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Fibre-Lyte wrote:I wonder how many stateside Boardmans there are? I remember when the range first came out and were sold by Bikehut/Halfords, literally a local motor store. Seems that times have changed!
garyniem wrote:Well, you can add one more to the stateside total. This one arrived from England two weeks ago and was assembled by a local bike shop (needless to say, it was the first one they'd seen). The mechanic was impressed at how well-prepped the bike was by the Boardman folks: very little adjustment was needed along the drivetrain (although the hubs were deemed "slightly overtight" and loosened a bit). The bike rides like a little black stallion. I will raise the bars a little with either a stem extender or adjustable stem. The seat is a racy, taut design that is excellent ergonomically but provides precious little padding. The Boardman was clearly conceived as a 'go-fast' bike... It really does take the hybrid genre into new territory. The SRAM Double-Taps are a delight once you get used to them. Shifts are super-fast and assured (as you'd expect from the Rival derailleur). The carbon forks, beautifully eccentric seatstays and carbon seatpost all work together with the bike's frame geometry to provide a comfortable, supple, yet thrilling ride. It's not jarring in the slightest. The Vittoria tires are confidence-inspiring. The flared chainstays come so close to the back of the pedals that my heels often brush slightly against them, but not enough to be a big deal. After a couple of rides, I'm thrilled, and look forward to (hopefully) a long fall season here in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
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