First Look: Boardman Bikes CXR 9.0, 9.2, 9.4 cyclocross bikes

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Boardman Bikes’ CXR 9.4 carbon cyclocross bike with Shimano R785 Di2 / hydraulic disc brakes. © Cyclocross Magazine

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What do you do when you’ve already won an Olympic gold medal, broken the world hour record not once, but three times, worn the yellow jersey three different times during the Tour de France and made a name for yourself as the one of the most successful riders to come out of Great Britain?

If you thought the answer was “retire,” you’d be wrong. Instead, British cycling legend Chris Boardman went on to develop himself as a sports journalist, TV commentator, and if that wasn’t enough, in 2004, co-founded the UK-based Boardman Bikes company.

His background for starting a bike brand began long before the company formed, and even before leaving professional cycling, he led the R&D team for Great Britain leading up to the Beijing Olympics.

Now, Boardman Bikes doesn’t just showcase Boardman’s area of expertise—track, road and time trials—but encompasses road, mountain, hybrid and, more importantly, cyclocross bikes. With two models in the affordable Performance Series and four options in the Elite series, the ’cross lineup is clearly developing rapidly.

While Boardman did not race cyclocross during his decorated career, he’s certainly intimately familiar with suffering for an hour while riding laps, and now has been bitten by the cyclocross bug and almost exclusively rides his cyclocross bike.

Boardman Bikes is now entering the States, and is bringing three of its Elite series cyclocross bikes over in the from of the aluminum 9.0, and the carbon 9.2 and 9.4 bikes.

Cyclocross Magazine had the opportunity at Winter Press Camp to be one of the first to both see (and briefly ride) the 9.2 and 9.4 CXR models. Both models share the same Ultralight Boardman Elite CXR full Carbon monocoque frame, with a Boardman Elite CXR full carbon, tapered steerer fork. The frame features a PF30 bottom bracket, internal wiring for Di2, and… front and rear fender mounts!

Andy Smallwood of Boardman Bikes said the company’s goal was not to build a cyclocross race-specific bike, but a bike that is great for racing but also versatile to handle adventure riding, gravel racing and winter riding. With this in mind, fender mounts were a priority, and gearing is based around the wider-range compact cranksets.

Boardman Bikes is one of the first to ship bikes with the Shimano R785 hydraulic disc brakes. © Cyclocross Magazine

The $5500 CXR 9.4 is the top-end model, featuring Shimano’s long-awaited R785 Di2 / hydraulic brake system, and an Ultegra 6870 Di2 electronic drivetrain with a 6800-series 50/34 compact crankset. Out back, an 11-28 cassette provides a sufficient tall and low gear for any terrain you tackle, whether on the cyclocross course or doing a dirt gran fondo.

The 9.4 also features Boardman’s own cockpit, with a Boardman Elite alloy handlebar, and Elite carbon stem and seatpost. Mavic TN319 wheels dressed with Continental Cyclo-X-King 35c clinchers keep you rolling along.

The total package, in size Large (58cm model), as weighed by Cyclocross Magazine, was 20.2 pounds — not super light for a $550o bike, but considering it has Di2 and disc brakes, it’s not surprising.

The shiny, metallic $3600 CXR 9.2 model goes mechanical for braking and shifting, with a 11-speed SRAM Force 22 drivetrain and Avid BB7S disc brakes. It shares the same wheels and tires as the 9.4 model, although the model we saw at Winter Press Camp had road slicks for test rides.

The $3600 CXR 9.2 cyclocross bike. Boardman Bikes is entering the States, and will offer its carbon CXR 9.2 and 9.4 models. © Cyclocross Magazine

Versatile gearing is also a priority on the 9.2, and the Force 50/34 compact crank paired with the 11-34 WiFli cassette should allow a rider to scale any hill.

Boardman Bikes also offers a $2700 alloy cyclocross bike, called the CXR 9.0, and featuring the same components as the carbon CXR 9.2, but saves the consumer $900.

While the CXR 9.0, 9.2 and 9.4 models will be arriving in U.S. stores shortly, the CXR 9.0 appears to be already available online at Competitive Cyclist (but with shipping charges and some assembly required).

See the Boardman Bikes CXR 9.2 and 9.4 cyclocross bike photo gallery below the video.

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See Andy Smallwood talk about the new CXR cyclocross bikes and Chris Boardman’s influence in the video.

First Look: Boardman Bikes CXR 9.0, 9.2, 9.4 cyclocross bikes Gallery
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Alloy Bar

Boardman Bikes also offers its own cockpit and wheels, and the 9.4 features a carbon stem with an alloy bar. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Chris Boardman

Do you remember this decorated cyclist? Chris Boardman now spends most of his time on a cyclocross bike. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Boardman Bikes CXR 9.2 and 9.4

The CXR 9.2 and 9.4 bikes share the same frame, and have a small, flat shelf behind the seat tube that might catch some mud. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Designed in the UK

Boardman Bikes' models, including the CXR line, are designed in the UK by Chris Boardman and team. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Boardman Bikes CXR 9.4

Boardman Bikes’ CXR 9.4 carbon cyclocross bike with Shimano R785 Di2 / hydraulic disc brakes. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Boardman Bikes CXR 9.4

Boardman Bikes' top-of-the-line carbon $5500 CXR 9.4 cyclocross bike with Shimano R785 Di2 / hydraulic brakes. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Boardman Bikes CXR 9.2

Boardman Bikes' $3600 CXR 9.2 cyclocross bike with SRAM Force is 0.1 pounds lighter than the 9.4. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Boardman Bikes CXR 9.2

The $3600 CXR 9.2 cyclocross bike. Boardman Bikes is entering the States, and will offer its carbon CXR 9.2 and 9.4 models. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Boardman Bikes CXR 9.2 and 9.4

Boardman Bikes is entering the States, and will offer its carbon CXR 9.2 and 9.4 bikes. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Shimano R785 Hydraulic Disc Brakes

ardman Bikes' CXR 9.4 features the long-awaited Shimano R785 disc brakes, based on the M785 Deore XT models. © Cyclocross Magazine
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60mm Rotor

Boardman Bikes utilizes post-mount disc brake mounts, with 160mm rotor defaults. © Cyclocross Magazine
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RAM 11-34 WiFli Rear Cassette and Derailleur

Boardman Bikes' picks a SRAM 11-34 WiFli rear cassette and derailleur for wide-range, versatile gearing on the 9.0 and 9.2 models. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Force 50/34 Compact Crankset

Boardman Bikes' picks a Force 50/34 compact crankset for wide-range, versatile gearing on the 9.0 and 9.2 models. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Boardman Bikes

Boardman Bikes is entering the States, and will offer its carbon CXR 9.2 and 9.4 bikes. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Fender Mounts

Fender mounts, front and rear, extend the flexbility of the Boardman Bikes' CXR platform. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Avid BB7S

Boardman Bikes' CXR 9.2 ships with the new Avid BB7S mechanical disc brake system. © Cyclocross Magazine
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