Boardman road bike anyone?

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  • Probably not the best place to ask this, but I know some of you are secret roadies... has anyone got one of the Boardman carbon bikes? Just interested to know how comfortable you find it... I know it gets good reviews but I'm looking more for comfort-over-distance rather than race speed. Cheers.

  • My mate has one and loves it. £900 for a carbon bike is pretty good. I just couldn't buy a bike from Halfords... snob in me won't do it. Also, I was told by a guy who road tested them that the carbon was the bottom end carbon. Haven't really answered your question about comfort though...

  • a friend test rode one and even the Small was 'long' in the horizontal frame length. Very stretched out and 'rectangular' frame. It may have absorbed bumps 'ok' but it is more 'race' than say the Specialized Roubaix (built for a day of riding) or even Allez. His back said 'no'.

    The carbon isn't the best (as Ufrasia said) but it's 'OK'. the bits they put on are good.
    The value for money is good - but the frame may not suit you if you're used to more 'square' frames and if it doesn't fit.... you'll not be comfortable no matter how good it is value wise.

  • You should be test riding whatever you buy.

  • Great value particularly for the Cycle-2-work scheme.
    Can't comment about the ride qualty though.

    Local (York) Halfords said they wouldn't allow a test ride as it would devalue the showroom bike.

    Long top tube- as was Boardman's race style.

    I'm tempted when I'm next eligible for the cycle-2-work scheme again.

  • No test ride, no buy.

  • a friend test rode one and even the Small was 'long' in the horizontal frame length. Very stretched out and 'rectangular' frame. It may have absorbed bumps 'ok' but it is more 'race' than say the Specialized Roubaix (built for a day of riding) or even Allez. His back said 'no'.

    The carbon isn't the best (as Ufrasia said) but it's 'OK'. the bits they put on are good.
    The value for money is good - but the frame may not suit you if you're used to more 'square' frames and if it doesn't fit.... you'll not be comfortable no matter how good it is value wise.

    Thanks... that what I feared. A lot of people seem to mention the Specialized Roubaix and Tarmac for comfort, but I know I'll end up paying full whack for these so I was looking for more of a smart buy. Halfords didn't seem particularly interested in setting up a test ride for the Boardman - hence the question.

  • If you're looking for a cycle to work scheme and are restirced to Halfords, I know that people around here have got them to order in other bikes (I can't think remember the makes, but I do remember that it was really good stuff that you wouldn't expect to ever associated with Halfords). I imagine they could get Specialized stuff in easily.

    Ahem, if it were me, I still wouldn't let them anywhere near it with a spanner though... ;)

    We're restricted to Halfords too, but I gave the cycle to work scheme guys a ring, and handed them my HR departments details so that they could attempt to widen the sources of the bike shops (and support LBS etcetcetc). Really nice chap who I spoke to who genuinely seemed keen to try to get companies to use more smaller shops and not just Halfords.

    Haven't chased it up yet, but might be worth a go.

  • BikeHut will let you test ride. As part of the Halfords group, they stock the Boardman range.

  • If you have to buy through Halfords, Carrera do a full carbon with Ultegra for under a grand, thats had good reviews - Bike radar seem to think it is a rebranded Scott

    http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/b­ikes/road/product/virago-carbon-32967

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  • Just trying to help my girlfriend find a bike at the moment and she only has the halfords scheme. Spoke to halfords cycle scheme people (not in store) and they said they can get most makes / models. They used to be able to get focus through wiggle but can't at the moment and that is about the only one.

  • To confuse things even more a lot of the scott's are made by Merida in Taiwan.

    A lot of smaller bike shops including the one I work at have dealings with Merida, they all seem to be well designed, specced & value for money.

  • Same sitch for me with halfords only. Asked the guy in the St Paul's bikehut and he said they could order in pretty much anything. I haven't chased it up yet either.

  • If you're looking for a cycle to work scheme and are restirced to Halfords, I know that people around here have got them to order in other bikes (I can't think remember the makes, but I do remember that it was really good stuff that you wouldn't expect to ever associated with Halfords). I imagine they could get Specialized stuff in easily.

    Ahem, if it were me, I still wouldn't let them anywhere near it with a spanner though... ;)

    We're restricted to Halfords too, but I gave the cycle to work scheme guys a ring, and handed them my HR departments details so that they could attempt to widen the sources of the bike shops (and support LBS etcetcetc). Really nice chap who I spoke to who genuinely seemed keen to try to get companies to use more smaller shops and not just Halfords.

    Haven't chased it up yet, but might be worth a go.

    On your C2W scheme documentation there should be a number that you call and you can ask them if they can get a certain model of bike in, I did this when I ordered my Cannondale SS leftie and Halfrauds use Leisure Lake Bikes so it might be worthwhile checking their website out.

    Just checked the documentation the number is 08450 778850 and it lists Condor, Dolan and Boardman as well.

  • No test ride, no buy.

    i've brought all my bikes without riding them - all been fine. you can change stuff around (stem, saddle position...etc) to get the similar poition unless you are planning to do 00000's of miles.
    i like the boardmans. ridden one and they ride well. for that price = bargain

  • In this case I was referring more to the shop's attitude.

