This Boardman Team Carbon is no longer available although you may find similar or newer versions below:
|Carbon (UD Finish)||Large|
|Carbon (UD Finish)||Medium|
|Carbon (UD Finish)||Small|
|Carbon (UD Finish)||X-Large|
|Carbon (UD Finish)||X-Small|
Olympic and World Championship winning pedigree. The same frame design that won gold in Beijing and World Championship Road and Triathlon titles combined with a performance focused spec for unrivalled carbon performance.
|Number of gears:||20|
|Cable Routing:||Internal & External Mix|
|Steerer:||Tapered 1 1/8 - 1 1/4|
|Wheel Size:||700c (622)|
An olympic and World championship winning frame and fork design that uses a full carbon fibre monocoque construction. The frame features an aerodynamic down tube profile, oversize box section chainstays (for increased power transfer), internal rear brake cable routing and enhanced gear cable routing through the headtube, curved wishbone seatstays (for enhanced comfort) and updated for 2011 a BB30 bottom bracket reducing weight and increasing stiffness.
The compact chainset, with a wide range of sprockets on the cassette, gives you a large choice of gears for speed and for climbing. Many sportives events incorporate some nasty/steep climbs on the route so having a compact chainset makes life a little bit easier.
Note: Manufacturer may reserve the right to change the specification of that listed or shown on this page.
Wiggle has a comprehensive range of road bikes to suit all types of cycling. Including racing bikes and triathlon racing bikes, along with a comprehensive range of ladies road bikes and mens road bikes for competitive racing or leisure cycling. Wiggle’s range of road racing bikes are lighter and faster than other styles of bikes making them the ideal choice for many different cycling activities. Available in standard sizes, Wiggle’s road bikes offer outstanding value for money across our extensive ranges.
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
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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 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||555||570|
|Head Tube Length||100||130||150||170||185|
|Head Tube Angle||72||72.5||73||73||73|
|Seat Tube Angle:||74||73||73||73||73|
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From 1986 to 2000, Chris Boardman was one of the world's fastest men in timed events. He was also among the first to compete on a carbon bike, piloting a Lotus 108 to Olympic 4,000-meter gold in 1992. His attention to detail earned him the nickname The Professor as his legs brought him a world TT championship, three Tour de France stage wins, and several hour records.
Buy it: If you want a bike that's big on speed and value
Pocket-lint recently undertook a fairly meaty 175km cycle with our bum firmly planted on its fairly comfortable seat. The Boardman Team Carbon was so good, we figured we'd give it a review.
Still though, a brilliant cycle at a fairly affordable price. Those not so keen on carbon or without the budget could always look at the non-"pro" model. It comes with virtually the same parts and frame geometry and we are told, rides nearly just as well.
A GREAT WAY TO START
Performance, design and quality are the values of Boardman bikes whose research and development director is Chris Boardman, Olympic medallist famous for the podium gained in Barcelona, 1992. Boardman is hailed as a legend of British cycling thanks to him having over thirty records and victories. The Boardman Team Carbon, top of the entry-level â€˜Performanceâ€™ series, fully represents the company ethos. The frame is a UD finish full carbon monocoque with a BB30 bottom bracket. Components are entry level but from reliable brands and they withstand the standards expected from a road bike. The overall perception is that this is an inexpensive but doubtlessly quality bike. Outside of the UK, Boardman bikes are only available on Wiggle (www.wiggle.co.uk), online retailer specialised in sport equipment for tri-sports.
