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A flat-bar commuter with hub gears and belt drive on the top spec model plus a sturdy steel winter steed were shown for the first time at the Cycle Show

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. 

Boardman CXR 9.4 review

 

Boardman Urb 8.9.JPG

Boardman Urb 8.9.JPG

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. 

 

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Boardman ASR.JPG

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. 

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alansmurphy [1023 posts] 1 month ago
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The frame profiles were right tasty!

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simonmb [541 posts] 1 month ago
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Cracking collection.

Need to sort out the rear mudguard on that last bike. It'll keep the rider's arse dry, but do no favours to anyone behind him. Or her. 

Three words spring to mind:

Ship. Ha'porth. Tar.

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wellsprop [432 posts] 1 month ago
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That URB is incredible. I'd have one if I had a need for it.

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embattle [96 posts] 1 month ago
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It does have a nice look to it.

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cyclisto [306 posts] 1 month ago
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Subtle graphics are very very welcome. That belt driven commuter if it had drop bars it would be great, even if it had to lose Di and hydros.

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the infamous grouse [60 posts] 1 month ago
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the URB is crying out for a dyamo front hub and sensible LED lights.

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ashliejay [69 posts] 1 month ago
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i might need to get the URB 9.4 and give it drop bars, as it looks pretty rad, and the orange certainly stands out, and make it my super commuter/light tourer.

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kil0ran [548 posts] 1 month ago
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Fantastic looking bikes. Odd there's no Tiagra ASR at £999 in the range, perfect bike for that group. Having switched from 105 to Tiagra I can't tell the difference between the two.

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alan sherman [9 posts] 1 month ago
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A couple of things that could be improved are the fork mudguard eyelets. Put them in the traditional place! Also put cable adjusters on the down tube. In line adjusters suck.

How about a triple tiagra build for 999? And and longboards as standard mudguard? Have a dynamo hub lighting set as an upgrade option too.

Makes genesis look really expensive.

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Beecho [196 posts] 1 month ago
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ashliejay wrote:

i might need to get the URB 9.4 and give it drop bars

buy an orange road bike

http://road.cc/content/forum/68194-convert-flat-bars-drops

 

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1961BikiE [390 posts] 1 month ago
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And rounding off with the top of the range 9.4 with a serious spec for the price. Am I being thick cos I can't see a price.

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ffc65 [18 posts] 1 month ago
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1961BikiE wrote:

And rounding off with the top of the range 9.4 with a serious spec for the price. Am I being thick cos I can't see a price.

It's 2k.....the price is on the picture