Boardman CX Comp review

The Boardman CX Comp is Boardman's entry level cyclocross bike, with a spec which could equally well serve for commuting duties

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Boardman has successfully bridged the gap between the needs of cyclocross/off road riding and all-round commuting/on road use with the CX Comp. For a budget ride, its spec is sensible, giving you the option to ride mixed terrain or the ability to tackle poorly surfaced city roads. But if you’re looking to race cyclocross, you’ll likely soon tire of the CX Comp’s weight and want to look for something with lighter braking as well as less weight to ease your carrying.

Reasons to buy
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    A cost-effective entry to cyclocross or mixed terrain riding

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    Good all-rounder for rougher commutes

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    Guard and rack mounts

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Reasons to avoid
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    Heavy for race duties

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    External cables can get contaminated easily

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    Bar top levers make for heavy braking

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Boardman sells quite a few cyclocross bikes alongside the Boardman CX Comp. Its Elite CXR series, sold via independent cycle retailers, uses a carbon frameset with a range of different specifications.

In its Performance series, sold in Halfords, there are two different specs based on the same alloy frameset, with the Boardman CX Comp we’re testing being the entry level machine. The £1000 CX Team gets an upgrade to a SRAM Rival 1 groupset and a carbon fork.

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