Frame and Fork
Frame, fork and dropouts are full carbon monocoque, including an external layer in unidirectional carbon. A distinctive feature of the frame is the aerodynamic teardrop-shaped down tube. Its height is more or less uniform, progressively increasing in width as it gets closer to the generously wide bottom bracket shell. The seat tube is round-shaped, whereas the top tube has a standard section. The internal cable routing goes from inside the head tube to the down tube, where cable guides are riveted to the down tube. The frame is designed for a band-on derailleur and two bottle cages; cables are all externally routed, except the one for the rear brake. Classic wishbone seatstays (with concavity facing the rear) are slightly curved, their section is triangular with inward vertex. Chainstays are box-sectioned and tapered; dropout levers are replaceable, in carbon. The monocoque fork features a tapered pivot with 1.5â€ lower bearing and a traditional 1.8â€ top bearing. The carbon fork dropouts are protected by two aluminium plates. The fork is beefy but classy, with slightly curved blades. Size S, the one we tested, comes with a 54 cm length top tube, which usually equals a size M of other brands. Its head tube is 130 mm, an average size among the most common ones, which allows a race posture. Regarding other details of the frame, we will just give a few words about the internal cable routing from the head tube: in order to load the bike in the car, the cyclist needs to turn the handlebar by 90°, enhancing the risk of snapping the cables. Though thumbs up for the transparent chain protector that comes with the bike.
Shimano is in charge of the transmission: this bike is equipped with Shimano 105 groupset, exception made for the FSA Gossamer BB30 50/34 chainset in forged aluminium. Two great choices considering that on bikes of this level we would normally see a Tiagra or â€" best case scenario â€" a mix between Tiagra and 105. The wheels are Mavic Aksyum, entry level from the French manufacturer, paired up with Vittoria Zaffiro 23 mm tyres. The saddle is Fiâ€™z:k Arione with manganese rails, headset is FSA integrated. The finishing kit is Boardman-branded. Stem, handlebar, seatpost with carbon tube and aluminium two-bolt head all come with the CBoardman pro logo.
Please bear in mind that the front brake is on the right lever. The only real downside is the pedals: the bike comes with flat ones with clips and straps. We would expect them on a city bike, not on a precious, entry level road bike.
Our test starts with..unpacking the box! Not a minor thing with online purchases, although we must say that packaging was extremely well-thought through. When assembling, we noticed that the front brake is activated by the right lever, unlike Italian custom. No operations are needed apart from turning the handlebar, fitting the pedals (flat type ones) and the bike is ready to use. Riding the Team Carbon is a pleasure. Overall, except for the weight, we also thought it is quite efficient.
If you are not after lightweight bikes, even a cheaper frame can be stiffened up by adding extra thickness to the materials used. Comfort-wise, this bike works well in shock-absorbing although it feels a bit less stable on rougher passages. The rider did not experience any particular back pain after riding up to 3 hours.
The Team Carbon is a bike with no frills. In its price range, it stands out for the choice of high level components. This seems to us to be such a key observation that we would recommend it to beginner cyclists. This bike is certainly a very good purchase for entry-level. Not everyone trusts on-line retailers, but we canâ€™t have everything!
The tubes have a slightly sloping geometry. The bike comes in 5 sizes â€" from XS (top tube length: 52,5cm centre-centre, for riders 155-163cm tall) to XL (57cm, for riders over 183cm). Stability and comfort are prioritised, with a comfy seat tube (73°) and fork with rake of 45mm.
Extremely refined details: beautiful (and perfect) matt black UD carbon finish. The manufacturer specifies that small differences in colour can be detected between frame and forks. Very pretty the yellow internal lines applied to forks and chainstays.
Not giving the possibility of custom choice components seems to be the only possible way to keep the price down. Nevertheless, the results are still noticeable in this bike. Another noticeable aspect â€" indicative of a quality product â€" is the variation of crank arms/stem length and handlebar width according to the size of the frame.
Definitely good, especially if bought with the 15% discount currently offered.
After the test, two observations can be made. The first one: the aerodynamic shape of the tubes does not always pay off in terms of bottom bracket shell stiffness. The over 7mm of deflection is not a bad result, however, we would have expected something more from a "medium" weight bike. The braking power, on the other hand, has the standard of much higher quality (pricey) carbon frames. The second one: if you read the chart after checking the bike price, the impression can be nothing but positive.
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