Chris Boardman was not just a great cyclist (and of the greatest time triallist ever) he was also keenly involved in developing bike technology and pushing the boundaries of what was possible to do with a road bike.
The Team Carbon Chris Boardman
An excellent example of this was the Lotus Bike, which helped propel Chris to Olympic Gold in Barcelona 1994. At the time it was a revolutionary design, using a single carbon monocoque frame. It even had only one fork to make it more aerodynamic. The UCI later banned this kind of bike; but, Chris retained an interest in developing bike technology within the framework of UCI regulations. Chris currently has a consultancy job with British Cycling where he looks at ways to gain even the smallest of technological advantages. Chris extensively looks at aerodynamics from outside the cycling, for example the airline industry. It is this ‘thinking outside the box’ which helps find the smallest improvements.
Chris Boardman on Lotus Bike in 1994 Olympics
With his newly designed series of road bikes for the mass market, the Boardman range help to offer a really great value series of bikes. They are sold exclusively through Halford’s Bike Hut.
CBoardman Road / Comp Bike
Lightweight double butted aluminium frame
Lightweight carbon fibre fork with alloy steerer.
Groupset: 18 speed Shimano 105/ Tiagra (50/36 compact chainset)
Wheelset: Ritchley Comp
Awarded budget bike of the year by Cycling Weekly.
- Similar bikes: Best bikes under £500
CBoardman Road / Team Bike
Ultralight triple butted race spec frame
Carbon fibre monocoque fork.
Shimano Ultegra 20 speed groupset
Rouler GXP chainset
Ritchley Pro Wheelset
CBoardman Team Carbon
A full carbon frame and fork, complete with Shimano 105. Excellent value at £1,399. See full review of Team Carbon
CBoardman Road / Pro Bike
Ultralight triple butted race spec
Carbon fibre seat and chain stays
Carbon fibre monocoque fork
Shimano Dura-Ace 20 speed
Ritchley WCS wheelset.
For £1,400 you might prefer to choose a bike with Carbon frame, for example, the Focus Cayo, offers a carbon fibre frame with Shimano Ultegra. However, £1,400 is still pretty good value for a race light frame and Shimano Dura Ace 20 speed. C.Boardman Carbon Pro at Halfords
Chris Boardman Time Trial Bike
C.Boardman – AiR/TT 9.4
The frame is beautiful. A lot of research has gone into building fastest and most aerodynamic bike. The Air /TT9.0 is also good value at £1,999 because you get the same top of the range frame. The Boardman TT bikes are not available from Halfords, but only specialist bike shops because of the higher level of bike set up. I will be considering a Boardman TT frameset for next TT bike because it is very good. TT 9.4 Review
- C.Boardman Road Bikes at Halfords