Boardman Bikes Elite SLS 9.8 Road Bike Frame - 2014 $2,000.00
Find your inner goat.
Sure, you want a lightweight bike. Who doesn't? But, if the frame design compromises handling and for the sake of a few grams, is it worth it? Chris Boardman, British cyclist, three-time hour record holder, Tour prologue winner and gold medalist at the '92 games, was nicknamed "The Professor" for his obsession with aerodynamics. But, as a professional rider in the Tour, he also knows a thing or two about the importance of weight, especially when it comes to climbing. To this end Boardman Bikes engineered and developed the SLS frame. Similar in construction to the SLR, its geometry is suited to endurance and race events and performs especially well on the toughest climbs out there.
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 weight of the frame. The complete frame and fork weigh in at approximately 850 grams.
The SLS Endurance 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 airflow -- increasing aerodynamics. Finally, the frame is compatible with both mechanical and electronic internal cabling.
Boardman Bike's SLS 9.8 Road Bike Frame is available in six sizes from XX-Small to XX-Large and in the color Matte carbon/yellow.
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Want to run DI2?
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Give us a call to set up the build. This frame requires the Internal SM-BRT2 battery and the needed shims come with the battery. Update: PIN0138 is also needed because of the larger seatpost diameter.
Of course, it can also be set up with mechanical shifting.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This frame takes a 31.6mm seatpost