Boardman CX Owners Thread

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Re: Boardman CX Owners Thread

Postby Burndust » Sat Mar 02, 2013 16:46 pm

heh...fret i'm sure you'll have it in no time....did a 50 miler on mine toda...note to self remember your on slimmer tires and skiiding off at 20mph hurts me and the bike
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Re: Boardman CX Owners Thread

Postby fret » Sun Mar 03, 2013 14:43 pm

:o :lol: :oops:

Just the mere 31 miles today, although about 8 were on the Meon Valley Railway, across a field and some of the South Downs Way. as it was dry. Hard work as there is a gradual uphill gradient on the railway and it was quite soft. Nasty headwind at times too.
I couldn't go too far as I had no snack bars, so 2 hours seemed about right
One descent at West Meon involves coming off the old railway down to the road. Looked OK to ride down, with my old trials and Motocross skills, no bother. 1/4 way down, rear locks up, feather brake ( it really needs a 140mm disc),halfway down the front locks and just slides. In for a penny, let both brakes off..................and I got to the bottom OK.
Note to self, make sure you fit off-road tyres next time. 80psi 28mm Gatorskins and wet chalk are not a good combination.

I really am starting to gel with the bike now, took longer than the CAAD9 CX, but we're getting there.
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Re: Boardman CX Owners Thread

Postby Burndust » Tue Mar 05, 2013 06:58 am

well mine is going back to halfords for the third time...clunking now coming from the left pedal....looks like the dreaded bb issue to me...and when cycling....well the only way i can describe it is the bike just sounds rough..
also need to invest in a better seat...really not getting on with the stock one...think i will invest in a gel one
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Re: Boardman CX Owners Thread

Postby jezash » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:31 am

Chaps,

I saw a few pages ago some discussion on possible wheel upgrades. The original Ritcheys are basic and heavy, if pretty bombproof (they're actually 29er mtb wheels) I tested a set of Kinesis wheels on my CX for road.cc last year and racked up a couple of thousand miles on them. They are a midweight set - you can go lighter (see Stans Alpha Disc wheelset) - but the 400g saving from the Ritcheys is very noticeable.

I've been really impressed with them and would definitely recommend them as an upgrade to the CX.

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Re: Boardman CX Owners Thread

Postby fret » Wed Mar 06, 2013 14:25 pm

MMM, sex wee material. Thanks for that.
I may even save for Mavic SLR 29-ers as well.
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Re: Boardman CX Owners Thread

Postby Burndust » Wed Mar 06, 2013 18:40 pm

well as it turn out getting the cx was quite timley...was using the carerra today...got to the top of a duel carridgeway and clunk...the back wheel collapsed!...yet another trip to halfords with that one...i only got the bike in september!
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Re: Boardman CX Owners Thread

Postby fret » Wed Mar 06, 2013 20:32 pm

Ouch.
Don't stand for ANY crap. Reject it as "Not fit for purpose" under the Sale of Goods Act 1979 as amended.

My new handlebars arrived today. Lovely Carbon fibre and have fitted them to my Ribble already. The Ribble 'bars are more compact a I will fit them to the CX friday or saturday as I have the CX Sportive to do on Sunday.
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Re: Boardman CX Owners Thread

Postby gotwood25 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:25 am

Just wondering what peoples thoughts were on upgrading the CX Team.

I am a bugger for upgrades and it seems like you can throw any amount of money at it on wheels, groupsets, brakes well anything really. My point is, is the bike worth upgrading or would it be better to put money aside and just get a better bike?

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Re: Boardman CX Owners Thread

Postby cookdn » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:46 pm

gotwood25 wrote:Just wondering what peoples thoughts were on upgrading the CX Team.


Wheels. The stock ones are heavy and if you are using it on the road you can use the stock wheels for the CX tyres and a lighter pair for road tyres.

This will be my first significant upgrade when I get round to it. Someone did suggest they are effectively MTB 29" wheels so they maybe the first donated part to a franken-29er. :)

Best regards
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Re: Boardman CX Owners Thread

Postby fret » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:53 pm

I'm not sure it's worth doing, although it is exclusive and loses the HALFORDS tag of course. It's not significantly lighter, both are 10kg according to reviews, different saddle, carbon seatpost, different stem, chainset, seems to have the same wheels, even if the spec says different (perhaps they have de-specced the Team since I bought mine) different brakes. I bet the frame is even the same. Just upgrade your TEAM to the same spec, sell the old parts.
Looks as though the cassette is no longer the wide ratio as before.

