BOARDMAN AIR 9.8
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.
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”