Boardman F/S team 2011 model
I posted on here a week or two ago saying that as I was hitting the ripe old age of 40 and had some redundancy coming I was going to treat myself to a new bike. Now I’ve got a half decent 456 hardtail which pretty much covers my riding needs , that said I considered either getting a second hand Giant , santa Cruz or commencal full suss or half financing half paying A Lapierre as a treat. But just read this months singletrack and now seem blown away buy a £999 Halfords Boardman F/S team . I’m no bike snob as my 456 Is pretty much a GT aggressor donor. Any other alternatives to the Boardman or should I beat halfords door down in the morning with a deposit. ?Posted 6 years agoz1ppyMember
Nowt wrong with them great value & decent kit, just be aware theyre usually a bit more XC angle wise. Might be a bit of a shock after the more relaxed 456. VFM wise also take a look at Canyon bikes & KHS, both sold direct from the manufacturer, so again great value for money. The Canyon Nerve (£2k bike to be fair) got a great review in last month WhatMTB, with the added bonus that the kit loaded onto the bike was worth £2k in itself. Some decent bargain around, though with the draw back of not being able to test ride them first (canyon IIRC will let you return the bike if you hate it within a limited time window, as per Wiggle?). Also worth a quick scan of Wiggle Kona bargains, if there any left.
Lots of bargains about, if your not a brand whore, have a look round first before jumping in too quicklyPosted 6 years agomtbtomoMember
The KHS bikes didn’t get a good write up in this month’s mbr, though MBUK/WMB rave about them. I don’t like mbr’s reviewing style particularly but they said the pivots were stiff from new.
I don’t think anything compares to the Boardman at that price – discounted Kona’s etc aren’t horst link for starters and will probably still have spec compromises. The Boardman doesn’t look like it has any.Posted 6 years agoRusty MacSubscriber
I quite like the looks of the new voodoo bikes also from halfordsPosted 6 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
The fork on that Kona is pretty basic, I used to have a Tora 302… Heavy, though pretty tough just due to the amount of metal, but the damping wasn’t very controlled. Good enough, but not great.
Not ridden the latest of the Boardmans but the old FS was brilliant… People spend a lot more for less.Posted 6 years agopolyMember
Is it a faff to set up a small scale C2W scheme with Halfords?
I’m sure Halfords will make it super easy for any business to sign up to their scheme, but if you are talking really small scheme (i.e. only one or two employees a year) then why not just set up your own scheme and when someone picks the bike they want you pay the shop (company credit card / cheque or bank transfer – the former obviously being easier for halfords purchases). If you are at an LBS rather than halfords you might also get a warmer welcome if they are not losing 10% to cyclescheme.
I’m rather tempted to do this myself at the moment – for what will probably be only one bike this year.Posted 6 years agoWozzaMember
really small scheme (i.e. only one or two employees a year)
Sounds about right. I’ve done a C2W with Merlin before, but they don’t have a FS for this price range. Are Boardman exclusive to Halfords? In any case I think your plan of set up and just buy with a company card is the best bet.Posted 6 years agotomasoSubscriber
I quite like the look of the new Boardman and the performance it offers for the limited £££. Other than the fact that my workplace uses a different cycle to work scheme to the Halfrauds one I’d get it come July when my current scheme ends.
However, I’ve not ridden one and would really like to try it out before buying just to see how it handles proper mountains.Posted 6 years ago
I was in enquiring today about the Boardman FS team , they have been held back until the end of May to get all old stock Boardman Full Suss bikes sold off. I found this strange as try reserving a old model and see how far you get.Posted 6 years ago
For me Its either this or a Zesty 214 with a big deposit and 3 years finance.speaker2animalsSubscriber
Does anyone know the seatpost dia on these? I know KSi do one for 27.2 but I’m a little concerned about just how skinny the inner ‘slidey’ post is with my fat arse on it. The spec page on the website doesn’t show this info and I can’t see an email address to contact them on.
For my penny’s worth if I had the cash I’d be on one of the 2011 models as soon as they were in the shop.
Tora fork question earlier – if you read the review of all 3 bikes I the mag you will see what ST thought of the Tora on the Diamondback. Not good in the company of the Sektor on the CB.Posted 6 years agotomasoSubscriberspeaker2animalsSubscriber
davegreene – I’m not surprised. I bet that it was simply the shop that the guy above went in that still had old models to move and were trying it on in the hope that they could shift an old one instead of ordering in a 2011 model leaving old stock on their hands.Posted 6 years agoElShalimoMember
The 2011 FS team looks great and the review is extremely positive but it runs 2×10
– Why have they ditched 3×9 in favour of this?
– What are the benefits of this?
Over the last 20 years I’ve had 3×7, 3×8, 3×9 (all Shimano). Why would you want to lose the 3rd chainring?Posted 6 years ago
I don’t get it at all… go easy on mebreatheeasyMember
2×10 spread more or less covers 3×9 spread
Not with a 27t at the front! You’d need a 41t rear cog to match 22t granny and a standard 34t cassette.
Thankfully Boardman haven’t popped in a BB30 chainset by the looks of it so should be able to find a more appropriate chainset fairly easily if required.Posted 6 years agoavdave2Member
I bought one of the last of last years hardtail pros recently when they were reduced to clear. Apart from the killer saddle it’s great. Great value for money and I can ride a really good bike without having everyone thinking what is such a crap rider doing on such a good bike. I can just pass for some middle aged bloke whose walked into Halfords and bought whatever they told him to.
I had thought about waiting for this years model but figured that it would either go up in price or the spec would drop to keep it within the cycle to work scheme.Posted 6 years agostumpy01Member
They look like Avid Elixirs?
Renowned for sometimes having a poor factory bleed, leading to them feeling spongy or having loads of lever travel & no power.
Might be worth getting yourself a bleed kit & having a go yourself if you know what you are doing? Bit pricey though. Videos on YouTube are pretty helpful.Posted 6 years ago
Not sure whether Halfords would get involved in bleeding brakes.keegs27Member
I would have a crack at doing it yourself. I bought a set of Avid Elixir R’s about 12 months ago. The bleed from the factory was terrible so I got hold of a bleed kit and followed the instructions on the Avid video on YouTube. It really isn’t that complicated – I found that by watching the video and writing down step by step instructions I created a pretty useful crib sheet. You can get hold of an unofficial bleed kit on ebay for about £10-£15 and then all you need is Dot 5.1 fluid.Posted 6 years ago
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