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Boardman Bikes Elite SLR 9.8 Road Bike Frameset - 2015

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Chris Boardman, the Individual Pursuit gold medalist at the '92 games and three-time hour record holder was, and still is, somewhat obsessed with aerodynamic research and development. At the same time, he's equally concerned with building the stiffest and lightest bicycles possible. His latest creation, 9.8 Superlight Racing (SLR), is the new, feathery, Di2-compatible flagship design sitting at the top spot in Boardman's Elite race collection. 

The main emphasis was placed on developing stiff, stable, and lightweight tube shapes. In other words, Boardman built this climber's frame to ascend with the best lightweight bikes on the market, yet it also borrows many of the same aerodynamic technologies employed in his AiR frames.

Similar to the AiR 9.8, every tube on the SLR was meticulously examined and tested to be the most efficient and lightweight as possible. Using the latest Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Boardman was able to test many different combinations of fiber types, fiber directions, resins, and tube shapes to ultimately come up with the SLR frame design. With the main load path in any bicycle running from the head tube, down the down tube, and then through the bottom bracket and drive-side chainstay, Boardman zeroed in on these critical areas to add material where it's needed and remove it where it's not.

The oversized nature of the downtube keeps the steering sharp, with the oversized bottom bracket handling pedaling forces. The material selected for the SLR's frame is an ultralight, 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 SLR's mold incorporates a PF30 bottom bracket and oversized 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 carbon fork was built with a 1-1/2 to 1-1/8in tapered steerer for increased stiffness and steering precision.

The SLR'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 wheel also affect the fork's ability to reduce wind-resistance, which is why 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, Di2-compatible cable routing, furthering airflow enhancement and a clean overall appearance.

The Boardman Bikes Elite 9.8 SLR Road Bike Frame is available in five sizes from X-Small to X-Large and in the color Matte carbon/yellow.

  • High-modulus, unidirectional carbon fiber construction
  • PF30 bottom bracket shell
  • Internal cable routing is electronic shifting-compatible

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
ultralight high-modulus monocoque carbon fiber
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Fork Material:
ultralight high-modulus carbon fiber
Headset Included:
Bottom Bracket Type:
Cable Routing:
Di2, internal
Front Derailleur Mount:
Compatible Components:
mechanical and Di2
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6 mm
Claimed Weight:
[frame and fork] 1188 g
Recommended Use:
road race
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years on frame

sizing chart

Bike size by rider height


Geometry chart

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Geometry Chart



Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Drop




Handlebar WidthStem LengthCrank Length
 XS (52cm)  47.5cm  52.5cm  50.2m  38.1cm  10.0cm  72°  74°  6.8cm  40.5cm 40.0cm 100mm 170mm
 S (54cm)  49.0cm  54.0cm  52.7cm  38.8cm  12.0cm  72.5°  73°  6.8cm  40.5cm 42.0cm 110mm 170mm
 M (56cm)  50.5cm  55.5cm  54.3cm  39.4cm  14.0cm  73°  73°  6.8cm  40.5cm 42.0cm 110mm 172.5mm
 L (58cm)  55.5cm  57.0cm  56.2cm  39.8cm  16.0cm  73°  73°  6.8cm  40.5cm 44.0cm 120mm 175mm
 XL (60cm)  57.0cm  58.5cm  57.7cm  40.8cm  17.0cm  73°  73°  6.8cm  40.5cm 44.0cm 130mm 175mm

Geometry Chart

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  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bike is phenomenal ! One of my favorite bike so far. Light and agile ,very good for climbing. It runs like a cat on flats without much hole in your pocket. I will definitely recommend this to everyone !


High performance, high value!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Value is an interesting word. To me, it means getting a lot of something for the money. With the SLR, especially in this Feature Bike spec, I don't think there is a better value anywhere.

The SLR is a very light and stiff bike. A race bike through and through. The frameset goes to toe to toe with any thing costing twice as much. It lacks the refined feel of the $5k+ Italian framesets but it 98% there.

The road feel in super smooth. Getting out of the saddle and hammering is an awesome experience.

I'm in love with the Boardman brand, so much so I bought the aero model for myself. If I didn't have triathlon aspirations, the SLR would have been my bike.

Hit me up directly with any questions.

High performance, high value!

Is this electronic only ? Or you canuse mechanical gruppo on this ?

Yes you can run mechanical or electronic. The customer below has a fantastic picture of their build with mechanical. What are you interested in running on the bike? I've seen some fantastic build with Campy. Do you have any other questions?

AWESOME bike!!!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

For all the climbers out there, search no more, this is the bike for you!

I climb a lot because i have endless hills where i live, and i love climbing, got the Boardman SLR9.8,Ultegra shimano, HED ardennes FR plus.SOOOOO HAPPY. it is so fast, light up the climbs and love the stiffness of the frame! 5 stars all the way!

AWESOME bike!!!!

Surprising omission or design flaw?!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For a brand that wants to be premium the omission / availability of a braze-on front derailleur holder makes an otherwise great frame a no-buy recommendation. Boardman claims to be under UCI required weight but you then have to add a clamp-on derailleur holder?! Unacceptable in this age of carbon bikes. You could expect this on a '70's steel bike.

After racing this bike all summer, I have to say it is awesome despite the lacking braze-on. Very stiff frame, excellent for crits, great climbing and descending characteristics. Would buy this again in a heartbeat.

Surprising omission or design flaw?!

The specs do point out that the frame has a braze-on front derailleur mount.

My point precisely and the reason I bought the frame only to be surprised when the frame arrived without a braze-on derailleur mount!

Picture clearly shows no braze on tab. You can even see the seat tube "indent" where the clamp is supposed to go. That said, they should really get the specs right. This site and too many others are notoriously sloppy and often have contradictory specs in the text vs. photos, etc.

Hey guys. I apologize for the confusion. We've got a fix in the works to make sure the copy, specs and actual product jive.

With that being said, the SLR is an incredible bike. Braze on or clamp, this frames rips. It climbs like a goat, descends like Ted Ligety and steamrolls anything on the flats.

Hit me up directly if you have any questions about the bike.


I'm going to be running this with an braze on derailleur. What size clamp on adapter do I need, 31.8 or 34.9?

Thanks IBB! Do you know what the torque spec is by any chance?