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Boardman AiR 9.8 - Build Finished

Cornish-JCornish-J Posts: 978
edited March 2014 in Your road bikes
Finally finished my Boardman AiR Build

Spec as follows..

Frameset

Boardman AiR 9.8 Frameset


Groupset

Sram Red Tour Edition Shifters/STI

Sram Red Tour Edition Front Mech

Sram Red Tour Edition Rear Mech

Sram Red Tour Edition Brakes

Sram Red Compact Chainset – 50/34 172.5m

Sram Red Chain – 1091R

Sram Red Bottom Bracket Bearings

Sram Red 11-25 Cassette


Steering/Saddle

3T Rotundo Carbon Team Handlebars

3T ARX 100mm Stem

Fizik Bar Tape

Fizik Arione CX Carbon Braided Saddle


Wheelset

2011 Zipp 404 Firecrest Tubulars

Schwalbe Ultremo HT Tubs

Pics... Appologies for the dirt!

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  • Cornish-JCornish-J Posts: 978
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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 9,545
    Dude, sweet!
    Ben

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  • flasherflasher Posts: 1,733
    Lovely, by far the nicest Boardman I've seen 8)
  • Yellow does`nt float my boat but this bike is a cracker well done. What is it like to ride?
  • That looks sooooo nice!!
    Carrera Fury for the muddy stuff
    Boardman Road Team for the black stuff
    PDQ for the TT stuff
  • Serious looking bit of kit. Would love to hear how it rides.
  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,990
    Looks great! Need to get that red stripe on the 3T stem changed ;)
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  • Cornish-JCornish-J Posts: 978
    edited May 2012
    Thanks guys,

    had a few rides on it (without the zipps, only got them a couple days ago) - feels great and pretty fast (although i'm sure thats all pyscological).

    I've only had one road bike before, a boardman team carbon. It feels much more responsive and seems to hold higher speeds on the flats, climbs really well too - feels super stiff.

    Sram red feels excellent, i dont think it's £1000 better than rival but it is certainly better, smoother, faster changes. Brakes are A LOT better than i've been used to with rival - although i've just switched to zipp cork pads so have to see what these are like compared to the swisstops.
  • Cornish-JCornish-J Posts: 978
    oh btw Nap - i hope my pictures comply with the strict rules :D
  • arthur_scrimshawarthur_scrimshaw Posts: 2,596
    edited January 2012
    Cornish-J wrote:
    oh btw Nap - i hope my pictures comply with the strict rules :D

    sorry to interject but I don't think they do, IIRC cranks should either be in line with the seat tube or chainstays. For this transgression you must forfeit the bike to me!!
  • Omar LittleOmar Little Posts: 2,010
    very nice

    good to see a bit of dirt too, shows it has been ridden!
  • Very, very nice. Bet it turns a few heads.
  • hairyleghairyleg Posts: 134
    Nice Very nice
    This is not a race!!!!But I'm winning
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  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,990
    One other thing, I find Stronglight CT2 chainrings better than the Red ones and they'd look fantastic on this! :o
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  • SqueakzSqueakz Posts: 21
    really cool bike, always liked the look of these. Very nice
    S-Works Venge, Zipp 404 firecrests, Dura-Ace Di2 with optional sprint buttons.
  • ascurrellascurrell Posts: 1,739
    That's a cool bike, it's a credit to you. Not a critism but I would have had black bar tape with some yellow flecks, but I'm finicky [if theres such a word]

    I've a quite rare sram red limited tour edition chainest cover, if I sell it would you be interested,

    Again, lovely bike, cheers, alan
  • NapoleonD wrote:
    Looks great! Need to get that red stripe on the 3T stem changed ;)

    And don't forget to remove the Firecrest stickers from the wheels, the HT logos from the tyres and the bit of red on the cranks as well...

    :D
  • Cornish-JCornish-J Posts: 978
    haha, i kinda thought the couple bits of red did stand out (for the wrong reasons!) but now i have the firecrest stickers i think it doesnt look AS stupid :p

    thanks for the kind comments all! .. hopefully taking it out to tenerife in about a month for a proper test :)
  • ricey155ricey155 Posts: 233
    Dreaming of a new bike - very nice :mrgreen:
  • Cornish-JCornish-J Posts: 978
    Had my first ride on it today in the pictured spec - in hindsight it was slightly too windy for the 404s but i was just so desperate to get out on them ... probably just my imagination or had a slight tail wind at times but on the flat i was able to hold 25-30mph fairly easily.

    cant wait to give them a try when it's not blowing a gail!
  • Cornish-JCornish-J Posts: 978
    Just weighed my bike on crappy bathroom scales (not 100% accurate) since i got the sram red cassette and zipps.

    14pounds dead apparently .. sounds a tad too light i think.
  • TMRTMR Posts: 3,986
    Cornish-J wrote:
    probably just my imagination or had a slight tail wind at times but on the flat i was able to hold 25-30mph fairly easily.

    Good going fella! :)
  • Cornish-JCornish-J Posts: 978
    Had another ride yesterday, was a bit of a breeze but averaged 19.8mph over 18miles which considering i'm not training for long sustained efforts at the moment i was pretty pleased with the speed.
  • Stunning bike! A big middle finger up to all the Boardman haters out there!
  • MEGA!
  • dawebbodawebbo Posts: 456
    A compact on an aero bike - what was the rationale behind that? Otherwise looks nice.
  • PseudonymPseudonym Posts: 1,032
    dawebbo wrote:
    A compact on an aero bike - what was the rationale behind that?

    why shouldn't he have a compact on it..?
  • dawebbodawebbo Posts: 456
    Pseudonym wrote:
    dawebbo wrote:
    A compact on an aero bike - what was the rationale behind that?

    why shouldn't he have a compact on it..?

    Well, if the reason he has an aero bike is because he want to ride fast, then it would make sense to have the close ratio gears suited to those speeds.
  • PseudonymPseudonym Posts: 1,032
    dawebbo wrote:
    Pseudonym wrote:
    dawebbo wrote:
    A compact on an aero bike - what was the rationale behind that?

    why shouldn't he have a compact on it..?

    Well, if the reason he has an aero bike is because he want to ride fast, then it would make sense to have the close ratio gears suited to those speeds.

    'Close ratio' gears have nothing to do with it. If he's built the bike to race on, then a 50 big ring will not be a limitation in club-level road races....if he hasn't built it for racing then it doesn't matter anyway...
  • rjh299rjh299 Posts: 721
    dawebbo wrote:
    A compact on an aero bike - what was the rationale behind that? Otherwise looks nice.

    Probably becuase he lives in Cornwall
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