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Boardman Bikes Elite SLS 9.0 Complete Road Bike - 2014

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Not all of us are mountain goats. Anything that purports to make that slog up Guardsman Pass a bit easier is sought out with enthusiasm. Boardman knows the importance of weight when it comes to climbing, as it proves in the new SLS frame. The SLS was designed to ride over the highest mountain passes without an extra ounce of weight. The SLS 9.8 build is so light in fact that it comes in at under UCI weight class limits. The SLS 9.0 Complete Bike is the introductory package of the SLS frame, so that anyone is able to reap the benefits of a lightweight bike. And it's no less impressive. 

The SLS frame is high modulus carbon fiber monocoque construction. The definition of the monocoque process is hidden within the name -- 'mono' being Latin for 'one,' and 'coque' being French for 'shell.' So, as logic would have it, monocoque carbon fiber is formed as one piece in a single mold. This process allows virtually any tubing shape to be created. To develop a frame profile that maximizes strength, stiffness, and weight, the SLS was designed using Finite Element Anaylsis. FEA is a process by where specific loads applied by the rider to the frame are simulated but with far greater force. This helps to identify how the stresses and loads are distributed across each component. Using this information, material is placed where it is needed and removed where it isn't. For example, the down tube has been shaped to specifically address strength, stiffness, and weight.

The one-piece monocoque design incorporates a one-piece carbon PF30 bottom bracket and optimized, oversized chainstays. This design transfers power from the crankset through to the rear drivetrain and wheel so that none of your watts are wasted. Additionally, the profile of the seat stays increases shock absorption and reduces the weight of the frame. The complete frame and fork weigh in at approximately 850 grams.

The SLS Endurance Racing geometry features stability, predictable handling, and comfort for all disciplines from criterium racing to endurance events. The full carbon fork was designed with a blade-like profile for steering precision as well as to optimize windflow, increasing aerodynamics.

The SLS frame has been designed with internal cable routing that's compatible with both mechanical and electronic shifting systems. The SLS 9.0 is outfitted with durable Shimano 105, and to assist in climbing high mountain passes, the crankset is a compact 50/34t and it is paired with a Shimano 4500 12-25t cassette. The SLS 9.0 climbs on Mavic Aksium wheels with Continental Ultra Race tires. The cockpit, stem, handlebar and seatpost are Boardman's Elite Carbon components and you'll sit comfortably on a Fi'zi:k Ardea saddle.

The Boardman Bikes Elite SLS 9.0 Complete Bike is available in seven sizes from XX-Small to XX-Large and in the color Red.

  • Endurance road geometry with a longer wheel base and upright riding position
  • High modulus Toray carbon fiber for low weight and high stiffness
  • Shimano and Mavic components are reliable and race-ready
  • Internal cable routing and Di2 compatibility

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
ultralight high-modulus monocoque carbon fiber
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Fork Material:
ultralight high-modulus carbon fiber
FSA Integrated Tapered Headset
Shimano 105
Front Derailleur:
Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano 105
50 t 34 t Shimano 105
Bottom Bracket:
12-25 t Shimano 4500
Shimano 4501
Boardman Elite Alloy
Fi'zi:k Ardea
Boardman Elite Carbon
Mavic Aksium
Continental Ultra Race
not included
Claimed Weight:
17.4 lbs
Recommended Use:
road endurance
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
XXS 48.5cm 51cm 49.1cm 35.9cm 10cm 70.5° 74° 6.8cm 41cm 40cm 90mm 165mm
XS 50cm 52.5cm 52.0cm 37.9cm 11cm 72° 73° 6.8cm 41cm 40cm 100mm 170mm
S 51.5cm 54cm 54.5cm 38.5cm 14cm 72.5° 73° 6.8cm 41cm 42cm 110mm 170mm
M 53cm 55.5cm 56.2cm 39cm 16cm 73° 73° 6.8cm 41cm 42cm 110mm 172.5mm
L 55.5cm 57cm 58.1cm 39.4cm 18cm 73° 73° 6.8cm 41cm 44cm 120mm 175mm
XL 57cm 58.5cm 59.5cm 40.3cm 19.5cm 73° 73° 6.8cm 41cm 44cm 130mm 175mm
XXL 59cm 60cm 61.4cm 41cm 22cm 73° 73° 6.8cm 40.5cm 44cm 130mm 175mm

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Excellent value on an excellent bike

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am continually impressed with Boardman's line of bikes at every price point. Each bike represents an incredible value with outstanding specs and ride qualities. The SLS is no different.

A more relaxed endurance geometry makes this a great bike for long hauls, grand fondos or for riders who aren't as comfortable on a pure bred race machine. But the bike is no slouch. Its a performance bike through and through. It just happens to be comfortable as well. Its stiff in all the right places like the bottom bracket and gead tube but its slightly more upright rider position and longer chain stays, she tracks beautifully.

This base spec is pretty great. The frame is the same as the top end SLS 9.8 but at a lower price point.

The SLS 9.0 is a perfect ride for hard charging weekend warriors on a budget and who prefer a slightly relaxed riding position.

Hit me up with any questions about Boardman bike!

Excellent value on an excellent bike