/ boardman bikes
I've never heard a bad word about them - and the ones we've had here in France look great and all their owners loved them. Fantastic value for money too.
Top reviews and for the money and spec they are lighter as well.
Also or perhaps most important if I were buying I think they look good.
( what is it they have on bike radar, oh yes)
Cannondale caad5 special edition (the war on terror)
Thorn Nomad tourer
Marin Quake 5 (1997)
Rayleigh special products 853 steel racer.
Excellent value for the money, but I believe, that the carbon fibre used is very low specced. I am weary of cheap carbon fibre bikes, like the Boardmans and the Ribble's.
I would buy a second hand boardman, for a good deal on the wheels, groupset etc, and then get a new 'quality' frame to stick em on, and sell the Boardman frame.
After riding offroad on Stumpjumpers, Mt Visions, Pace and Rocky Mountain bikes over too many years I bolloxed my ankle and got a Rigid Boardman Team R for tracks and a bit of off road use.
It is truly superb,one of the nicest (for me) bikes that Ive ridden. It handles beautifully has a great component set up for the money and, with fat tyres is ok for mild off road use (I live in the Peak so it can get brutal)
Set up by Halfords wasnt too bad but ideally get in the workshop with them when theyre building it to keep an eye on them
I got one of these and would really recommend it for on road and light off road riding
If you want CF to complain about get a Pinarello Prince - lots of money, ride lovely, lots defects......
Loads and loads of problems with the bottom brackets not being greased in the road bikes. This autumn I bought their basic CX model and before I started reading about all these problems with the BBs, although further research showed the one I ended up buying has an 'old fashioned' internal BB whilst the problems are with the new ones.
Lots on the bike forums about it. IIRC the problem might have been with the BB manufacturers but there were mixed responses to how Boardman/Halfords dealt with the problem.
My CX Comp has been great fun although I'm battling terrible brake squeak on it at the mo'! Living outside of the UK I could buy mine through Wiggle though, so didn't have to take a chance on Halfords. Wiggle did a good job of setting it up but of course you can't go back for check ups or further advice if you are a few thousand miles away! I think you can read my preliminary review on my bike at http://reviews.wiggle.co.uk/profiles/7867/6160117944/profile.htm (they don't let you see the actual bike page unless you set your location as outside the UK!).
I have had my Boardman road team comp now for 2 years or so and I've never had a problem with it. Great bike and no regrets buying it.
That's interesting about the BB30 - When my SRAM Red BB went after 18 months use I couldn't really justify paying 130 quid for a direct replacement - bad move! 3 FSA BB30's later and I'm wishing I'd bought a decent replacement.
I didn't know Boardman was putting them in his bikes - they really are shyte. I'm lucky if I get a month out of one.
But regarding the OP. I wouldn't let a BB issue put me off getting a Boardman bike.
I've got a Boardman Hybrid Pro which does exactly what I want. A really good bike. The problem is with Halfords. I can only speak from personal experience but the anecdotal evidence is building up to such an extent that you must conclude that there's some seroius issues with these guys. Do they know how to put a bike together ... No. I experienced an employee trying to get a pedal off a left hand crank by hammering it in the wrong direction then putting the chain together with the wrong type of joining link so that it constantly jummped. It took a while to find that one.
I have a Boardman Road Comp, bought last year. I tried it for fit etc in Halfords (with staff who knew what they were talking about), but living abroad I bought through Wiggle.
As an experienced mtber but novice road biker (or, at least, I was at the time!), I found the Boardman to be perfect. Great value for money, good quality frame and components, and everything well put together (although as it came mail order, I had mount the bars myself). I've done a couple of thousand of kms on the bike this year and it's barely needed any sort of service.
The only thing I would consider with the bike in the future is changing to lighter wheels and tyres, but this is a standard upgrade for many road bikes.
I would happily buy Boardman again and recommend them to anyone.
I read somewhere that every branch should have at least one person specifically trained by Boardman (or approved by Boardman) to provide proper advice on fit and components. But if that person is busy elsewhere, you're stuck with general staff.
When I went to Halfords the first guy I spoke to was very nice but clueless, fortunately when he realised he was out of his depth he went to get somebody else who was much more knowledgable.
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