Boardman Bikes go electronic

Four new Shimano Di2 bikes with chainstay mounted battery and internal routing released today

by David Arthur   October 1, 2012  

Boardman Bikes today launched four new Shimano Di2 bikes based on their Elite Series AiR and SLR models

The new bikes – the AiR/9.2S, AiR/9.0S, SLR/9.2S and SLR/9.0S – have new frames designed specifically to allow full integration of Shimano's electronic Di2 groupset. This means full internal routing for the wiring and a battery mounted on the non-drive side chainstay. This is the first time we've seen the Di2 battery mounted on the top of the chainstay and from the pictures we have clearly looks cleaner than the usual mounting on the down tube.

It's always been the company's plan to offer electronic transmissions on their bikes. Chris Boardman is a keen ambassador to the benefits of electronic gears. “Having used electronic gears for 8 years as a pro-rider, I have always appreciated the benefit - so much so, I have always wanted to incorporate the principle into the range,” he tells us.

“Thankfully, technology has now advanced and with Shimano releasing the Ultegra level option,” Boardman continues. “We are able to satisfy our customers increasing demand for this product. The four new Elite Series models are the result of this - with additional models already in the pipeline.”

Aside from provision for the electronic groupset, both frames are very much based on the current AiR and SLR framesets. The Elite range is the brands premium offering made with feature full carbon monocoque frames with FEA (Finite Element Analysis) and CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) used in the design process. The SLR is their lightest frame at less than 900g while the AiR is their aerodynamic offering.

The AiR/9.2S and SLR/9.2S will cost £3,499.99 with a Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset complemented by an FSA SLK BB30 standard chainset (compact option available),  Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels, Vittoria Open Corsa CX tyres and Ritchey finishing kit.

The AiR/9.0S and SLR/9.0S each cost £2,699.99 and keep the Ultegra Di2 transmission but swap the brakes for Shimano 105 calipers, an FSA Energy chainset, Mavic Aksium wheels and Boardman branded finishing kit.

The four models are available to pre-order now with delivery in mid October. Take a closer look at their website for more details of their dealer network www.boardmanbikes.com

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What leccy transmission did CB have when he was still pro? Would it have been that Mavic version? Can't recall the name...

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posted by notfastenough [2607 posts]
1st October 2012 - 12:34

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notfastenough wrote:
What leccy transmission did CB have when he was still pro? Would it have been that Mavic version? Can't recall the name...

And was made of Bakerlite?

posted by zanf [380 posts]
1st October 2012 - 12:46

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Mavic ZAP I seem to recall. Big Grin

I say recall.

I wasn't even alive when it was prototyped.

I was 1 when Boardman used it in the 1997 prologue, when Boardman won.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1725 posts]
1st October 2012 - 12:56

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Yes that's right, it was Mavic's Zap electronic groupset, introduced in 1992. Crhis Boardman won the 1997 Tour de France prologue on a version of it. Mektronic was Mavic's second electronic groupset in 1999 but it didn't really see the light of day. Neither were the success Mavic hoped they would be. Ahead of their time, you might say

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posted by David Arthur [1224 posts]
1st October 2012 - 13:11

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Here's a nice little video of Zap in use (you have to fast forward the vid a bit)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THtQYWooNBE

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posted by David Arthur [1224 posts]
1st October 2012 - 13:13

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Zap, that was it! Smile I seem to remember a little box with up/downshift buttons on it, that sat on the drops just under the brake hood.

Great, when Raleigh was born I was already looking at a career change!

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posted by notfastenough [2607 posts]
1st October 2012 - 13:19

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Yep the Mavic Zap wonder if any of it's design/technology has found it's way into Di2 or EPS?

THE ONLY WAY IS BIKE

posted by lushmiester [154 posts]
1st October 2012 - 13:49

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I saw an old bloke in the Alps this summer riding a lovely old steel frame with Mavic Zap. Had to take bit of a double take. Would have loved to ask him more about it but his english was as good as my French.

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posted by mr-andrew [292 posts]
1st October 2012 - 13:51

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Wow, I would have liked to see that.

/geek

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posted by notfastenough [2607 posts]
1st October 2012 - 15:39

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Why no Di2 on the AiR 9.8?

Sean

posted by seanieh66 [192 posts]
2nd October 2012 - 2:33

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Makes you wonder if Mavic have any patent claims over Di2 or EPS...especially the satellite shifting buttons...

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2nd October 2012 - 10:29

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