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Boardman Bikes Elite SLR Endurance 9.8 Road Frameset - 2016

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Long-mile speed.

For 2016, Boardman's SLR Endurance line breaks free from its former SLS gran fondo neighborhood and heads over to the SLR's sleek racing high-rise. While lightweight carbon construction means the Elite SLR Endurance 9.8 Road Frameset is bred to race, its more upright geometry gives the bike versatility to cover a wide range of courses, so gone are the days of having to choose between long-mile comfort and race-worthy efficiency.

We're happy that Boardman is finally broadcasting the SLR Endurance frame's capabilities rather than tucking it away in the SLS line where it tended to be unnecessarily — and unfairly — relegated to sportive duties. The SLR Endurance chassis consists of a targeted lay-up of Boardman's C10 carbon fiber, balancing considerations of stiffness, price, and the ability to erase road noise, chip-seal chatter, cobbles, and gravel road feedback for a ride that's not just limited to well-groomed tarmac.

The SLR Endurance's post-tarmac pedigree also owes a debt to the frame's geometry, which mirrors the outgoing SLS. Compared to the standard SLR, the endurance model has a shorter head tube and longer chainstays (by about 20 and 5mm, respectively) for a longer, more centered wheelbase that increases stability across less than ideal surfaces. It's also got a higher stack and shorter reach, dimensions that benefit the recreational cyclist or the racer who recognizes the value of a comfortable ride position in events that last longer than 50 minutes spent circling a business park.

These variations are also good news for those of us whose height means that there's always a gap between sleeves and gloves, tights and booties. The SLR Endurance's geometry means tall cyclists don't have to add a comical expanse of spacers up front in order to accommodate a higher saddle, so fittings are no longer a question of an uncomfortably slammed, track-inspired cockpit or an unsightly spacer stack.

Finally, while many cyclists would rather just get on with the ride, still many others are as interested in a frame's looks, and Boardman re-worked the paint schemes of its entire line to appeal to the aesthetically minded cyclist. While other frames in the new SLR Endurance line showcase a level of colorful flamboyancy that we don't typically associate with Boardman Bikes, the 9.8 Frameset eschews look-at-me flair in favor of a style that's understated, classic, and timeless.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
C10 carbon fiber
Wheel Size:
700 c
SLR Endurance
Fork Material:
carbon fiber
Headset Included:
yes, FSA No. 42 tapered
Bottom Bracket Type:
PressFit 30
Cable Routing:
Front Derailleur Mount:
Brake Type:
Actual Weight:
Gloss Black & Platinum, M: 1540g
Recommended Use:
road endurance
Manufacturer Warranty:
3 years

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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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I'm on board, man!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This bike is still new to me and I have only put about 85 miles on it so far. Just completed a 50+ mile ride last week and I have to say it is impressive. If you had asked me prior to that if I knew what a smooth ride was I would have said yes, but I was wrong. This is what smooth is. Competitive Cyclist staff were professional and helpful. The bike arrived well packed and protected. I just wish I had known to purchase the Di2 charger ahead of time.

I'm on board, man!

Nice looking ride, Jon. DA 9000 looks good with that paint scheme and the bar wrap, too (at least in B&W). I'm considering one. Can you tell me what size you bought and give me a quick measure of the wheelbase for me? Eric

Medium wheelbase: 991mm.
Correct ST angle, size Medium: 73.5
Info per Boardman website

Unanswered Question

Can I trade my 2015 9.8 SLS frame that i bought from you to this one ?