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Boardman Bikes Elite AiR 9.8 Road Bike Frameset - 2015

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The Boardman Elite AiR 9.8 Frameset is aerodynamic design incarnate. Chris Boardman started with wheels and a rider, then set about optimizing everything that goes between those. The Elite AiR 9.8 is the result. Any gram of drag that could be reduced was, and anything that was causing drag was removed, smoothed, or tucked away (like the brake calipers). Unlike some aero-minded designers, though, Boardman know that wind happens at all angles, and designed the frame accordingly.

The frame makes use of a PF30 bottom bracket shell, which allowed the frame designers a bit more real estate to mate the large downtube to the rest of the bike. All cables route internally, again to hide them from the wind, and the fork is designed to literally slice through oncoming air as you ride. All this carbon fiber won’t weigh you down, though –the 9.8 weighs in at just under 1150g.

  • 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

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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Here's what others have to say...

5 5

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.

Is the Boardman seatpost included in the frameset? The picture shows it but the package builder doesn't include it.

Responded on

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?

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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!