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Boardman CX Comp
The Boardman CX Comp gets the CX moniker because its intended mainly for Cyclo-Cross use. Truth be told though this lightweight, elegant, rugged multi-tasker can turn its hand to pretty much any terrain you care to ride.
Top Features of the Boardman CX Comp
|Rear Rack Mounts:||Yes|
|Number of gears:||20|
|Steerer:||Tapered 1 1/8 - 1 1/4|
|Bottle Cage Mounts:||Double|
|Wheel Size:||700c (622)|
|Brake Type:||Cable Disc Brake|
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 disc brakes are both more powerful than the regular cantilevers normally found on CX bikes and also allow for great tyre/mud/mudguard clearance. Thoughtfully, Boardman have used brake-hose routing for the brake lines meaning the cables are fully shielded from water and mud (and will work better than unshielded cables in nasty conditions), and that should hydraulic disc brakes for cross bikes become available in the future (a number of component manufacturers are working on this as we speak) you'll be able to fit them to this frame without using work-arounds or leaving unsightly unused cable-stops.
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 Avid's reliable BB5 road calipers - the benefits of which are greater power and control, particularly in bad (muddy, rainy) conditions or when fully loaded with panniers and gear. 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 Formula disc hubs built onto Alex DP17 aluminium rims with stainless steel spokes. The wheels feature a regular spoke lacing pattern and a full compliment of spokes meaning they should cope well with both the rigours of off road riding as well as the extra torsional grief that the disc brakes apply. 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 Ritchey and Boardman 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.
|Size Guide (Boardman Comp, Race, Team, Team Carbon, CX Series and TK series)|
|Frame Size||Rider Height (cm)||Inside Leg (cm)|
|X-Small||155 - 163||69 - 74|
|Small||163 - 170||71 - 76|
|Medium||170 - 178||74 - 81|
|Large||178 - 183||79 - 86|
|X-Large||183 plus||84 plus|
|'Size matters! That's why at Wiggle we measure each of our bikes to build accurate size charts for our customers. Our qualified team of mechanics then individually check each order against measurements supplied by you to ensure the size chosen is correct. Another reason you can have complete confidence when buying a bike from Wiggle!'|
|Top Tube Length:||525||540||555||570||585|
|Seat Tube Length:||500||515||530||55||570|
|Head Tube Length:||120||130||140||160||175|
|Head Tube Angle||72||72.5||73||73||73|
|Seat Tube Angle:||74||73||73||73||73|
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Product Q & A
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Does Wiggle sell XS anyway?
Is the rear hub 130 or 135mm wide?
The CX Comp seems a more attractive option but I want thinner tires.
Can the CX comp be fitted with eg Schwalbe Marathon Plus 700x28c?
How is the gearing of the CX Comp compared to the Comp? I will never use this bike in offroad conditions so the gearing should preferably be a bit on the high side.
the CX Comp has mounts for a rear rack/mudguards, but no mounts on the front forks
It's possible to put 7700x28c tyres on, and is recommended if you are using only on road, as it will make the ride a lot smoother.
both bikes come with 50/34 chainset options. these are becoming increasingly popular with road riders, as unless undergoing serious racing, offers a gear ratio suitable
178 tall and 86cm inseam, would Medium be a good fit for the Boardman CX Comp?
all of the sizing and specifications available are on the size guide & description page.
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