- Boardman CX Comp Sora 2014
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To experience the performance and versatility of the CX Comp is like nothing else. With a lightweight alloy frame and fork, performance driven spec including disc brakes, Shimano Sora gearing and Mavic rims, the CX Comp will outshine the competition.
Top Features of the Boardman CX Comp Sora 2014
- New superlight alloy frame constructed of triple butted tubing with smooth welding
- Custom tube profiles designed specifically for the forces and performance criteria of offroad riding
- Oversize box section chainstays for increased power transfer
- Asymmetric chainstays with rear disc brake caliper mounting for increased brake performance
- Curved wishbone seatstays for enhanced comfort
- Disc specific alloy fork
- Fully mudguard and rear rack compatible
- Shimano Sora gearing with a FSA Velo compact chainset
- Mavic XM319 wheels
|Rear Rack Mounts:||Yes|
|Number of gears:||18|
|Frame:||Lightweight triple butted alloy with smooth welds|
|Fork Material:||Aluminium Alloy|
|Bottle Cage Mounts:||Double|
|Dropouts:||Replaceable Rear Derailleur Hanger|
|Wheel Size:||700c (622)|
|Brake Levers/Gear Shifters:||Shimano Sora|
|Front Derailleur:||Shimano Sora|
|Rear Derailleur:||Shimano Sora|
|Brake Type:||Cable Disc Brake|
|Brakes:||Shimano Sora (STi), 9 speed|
|Brake Callipers:||Tektro Lyra with 160mm rotors|
|Chainring Size:||50 Tooth, 34 Tooth|
|Bottom Bracket:||FSA Square Tapered|
|Cassette:||Shimano HG50, 9 speed|
|Cassette Range:||11-32 Tooth|
|Seat Post:||Boardman E4P (31.6mm x 350mm)|
|Tyres:||Schwalbe Tyrago 700x37c|
|Pedals:||Supplied with basic flat pedals|
|Warranty:||2 year frame warranty, 12 month parts warranty|
The Boardman CX frame is made from smooth-welded, triple butted aluminium (the butting process reduces tube wall thickness, saving weight in lower stress areas) which makes it extremely light as well as looking very well finished too. Aluminium as a frame material here is eminently practical as it is comparatively inexpensive but has great stiffness and lightweight properties - ideal for this type of bike.
It is disc-brake specific giving it very clean lines unobstructed by brake bosses on the frame and enables the use of cable actuated disc brakes. The rear brake post-mount sits neatly inside the stays on a forged, machined drop-out which transfers braking forces to the frame in a controlled fashion and also makes fitting rack or mudguard hardware easier too as the brake caliper is tucked out of the way. From there the stays curve up to an attractive wishbone junction which not only looks good but makes for increased rider comfort over rough terrain too.
The frame features a tapered head-tube giving great rigidity up front for cornering and braking confidence and comes with full rack and mudguard mounts too so you can kit it out as a winter training bike, tourer or commuter depending on your requirements. You also get a full carbon disc specific fork including the tapered steerer which is great quality at this price.
Lastly, if you're really just planning on getting muddy on the cross-racing circuit you'll be glad of the front-slotted cut at the top of the seat-tube making it harder for water and mud to work its way into your frame at the seat-collar, and the flattened top tube near the seat tube junction meaning you can shoulder the bike comfortably for hike-a-bike sections too. In short this is a thoroughly well thought out frame.
Few manufacturers make a dedicated CX groupset so Boardman have had to come up with their own. They've opted for reliable Shimano Sora componentry in the main including shifters and rear mech and have thoughtfully used the long-cage version of this mech allowing a larger cassette to be fitted in the future should a wider spread of lower gears be required as in long distance or hillier touring applications. Braking duties are looked after by Tektro's reliable Lyra brakes and perform very well in bad (muddy, rainy) conditions or when fully loaded with panniers and gear. The disc brakes are both more powerful than the regular cantilevers normally found on CX bikes and also allow for great tyre/mud/mudguard clearance. The chainset is an FSA Vero compact offering which means lower gear ratios are available than on a standard double for ease of climbing and you get a sealed bearing cartridge bottom bracket unit too for longevity.
The wheels supplied are thanks to Mavic and their XM319 wheels. The great thing about CX wheels is that if you're planning on doing tarmac based work where the wider treaded tyres might slow you down un-necessarily you only need to swap the tyres for narrower, lighter, quicker ones for some nearly free extra speed.
The Boardman CX Comp is rounded off with good quality finishing kit including tyres from Schwalbe and Boardman E4P branded stem, bar, saddle and seatpost to keep costs low.
Whether you're dipping a toe in the world of cyclocross, looking for a reliable rugged tourer or just commuting to work the CX Comp is a great value well thought out package - the Swiss army knife of bikes. At Wiggle our dedicated team of qualified mechanics build, test and fine tune each CX Comp bike before it is carefully packaged for despatch to ensure yours arrives in perfect working order. To find out which size you need check our size guide below.
Note: Manufacturer may reserve the right to change the specification of that listed or shown on this page.
About Cyclocross Bikes
Cyclocross bikes are similar to road bike, they are lightweight, with narrow tyres and drop handlebars. However, they also share characteristics with mountain bicycles in that they utilize knobby treaded tyres for traction, and cantilever style brakes for the clearance needed due to muddy conditions. They have to be lightweight because competitors need to carry their bicycle to overcome barriers or slopes too steep to climb in the saddle. The sight of competitors struggling up a muddy slope with bicycles on their shoulders is the classic image of the sport, although un-ridable sections are generally a very small fraction of the race distance. Cross bikes also make good winter bikes or commuters, their frames have plenty of clearance which allows for mudguards, while the upright angles make them agile around town, meaning you can hit the trails at the weekend and then fit some road tyres and commute on them during the week.
About the Boardman brand
The latest exciting range of Boardman bikes inspired by a true
From mountain and road to performance hybrid and track bikes there is
something in the range for everyone - so no matter what kind of bike you
ride, or what level you’re at, Boardman keep your cycling experience at the
forefront of their minds.
Chris Boardman MBE, record holder of the fastest ever Tour de France Prologue, achieved many victories throughout his illustrious career including World Champion, National Champion (at both Junior and Senior level winning over 30 titles) and his iconic Olympic Gold Medal winning performance aboard the famous Lotus track bike.
Chris has represented his country at four Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships, and went on to work at the cutting edge of bike design with the record breaking Beijing Olympic track team and now brings his expertise to you through Boardman Bikes.
|X Small||Small||Medium||Large||Extra Large|
|Height||cm||151 - 163cm||163 - 170cm||170 - 178cm||178 - 183cm||183cm|
|Inside Leg||cm||690 - 74cm||71 - 76cm||74 - 81cm||79 - 86cm||84cm|
|Top Tube (Virtual)||mm||525mm||540mm||555mm||570mm||585mm|
|Seat Tube - Center to Top||mm||500mm||515mm||530mm||555mm||570mm|
|Head Tube Angle||Degrees||72°||72.5°||73°||73°||73°|
|Seat Tube Angle||Degrees||74°||73°||73°||73°||73°|
|Bottom Bracket Drop||mm||65mm||65mm||65mm||65mm||65mm|
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