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Boardman Bikes Elite AiR 9.8 Road Bike Frameset - 2015

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Winning the Individual Pursuit at the '92 games as well as breaking the hour record on three occasions required not only exceptional physical and physiological talent, it also meant attention to all the details of aerodynamics with his bikes. To this end Chris Boardman has always had a keen eye for wind cheating design and technology. He continues to funnel these wind-tunnel-obsessed years of research and experience into his Elite bike series. The Elite 9.8 AiR is Boardman's flagship aerodynamic frame; it was developed to be the ultimate lightweight, comfortable, and efficient racing frame platform. 

It's no surprise that every tube on the Elite 9.8 AiR was meticulously examined and tested to be the most efficient possible. Because actual race conditions rarely mimic the clean wind of an air tunnel, Boardman carefully designed the AiR 9.8's tubes with shapes that not only efficiently handle head-on winds, but also those less-than-ideal crosswinds that are encountered in racing situations. These wind-tunnel-tested tubes feature a fairly slender width profile throughout, which creates the optimal balance between vertical compliance and aerodynamics. The top tube remains fairly round, while the down tube, seat tube, and integrated seatpost have been shaped to maximize airflow and reduce wind-resistance. The material selected for the AiR 9.8's frame is a high modulus unidirectional carbon fiber, constructed with a full monocoque design. Similarly, the fork was built out of the same predictable, race-tested, and ultralight carbon fiber.

The Elite 9.8 AiR's fork was designed to be exceptionally stable, comfortable, and to efficiently handle variable wind conditions. Boardman factored in that both the proximity and spinning of the front wheel also affect the fork's ability to reduce wind-resistance. Its blades were computer modeled to manage that challenging local flow condition. Because of this, Boardman flattened the insides of the blades and curved the outside surfaces for an enhanced airflow interaction between the fork and wheel. This same principle is also true for the seatstays, which is why they feature a similar profile. The frame was built with full internal cable routing, furthering airflow enhancement and a clean overall appearance.

The Elite 9.8's AiR mold incorporates a one-piece PF30 bottom bracket and oversized box section chainstays, which, with a steep taper design at the dropouts, maximize power transfer and strength at the rear junction. Along these lines, the full carbon fork was built with a 1-1/2 to 1-1/8in tapered steerer for increased stiffness and steering precision.

The 9.8 also light. The frame comes in at a feathery 1,150g, making it competitive among the other "aero road frames" that are currently available.

The Boardman Bikes Elite 9.8 AiR is available in five sizes from X-Small to X-Large and in the color Matte carbon/black.

  • Aerodynamic design
  • Carbon fiber construction
  • PF30 bottom bracket shell
  • Hidden brake calipers (included)
  • Internal cable routing

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
unidirectional hi-modulus carbon fiber
Fork Material:
unidirectional carbon fiber
Headset Included:
Bottom Bracket Type:
Cable Routing:
Front Derailleur Mount:
Compatible Components:
mechanical groupset, electronic groupset
Claimed Weight:
1150 g
Recommended Use:
road race
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 year on frame

sizing chart

Bike size by rider height


Geometry chart

Boardman Bikes

Geometry Chart


Elite 9.8 AiR

Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube


Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Drop




XS 49.0cm 52.5cm 10.0cm 72.0o 74.0o 6.8cm 40.5cm
S 50.5cm 54.0cm 12.0cm 72.5o 73.0o 6.8cm 40.5cm
M 52.0cm 55.5cm 14.0cm 73.0o 73.0o 6.8cm 40.5cm
L 54.5cm 57.0cm 16.0cm 73.0o 73.0o 6.8cm 40.5cm
XL 56.5cm 58.5cm 17.0cm 73.0o 73.0o 6.8cm 40.5cm

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Hands down, best bang for the buck.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been demo'ing the lower spec'd version of this bike for the past few weeks. All I can really say is wow, this bike fights well above its weight class.

The AiR is very light, especially for an aero bike. But its ride qualities is where it really shines. Stiff where it needs to be and oh so aero, the AiR is fast, smooth and very good looking.

This is my next personal bike for sure. I race crits primarily but do a stage race or 2 and have ventured into triathlon recently as well. This bike will be a perfect part time TT'er and its stiff front end and well tracking rear will make this a perfect crit racer.

Riding longer distances? The aero savings on this rig will pay huge dividends. Check out the video below...

I can't wait to get mine built up!! Hit me up directly with any questions.

Hands down, best bang for the buck.
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Is the Boardman seatpost included in the frameset? The picture shows it but the package builder doesn't include it.

Yes, the seat post for this bike is frame specific and is included in the purchase.

Do you think this frame would fit a Stages...

Do you think this frame would fit a Stages Power Meter?

Hi Eric,

Do you already have this frame and are wondering if a stages crank will fit? Or are you thinking about getting this frame and building it up with a stages crank? Feel free to email at as I have a stages power meter too. I love it!