Unable to buy a Boardman Bike frustration (lack of stock)

Solarpowered
Solarpowered Posts: 22
edited June 2009 in Road buying advice
As per the title I can't buy a Boardman Team Carbon (medium). Is this because?....

I haven’t saved my pennies...no

I have an unforgiving wife....no

I'd rather spend the money on some new shelves....no


It is because Halfords don’t have any. Despite some really helpful staff its taken me some time to finally be told this....and nothing else..."there are none in the UK".


I am very careful about bike selection and had spent months agonising over every minute detail and the usual can I afford it or not angst…..finally decided to commit and some time later….sorry there are none.

I was pleased that during this iffy time I was able to buy British, but now I might have to go German as my current steed is on her last legs (apologies for the mixed metaphor).
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  • Keep at them! I visited my local branch almost every day, made sure the guys recognised me and got on friendly terms with them. When the first ones came in (and they were all taken up pretty much immedietly) I was at the top of the list :wink:

    There does seem to be a lack of stock with a lot of bikes, not just the Boardmans. I guess it's the price they pay for being popular and getting 10 ot of 10 reviews.

    You wont regret it when you get one.
    Cannondale F500
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  • Looks like it is August for the ealiest delivery and the head office are worried most of this is already ordered.


    Summer madness :)
  • That is a long wait. I had to wait about a month or so, April to begining of May.
    Cannondale F500
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    Baordman Team Carbon
    Haro Freestyler Sport 1984
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  • Slow Downcp
    Slow Downcp Posts: 3,041
    Where are you based? I've just done a reserve online and they show up in stock at a few stores in the Midlands, so I can't see how they can say there's none in the UK.
    Carlsberg don't make cycle clothing, but if they did it would probably still not be as good as Assos
  • I'm based in Liverpool, but I have tried stating I was in in places all over the UK, and there is one Medium Carbon Team in the UK in Stockton, but this is reserved. I've spoken to two shops and a woman at "head office".
  • Slow Downcp
    Slow Downcp Posts: 3,041
    According to the website you can reserve and collect from the store in Speke.
    Carlsberg don't make cycle clothing, but if they did it would probably still not be as good as Assos
  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,301
    Buy British to a certain extent, surely they're made in Taiwan... if you want to buy British you probably have to go for a steel frame.

    I would take it as a good opportunity not to buy a Boardman frame... no offence, but I've seen a few around and they don't look that great...
    left the forum March 2023
  • Slow, I think you are looking at the aluminium frame which is a good bike but I wanted fully carbon

    Boardman Road Bike Team Medium 09 Cat code: 934430-0
    Boardman Road Bike Team Carbon Medium 09 Cat code: 931287-0



    I'm thinking of going for the Focus Cayo 105 2009. I suspect it will not be as comfortable on longer rides, but it is highly rated.
  • Slow Downcp
    Slow Downcp Posts: 3,041
    Sorry, yes was looking at alu model :oops:

    I'd reserve the one at Stockton online, and get down the store to collect. If it let's you reserve it, then how can it be reserved by someone else?
    Carlsberg don't make cycle clothing, but if they did it would probably still not be as good as Assos
  • jonmack
    jonmack Posts: 522
    There's one in Weston-super-Mare on display. I built it on Monday, but it's not on our stock file.
  • :( The one in Weston has gone


    Thanks for the tip though
  • jonmack
    jonmack Posts: 522
    Really?! I only built it Monday!
  • gsk82
    gsk82 Posts: 3,518
    Slow, I think you are looking at the aluminium frame which is a good bike but I wanted fully carbon

    Boardman Road Bike Team Medium 09 Cat code: 934430-0
    Boardman Road Bike Team Carbon Medium 09 Cat code: 931287-0



    I'm thinking of going for the Focus Cayo 105 2009. I suspect it will not be as comfortable on longer rides, but it is highly rated.

    I was in the same posiition and ended up with the Cayo last week. Its shit hot, looks better and i dont worry that its going to fall apart whenever i get on it. The 7 day test ride was a big plus as well for me. Id also imagine that on longer rides the Boardman will be less comfy if anything since its being pushed as a racer more than just a road bike
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  • I called up the Super mare shop 5 mins after your posted, it wnet earlier in the week.






    How is the cayo on longer distances? My main reason for getting a new bike is I've spent years being vibrated to death i hate back ache cutting a ride short.
  • Slow Downcp
    Slow Downcp Posts: 3,041
    How is the cayo on longer distances? My main reason for getting a new bike is I've spent years being vibrated to death i hate back ache cutting a ride short.

