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Boardman Bikes AiR 9.0 Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2016

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Engage warp drive.

Steeped in a history replete with gold medals, world records, and blazingly fast times on the track, Boardman Bikes knows speed and aerodynamics. The 2016 AiR 9.0 Ultegra Complete Road Bike takes this legacy to the next level with the latest iteration of Boardman's aerodynamic AiR frame and a Shimano Ultegra drivetrain.

Made from light, stiff, high-modulus carbon fiber, the AiR features carefully shaped tubes designed to slice through the air at yaw angles found in the real world, which means it reduces wind resistance in crosswinds and headwinds when you're out on the road. The inner faces of the fork blades and seatstays are flattened for claims of better airflow mechanics between the frame and wheel that Boardman designed specifically to maximize the aerodynamics of deep dish wheel systems. For additional aerodynamic benefits, Boardman places the rear brakes under the chainstays, out of the wind, and tucks the front brake neatly into an integrated home within the fork crown. While we like this setup's clean frame lines, its main purpose is to reduce drag compared to standard brake mounting.

A one-piece PressFit 30 bottom bracket shell sits in the middle of the frame, offering an extra helping of stiffness to solidly transfer every watt you put into the pedals into the drivetrain without any power-sucking lateral movement. The chainstays feature an oversized box section with a steep taper to the dropout for additional strength and optimal power transfer. As a final touch, Boardman builds the AiR with internal cable routing compatible with both mechanical and Di2 systems for a pinch more aerodynamic advantage and crisp, uninterrupted lines.

The 2016 AiR 9.0 Ultegra Complete Road Bike utilizes Boardman's four-position seatpost with adjustability to accommodate riding positions ranging from 73 to 75 degrees. This range of customizability allows the AiR to effortlessly cross between road, time trial, and triathlon positioning to tackle multiple disciplines.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
T1000 and T800 carbon fiber
Boardman Bikes AiR T8
Fork Material:
carbon fiber
Shimano Ultegra 6800
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra 6800
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra 6800
FSA Gossamer Pro
Bottom Bracket:
PressFit 30
Shimano 105 5800
[front] Tektro TKB55, [rear] TRP Rear (T714R)
Brake Type:
Boardman Alloy
Boardman Alloy
Prologo Nago Evo 141
AiR Aerodynamic Racing
Air Elite Five
Vittoria Rubino Pro
Tire Size:
700 c
not included
Recommended Use:
road racing
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years on frame

sizing chart

AiR size by rider height


Geometry chart

Boardman Bikes

Geometry Chart


AiR 9.0

Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Drop




XS 52cm 52.5cm 51.1cm 38.3cm 11cm 72o 74.5o 6.8cm 40.5cm 97.1cm 100mm 170mm
S 54cm 54cm 53.7cm 38.6cm 13.5cm 72.5o 74o 6.8cm 40.5cm 97.8cm 100mm 170mm
M 56cm 55.5cm 55.3cm 39.1cm 15cm 73o 73.5o 6.8cm 40.5cm 98.4cm 110mm 172.5mm
L 58cm 57cm 57.2cm 39.5cm 17cm 73o 73o 6.8cm


99.3cm 120mm 175mm
XL 60cm 58.5cm 58.6cm 40.5cm 18.5cm 73o 73o 6.8cm 40.5cm 100.8cm 130mm 175mm

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How is the process of replacing brake pads - specially the front? I tend to switch from aluminum rims to carbon and vice versa. Do you have to remove those covers from the side of the fork?

Tony, pad replacement is very straight forward, and only requires removing the covers on the fork. Call into a Gearhead if you need more complete or detailed information, and we would be happy to help. Thanks.

Avg. ride time: 16h 8m per week
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Great all around bike!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own the 2015 version of this bike. identical looking except Silver and Yellow color scheme. As of todays ride I have 7600 on it in less than 1 year. Its a great climbing bike and I rode it up 2 HC Cols in the French Pyrenees during 2 weeks vacation. I of course changed out the Mavic wheels and substituted Zipp 202 Firecrest clinchers at 1300 grams and also have a full SRAM Red 22 group on my Boardman Air 9.0. Loaded its now a 14.50 lb bike and is so aero fast and nimble on the hills. For the price you get so much value in this bike. And, BTW this bike turns heads. There are very few Boardmans out on the road.

If I could only afford one bike, would this be a good all around bike to train and race for long a distance triathlon (70.3/Ironman)? Thanks

Yvette, this would be an excellent all around bike for training and half and full distance tri's. I use mine for both road racing and triathlon. Hit me up directly if you'd like to know more.

So much bike for the money!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been on the higher spec'd version of this bike for a while now. All I can really say is wow, this bike fights well above its weight class.

The AiR is very light, especially for an aero bike. But its ride qualities is where it really shines. Stiff where it needs to be and oh so aero, the AiR is fast, smooth and very good looking.

I actually just purchased this frame set in 9.8 guise. I race crits primarily but do a stage race or 2 and have ventured into triathlon recently as well. This bike will be a perfect part time TT'er and its stiff front end and well tracking rear will make this a perfect crit racer.

Riding longer distances? The aero savings on this rig will pay huge dividends.

The front brake has been given a much needed revision. The previous version was the only negative on the bike. Problem solved with the set up.

Hit me up directly with any questions.

Bill, Most outlets have this bike coming in around 17lbs in this spec. A wheel upgrade would get that down a pound or so.

Can you give me an advice. I have my doubts, which would be a better all rounder - including triathlon and 70.3 half ironman. This Boardman or the Ridley Fenix ​​SL30