Boardman CX Team - Which Size

What bike and bike bits should you buy?
alesupper
Posts: 201
Joined: Mon Jan 08, 2007 12:40 pm

Boardman CX Team - Which Size

Postby alesupper » Fri Nov 09, 2012 16:02 pm

Hi All

I am 5' 9.5" (176cm) tall with 32" inside leg. I fancy getting a Boardman CX Team but I am unsure about the sizing. My two road bikes both have a 54cm virtual Top Tube length but having looked at the CX sizing chart (shown below) I see that would be a small which doesn't seem right? Do you think a small or a medium would suit me better?

Image
Last edited by alesupper on Mon Nov 12, 2012 09:37 am, edited 1 time in total.

indyP
Posts: 690
Joined: Tue Nov 15, 2011 13:40 pm

Re: Boardman CX Team - Which Size

Postby indyP » Fri Nov 09, 2012 16:10 pm

I thought Halfords are all over the country? Really is best to go and sit on one before buying. The road bike geo comes up small and looks CX is same. I'd say M or possible L but best try first.

alesupper
Posts: 201
Joined: Mon Jan 08, 2007 12:40 pm

Re: Boardman CX Team - Which Size

Postby alesupper » Fri Nov 09, 2012 16:24 pm

indyP wrote:I thought Halfords are all over the country? Really is best to go and sit on one before buying. The road bike geo comes up small and looks CX is same. I'd say M or possible L but best try first.

Yes in an ideal world I would go and try one but they do not have any in stock anywhere in the country apparently. Plus I don't think they tend to carry the CX Team in stock in shops anyway, apart from maybe the largest city centre stores.

User avatar
prawny
Posts: 4985
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2008 21:10 pm

Re: Boardman CX Team - Which Size

Postby prawny » Fri Nov 09, 2012 16:34 pm

I'm about an inch taller than you and rode a medium road comp (the old one) and that was fine with the same length TT. I was right on the limit for the M though I think the Small might be a bit cramped for you.
Saracen Dirttrax Disc
Saracen Tenet 3 - 2015
Voodoo Bizango - 2014

gllewellyn
Posts: 102
Joined: Sun Sep 27, 2009 21:05 pm

Re: Boardman CX Team - Which Size

Postby gllewellyn » Fri Nov 09, 2012 16:49 pm

I can't comment on the CX sizing, but I'm 5'9" and I have a Boardman Road in small (54cm top tube) and it fits me perfectly. I did try the medium, but was too stretched out on it.

When I can afford to get a CX as well, I'm expecting to get a small again.

User avatar
Monty Dog
Posts: 20389
Joined: Thu Dec 14, 2006 14:31 pm

Re: Boardman CX Team - Which Size

Postby Monty Dog » Fri Nov 09, 2012 16:57 pm

You say you want a 540mm TT so why not the small? CX bikes ride higher due to fatter tyres and bigger clearances - you'll appreciate the extra standover you have to put a foot down on rough terrain. Take a test ride and provided your knees don't hit the handlebars you should be OK. I run my CX bikes with lots of saddle setback in order to get my weight and drive through the rear wheel in muddy conditions. It's also good to have plenty of room to manouevre and shift your weight about in comparison to a road bike.
Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..

alesupper
Posts: 201
Joined: Mon Jan 08, 2007 12:40 pm

Re: Boardman CX Team - Which Size

Postby alesupper » Fri Nov 09, 2012 17:47 pm

Thanks for the replies so far, I appreciate it. I'm now edging towards a small but would like to hear some more opinions

I don't suppose there is anyone in the Kendal, Cumbria area that has a small or medium CX that I could try for size?

Cheers

User avatar
KentPhil
Posts: 446
Joined: Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:15 am

Re: Boardman CX Team - Which Size

Postby KentPhil » Fri Nov 09, 2012 22:38 pm

try looking at this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=40012&t=12796558&hilit=boardman+cx

might help you.
1998 Kona Cindercone in singlespeed spec
2013 Cannondale Caadx
2004 Giant TCR

User avatar
tincaman
Posts: 521
Joined: Sat May 15, 2010 20:56 pm

Re: Boardman CX Team - Which Size

Postby tincaman » Sat Nov 10, 2012 02:38 am

I have the medium, I am 5-7, short legs, this is my bike setup, as you can see there is plenty in hand for a taller rider, I have shortened the stem to 90mm though

Image

User avatar
Monty Dog
Posts: 20389
Joined: Thu Dec 14, 2006 14:31 pm

Re: Boardman CX Team - Which Size

Postby Monty Dog » Sat Nov 10, 2012 17:06 pm

^ Someone probably sold you the wrong size bike - the fact that your have the saddle pushed all the way forward on the rails is usually a pretty good indicator.
Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..

User avatar
tincaman
Posts: 521
Joined: Sat May 15, 2010 20:56 pm

Re: Boardman CX Team - Which Size

Postby tincaman » Sat Nov 10, 2012 18:21 pm

Looks OK to me
Image

alesupper
Posts: 201
Joined: Mon Jan 08, 2007 12:40 pm

Re: Boardman CX Team - Which Size

Postby alesupper » Sat Nov 10, 2012 20:34 pm

Thanks for your photos tincaman. Out of interest do you know what length the original stem is?

Anyone in the South Lakes, North Lancashire, West Yorkshire area got a small or medium CX that I could try for size pls?

Its very frustrating that Halfords don't stock these then I could try one. Arrrghhhhh!

