As the SLR name suggests, this bike is light. However, weight isn't everything. To be a true performance race bike it also needs to be stiff, strong, comfortable and have controlled and balanced handling.
|Number of gears:||20|
|Steerer:||Tapered 1 1/8 - 1 1/4|
|Wheel Size:||700c (622)|
With the new Boardman SLR frame at its heart along with SRAM Force drive train, Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels and a Ritchey WCS finishing kit the SLR 9.2 has all these bases covered.
New Super Light Racing frame and fork is a full carbon monocoque design and has FEA developed frame profiles that ensure strength, stiffness and weight are maximised by putting material where it’s needed and removing it where it isn’t required. The Down tube is shaped for the optimum stiffness and strength as well as being lightweight. The Seat stays have a combination of flat inside and curved outside surfaces which enhance airflow interaction between the frame and wheel and narrow profile for reduced weight and shock absorption.
The mould design a incorporates one piece BB30 bottom bracket and optimised oversize box section chainstays with a steep taper at the dropout for maximised power transfer and strength. Clever full internal cable routing offers airflow enhancement and clean lines without the weight penalty of conventional routing.
The stable and predictable geometry copes with all race situations and the full carbon fork, with blade profiles, has been designed for excellent steering precision and coupled with being lightweight and adopting a tapered steerer further increases the stiffness and steering precision.
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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 SLR Road Bikes)|
|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!'|
|Tope Tube Length:||525||540||555||570||585|
|Seat Tube Length:||470||490||510||530||550|
|Head Tube Length||100||120||140||160||170|
|Head Tube Angle||72||72.5||73||73||73|
|Seat Tube Angle:||74||73||73||73||73|
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AT FULL SPEED
If anyone like Chris Boardman, one of the best time-trialist of the last years, uses all his knowledge to make bikes, the result cannot be other than bikes developed to be as fastest as possible.
Trying a bike with no references at all is tempting. It allows you to start from scratch, with no preconceived ideas. So when we got the parcel from Wiggle with the perfect packaging, our first feeling was curiosity, we wanted to find out what was inside those very light boxes. After unpackaging, mounting the wheels and adjusting everything to our measurements, we got a bike that has an excellent weight of 6.8 kg in size M (with no unnecessary/flamboyant mounting.) It has a modern design with tubes of generous dimensions and colours that make stand out the sober character of the bike. What really stands out is the stiff and light frame, leaving aside the so common aerodynamics that seems to involve everything lately. Anyway, let's not be mistaken, because the brand also has the models AiR where they take into consideration this parameter. What would we find on the road? Honestly, we found this bike disconcerting. Being now at the beginning of the season, when the rides tend to be long, it is a bit dull. The frame, with a hard and dry feeling, tells us that is not a bike to ride calmly. So it is enough to gear the 53T, which give us a clear orientation of this bike - If you push hard, you will find its true SELF. We speed up almost as fast as our heart rate, while we try to be a bit "stuck" (??), because you get the feeling that the power applied to the crank-arms is fully transferred to the rear end, which is undoubtedly its strong point. The general stiffness is outstanding, even a bit excessive on the headset area. But we mentioned that previously, there is no concession, It's a bike to go fast, no half measures. The sportiest people will be able to meet their needs with this bike and there is something else: a very competitive price, given it is a top level frame and a reliable mounting system.
When a former rider like Chris Boardman shows interest in having the best material and dedicate all his knowledge to his own bikes brand, those are the perfect conditions to get an optimum result. From this interest from Alan Ingarfiel, Sarah Mooney and Chris Boardman himself, Boardman Bikes was funded in 2004 with the main goal of bringing together the maximum performance, a great design and the highest quality. Chris Boardman role as the leader of the R&D department is the key factor in achieving this. The latest materials and designs are tested in this department, and later on applied on the bikes. Another important pillar is the racing. These bikes are well known in the triathlon world, thanks to Brownlee brothers, while in road racing has been used by the riders of the UnitedHealthCare pro team.
THE BIG TEST
The first pillar the brand Boardman is using is perfectly visible on this SLR 9.2. At a first glance, the frame seems very tough. Obviously, the big sections of the tubes (meaning butted tubes) contribute to this feeling, specially the down tube with a peculiar trapezoid section shape. On top of that, we have the so proved solutions as the tapered steering or a BB30 bottom bracket. To round up its great stiffness, the wide rear stays guarantees a perfect power transfer from each pedal stroke to the rear wheel. Therefore, no power is wasted and it is much easier to stand up and take slow turns or to keep a top speed riding with the large ring. This stiffness also translates into assurance on taking fast turns, where we only need to choose the course and the bike goes there like a ruling pen.