    As it also sounds like the OP hasn't got a road bike to size from and we are talking £900 here, it makes a LOT of sense to buy the correct size.

    Just because you never test rode a bike doesn't make it the smart way to buy bikes..

  • Its a bit like girlfriends, you have to try them for size before forking out too much.

  • Its a bit like girlfriends, you have to try them for size before forking out too much.

    Only the cheap ones let you do that....

    ;)

  • Hijacking this thread a bit but no sooner had I thought "I need a road bike to get some long distances under my belt", my company announced it was running a cycle to work scheme.

    So, I have up to £1000 to spend at Halfords, Condor or On Your Bike. I will not be going over that amount! Condor seems too pricey for anything decent sub-£1000. I know Hellfrauds can order most stuff in, so was thinking one of the c. £999 options from Felt, Scott, GT etc or the Carrera above (not a fan of the Boardman). Any recommendations? I know this has been asked before in old threads but was hoping there may be some extra knowledge re: the 2010 range etc...

    Cheers all

  • I used the Halfords scheme to get my Brompton.
    Other colleagues have used it to get Cannondale, and even a Focus from Wibble.
    You have to ring up the Halfords helpline and ask them to supply the particular bike / make. They then subcontract to LBS (in my case York Cycleworks) who liaise with the mfr / importer.
    NB they used to be able to deal with Wibble and One One / Planet X. No longer do so, as I understand they charged 10% to the shop for the privilege, and understandably PX and Wibble have told them where to stick their business.

    Other shops do accept the Halfords vouchers direct: I believe Leisure Lakes, BikeHut, CycleRepublic and Pearsons all do. Can't remember whether Merlin cycles do.

    My scheme is a 3 year one so I have one year remaining before I can sign up again. I'll definitely be doing it.
    Plan A is to find a bike that Halfords can't source (thoughts turning towards a custom build Kinesis Convert), so they subcontract to my friendly LBS. I then use LBS to buy £1000 worth of kit, under the "flag of convenience" of the C2W scheme.
    Plan B is Plan A plus getting them to refund the value of the frame (ie technically ordering a "Kinesis" or whatever) plus lots of other bits, but them booking the frame into stock so I get the whole £1000 to spend on bits. (and for bonus, they've just done a full SRAM red groupset for my colleague for £999. That would be a fantastic upgrade to existing road bike)
    Plan C is a simple - buy the Boardman Carbon
    Plan D is plan C but sell F&F, use the kit to replace old 7 speed kit on my tasty Trek 5900, and eBay the old kit to retro geeks. Should work out cost-neutral.
    Plan E is a simple f@ck it again but blow the full £1000 on a fancy fixie - probably something like Pearson Touche.

    Apart from the obvious cost saving, the monthly salary deduction appeals (as it doesn't appear on the credit card as another "what the hell have you spent our money on?" item).
    Plan B appeals, as senior management's super-sensitive spider senses are good on spotting new bikes but not so good at replacement kit.
    Plan D appeals as it's frugal and allows me to upgrade at little / no cost.

    Getting back on topic for a second, I notice that the "Carrera" carbon frames do seem to be re-badged far Eastern factory output, and none the worse for that. The £1000 Carrera TT special I saw in Halfords last month seemed to be very similar to another frame.

    In general, there's a huge amount of cr@p written about carbon frames - even more than the mystical steel BS from 20 years ago when I first started road biking.
    Yes- there are different grades of carbon. There are different fibres, different ratios of fibre to resin, different manufacturing options (vacuum molding, Trek's OCLV as an example).
    BUT far more important than the grade of carbon used are 2 key things.

    1. geometry. True now as it has always been. 73/71 degrees and a nice long top tube is a classic recipe for great handling, regardless of the material used
    2. layup. The main benefit of carbon frames is the designer's ability to apply material to the places where it is needed. CAD analysis of stresses around head tube and BB can lead to fantastic designs using extra layers for stiffness and strength, whilst allowing minimal material deployment on lower=stress parts such as mid- tubes. This last point is FAR more important than the debate about what modulus of fibre is used: it is HOW you use it that is important.
      That's what Trek et al spend their research dollar on.
      But they then send out their designs to far-eastern factories to be built in batches. At which point, those factories can churn them out by the thousand, and re-badge the excess.
      I'm not saying that all factories are churning out frames for rebadging, nor that all high-end manufacturers get their stuff built overseas, but you can certainly see striking similarities...
  • I think I'm a gonna go for the Cannondale Caad 9 with 105 groupset. Thanks Soul for pointing the cannondales out. Seems like the best value of the £999 OTP bikes, frameset sounds quality, etc.

  • On one/ planet x are doing full ultegra carbon for £999
    http://www.planet-x-warehouse.co.uk/acat­alog/NEW____SL_Pro_Carbon_Ultegra_6700_-­_LIMITED_STOCK.html

    pink is still left.

    if anyone wants a monoc alu bike with ultegra/105 components that I've used lots and before putting it away i had fully professionally serviced, then please PM me. £400...
    I'm thinking about a change (not to crabon- but to a different planet x bike)

  • Aint bordmans just new carrera's, all the reviews are like, good for the money. For me that usually = disapointment.

  • ^ Yeah that would be ideal if only I could get Planet X bikes through our cycle2work scheme!

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