Boardman continually impresses us with its ability to shoehorn great spec into a price point.
You can’t ignore it’s a cut above the rest, including features like a full carbon fork with tapered steerer, BB30 chainset – both aspects more akin to top-end race rigs – plus Mavic’s Aksium race wheelset and Continental’s Ultra Sport tyres. Shimano 105 running gear is the best you’d expect at this price point.
Aside from Tektro brakes, Boardman hasn’t skimped, and even these were hard to fault in use. The finishing kit includes a lightweight carbon seatpost, and while it’s ‘own brand’ kit, Boardman has clearly taken its design cues from Ritchey, so the style and performance are good throughout.
Add to this the fact that the triple-butted alloy frame is superbly finished with smooth welds and stylish tube shaping and it’s got lots going for it.
On the road, you can expect well-balanced handling, with a stiff pedalling platform. The head tube is fairly short, so if you prefer a tall front end, you’ll have to live with spacers… or maybe that’s a deal-breaker?
Mavic Aksium Race
Continental Ultra Sport
Shimano 105/FSA Gossamer BB30 chainset/Tektro R580 brakes