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Steeped in a history replete with gold medals, world records, and blazingly fast times on the track, Boardman Bikes knows speed and aerodynamics. The 2016 AiR 9.0 Ultegra Complete Road Bike takes this legacy to the next level with the latest iteration of Boardman's aerodynamic AiR frame and a Shimano Ultegra drivetrain.
Made from light, stiff, high-modulus carbon fiber, the AiR features carefully shaped tubes designed to slice through the air at yaw angles found in the real world, which means it reduces wind resistance in crosswinds and headwinds when you're out on the road. The inner faces of the fork blades and seatstays are flattened for claims of better airflow mechanics between the frame and wheel that Boardman designed specifically to maximize the aerodynamics of deep dish wheel systems. For additional aerodynamic benefits, Boardman places the rear brakes under the chainstays, out of the wind, and tucks the front brake neatly into an integrated home within the fork crown. While we like this setup's clean frame lines, its main purpose is to reduce drag compared to standard brake mounting.
A one-piece PressFit 30 bottom bracket shell sits in the middle of the frame, offering an extra helping of stiffness to solidly transfer every watt you put into the pedals into the drivetrain without any power-sucking lateral movement. The chainstays feature an oversized box section with a steep taper to the dropout for additional strength and optimal power transfer. As a final touch, Boardman builds the AiR with internal cable routing compatible with both mechanical and Di2 systems for a pinch more aerodynamic advantage and crisp, uninterrupted lines.
The 2016 AiR 9.0 Ultegra Complete Road Bike utilizes Boardman's four-position seatpost with adjustability to accommodate riding positions ranging from 73 to 75 degrees. This range of customizability allows the AiR to effortlessly cross between road, time trial, and triathlon positioning to tackle multiple disciplines.
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- Q & A
Great all around bike!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I own the 2015 version of this bike. identical looking except Silver and Yellow color scheme. As of todays ride I have 7600 on it in less than 1 year. Its a great climbing bike and I rode it up 2 HC Cols in the French Pyrenees during 2 weeks vacation. I of course changed out the Mavic wheels and substituted Zipp 202 Firecrest clinchers at 1300 grams and also have a full SRAM Red 22 group on my Boardman Air 9.0. Loaded its now a 14.50 lb bike and is so aero fast and nimble on the hills. For the price you get so much value in this bike. And, BTW this bike turns heads. There are very few Boardmans out on the road.
So much bike for the money!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've been on the higher spec'd version of this bike for a while now. All I can really say is wow, this bike fights well above its weight class.
The AiR is very light, especially for an aero bike. But its ride qualities is where it really shines. Stiff where it needs to be and oh so aero, the AiR is fast, smooth and very good looking.
I actually just purchased this frame set in 9.8 guise. I race crits primarily but do a stage race or 2 and have ventured into triathlon recently as well. This bike will be a perfect part time TT'er and its stiff front end and well tracking rear will make this a perfect crit racer.
Riding longer distances? The aero savings on this rig will pay huge dividends.
The front brake has been given a much needed revision. The previous version was the only negative on the bike. Problem solved with the set up.
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How is the process of replacing brake pads - specially the front? I tend to switch from aluminum rims to carbon and vice versa. Do you have to remove those covers from the side of the fork?
Tony, pad replacement is very straight forward, and only requires removing the covers on the fork. Call into a Gearhead if you need more complete or detailed information, and we would be happy to help. Thanks.
If I could only afford one bike, would this be a good all around bike to train and race for long a distance triathlon (70.3/Ironman)? Thanks
Yvette, this would be an excellent all around bike for training and half and full distance tri's. I use mine for both road racing and triathlon. Hit me up directly if you'd like to know more. email@example.com