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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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fiftyacorn [89 posts] 4 years ago
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bikes to work schemes?

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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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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kupepe [29 posts] 4 years ago
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So they sell to gain from the price difference? Or not a well thought choice?

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nick_rearden [436 posts] 4 years ago
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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.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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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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dave atkinson [6214 posts] 4 years ago
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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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carlgrz [51 posts] 4 years ago
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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.

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dave atkinson [6214 posts] 4 years ago
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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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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 4 years ago
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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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Cooks [490 posts] 4 years ago
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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.

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Simon_MacMichael [2450 posts] 4 years ago
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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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Simon E [2682 posts] 4 years ago
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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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davebinks [149 posts] 4 years ago
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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.

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fatbeggaronabike [808 posts] 4 years ago
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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  39

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Cooks [490 posts] 4 years ago
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Thanks Simon!

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trikeman [309 posts] 4 years ago
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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..  26
Just my t'penneth.

Regards

Trikeman.  3

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Chuck [541 posts] 3 years ago
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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  3

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.

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robdaykin (not verified) [368 posts] 3 years ago
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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.

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notfastenough [3674 posts] 3 years ago
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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.

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Marauder [274 posts] 3 years ago
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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.

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colhum1 [86 posts] 3 years ago
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Have I been away...??
What happened to the posts/comments from February to August  39
A post resurrection  4

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NeilXDavis [122 posts] 3 years ago
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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...

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Bobbys boys [76 posts] 3 years ago
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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!!)