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Boardman Bikes Elite AiR TT 9.8 - 2014 $0.00
British Cyclist Chris Boardman is known to this day as being a perfectionist at racing against the clock. Beginning with an Individual Pursuit gold medal in the '92 games on the track, he also recorded the fastest ever Tour prologue in '94. Not content, he has broken and re-broken the track hour record three times. And although it's safe to say it's first and foremost Boardman's engine that propelled him to victory, he'll be the first to tell you that bicycle aerodynamics play no small role. His Elite 9.8 Air TT is designed to cheat wind making the task at hand a little easier on your legs.
Using the latest Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and wind tunnel tests, Boardman was able to experiment with many different combinations of fiber types, fiber directions, resins, and tube shapes to ultimately come up with a TT frame design directly related to airflow. Similar to the AiR 9.8, every tube on the AiR TT was meticulously examined and tested to be as efficient, lightweight, and aerodynamic as possible. Boardman carefully designed the AiR TT's tubes with shapes that not only efficiently handle head-on winds, but also those less-than-ideal crosswinds encountered in racing situations. These wind-tunnel-tested tubes wear 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 (and reversible) seatpost have been shaped to maximize airflow and reduce wind resistance.
The material selected for the AiR TT's frame is an ultralight, high modulus, and unidirectional carbon fiber that's been constructed with a full monocoque design. Similarly, the fork was built out of the same predictable, race-tested, and ultralight carbon fiber. The AiR's mold also incorporates a one-piece PF30 bottom bracket and oversized Boardman designed box section chainstays, which, with a steep taper design at the dropouts, maximizes power transfer and strength at the rear junction. Along these lines, the full unidirectional carbon fork was built with a 1-1/2 to 1-1/8in tapered steerer for increased stiffness and steering precision.
The AiR Elite TT's fork was also designed to be exceptionally stable, comfortable, and to efficiently handle variable wind conditions. But it isn't just gusts and gales that affect the fork's handling. The proximity of a spinning wheel to the blades of the fork create a "micro-climate" of wind flow. Boardman computer-modeled the blades on the fork to manage these small wind conditions. 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.
Looking at every detail, Boardman neatly tucked the front caliper up inside the back of the fork, which still makes it accessible for maintenance and adjustments. The rear brake system is similarly tucked behind the bottom bracket, keeping it hidden and out of the way. The cabling is completely internal while still being easily accessible.
The Boardman Bikes Elite 9.8 Air TT is available in four sizes from X-Small to Large and in the color Matte carbon/yellow.
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