Boardman Air 9.8 review

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

This is an out and out racing bike. It's fast and it's rigid and is designed for competition. The bikes aerodynamics characteristics come from the mind of one of the most knowledgable minds in the field so they have to be taken seriously. Ridden with a set of deep section wheels makes for a bike that is as well suited to time trials as well as road races. Thankfully the handling means it's as agile in the latter as it is fast in the former. If you buy with the Zipp wheels you will need a spare set for general riding, as those should be saved for the races.

Reasons to buy
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    Incredible rigidity

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    direct steering

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Reasons to avoid
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    Not a bike for long training rides

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    Chances are you'll need a second set of wheels

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As the range from Boardman bikes continues to grow it's only natural that an aero road bike resides near the top. Chris Boardman shot to fame when he rode the Mike Burrows designed Lotus bike to victory in the 1992 Olympic Games individual pursuit, and he's been at the forefront of cycling's aerodynamic research ever since.

During his professional career Boardman rode several unique tt bikes (made by Terry Dolan but stickered up as Merckx's) in to which he had a significant input, but it has been in his post riding years that he has truly pushed the boundaries. In the build up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics Boardman spent hundreds of man-hours in wind tunnels getting Great Britain's riders' positions and equipment as aerodynamic as possible.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.