Boardman CX Comp 2014 Cycle
Number of Gears: 18
Aproximate Weight (KG): 11.5
Forks: 7005 Alloy Blades with Chromoly Steerer
Frame Material: Alloy
Front Brake: Tektro Lyra Mechanical Disc Brakes 160mm
Geometry: Boardman Cyclocross
Rear Brake: Tektro Lyra Mechanical Disc Brakes 160mm
Cassette: Shimano HG50 11-32t
Chainset: FSA Velo Compact 50/34t 175mm
Frame Colour: Black & Blue
Front Mech: Shimano Sora 2 Speed
Tyres: Schwalbe Tyrago Kevlar Guard 700c x 37c
Gear Shifters: Shimano Sora STI
Handle Bars: Boardman E4P 400mm(S) 420mm(M) 440mm(L,XL) 31.8mm
Headset: FSA No.10P 1.1/8 Semi Integrated
Hubs: 9mm QR 32 Hole
Pedals: Wellgo Platform 9/16
Rear Mech: Shimano Sora 9 Speed
Rims: Mavic XM319 32 Hole
Saddle: Boardman E4P Chromoly Rails
Seatpost: Boardman E4P 31.6mm 350mm with offset
Stem: Boardman E4P 90mm(S) 100mm(M) 110mm(L) 120mm(XL) 31.8 with +/-7 degree rise
The Boardman CX Comp 2014 Cycle is an absolute pleasure to ride – it feels light and maintains a responsive feel round corners and tight spots. Off the road, the tyres grip well and on road they offer a high level of drift and low resistance, obviously not as low as a full blooded road bike but that’s what this bike is all about, building the bridge between off road and on road cyclists. Off the road the tyres are nimble and comfortable across various terrains have you leave feeling in control.
On first inspection you can’t help but notice the attention to detail with simple things like the welding on frame joins, a signature part of the Boardman brand, the colour coding of components and high quality paint finish.
Having come from riding mountain bikes for the last 20 years I assumed it would take a while to get used to the road bike setup but after only a few miles I found myself settled, in control and really enjoying this bike. The gear changes are smooth and the quick to respond and again take a little getting used to if your not ridden a road bike before.
The one thing I did notice was the brakes, my previous mountain bike had a hydraulic setup and you can easily notice the difference when switch back to cables; they are just not the same, hydraulic brakes seem to have a much firmer bite. Saying that, hydraulic brakes are a complete nightmare to maintain.
Another nice touch which I was unaware of with modern road bikes is the dual brake levers, you have one for when your head down on the bars really going for it and another smaller set along the top of the bars for a more casual position.
Overall the bike just excerpts quality and high end workmanship and we feel that pound for pound you would struggle to get this much bike for the money.
The only thing I changed were the peddles at they were setup for proper biking shoes which I have never got on with.