Boardman CX Team review£900.00

Bargain cyclocross bike

BikeRadar score5/5

The Boardman CX Team gets a disc-specific overhaul for 2012 while dropping its price by £100 to create a phenomenal value package. It offers confident, comfortable performance off-road at a raceable weight and is rack-ready for commuting, and it looks great too.

    With its sleek smooth-welded frame and full-carbon fork, both specifically designed for cable disc brakes, the CX Team clearly has off-road potential and we wasted no time in putting it to the test. The first bedding-in run on our local roads confirmed that although it only costs £900, Boardman clearly aren't messing about.

    While it’s heavier (9.88kg) and slower than a same price road bike, the excellent oversized BB30 crankset power delivery is matched by precise and immediate handling clarity that’s great for carving through jams or traffic light drag racing.

    There’s enough tyre and disc-specific Ritchey rim underneath you to let you take rough shortcuts too. That meant we didn’t bother unhooking a mountain bike for our regular afternoon singletrack session with the dog, but dropped tyre pressure down to 50psi and took the Boardman out for its second walkies of the day.

    Down the hill to the first off-road section, we rapidly outstripped one of our mates who was riding a slick-tyre-shod 29er mountain bike. The Avid cable brakes also proved their worth by reining in not only the fast rolling tyres but all the lead stretching, four-paw torque of the spaniel.

    The rougher the terrain got, the more we appreciated its full-carbon fork. Also, the totally honest and clearly communicated handling makes it clear when you're getting into trouble early enough to back off and get out of it, rather than leading you on, matador style.

    The Boardman performed equally well at a local 'cross race, where tentative cornering on the first few laps soon turned into slithering sideways drifts and “dare we hit this brakes off?” gambling. Most impressive of all, its ride never gave any hint of its low price.

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    This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

    Guy Kesteven

    Freelance Writer, UK
    Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
    • Age: 44
    • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
    • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
    • Waist: 76cm / 30in
    • Chest: 91cm / 36in
    • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
    • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
    • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
    • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
    • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
    • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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