Boardman were showing off the final prototypes of the new bikes at the NEC Cycle Show, with the URB presented as a classy commuter that can also zip around quickly and the ASR aimed at winter training and commuting alike through the grim depths of a British winter.
The URB has three disc-equipped bikes in its range, with the lowest specced 8.8 coming with a 1x Sram groupset for £699; the 8.9 (pictured above) featuring a Shimano hub gear system for £849; and the top-of-the-range 9.4 (main image) featuring a belt drive for the ultimate in low maintenance and Shimano Alfine Di2 shifting with Hydro brakes, rounding off a serious spec for the price.
The bike has minimal decals for a sleek and stylish look, with mounts for mudguards on all three URBs in the range to keep things clean.
Boardman have made two ASR (or 'all season road') bikes, with the one shown here the higher-specced version including a Shimano 105 groupset, hydraulic discs and a carbon fork with an RRP of £1,299. The ASR has reflective details on both this frame and the black ASR 8.8 (with a Sora groupset for £849) for some extra night-time visibility, and mudguards as standard. There's clearance for up to 32mm tyres and rack mounts for commuting duties, and the geometry is tailored to meet the needs of rough weather riders who want superior comfort in potentially slippery conditions - meaning a taller head tube, longer top tube and slacker head angle with a shorter stem for better stability.
Both of the new bikes aren't quite ready to ship out yet, but will be available on Boardman's website and in Cycle Republic stores from mid-November.
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.