BOARD­MAN AIR 9.8

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Check out how this su­per steed per­formed on our four-way test.

1 FIRST RIDE

De­signed with the ex­per­tise of Olympic gold medal­list Chris Board­man, it’s a strik­ingly clean aero de­sign with in­te­grated front brake buried in the fork, hid­den rear brake and blended seat­post. The bat­tery for the elec­tric shift­ing is mounted in­side the seat­post, the cable for the front brake runs in­side the fork. There’s no com­pro­mise on com­fort, con­fi­dent han­dling or brak­ing per­for­mance.

2 FAST RIDE

There’s no bru­tal rigid­ity to the power de­liv­ery but it’s no fly­weight ei­ther. The Dura Ace crank in the BB30 bot­tom bracket shell cer­tainly doesn’t squan­der power. The close ra­tio 11-25 tooth rear cas­sette keeps elec­tric gear shifts al­most im­per­cep­ti­ble. You’ll sud­denly re­alise you’re scream­ing along faster than nor­mal, and rid­ing bud­dies are fight­ing to catch what lit­tle drag the Board­man cre­ates.

3 HILLY RIDE

Fit­ting a shal­lower front wheel Board­man saves a bit of weight but it’s still a hefty bike at over 8kg. That’s ob­vi­ous when things head up­wards, with the AiR best suited to steady climbs. The Tek­tro an­chors and Board­man wheels per­form pre­dictably at all speeds. The shal­lower front wheel, balanced han­dling and aero­dy­nam­ics keep it con­fi­dent on tech­ni­cal de­scents too.

4LONG RIDE

You’ll no­tice the sup­ple feel of the top qual­ity, 25mm Vit­to­ria tyres un­der­lin­ing the ride. The frame does a great job of suck­ing vi­bra­tion out of rougher roads too. Add the re­lax­ing, wind­proof han­dling, seam­less elec­tric shift­ing and ul­tra aero­dy­namic frame pro­fil­ing and the fur­ther you ride it, the more ad­van­tage its quiet ef­fi­ciency and com­fort gives you.

“The shal­lower front wheel, beau­ti­fully balanced han­dling and aero­dy­nam­ics keep it con­fi­dent on de­scents”

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