Posted Friday 8th November 2013 –
Back in August we reported that Boardman bikes were testing a new superlight bike aimed at the sportive rider when they released a short teaser video of the prototype bikes being put through their paces and now several months later the final article has been unveiled.
Over recent years the growth in popularity of sportives has seen a big increase in the number of endurance focussed road bikes hitting the market, typically they offer a slightly more relaxed geometry, less aggressive riding position and tweaks to the frame design to smooth out the road for a bit of extra comfort.
The new SLS is Boardman’s attempt to tap into the sportive market for riders who want the added comfort but don’t want to sacrifice performance. The highlight of the bike is a featherweight 850g carbon frame which features specifically profiled seat stays for reduced weight and shock absorption and endurance orientated geometry to offer stablity, predictable handling and comfort coupled with an ultralight full carbon fork. The weight of the 9.8 model is claimed at 6.6kg without pedals which considering the UCI enforce a minimum weight for pro bikes at 6.8kg it gives you an idea of just how light the bike is.
The bike will be offered in four full builds starting from £1899.99 for the Shimano 105 equipped 9.0 up to £3999.99 for the Sram Red equipped range topping 9.8 model.
As the model is part of the Boardman Elite range it should be available via their network of Independent Bike Retailers rather than Halfords and are available to pre order now with delivery expected in December.