SEATTLE (BRAIN) — Boardman Bikes' AiR/9.8/Di2 is the top model in its aero road bike line.
The frame and fork have aerodynamic shaping that was optimized in the wind tunnel by Tour de France and Olympic hero Chris Boardman. The downtube, seat tube and seatpost are shaped for airflow and reduced wind resistance in head- and crosswinds. The forks and seat stays are flat inside and curved outside for enhanced airflow interaction between the frame and wheel. The company said the interaction is enhanced when using deep-section wheels.
The frame has full internal cable routing for mechanical or electronic systems, with cables entering behind the headtube; the rear brake is positioned underneath the chainstay and the front brake is integrated behind the fork crown. The frame has a tapered headtube and PF30 bottom bracket.
The Di2 model has a full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 11-speed group with TRP brakes and Zipp 404 Firecrest clincher wheels. Cockpit components are Zipp Service Course.
A four-position seatpost allows effective seat angles from 73 to 75 degrees for road, TT or triathlon use.
With the Di2 and Zipp components, the bike retails for $11,000. With a SRAM Red group it retails for $6,800.
U.S. retailers can contact North American sales director Fletch Newland for information on carrying Boardman bikes at firstname.lastname@example.org or (877) 331-4656.