have introduced some new bikes, including this, their first aero road bike.

Typically for a Boardman bike, the price is exceptionally competitive, your £1,800 landing you a carbon fibre frame, tapered carbon fork and oversized aero seatpost as well as a higher spec than most similarly priced bikes. Shimano Ultegra kit takes care of shifting and braking, and there’s a decent set of Mavic Ksyrium Equipe wheels.

Maximum aerodynamic efficiency is achieved using a flattened Cervélo-like down tube, carbon aero seatpost and deep aero fork, along with intricately routed internal cabling. And though weight isn’t the most crucial element in producing an aerodynamic road bike, the higher-end kit has enabled Boardman to keep the weight down to a very impressive 7.73kg.

While we haven’t tested the Road Pro in the wind tunnel yet, our Bike Of The Year testers’ perceptions are that this is a serious speed machine that absolutely flies when you put your foot down. This isn’t a bike for tootling along but one for making the most of your all-out efforts, and there are few concessions to anything other than speed in the bike’s make-up.

The huge BB30 bottom bracket cluster and FSA’s stiff, hollow-forged Energy cranks combine to good effect, making sure little of your energy is wasted, while the deep-section down tube keeps the bike feeling remarkably rigid. One racing tester felt the handling was composed and predictable, creating a stable platform from which to accelerate. Helped by the racy Ksyrium Equipes, the Boardman picks up speed quickly, and the slippery frame helps to maintain it.

In addition to the wheels, the rest of the kit is well thought out too. There’s a good quality Boardman bar and stem, and Fizik’s Arione saddle proved popular. Boardman have obviously done their homework before entering the world of aero road bikes, and the Pro Air deserves serious attention. Great frameset, good wheels, light weight, superb acceleration. Not a comfortable ride-all-day bike, but a lightning-fast, uncompromising race bike for the serious cyclist.

This article first appeared here on BikeRadar.