Boardman Bikes are releasing a limited edition track bike called the TK/20 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Chris Boardman’s gold medal at the 1992 Olympics.
In stark contrast to today, when Boardman won the 4,000m pursuit in Barcelona it was the first British gold on the track for 72 years. How times have changed.
To mark the 20th anniversary, Boardman Bikes have created the Elite Series TK/20 in a limited edition of - fittingly - 92 signed bikes. They’re priced at £999.99.
The TK/20 is built around a lightweight, triple-butted alloy frame with a track-specific geometry and stainless steel dropout plates. It’s finished with gold decals and a metal head badge. The aero fork is full carbon with a tapered steerer. Although they don’t come as part of the package, the design allows you to fit both front and rear brakes, so it can go on the road as well as the track.
"Success on the track in '92 was the springboard for my career as a pro rider,” said Chris, who is R&D Director at Boardman Bikes as well as an expert analyst for ITV's Tour de France coverage. “Every hour spent in the velodrome paid back tenfold when I started to ride for a pro tour team. Track cycling might be a specific beast but I wanted to create a bike that could, without compromise, also be used on the road, so brake compatibility has been designed in. It would certainly make a unique fast-fixie."
The spec includes a Truvativ Omnium GXP chainset, Fizik Arione saddle and cboardman Carbon/Pro finishing kit. In fact, seeing as we have it right here, we’ll print the whole spec sheet below.
The Limited Edition TK/20 is available worldwide. In the UK you need to contact one of Boardman’s Elite Series independent bike dealers (rather than Halfords who stock the Boardman Performance Series). You can pre-order now for September delivery.
For more info go to the Boardman Bikes website.
Size XS, SM, MD, LG, XL
Colour Satin Black
Frame Superlight triple butted alloy with smooth welding, tapered steerer, track specific geometry and dropouts with tension adjusters and stainless steel plates
Fork Superlight full carbon track geometry with tapered steerer
Brakes N/A although frame is drilled for front and rear brakes
Chainset Truvativ Omnium GXP track specific 48t
Cassette Fixed 15t sprocket
Chain KMC Track specific
Bottom bracket Truvativ GXP
Rims cboardman deep section alloy
Hubs Track specific full cartridge bearing
Spokes Stainless double butted
Tyres Vittoria Rubino Pro folding
Handlebars cboardman Pro
Stem cboardman Pro
Headset FSA Integrated
Seatpost cboardman Carbon
Saddle Fizik Arione
Weight 17.0lb (7.7kg)
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.