Making a bike is not just a matter of taking a few carbon sheets, a bit of glue and putting it into a mould. It is all about getting the perfect balance between strength, optimum stiffness and minimum weight, by reducing the material at some points and adding it where it is needed. A careful design is vital in order to achieve this balance. Boardman designs are based on the Finite Element Analysis, software that is able to analyse hundreds of variables and determine the optimum arrangement of each carbon sheet. The High Modulus and unidirectional carbon allows them to get the perfect and exact arrangement of each carbon sheet to get the behaviour that we are wishing for. All this allows them to have solutions like the BB30 bottom bracket and the oversized monocoque stays. Regarding the stays, the design of its sections caught our attention. They are curved inside and flat on the outside to make the air flow between the wheel and frame (I think they got this wrong, the inside is flat and the outside is curved).
The third premise the brand is based on also becomes patently clear on this bike. On top of the perfect finishing, it has a great group of components, which maintains that gen
The biggest achievement of the SLR 9.2 creators has been giving the bike a true English style. It is a bike that has been thought of beforehand, like many other bikes that we find every month. Being an English bike it runs away from radical concepts, but face stoically anything that comes. Some people would think this is a fault if we are trying to get the maximum performance, but we know from experience –and this bike confirms that- that a more neutral and simple behaviour makes the bicycle easier to handle, it allows a more relaxed steering and in the long term this means we can focus on the physical factor, getting that performance we are searching for. It is a different way of achieving the same goal, which actually allows us to fully enjoy the ride without having to go to your physiotherapist after every ride.
It is able to bring together a balanced behaviour with a perfect transfer of power. It is the perfect combination to make the most out of our legs.
How many power watts do your legs generate?
Surely, not as many as to challenge the SLR 9.2
The Boardman SLR 9.2 is, after the Forme Thorpe Elite and Pearson Hammer and Tongs, the final machine in our three-bike test celebrating British design on the back of a summer of sporting success.
There are few brands which encapsulate modern British design as much as Boardman and they are proud of their heritage â€" the Union Jack is printed on the downtube close to bottom bracket. What theyâ€™ve created in the SLR 9.2 is a fast, uncompromising machine.
The firm runs a two-year product development cycle, which, they say, allows them to make fundamental changes across the range at the end of each 24-month period, rather than just altering spec or colour on an annual basis.
The Elite Series, of which the SLR 9.2 is part, was launched in March 2011 and is itself split into two ranges, with four bikes apiece in the SLR and AiR collections. The AiR range is based around Boardmanâ€™s aero frame, while SLR stands for Superlight Racing. Our test bike, the 9.2, is second from bottom in the range, above the 9.0 but below the 9.4 and 9.8. The Boardman brand is synonymous with Halfords but all bikes in the Elite Series are available to buy through Boardmanâ€™s independent dealer network.
The bike is based around the sub-900g SLR frame: a chunky tubeset with a huge, squared-off downtube, BB30 bottom bracket and big, box-section chainstays. Itâ€™s not the most attractive frame weâ€™ve seen but one which has undoubtedly been designed for speed, and not to win a beauty contest.
Chris Boardman, who as a rider was always on the lookout for latest technological gains and now acts as head of research and development at the company which bears his name, calls the SLR a climbing frame and I took the 9.2 to Majorca to put that to the test.
In short, it's an incredibly efficient machine, where every ounce of energy spent pushing the pedals is transferred into forward momentum. Boardman have created a frame which is light without sacrificing strength and stiffness. The 9.2 takes little input to get up to speed and, with our scales recording anoverall weight of 7.1kg, it proved the ideal companion for Majorca's long, steady climbs. Back in the UK, it's the machine I've reached for over the past few months when speed is the key and, perhaps, there's a Strava segment up for grabs.
The trade-off, however, is that it's not the most comfortable of rides. Comfort, along with aerodynamics and weight, is a bike design buzzword, but the SLR 9.2 transmits a generous helping of road buzz through the frame to the rider. Majorca's super-smooth roads provided no issues and the bike remained comfortable through a long, mountainous 85-mile sportive, but the UK's potholed roads posed more of a problem and the ride quality is a little harsh if you want a machine that will accommodate long days in the saddle on bumpy roads.
But this is an aggressive, race-tuned bike, and delivers wholly on that front. If speedâ€™s your thing then then SLR 9.2 will deliver by the bucketload. Handling is direct and nimble, and is a joy to fire through fast, sweeping descents.
The spec is, on the whole, excellent. SRAMâ€™s Force groupset is a popular choice for amateur racers who want to combine low weight and performance with affordability. The bike is equipped with 53-39t chainrings as standard, which again alludes to the design brief to create a race-ready machine; we swapped in a cassette with a 28t sprocket ahead of our trip to Majorca and that proved enough for the island's largely steady climbs. A compact chainset is also available through selected dealers.
Mavic's Ksyrium Elite wheels are stiff (which contributes to some of the road buzz transmitted into the frame) and tough while, at 1540g, still relatively lightweight for a set of off-the-peg aluminium clinchers. The Ritchey WCS finishing kit (handlebar, stem and saddle) is lightweight and stiff, too, while the Fizik Arione saddle is a popular choice.
All that makes for an excellent package which, at Â£2,599.99, is well priced for the spec. If you're willing to sacrifice some comfort for speed, and your heart's set on racing or a mountainous, overseas sportive, then it's a machine which will ask for more long after the rider has nothing left to give.
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