    Are you sure your position is correct?
    Carlsberg don't make cycle clothing, but if they did it would probably still not be as good as Assos
  • Gazzaputt
    Gazzaputt Posts: 3,227
    How is the cayo on longer distances? My main reason for getting a new bike is I've spent years being vibrated to death i hate back ache cutting a ride short.

    Had my Cayo few weeks and have been so pleased with it. Replaced Cannondale CAAD9 so had a lot to live up to and it has done it in spades.

    As long as you take the time to set the bike for yourself it brilliant on long runs a lot leed fatigue riding it than the CAAD9 Alu frmae.

    I bought the edition with SRAM red and upgraded with parts from my cannondale to make a sub 16lb.

    I also tested it against a System Six and Felt F3 and it was far better value than either.

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  • bompington
    bompington Posts: 7,674
    Gazzaputt wrote:
    I bought the edition with SRAM red and upgraded with parts from my cannondale to make a sub 16lb.
    So that'll be a good comparison with a £1K bike then
  • juankerr
    juankerr Posts: 1,099
    No Boardmans, no Allez... no new bike for me either. Will probably wait for C2W next December or in the unlikely event that any sales bikes crop up at the end of the year grab one then.
  • Gazzaputt
    Gazzaputt Posts: 3,227
    bompington wrote:
    Gazzaputt wrote:
    I bought the edition with SRAM red and upgraded with parts from my cannondale to make a sub 16lb.
    So that'll be a good comparison with a £1K bike then

    Same frame and fork :D
  • How is the cayo on longer distances? My main reason for getting a new bike is I've spent years being vibrated to death i hate back ache cutting a ride short.

    Are you sure your position is correct?


    I'm not in the right position as my allez is too big. LBS were a little eager to get rid of stock when I bought it a few years ago. LBS is now shut :evil:
  • I'm also looking at the BeOne Storm 2009, its not carbon, but it looks like a quality build alu
  • user321
    user321 Posts: 50
    I'm thinking of going for the Focus Cayo 105 2009. I suspect it will not be as comfortable on longer rides, but it is highly rated.

    I feel your pain as I'm in exactly the same position! I keep reading the Cycling Plus review and seeing how the Team Carbon was rated better (albeit only slightly) than the Cayo 105. The M sized Team Carbon weighed in at 17.61lbs whereas the Cayo was 19.5lbs. Currently considering a Dolan Mythos but I don't like the look of them... either that or spending a little bit more and getting a Focus Team Replica (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Focus_Cayo_Team_Replica_2009/5360037589/).
  • user321
    user321 Posts: 50
    Gazzaputt wrote:
    dscf0532.jpg

    WHITE TYRES?!! Poser... :lol: (i like them)
  • Gazzaputt
    Gazzaputt Posts: 3,227
    user321 wrote:
    Gazzaputt wrote:

    WHITE TYRES?!! Poser... :lol: (i like them)

    Binned them already!! Didn't stay white for long and look awful. Wasn't actually impressed with them performance wise.

    Now on Schwalbe Ultremo Rs for my sins. Of course in white :wink:
  • hotspur
    hotspur Posts: 92
    My Dad was quoted 6 weeks wait today for one. The reason he was told was apparently the manufacturers are finding it difficult to keep up with demand due to the C2W scheme. He's now looking at other cycles.
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  • hopper1
    hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    Solarpowered have you tried the 'Cycle Republic' chain?
    They are Halfords new 'indipendant' cycling shops, and I'm pretty sure the model you need can be had from the Norwich branch.

    Hope that helps.....

    Paul
    Start with a budget, finish with a mortgage!
  • hopper1
    hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    Gazzaputt
    Is that the original seat post that came with the bike?.... Seems like a hell of a lot of set back to me.
    :shock:
    Start with a budget, finish with a mortgage!
  • hopper1 wrote:
    Solarpowered have you tried the 'Cycle Republic' chain?
    They are Halfords new 'indipendant' cycling shops, and I'm pretty sure the model you need can be had from the Norwich branch.

    Hope that helps.....

    Paul



    Thanks for the tip but no luck in Norwich :(

    I've noticed that quite a high percentage of the bikes radar rate highly are almost impossible to find :)
  • kingrollo
    kingrollo Posts: 3,198
    What was your second choice bike ? - there is a similar problem with Ribble - alot of people have switched to planet x - which are available in 3 days - and looks a comparable bike.
  • kingrollo
    kingrollo Posts: 3,198
    why don't you import a kuota kharma ? - 105 / Askuim £1150

    http://www.bellatisport.com/shop/produc ... harma.html


    its the bike I am probably going to buy....

    its a well rated bike - and won cycling weekly bike of the year - looks the part - and has an air of exotic about it - if your worried about importing you can get lasy years model for around £1200 - I was offered ultegra 2008 model for £1300.......

    let me know if you want more info....