Boardman SLR 8.9 review

Quite possibly the best (just over) £1000 road bike you could buy

Boardman SLR 8.9 review
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Boardman’s SLR 8.9 is a banger of a bike. The carbon frame means it’s lighter than nearly all of its competitors, and whilst its rim stoppers are falling out of fashion, the reality is that most disc models at this price come with cable versions that proved, in our tests, to be no more efficient in all but the worst conditions. The only downside is the restrictive tyre clearance, if that doesn't bother you, this bike is an excellent investment that - with a few upgrades - could really grow with you over time.

Reasons to buy
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    Rim brakes have plenty of bite

Reasons to avoid
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    Narrow tyre clearance

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Boardman’s SLR is a reinvention of its Team Carbon, a frame raced to Olympic glory by Nicole Cooke back in 2008. The new name came with a major frame overhaul, but the bike has maintained its character, and it’s one that has won countless awards - and for good reason.

Lightweight, and aero optimised, this is a bike that Boardman has successfully kept at the £1000 threshold for years.

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Boardman SLR 8.9 specs
RRP£1100Row 0 - Cell 2
Weight8.75kgRow 1 - Cell 2
FrameC7 carbon - aero optimisedRow 2 - Cell 2
ForkC7 carbon tapered steererRow 3 - Cell 2
BBPressfitRow 4 - Cell 2
ChainsetFSA Gossamer Compact 50-34Row 5 - Cell 2
ShiftersShimano 105Row 6 - Cell 2
DerailleursShimano 105Row 7 - Cell 2
BrakesTektro R315 long armRow 8 - Cell 2
CassetteShimano CS-R7000 11 speed, 11-28Row 9 - Cell 2
ChainKMC X11Row 10 - Cell 2
Finising kitBoardman AlloyRow 11 - Cell 2
WheelsBoardman Alloy Tubeless ReadyRow 12 - Cell 2
TyresVittoria Zaffiro Pro 25mmRow 13 - Cell 2

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.