Boardman performance Hybrid Pro 2008 model

Spitchips - BANNED
Spitchips - BANNED Posts: 142
edited December 2008 in Workshop
I have just purchased the above bike from Halfords for only £525! It was on sale with nearly £150 off and with a 10% discount and 2.5% reduction in VAT - down from £749.99 I would have thought that at that price it was good value for money - alot better than full price and other bikes going for £525.

I have been reading another thread about the Boardman Road bike and some people in forum slammed the 7005 double butted aluminium frames. What exactly is wrong with them? Too weak and not long lasting?

I have asked the shop too build the bike for me but may give it a little look over before riding it - have noticed Halfords have got a bad reputation with knocking out unroadworthy bikes.

In comparison to other bikes going for £525 from your LBS (local bike shop) or Halfords it seems like a good buy - does anyone esle think otherwise - I look forward to any input on the best bike for the lowest price and more.

What do you think the main Pros and Cons are of this bike with regards to specification - no need to go on about the con that it was brought through Halfords - I would have brought my bike from a LBS but my local shop has recently annoyed me by doing some shoddy work on my old Marin - it came our worse than I gave it in!!!!! And what you can get from the LBS for £525 is not much.

Here is the full spec of bike:
* Semi compact frame design: 54cm
* 7005 Aluminium fully double butted frame
* Lightweight Carbon Fibre blades with Cro-moly steerer
* Semi integrated cartridge bearing headset
* Full carbon spacers 4x5mm 1x10mm
* Ritchey OS 31.8mm stem
* Ritchey MTN Pro Flat OS 31.8mm handlebars
* Ritchey Logic MTN WCS 100mm bar end
* Ritchey Pro V2 27.2mm seatpost
* CBoardman Comfort Sport saddle, Cro-Mo rails
* Avid Juicy 5 hydraulic disc brakes, 160mm rotors
* SRAM X7 9 speed Trigger shifters
* SRAM X9 Mid cage rear mech
* Shimano R440 front mech
* SRAM PG950 11-32T cassette
* Shimano HG73 chain
* Truvativ Elita 2.2 Compact 50/36T chainset
* Truvativ GXP bottom bracket
* Xero XSD 29 rims
* Xero XSD, super smooth sealed bearing hubs
* Stainless steel double butted spokes
* Maxxis Detonator 28C tyres
* Alloy body pedals, steel cage, toe clips and straps


  • well I am happy with purchase anyay.
  • I bought a 2008 model earlier this year, it was technically second hand but it had never been ridden and wasnt even fully built. I got it from a rich bloke who bought it for the boardman name, didnt realise it wasnt a mountain bike and promptly went out and bought a specialized Enduro. Anyway, I digress.
    I thought it was worth risking £500 on.

    I've had it less than 6 months but I can't fault it all.
    I had to do some minor tweaks with the spacings and set up of the brake calipers to stop the squealing - I understand this to be a common gripe. It only takes a minute to sort out though.
    Apart from that it is fine and for the price it's quite well specced and it rides very well, particularly around town.

    I also use it once a week for a bike/train commute and it's perfect for that.
    I did change the pedals for some SPD's though.

    You've got a good bike at a good price.
  • how long should a 7005 double butted aluminum frame and carbon fibre blades last over a steel frame and blades?

    I ride 40-50 miles per week average over the year.

    I have also upgraded the bar grips already too some Club Roost.

    Cant wait until collection date - only 4 days to go - yipeee!

    Haver already planned out some bike rides on it. Hope to post some updates on a few good rides within next 30 days.

    p.s I have checked the Boardman specification but does not state what weight the large bike is - does anyone know?
  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    Spitchips - if you look after the bikes - both should give you indefinite mileage.
  • I have the the Urban Team, I think it's great, I'm ready saving for my next boardman. I have made a few mods to it, Charge spoon (brown 8)), ergo grips, spd's, mudgaurds. But its great. It gets used 6 to 7 times a week and is fine it is treated to a lube every so often.

    enjoy yours

    "If we all had hardtails we'd all go down the hill, just slower"
    Nick Larsen

    Voodoo D-Jab Ti
    Boardman Road Team 09
    Boardman Urban Team 08
    Falcon 3 Speed