Over the past couple years, Boardman bikes have been growing their presence in the US from a relative unknown. Started by the World time Trial Champion, TDF stage winner, and Olympian Chris Boardman, the brand has been expanding and improving their line through heavy use of CFD and FEA analysis to ensure that when the bikes finally make to to the wind tunnel, it’s more of a validation of the design rather than a test. With the introduction of the new Elite Series for 2014, there was a large emphasis on improving aerodynamics with the rider on the bike. When it came to designing and testing the aerodynamics of the new Air/TTE, the bike itself when compared with the previous model was about 20% faster in the wind tunnel – no small feat. However, as soon as the bikes were tested with a rider, the net benefit dropped to 4%. Still an impressive gain, but not nearly the 20% faster that would make for some great marketing.
Boardman seems to take that approach to nearly everything they do, sweating the details because after all, one of Boardman’s nicknames was the Professor. The Elite series promises to be faster, lighter, and more comfortable whether you’re riding road, tri, or even cross. Check out the actual weights and more after the break.
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