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Boardnan AiR 9.8

Jamez117Jamez117 Posts: 80
edited April 2014 in Your road bikes
Hi there lads just thought I'd post a quick review of my latest ride... The Boardman AiR 9.8

...But first here are a few juicy pic's ;)

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Here's the current spec:

Frame: Boardman AiR 9.8

Groupset: Full Sram Red 10 Speed 2013

Wheelset: Zipp 404 Firecrest Tubulars 2013

Saddle: fizik antares 00 (Arione In The Picture)

Headset: FSA Semi-Integrated Carbon + Carbon Spacers

Stem: Zipp Service Course SL

Bars: Zipp Service Course SL

Bar Tape: Fizik Performance Tacky Black

Tyres: Vittoria Corsa EVO CX

Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace Spd-Sl 9000

Computer: Garmin Edge 810

And yes I'll try and include some pics without the bottles and saddlebag :oops:
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  • shipleyshipley Posts: 549
    Lovely :D looks like mine. I love mine, stiff, fast and very comfortable.

    Good luck with it

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  • Jamez117Jamez117 Posts: 80
    Shipley wrote:
    Lovely :D looks like mine. I love mine, stiff, fast and very comfortable.

    Good luck with it

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    All very true i saw your review a while back lovely bike but you should consider a set of 404's ;)
  • FocuzFocuz Posts: 178
    mmmmmmmmmmm... very nice, love the colour scheme and good luck with that 'white' saddle;)
  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    Thankfully the aero properties of the frame are balanced by the freaking HUGE saddle bag.

    Wtf?! What do you take with you on a ride?

    Besides that monstrosity and having the bottles in shot it looks great.
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  • Jamez117Jamez117 Posts: 80
    Focuz wrote:
    mmmmmmmmmmm... very nice, love the colour scheme and good luck with that 'white' saddle;)

    Dont worry just stuck that on for the photos i use an antares 00 black ;)
  • Jamez117Jamez117 Posts: 80
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Thankfully the aero properties of the frame are balanced by the freaking HUGE saddle bag.

    Wtf?! What do you take with you on a ride?

    Besides that monstrosity and having the bottles in shot it looks great.

    Well i normally use a really small topeak aero wedge, just enough for a co2 inflator and a multitool but im now running tubular zipp 404 so i carry a spare pre glued tyre, co2 and multitool
  • Yip! Many 'rules' broken here......tut tut. :wink:

    Forgiven though as that's really a good looking rig there.........


    NapoleonD wrote:
    Thankfully the aero properties of the frame are balanced by the freaking HUGE saddle bag.

    Wtf?! What do you take with you on a ride?

    Besides that monstrosity and having the bottles in shot it looks great.
  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    Just don't get having an aero bike and wheels with a hyooj saddle bag. :?
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  • Jamez117Jamez117 Posts: 80
    Yip! Many 'rules' broken here......tut tut. :wink:

    Forgiven though as that's really a good looking rig

    Cheers its a fantastic ride on the flat its unbelievably fast you can put you head down and just go... Until of course you turn round and see that your friends are nowhere to be seen :)
  • Jamez117Jamez117 Posts: 80
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Just don't get having an aero bike and wheels with a hyooj saddle bag. :?

    To be fair the rotation of your legs will create significant amount of buffeting air therefore the addition of the big saddlebag will make little to no difference at all aerodynamically speaking
  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    In that case nor will the aero frame.
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  • Jamez117Jamez117 Posts: 80
    NapoleonD wrote:
    In that case nor will the aero frame.

    Not at all the wheels alone wall cancel out a lot of buffeting air around the Spokes
    And by minimising Poor airflow over the head tube and therefore the frame not only will it help as far as average speeds are concerned they will also make a significant amount of difference to stability in harsh bends and of corse all these benefits will be exacerbated by high winds 8)
  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    If an aero frame makes *that* much difference (in my experience it has a small benefit) then a large saddle bag will have a similarly large effect. It will also affect you more in crosswinds etc.
    By 'significant' effect on stability in corners how are you quantifying this? I think you may have fallen for some marketing guff there.
    Surely having a large, full saddle bag will affect stability and handling in corners as there is extra weight attached to the bike with a high centre of gravity more than an aero head tube?
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  • Jamez117Jamez117 Posts: 80
    NapoleonD wrote:
    If an aero frame makes *that* much difference (in my experience it has a small benefit) then a large saddle bag will have a similarly large effect. It will also affect you more in crosswinds etc.
    By 'significant' effect on stability in corners how are you quantifying this? I think you may have fallen for some marketing guff there.
    Surely having a large, full saddle bag will affect stability and handling in corners as there is extra weight attached to the bike with a high centre of gravity more than an aero head tube?

    Well at 6.8kg its hardly a tank but as for the frame its all about airflow. But its all up for debate how much difference it makes in real world conditions as tbh adopting a new more aero-centric riding position will make more (real world) difference than any roadie :)
  • Jamez117Jamez117 Posts: 80
    Shipley wrote:
    Lovely :D looks like mine. I love mine, stiff, fast and very comfortable.

    Good luck with it

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    Oh and i love the limited tour edition yellow crank congrats gr8 looking bike! :)
    Mine rides like a dream. Its so stiff so its no slouch when the going gets a bit more... Vertical
    Plus its a speed demon on the flat, pulls another 4 mph from somewhere (compared to my cube)
  • russyhrussyh Posts: 1,375
    My nan always looks bored too....sorry couldn't stop myself
  • Jamez117Jamez117 Posts: 80
    Any suggestions for bottle cages?
  • Over 80 percent of total drag is the rider.

    An aero helmet would more than compensate for the bag.
  • crescentcrescent Posts: 1,088
    Beautiful bike, but have to agree about the suitcase I'm afraid.
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  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,380
    Yup - absolutely lovely bike but please get rid of the skip attached to the seat post.
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

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    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
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    He's right you know.
  • neil.sneil.s Posts: 123
    That is lovely 8)

    Looks better with the Mavics though (IMHO of course).
  • Jamez117Jamez117 Posts: 80
    Neil.S wrote:
    That is lovely 8)

    Looks better with the Mavics though (IMHO of course).

    I had a set of mavics and at least proformence wise, their not even close to the zipps
  • neil.sneil.s Posts: 123
    I never mentioned performance Jamez117, only commented on looks :wink:
  • Jamez117Jamez117 Posts: 80
    Neil.S wrote:
    I never mentioned performance Jamez117, only commented on looks :wink:

    I know :D I was just trying to show that I was more focused on performance than looks but the mavic's do look good i must admit but i ride dura ace c24's most of the time and i did use mavics for a while but they kept having hub problems (I might just had a rouge batch :wink:) thanks for the comments :)
  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    If you're more focused on the performance then ditch that bl00dy bag!! ;)

    edit: It'll look far better too!
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  • Jamez117Jamez117 Posts: 80
    NapoleonD wrote:
    If you're more focused on the performance then ditch that bl00dy bag!! ;)

    edit: It'll look far better too!

    I think you're right there, here you go...

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  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    Much better!
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  • Jamez117Jamez117 Posts: 80
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Much better!

    Cheers :wink:
  • upperoilcanupperoilcan Posts: 1,180
    Yup - absolutely lovely bike but please get rid of the skip attached to the seat post.

    This....

    Saddle bags should be outlawed.
    Cervelo S5 Ultegra Di2.
  • Jamez117Jamez117 Posts: 80
    Still not sure what bottle cages to go with :?:
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