The ultimate in versatility and performance, the Team CX is a disc brake equipped fully UCI legal Cyclo Cross race bike that is equally at home on the daily commute, super hilly sportive road ride and light touring as it is blasting around offroad trails in the way that only a lightweight Cross bike can. The Team CX incorporates the new 2011 Boardman CX frame design that includes performance enhancing features such as front and rear disc brakes with the rear being mounted to the chainstay for improved braking performance and ease of mudguard and rack fitment, custom tube profiles designed for the rigours of offroad riding, BB30 chainset for reduced weight and increased stiffness, full carbon disc specific fork with tapered steerer for increased front end stiffness and steering precision and curved wishbone seatstays for comfort. All of this adds up to a bike that offers uncompromised performance whatever you throw at it.
- New superlight alloy frame constructed of triple butted tubing
- Full smooth welding
- Custom tube profiles designed specifically for the forces and performance criteria of offroad riding
- Oversize box section chainstays for increased power transfer
- Asymmetric chainstays with rear disc brake caliper mounting for increased brake performance
- Curved wishbone seatstays for enhanced comfort
- BB30 bottom bracket for reduced weight and increased stiffness
- Disc specific full carbon fork with tapered steerer for increased stiffness and steering precision
- Fully mudguard and rear rack compatible
Strengths: The sheer versatility of this bike, while still managing to be balanced, and not sacrifice being a really great handling bike.
It's a real fun ride, which for the money really can't be beaten by anything I've yet seen... or for quite a bit more in fact!
Incredible value for money, and a do it all, ride anything, confidence inspiring ride.
Weaknesses: It is a tad heavier than most equivalent priced road bikes... but thats cause it is also a CX bike!
I'd looked at one of these a while back, but when I had a nasty crash that left me with a broken elbow not long after cracking two ribs, so I decided I needed a more "sensible" bike while I recovered and I picked one up 2nd hand in good condition.
Well, I was surprised at it's handling, I'd expected a heavier, more sluggish, ride that had good dependable brakes, but nothing much in the fun department, and it's actually been a lot of fun!
The geometry is a little odd for a crosser but it works, 73deg ST, 73deg HT that you'd expect on the road, but a slightly higher 65mm BB drop, mixed with a 430mm chainstays, and 397mm forks give a stable, but not boring ride, and the stiff BB30 BB and tapered HT give a stiff and responsive frame that I've really enjoyed.
After using the disc brakes (now BB7s'), I'm now looking at replacing the road bike with a Specialized Roubaix Disc as I've been so impressed with consistent braking in the typically wet UK autumn/winter conditions.
This bike has ridden everything, and taken it all like a muddy labrador with wagging tail and silly grin (much like it's owner), and a set of 28mm Conti Grand Prix 4 Seasons, mudguards, and racks has made it a great trainer/commuter too.
The SRAM Apex rear mech and shifters run smooth and reliably, as did the bullet proof Ritchey wheels and tyres, and the FSA gossamer BB30 crankset is dependable and stiff.
I have replaced a few bits, fore-instance the c*#p Microshift front mech met with instant upgrade, but a new Apex one is cheap for big improvements.
I personally didn't get on with the bars(wrong shape), stem(too long), or saddle(not a flite!), but that's just my preference (I'm fussy), everyone's different.
Would suggest getting some after-market brake pads though, vast improvement.
In summary - For a do it all ride that you won't fear locking up and can still enjoy riding, I can't recommend it enough.