Boardman SLR 9.0S - just in

Road bike with Elite SLR frame and Ultegra Di2

We've just received a Boardman SLR 9.0S (£2,699.99) at the BikeRadar office. We've given it a quick run down for you before it gets a full review.

Our 56cm, carbon fibre SLR 9.0S weighs 7.65kg (16.87lb) and the oversized frame is a full carbon monocoque construction with a carbon fork and tapered steerer. Its BB30 press-fit bottom bracket is low and contributes extra surefootedness to the 73-degree parallel angles and 990mm wheelbase.

Shifting is taken care of by Shimano's Ultegra Di2 system (derailleurs and gear levers), with a 105 cassette and FSA Energy 50/34 chainset. Stopping the Mavic Aksium wheel and 700x23c Aksion tyre combination are a set of Shimano 105 brakes. 

The battery for the Di2 system is reasonably discreet in its mounting on the non-driveside chainstay – a position that's also a low drag area. The SLR 9.0S is completed with an in-house Boardman Pro cockpit, a Ritchey WCS carbon seatpost and Fi'zi:k Arione Manganese saddle.

Internal cable routing keeps the frame tidy

Look out for a full review of the Boardman SLR 9.0S in Cycling Plus, on sale 28 May. For more information on Boardman bikes see

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.
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than 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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