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Boardman Bikes Elite SLS 9.2 Complete Road Bike - 2014

$3,600.00

Item # BMB000D

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Description

Lighter than light.

Ultralight race bikes are fast, but if you're going to spend hours and hours in the saddle, they aren't always the most comfortable, since the focus is on minimizing weight. Boardman Bikes, the namesake of Chris Boardman, gold medalist, world champion, and three-time hour record holder, built its ultralight Elite SLS 9.2 Complete Road Bike with a kit that any rider will delight in riding. And it's light so that even the steepest grade will feel like a mere incline. 

There are many bike companies that purport to have ultralight frames. In a similar manner, Boardman Bikes created a frame that, built with full Dura-Ace, is lighter than the UCI minimum weight — but it's not "for show only." It rides and climbs in the capable hands of professional riders the world over. 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 Analysis. FEA is a process in which 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 power is wasted. Additionally, the profile of the seat stays increases shock absorption and reduces the weight of the frame, resulting in frame and fork weight of approximately 850 grams.

The SLS Endurance Racing geometry features stable, 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 airflow, increasing aerodynamics.

The SLS frame features internal cable routing for either mechanical or electronic systems. Boardman built the 9.2 version with Ultegra 11-speed. Although it is one step down the ladder from Shimano's lauded Dura-Ace, Ultegra benefits from technological developments made in the Dura-Ace line. And, because it doesn't have the ultra-lightweight parts of Dura-Ace, Ultegra is often considered the more durable workhorse of the line. The entire drivetrain and the wheelset of the SLS 9.2 are Ultegra. Paired with this are a Boardman Elite Alloy Handlebar and stem. A Boardman Elite Carbon seatpost provides an extra modicum of comfort as it helps to reduce vibration over rough roads and your sit bones will be well-supported on a Fi'zi:k Ardea saddle.

The Boardman Bikes Elite SLS 9.2 Complete Road Bike is available in six sizes from XX-Small to XX-Large and in the color Grey/yellow.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
ultralight high-modulus monocoque carbon fiber
Fork:
Boardman Bikes
Fork Material:
ultralight high-modulus carbon fiber
Headset:
1-1/4 to 1-1/8in tapered
Shifters:
Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-speed
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra 6800 11 Speed
Crankset:
Shimano Ultegra
Bottom Bracket:
PF30 with Shimano adapter
Pedals:
not included
Cassette:
11 t 25 t Shimano Ultegra 11-speed
Chain:
Shimano Ultegra
Brake Levers:
Shimano Ultegra 6800 - 11-speed
Brake Calipers:
Shimano Ultegra
Handlebar:
Boardman Elite Alloy
Stem:
Boardman Elite Alloy
Saddle:
Fi'zi:k Ardea
Seatpost:
Boardman Elite Carbon
Wheelset:
Shimano Ultegra
Tires:
Continental Ultra Race
Claimed Weight:
16.3 lbs
Recommended Use:
road cycling and racing
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years on frame

Geometry chart

Boardman Bikes

Geometry Chart

 

SLS
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Handlebar WidthStem LengthCrank Length
 XXS (50cm)  48.5cm  51.0cm  49.1cm  35.9cm  10.0cm  70.5°  74°  6.8cm  41.0cm 40.0cm 90mm 165mm
 XS (52cm)  50.0cm  52.5cm  52.0cm  37.9cm  11.0cm  72°  73°  6.8cm  41.0cm 40.0cm 100mm 170mm
 S (54cm)  51.5cm  54.0cm  54.5cm  38.5cm  14.0cm  72.5°  73°  6.8cm  41.0cm 42.0cm 110mm 170mm
 M (56cm)  53.0cm  55.5cm  56.2cm  39.0cm  16.0cm  73°  73°  6.8cm  41.0cm 42.0cm 110mm 172.5mm
 L (58cm)  55.5cm  57.0cm  58.1cm  39.4cm  18.0cm  73°  73°  6.8cm  41.0cm 44.0cm 120mm 175mm
 XL (60cm)  57.0cm  58.5cm  59.5cm  40.3cm  19.5cm  73°  73°  6.8cm  41.0cm 44.0cm 130mm 175mm
 XXL (62cm)  59.0cm  60.0cm  61.4cm  41.0cm  22.0cm  73°  73°  6.8cm  40.5cm 44.0cm 130mm 175mm

Geometry Chart

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5 5

Light, smooth and fast

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my first road bike and let me say that the time I took to decide paid off with my ultimate decision (thanks to Trevor at CC's recommendation) to go with this Boardman. I'd always gleaned over the brand, not being familiar with them, but once Trevor pointed out this bike as meeting my criteria, I soon realized this was exactly the bike I wanted. I think of it as halfway between a race bike and an endurance bike, able to perform at a high level for either type of riding. It's not quite as comfy as a Trek Domane, but I feel like I'm connected to the bike and road, rather than isolated. That said, all manner of bumps, cracks, debris in the road are smoothed out giving a solid feeling of uninterrupted drive. The components, well it's full Ultegra, everything including the wheels, so that pretty much says it's smooth, consistent and high performance, with just a slightly greater weight than top shelf DuraAce.

I was immediately able to feel comfortable on the bike for 40+ miles on my first ride, which was a bit of a concern for me since I had only recently gotten clipless pedals for my hybrid in preparation for getting a road bike, and was used to the more upright position of a hybrid. All it took was a few miles and I was feeling great about the bike. Taking it pretty easy I still averaged a faster than normal pace for my route. I couldn't wait for another long ride to push a bit harder, so the next morning I went out for another 40+ miles and pushed a little harder and added almost 2 mph to my speed on the hybrid. Not bad for still getting used to the bike, riding position, etc. Did another 15 miles tonight, even faster and pushing it through turns a bit more. Wow does it carve the corners, several times I had room so I decided to tighten my line just to get closer to the limit and it just moved right in effortlessly. I love how stable and predictable it behaves through turns and transitions, going exactly where I want it to. It's outstanding.

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Hey John! Thanks for such an awesome review man. Cool to hear how your new Boardman has been working out for you.

If there's anyone looking for more information on this or any other Boardman bike, please give me a call. I am usually in the office Friday-Monday 10am-6:30am and on Wednesday 7am-3pm MST; you can request me on chat, or reach me by phone (1.888.276.7130 ext. 4579) during those hours. You can also send me an email @ tjackson@backcountry.com at any time.