The BIGGEST gain in upgrade is wheels. Lighter weight and better bearings are always a very good thing.
Groupset is beter and shifts cleaner and quicker, less likely to wear out as quick.

Mind you, would you be able to do that for the same price? And losing the "Bought from Halfords" is worth at least £500
But change the tape and saddle for black items. White looks awful after about a week of use.


**** Just checked the weights and the Pro and Team wheels weigh exactly the same, near as dammit, 3.78 to 3.86KG, so they may be different.
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Re: Boardman CX Owners Thread

Postby fret » Fri Mar 08, 2013 07:07 am

Also remembered that I weighed the OEM wheels with Gatorskin 8's on, which ARE heavier than the OEM tyres. The rims are definitely OCR as well, so I conclude they are the same wheels.
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Re: Boardman CX Owners Thread

Postby Burndust » Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:24 am

well pathetic milage from me this week...only the work commutes, and doesn't look to good for the weekend weather wise, rain and wind, the marathon plus tyres are not the grippiest....maybe its just me, because from what i've read folk say these have great grip great winter tires, well i've had an off on these and a few near misses? maybe i'll have to wimp out and use the excercise bike instead :oops:
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Re: Boardman CX Owners Thread

Postby fret » Fri Mar 08, 2013 13:50 pm

well i've had an off on these and a few near misses?


:shock:
Why are you asking us, surely it was you who fell off :lol:
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Re: Boardman CX Owners Thread

Postby Burndust » Fri Mar 08, 2013 16:05 pm

:lol: :lol: ......just a bit confused really guess its just because i have been used to wider tires in the past..the cross winds up here today are just scary...getting blown all over the place its been worse but the crossfire was much heavier...suppose i am still getting used to a lighter bike
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Re: Boardman CX Owners Thread

Postby Veronese68 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 16:53 pm

Marathon Plus are great for puncture resistance, not so much for grip.

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Re: Boardman CX Owners Thread

Postby fret » Fri Mar 08, 2013 17:49 pm

I've been using Gatorskins for 4 years now and the only ones that compare are the Bontrager Racelite Hardcase equivalents where I had just 1 puncture after 9 months use. They are also cheaper than Gatorskins
Never had any problems with grip, only on wet mud.
They also last a couple of years. My first set actually stated to perish before they wore out.

I'm saying that they are the best out there, just what I now use as standard for my daily 18 mile round trip through the ravages of street strewn debris of Portsmouth.


One tip for new tyres.
Buy them a month or so before you fit them as they will then "season" as guaranteed you will pick up a puncture the very day after you fit brand new tyres. :P :oops:
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Re: Boardman CX Owners Thread

Postby Burndust » Sat Mar 09, 2013 13:47 pm

well i completed my 50 miler this morning without incident...wet and windy but worth it
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Re: Boardman CX Owners Thread

Postby fret » Sat Mar 09, 2013 14:00 pm

Just spent 3 hours giving mine a good clean and lube, wheel change, handlebar change and a general fettling in preparation for the CX Sportive tomorrow.
Fitted temporary off road mudguards which look pretty awful, but they will do the job.
New bars are PLT PRO from my Ribble (which now has C/F bars) and weigh just over 250g according to the kitchen scales, some 80g (or more) less than the OEM Boardman ones. In addition it gets rid of that awful "ergo" anatomical bend in the drops where you can only get your hands in one position. A shorter reach is also a good thing, less weight over the front when off road going down slopes. Almost as good as the ones on the CX9
http://road.cc/content/review/26135-pro ... -drop-bars

So, up to date mods are

Specialized Phenom saddle
PLT PRO bars
Spare Graham Weigh wheels.
Not much yet, but it's early days.

And if there is anyone who still wishes to donate to my ride tomorrow. http://www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Gent1

I have raised almost £200.00 so far.
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Re: Boardman CX Owners Thread

Postby fret » Sat Mar 09, 2013 14:25 pm

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Re: Boardman CX Owners Thread

Postby Burndust » Sat Mar 09, 2013 14:26 pm

good luck on the sportive fret...let us know how you got on :D
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