Boardman Bikes Elite AiR 9.8 – 2014 Matte Carbon/Yellow, L

Boardman Bikes Elite AiR 9.8 - 2014 Matte Carbon/Yellow, L

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Winning the Individual Pursuit at the '92 games as well as breaking the hour record on three occasions required not only exceptional physical and physiological talent, it also meant attention to all the details of aerodynamics with his bikes. To this end Chris Boardman has always had a keen eye for wind cheating design and technology. He continues to funnel these wind-tunnel-obsessed years of research and experience into his Elite bike series. The Elite 9. 8 AiR is Boardman's flagship aerodynamic frame; it was developed to be the ultimate lightweight, comfortable, and efficient racing frame platform. It's no surprise that every tube on the Elite 9. 8 AiR was meticulously examined and tested to be the most efficient possible. Because actual race conditions rarely mimic the clean wind of an air tunnel, Boardman carefully designed the AiR 9. 8's tubes with shapes that not only efficiently handle head-on winds, but also those less-than-ideal crosswinds that are encountered in racing situations. These wind-tunnel-tested tubes feature a fairly slender width profile throughout, which creates the optimal balance between vertical compliance and aerodynamics. The top tube remains fairly round, while the down tube, seat tube, and integrated seatpost have been shaped to maximize airflow and reduce wind-resistance. The material selected for the AiR 9. 8's frame is a high modulus unidirectional carbon fiber, constructed with a full monocoque design. Similarly, the fork was built out of the same predictable, race-tested, and ultralight carbon fiber. The Elite 9. 8 AiR's fork was designed to be exceptionally stable, comfortable, and to efficiently handle variable wind conditions. Boardman factored in that both the proximity and spinning of the front wheel also affect the fork's ability to reduce wind-resistance. Its blades were computer modeled to manage that challenging local flow condition. Because of this, Boardman flattened the insides of the blades and curved the out...


  • Claimed Weight: 1150 g
  • Frame Material: unidirectional hi-modulus carbon fiber
  • Fork Blade Shape: bladed
  • Replaceable Rear Derailleur Hanger: yes
  • Front Derailleur Mount: braze-on

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