I really like the look of this bike, but trying to get a test ride of a size medium seems to be impossible at the moment. Halfords seem to be out of stock in all sizes, Cycle Republic seem to only have size large and comparing the geo specs on the Boardman site to the Halfords site there seem to be a lot of differences. For instance halfords say bb drop 63mm, Boardman say 17mm (that seems very odd for a 29er). Also medium frame is 17inch on the Boardman site yet 18 in Halfords. Lastly I was in a cycle republic and one of the staff said that there would be a new range of bikes in the the Autumn. Has anyone ridden one, a good review in MBUK.
The review was in June issue. I’m 5’9″, short legs so usually go for a 17 inch frame. I did try the 8.8 bike for size seemed fine ( labeled an 18 frame website says it is 17 frame). Cycle republic say they might have a couple of medium 8.9 bikes but I still want to figure out that bb drop figure.
Geo. specs should not be taken in isolation , but that bottom bracket drop does seem extreme for a 29er hardtail. The Boardman mtb pro 29er (2016/17) bb drop 63mm, Pinnacle Ramin 3 has a 58mm bb drop, Cotic Solaris 60mm bb drop, so 17mm for the Boardman does seem weird and I wonder how it would feel to ride, twitchy and perched on the bike or planted and in the bike, or of no concern. The review is on the Boardman site (no pictures), the only thing MBUK didn’t like was weird bar shape and the reach could be longer. I Just got an email back from Halfords saying it will be restocked in the autumn!