DaveM399
Posts: 228
Joined: Thu May 04, 2006 13:12 pm

Re: Boardman CX Team - Which Size

Postby DaveM399 » Sun Nov 11, 2012 16:34 pm

I've just got one of these and had my first ride today. I went for the medium size and I am 5'8" but with short legs and long torso. I don't like to be too upright and so my bikes tend to have longish top tubes. The CX felt just right, and I cannot see the front hub with the bars in the way, my rough and ready way of checking seat position, stem and and top tube length.

My only problem was a puncture after 20 miles, and this was on a tarmac cycle track (offroad)!

alesupper
Posts: 201
Joined: Mon Jan 08, 2007 12:40 pm

Re: Boardman CX Team - Which Size

Postby alesupper » Sun Nov 11, 2012 19:15 pm

DaveN399 - thanks for the info. Apart from the puncture are you happy with the CX Team?

DaveM399
Posts: 228
Joined: Thu May 04, 2006 13:12 pm

Re: Boardman CX Team - Which Size

Postby DaveM399 » Sun Nov 11, 2012 21:18 pm

alesupper wrote:DaveN399 - thanks for the info. Apart from the puncture are you happy with the CX Team?

Although it's very early days, I think I will be pleased with my purchase. I set up the saddle height similar to my other bikes, and it felt comfortable straight away. This is my first time with SRAM and I got used to it quickly. The only issue I had was that I overshifted the chain off the large ring a couple of times - probably an adjustment needed to the limit screw.

User avatar
tincaman
Posts: 521
Joined: Sat May 15, 2010 20:56 pm

Re: Boardman CX Team - Which Size

Postby tincaman » Sun Nov 11, 2012 22:12 pm

alesupper wrote:Thanks for your photos tincaman. Out of interest do you know what length the original stem is?

Anyone in the South Lakes, North Lancashire, West Yorkshire area got a small or medium CX that I could try for size pls?

Its very frustrating that Halfords don't stock these then I could try one. Arrrghhhhh!


The original stem is 100mm

alesupper
Posts: 201
Joined: Mon Jan 08, 2007 12:40 pm

Re: Boardman CX Team - Which Size

Postby alesupper » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:07 am

I have just come off the phone to Halfords and it appears that they don't even sell the CX Team in a small and never have. Plus there isn't a medium anywhere in the North West of England. I wonder if Chris Boardman realises how sh!t his sole UK distributor is?

So its either a Medium CX Team or a different bike for me. I wish the Croix De Fer wasn't so heavy :-(

User avatar
cookdn
Posts: 395
Joined: Sat Sep 24, 2011 16:05 pm

Re: Boardman CX Team - Which Size

Postby cookdn » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:32 am

alesupper wrote:I have just come off the phone to Halfords and it appears that they don't even sell the CX Team in a small and never have. Plus there isn't a medium anywhere in the North West of England. I wonder if Chris Boardman realises how sh!t his sole UK distributor is?

So its either a Medium CX Team or a different bike for me. I wish the Croix De Fer wasn't so heavy :-(


I'm 5' 9" with a 29" inside leg and have the Boardman Team CX bought online September last year. The nearest Halfords with a CX Team in stock was Leicester (30 miles away), their only bike was medium. Immediately I knew it was too big for my short legs as I literally could only just touch the floor on tip-toes with the seat post at the lowest position. As a punt (on the basis I could send it back) I bought the Halfords size small online. It has been great after swapping out the stock 100mm head stem for a 120mm head stem.

I seem to remember when I cross referenced the frame sizes between the Halfords and Boardman websites that the bike that Halfords are selling as small is actually listed as small-medium by Boardman (there was an extra-small). However as you have discovered Halfords seem to have stopped listing the small size. Is this in preparation for the UK launch of a revised bike?

Best regards
David
Boardman CX Team

bogey72
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Jun 14, 2013 08:05 am

Re: Boardman CX Team - Which Size

Postby bogey72 » Fri Jun 14, 2013 08:16 am

I'm considering buying a Boardman CX Comp or Pro from Wiggle, but I'm not sure which size. When I look at the specs I can't really decide if I want to go for Small og Medium.

My height is 176 cm (appr. 5' 9"), inseam is 83 cm (32,5"). I have a Focus Izalco Team roadbike in medium size 54. I have tried to compare the geometry of the Focus and the Boardman only to find out, if I'm correct, that the Boardman mediums top tube with 110mm stem probably is to long for me, and the Boardman small may be too low and has to small handlebar and cranklength. Could you please help me choose correct size? For your information I rode a Trek Madone 4.9 until recently with top-tube of 560mm. That was to long for me so I had to change seatpost to one without setback and put on a 90mm stem. I don’t want that combination again as the bike felt too big for me.

Here's a wiew over the specs of my Izalco and the Boardmans, also compared with a Cannondale CAADX size 51 which felt really good, but don't have disc-brakes.

Image

User avatar
Bar Shaker
Posts: 2268
Joined: Mon May 10, 2010 10:29 am

Re: Boardman CX Team - Which Size

Postby Bar Shaker » Fri Jun 14, 2013 08:42 am

alesupper wrote: I wonder if Chris Boardman realises how sh!t his sole UK distributor is?


Sh!t because they have sold them all?
Boardman Elite SLR 9.2S
Boardman FS Pro


Return to “Road Buying Advice”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: 0ced0, drlodge, Hanners, RedDwarfUK137, thestrand, TurboTommy and 8 guests