Thoughts Boardman Hybrid?

Sep 20, 2014
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Contemplating one of these Boardman Hybrid bikes to put the van garage for a bit of touring/utility use when away. Seems to be a pretty good price point (20% off when trading in old bike) to specification and weight (10.4kg) ratio?


However, I would be interested in thoughts/comments from those in the know given I’m not really what you would call a keen cyclist.
 

Jim

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Looks like a nice bike, Good weight for the van. I'm always using my bike for shopping and in all weathers so I'd get them to fit some mud catchers (y)
 
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I have the 8.9 so some differences, great bike though. I have 1*11 SRAM gears but otherwise very similar. Unfortunately the bottom bracket bearings failed while I was in Spain so that cost me £30 to replace and sometimes the brakes trap seeds or grit so can be a tad fussy. I find it light and manoeuvrable and I've fitted lightweight mudguards and a rack for shopping. I also have an ageing Trek hybrid and this Boardman has slightly different geometry. Overall I like it and it feels like it wants to go faster..... odd but true.
 
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my other half has one, very good for what we use it for, road and tracks in France and spain. For the money, not much better around.
 

Armytwowheels

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The bike may be a good bike but if buying from Halfords, check the set up and check it again. They are notoriously bad at setting up bikes. I have seen bikes with forks on backwards, cross threaded cranks and all sorts.

Have you checked what your local bike shop sells, they may be able to do you a better deal on a different make. We got a cracking deal from C2 bikes in Cambridge earlier this year, the discount given was far more than the same bike from a chain store. The independent bike shops know their margins and don't have to refer to head office to offer discount.
 

Lenny HB

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Althought Boardman's are really a Halfords own brand they do produce some reasonable bikes. SIL has a carbon road bike weights about 7kg he uses it for trialthalons.
Don't believe the reviews a few years ago Halfords produced a road bike under their Carrara brand got slated in the mag reviews they rebranded it Boardman and it got rave reviews.
 

Jenben

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It gets good reviews , Boardman at Halfords aren’t as good value as they once were but still worth a look.

We are with Armytwowheels its a good time to go into local bike shops as it’s a quiet time and 2020 bikes are coming out so 2019 models will be discounted . Chris was in our local one yesterday and they had lots of stock to sell.
 
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I owned a Boardman 2005 hybrid team.
That range are well spec’d for the price.
But being Halfords I tried one ride & had to take take it back to have them finish assembling the rear cassette - it was left loose.
But after that early issue it was a good bike.

I only sold it because I also own a mountain bike and added a road bike. The hybrid wasn’t being used.
 
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If your good with bike maintenance and trust your local Halfords to put it together correctly and give you a free 6 month bike check it’s probably ok.
You maybe better off going to your local bike shop,
 
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