Boardman AIR Women’s

As part of our women's bikes special, we take a look at the Boardman AIR women's bike

Bardman AIR women's road bike
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Boasting both Olympic gold and world titles, the AIR range is what can only be described as Boardman’s racing machine.

Having taken five years of meticulous refining and tweaking to deliver, Boardman says the AIR frameset is now more efficient and aero than ever before — perfect for either rolling road racing, fast-paced crits or even flat-out time trials.

The high-performance Boardman AIR Women’s package is made using C10 carbon, Boardman’s own high modulus carbon which has high stiffness to weight ratios.

This, along with proprietary tubing profiles, designed to cut through wind and reduce drag at a wide degree of yaw (the angle of drag forces on a rider), and hidden front and rear TRP brakes, all deliver optimal aerodynamics.

However, Boardman knows that slipperiness alone doesn’t create a fast bike, and that rider comfort and bike handling are just as important, so the AIR Women’s bike comes with a four-position seatpost, which allows you to adjust between a 73° and 75° seat tube angle, enabling you to get the most comfortable fit for you.

A tapered full carbon fork increases front-end stiffness and steering precision, while a one-piece chainstay and pressfit 30 bottom bracket provide a wide and super-stiff rear end, transferring every pedal revolution into forward propulsion.

With the Boardman AIR Women’s frameset and Shimano Dura-Ace 9000/FSA SLK drivetrain mirroring the standard Boardman AIR 9.2, it’s the contact points that have been dialled for a women-specific fit, coming with a women’s Prologo saddle, 90cm stem, narrow 380mm bars and 165 cranks.

It’s worth noting that a smaller XS is also available, with a conventional top tube length of 50cm to fit riders between 155cm and 167cm in height.

The AIR is an aero race bike ready to take on whatever road discipline you throw at it.

Price: £2,999.99

Frame: Boardman AIR C10 Carbon

Fork: Boardman T8 Carbon tapered steerer

Size range: XS-LG

Weight: 8.53kg

Groupset: FSA SLK chainset/Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 shifters

Gear ratios: 52/36, 12-25 (11-speed)

Wheels: Boardman AIR Elite Five

Tyres: Vittoria Rubino Pro (25c)

Brakes: TRP Integrated (TKB55) (T714R)

Bar: Boardman Elite Alloy

Stem: Boardman Elite Alloy

Seatpost: Boardman Elite AIR Carbon

Saddle: Prologo NagoEvo 141

Distributor: www.boardmanbikes.com

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Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011.

She's specialises on the technical side of all things cycling, including pro peloton team kit having covered multiple seasons of the Spring Classics, and Grand Tours for both print and websites. Prior to joining Cycling Weekly, Hannah was a successful road and track racer, competing in UCI races across the world, and has raced in most of Europe, China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won 24 hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.