When you're racing for the win in the world Triathlon championships or one of the world’s great road races’s, it's all about exploiting minimal gains and the AiR 9.8 has enough of them to make the difference between the win and 2nd place.
Frame: AiR ultralight full carbon monocoque, tapered steerer, BB30, internal cable routing
Fork: AiR ultralight full carbon, tapered steerer
Shifters: SRAM Red
Front Mech: SRAM Red
Rear Mech: SRAM Red
Brakes: SRAM Red
Chainset: SRAM Red 53x39T
Cassette: SRAM Red
Chain: SRAM Red
Bottom Bracket: SRAM Red
Rims: Zipp 404 Firecrest tubular
Hubs: Zipp 404 Firecrest tubular
Spokes: Zipp 404 Firecrest tubular
Tyres: Vittoria Corsa CX
Handlebars: Ritchey Superlogic Carbon
Stem: Ritchey WCS Carbon
Headset: FSA Semi Integrated
Seatpost: cboardman Carbon AiR
Saddle: Fizik Arione Carbon rail
Strengths: The stiff frame transfers all the power to forward motion and this bike is very stable. Rides well in windy conditions and is very light.
I have had the Boardman Air 9.8 2014 Model for less than one month and my longest ride has been 65km. I am very pleased with the ride.The weight of my bike is 7.4kg with a Ultegra Groupset and Dura Ace C24 wheels with continental GP 4000s tyres. My other bike is a Specialized Roubaix and I must admit the Boardman is my bike of choice now. It goes fast when you put the power down. It looks stunning as well. My Riding is mostly on flat windy roads in Melbourne Australia but I will find some mountains to ride and update this review.
Where I currently live, Singapore, the FELT AR3 2012 and the Boardman air 9.8 are roughly the same price SGD 7-10k (which is £3.5 - 5k and USD 5-8k). It is now time for me to upgrade my current bike and these are the two front runners.
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