Boardman’s ‘pure 
performance’ mission statement is visible throughout the range and, typical of the man himself, is 
fastidious in its use of data 
analysis in the design of the new range.

Computer-aided design, finite element analysis, fluid dynamics, wind tunnel testing and even metrological data have all played a part in the construction of the bikes. While this may not differ wildly from the approach of other bike manufacturers, Boardman has also factored in the rider and their racing kit, right down to the drag on a single stitch of clothing.

With Chris Boardman’s well-documented obsession with speed, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the aerodynamic AiR 
racing range takes centre stage. We featured the AiR/TTE last month, but this was our first 
look up close – and in the carbon it really doesn’t disappoint.

It’s the cleanest bike we’ve seen – there’s not a single cable or brake caliper visible to sully the lines. The tubing has been designed to reduce the drag caused by the turbulent airflow created by pedalling. Compared to the 2012 AiR TT, Boardman claims 24 per cent less drag, though 
adding in a real-world rider and associated frictional losses takes the final number down to a slightly more believable 3.9 per cent.

In real terms, these claims should add up to a three to four-minute saving over 25 miles.

Available in sizes XS to L, the only downside we can see is the bike’s non-UCI legal status.

With the previous range 
consisting of the SLR lightweight race bike, along with the AiR range of aero road and time trial bikes, Boardman’s 2014 range now extends to a third model, 
plugging the gap for the 
endurance or sportive market.

The Super Light Endurance Series (SLS) is available in the broadest size range, XXS to XXL.

The SLS uses both 
tubing shapes and unidirectional carbon-fibre to provide compliance and ride comfort. According to Boardman, this has been achieved without compromising overall stiffness or performance.

With a longer stack and slightly shorter reach than the SLR, together with a taller head tube and slightly longer chainstay, the riding position is a little more upright with slightly slower, more predictable steering thanks to the longer wheelbase – a nod towards those who favour 
distance over speed. The SLS uses a high modulus, full-carbon monocoque frame that weighs in at a claimed 850g with the fork a mere 360g. Despite its clear intentions as an all-day comfortable mile-muncher, it could well be a wolf 
in sheep’s clothing.

Opt for the £3,999.99 SLS/9.8 with SRAM Red 22, Boardman carbon Elite finishing kit, rolling on a pair of Mavic Ksyrium Elite’s and you’ll have a bike well below the minimum 6.8kg UCI limit at 6.4kg – and there’s more than enough scope to go even lower. If you don’t have to adhere to UCI rules, why should you? A sportive on a bike lighter than Chris Froome’s? Yes please!

Like most bike ranges these days, it’s safe to say that there is something for most budgets. The top-end AiR/TTE Di2 comes in just shy of nine grand, while the SLS/9.0 at £1,899.99 should be pleasing to most riders looking for a bike of this specification.

Most of the Elite range will be available from this December, with more models being added in the new year. If it’s the AiR/TTE you’re after, then it might be a dry Christmas – you’ll have to wait until spring next year.



Better by design

The front-end engineering is at the core of Boardman’s construction and improvements have been made throughout the Elite range. It’s typical of Chris Boardman’s mentality; already happy with tubing and geometry, the company’s engineers looked at other ways to save watts on the bikes. The key changes are…


 – New cable lines, taking them up and over the stem and into the top tube

 – Front TRP brake is now integrated inside the fork legs

 – Rear TRP brake has been repositioned beneath the chainstay

 – Seatpost now with four saddle positions and a hidden collar

 – Sizes from XS to L

 – Complete bike prices start from £2,299.99

AiR/9 series

 – Same cable lines as AiR/TT (except front brake)

 – Repositioning of rear brake to beneath the chainstay

 – Seatpost now with four saddle positions and a hidden collar

 – Sizes from XS to XL

 – Complete bike prices start from £1,999.99


 – Currently available as frame/fork only

 – 100g lighter than previous model 
(frame 798g, fork 360g)

 – Sizes from XS to XL

 – Frameset £1,399.99

This article was first published in the November 14 issue of Cycling Weekly. Read Cycling Weekly magazine on the day of release where ever you are in the world International digital edition, UK digital edition. And if you like us, rate us!