Boardman Team carbon. Why so many sold after about a year of use?

by kupepe   January 24, 2012  

Hello,

I am seeing a lot of Boardman Team Carbon bikes up for sale after a year of use. Like 90% of them are 2010 models. Is there some specific reason ? People are unhappy with the bikes or the thrill of road biking left them? Is it a thrill when u give over 1200 pounds to buy a bike?

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bikes to work schemes?

posted by fiftyacorn [91 posts]
24th January 2012 - 22:29

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yeah i'd go with the bike to work scheme, its seen a rise in second hand bikes for sale, which is a good one, because your getting the bike cheap through the scheme, people are selling them on quite cheap aswell

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posted by Gkam84 [8821 posts]
24th January 2012 - 22:32

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So they sell to gain from the price difference? Or not a well thought choice?

posted by kupepe [63 posts]
24th January 2012 - 22:33

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I don't know how many you've seen and where but bear in mind that it may be the same ten bikes advertised in all the usual specialist places multiple times. Even if it was 100, that would still represent a tiny minority of the total bikes sold. Anyway, whether it's 10 or 100 I'm guessing a fair number will be people who've got the bug and are upgrading and there will of course be people who have fallen by the wayside. Also, I noticed just now @drhysc just commented on twitter, "because they're fed up of the sneering comments from others?" which is sad but possibly true. If it is, it's a shame because they're good value.

posted by nick_rearden [859 posts]
24th January 2012 - 23:19

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I wouldn't say they sell them to gain anything

They sell them to fund this years bike through their work scheme

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posted by Gkam84 [8821 posts]
24th January 2012 - 23:21

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let's not forget that they shift an awful lot of those bikes, so even if only a small percentage get sold on that's going to be quite a few.

selling your C2W bike after a year isn't as easy these days as many of the contracts are for 3-4 years to take advantage of the lower market value rates you have to pay for the bike after that amount of time.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7312 posts]
24th January 2012 - 23:28

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I sold my first C2W bike when the year was up. Overall I paid about £300 for it and sold it on ebay for £400. Rinse and repeat.

posted by carlgrz [51 posts]
24th January 2012 - 23:35

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if you sold it after a year under current rules you'd first have to pay a market value payment of either 18% or 25%, depending on the value of your bike.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7312 posts]
24th January 2012 - 23:40

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We tested the Boardman Road pro Carbon a couple of years back, and I think I'm right in saying that then became the current Team Carbon, it was a superb bike really good fun to ride… in fact Trev is probably still riding it.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4134 posts]
24th January 2012 - 23:52

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Can you give me a link to that review? I'm still riding mine and I love it. Wheels need upgrading, but the frame is spot on.

"I can't believe I ate the whole thing..."

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posted by Cooks [483 posts]
25th January 2012 - 0:13

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Cooks wrote:
Can you give me a link to that review? I'm still riding mine and I love it. Wheels need upgrading, but the frame is spot on.

Here you go:

http://road.cc/content/review/11774-boardman-road-pro-carbon

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8012 posts]
25th January 2012 - 0:17

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As well as C2W I'd venture that lots of people new to the sport buy Boardman (same goes for Giant and Specialized bikes, especially in sub-£1k bracket). I've seen a fair few adverts on ebay saying "I've only ridden it a few times".

IIRC the Road Pro was ultegra/Sram Force while Team Carbon was 105 or thereabouts and nearer £1100.

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posted by Simon E [1945 posts]
25th January 2012 - 14:24

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Buying a bike is easy.

RIDING it is not.

Hence the number that get sold before long as the owners realise they have to actually pedal it to make it go anywhere.

Binky

posted by davebinks [125 posts]
25th January 2012 - 18:11

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I bought the road pro with sram brakes fitted and LOVE IT! cannot understand why anybody would want to sell it, unless to upgrade but they then must have trained like stink to improve that much in a year Thinking

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [583 posts]
25th January 2012 - 19:07

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Thanks Simon!

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posted by Cooks [483 posts]
25th January 2012 - 21:25

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Hi,
I don't think it's just the carbon framed 'racers' either. I have been lucky to buy two Boardman Pro hybrids for cracking money (compared to new) and all that needs changing to make them a fantastic ride is the tyres (scary detonators) and fitted road cassettes instead of the mountain ratios - cracking. When I bought both they clearly had very little mileage and fitted with carbon cages, computers, good pedals, pumps, locks and even had a new pair of shoes and a helmet thrown in. Same stories accompanied both from 'born again bikers' "it used to be easy when I were a lad but bought this one to get back into it now I have a bit of time and money,,, but pedaling is a lot harder than it used to be". My gain and a caring home promised.
You see the same with the frames for sale, they use the good kit fitted to them on a more 'street cred' frame and they are happier. Shame really as they really are cracking value - could be the same as Nike trainer cred.. Nerd
Just my t'penneth.

Regards

Trikeman. Wink

Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [357 posts]
26th January 2012 - 20:12

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Simon E wrote:
As well as C2W I'd venture that lots of people new to the sport buy Boardman (same goes for Giant and Specialized bikes, especially in sub-£1k bracket). I've seen a fair few adverts on ebay saying "I've only ridden it a few times".

Something in this I reckon. If there's a type of new cyclist who buy a bike as a fad, and then never use it or quickly realise they're not Wiggo, I think there's probably a better than average chance they'll have bought a Boardman.

Maybe they are sort of like the New Year's gym memberships of cycling Wink

That's not to knock the bikes, they look great to me- they came out just after I'd got my Scott, otherwise they'd have been on the list for sure.

posted by Chuck [365 posts]
11th August 2012 - 15:31

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Road Pro Carbon is a T800 fibre layup, the Team is T700, and i think the same moulds but can't swear to that. It is the 'lower' level of carbon that's used though, and so the frame in Team form behaves differently and is slightly heavier. Can't really comment on the Team, but my Road Pro is superb still after 3 years.

posted by robdaykin [160 posts]
11th August 2012 - 23:16

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A few guys in the club have Boardmans and say they're great. One of the faster lads has one and he likes the idea that he has the cheapest bike in the group then drops people on more expensive kit. Personally, I'd have considered one IF I didn't have to go to Halfords for it, because not being the best mechanic, I'd have then had to take it elsewhere just to get it checked out.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3084 posts]
13th August 2012 - 16:49

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Agree with you there notfastenough.
For me Halfords don't have the customer service you would expect from a LBS but I guess that's what you get from a national chain of shops.

posted by Marauder [239 posts]
14th August 2012 - 17:37

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Have I been away...??
What happened to the posts/comments from February to August Thinking
A post resurrection Big Grin

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posted by colhum1 [98 posts]
14th August 2012 - 17:45

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Most of the Boardmans are total bargains on eBay - like its been mentioned peps buy them do a couple of rides and jack it in...its all good for us in the know with the engines to back it up.

Ive taken my time watching on eBay but snapped up two over the last year and they are great bikes...excellent winter bike the Alu 'Team' model...and the PRO Carbon is one of if not the best bike Ive ridden. Swap the parts around a bit and job done...

posted by NeilXDavis [111 posts]
17th November 2012 - 0:32

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I bought my £1000 Boardman off ebay for £425. It was so new it still had the clingfilm on front and rear mechs!

The guy bought it on C2W and realised he had no time/energy/legs. He reckoned that he'd lost less than £200 on it.

I love it ... upgraded wheels to Ksyriums and might switch it to 10 speed (but shifters cost loads!!)

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17th November 2012 - 12:17

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