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Boardman ADV 8.8 Adventure Bike £640 @ Halfords
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Boardman ADV 8.8 Adventure Bike £640 @ Halfords

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Posted 3rd Aug 2019

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Great spec adventure/gravel bike (i.e. suitable for on road and off road, although not a mountain bike) for the price.

I purchased the model above this (8.9, which has better brakes and gears and is bright orange!) when Halfords had a discount on and am very happy with it.

One thing to watch out for is the setup - it is free, but Halfords have a bad rep for this and set mine up really badly at first. They improved it for free when I took it back but I still plan to take it to my local bike shop as I think the gears are a bit off still (approx £30).

Same price @ Cycle republic
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yadiyada03/08/2019 11:03

Mechanical disk brakes at this price point?


TRP Spyres are as good as they get. Doubt you'll find much with hydro brakes at this price.
Mechanical disk brakes at this price point?
N0bodyOfTheGoat04/08/2019 08:39

I despair of brands, of which they're are many guilty, of still trying to …I despair of brands, of which they're are many guilty, of still trying to push mechanical disc brakes. Hydraulic discs are so much better in stopping power, plus under normal circumstances they automatic re-calibrate, to put the pads the correct distance away from the rotor. Unlike mechanical cable actuated discs, they are normally "fit and forget" besides periodically checking the pads for excessive wear and then replacing them as and when required (typically lasting at least a year unless you are frequently riding in mountainous areas).Like many things, bikes have rocketed up in price over the last three years since that wretched referendum we should never had had. Ironically, the Specialized brand is increasingly looking to be good value these days.Boardman bikes do have very decent frames, but if I was after an "adventure bike," this ADV 8.8 would never be in contention for me even at this promo price... The ADV 8.9 would be on my short list though, when on promo near £800, not the current standard price of £1000 https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/adventure-bikes/boardman-adv-8-9-mens-adventure-bike


Mech discs have their place. My BB7s have worked faultlessly for 25,000km and all the bikes I've tried with Spyres have been fine. My bike with Spyres has only 600km on the clock for now. The Shimano hydros on my Arkose have the classic "micro leak" from the Pistons so they mist the pads and rotors with just enough fluid to cause an almighty banshee wail. I've also had the ceramic piston crack a corner off on another pair.

If you're flying down the Alps on a daily basis it might make hydros essential but for ease of repair, servicing and 95% of the performance most people will be just as well served by good* cable discs.

*Crucial disclaimer, not the sort you get on Tesco bikes.
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I’ve got the 9.0. Absolutely love it. Don’t forget British Cycling membership will give you an extra 10% off this price.
How do these compare in terms of comfort versus a road bike?
Danny_Cherry03/08/2019 10:14

How do these compare in terms of comfort versus a road bike?


'adventure' bike tend to have a less aggressive racing style (ie you sit up a little more) and wider tyres and longer seat stays. So more comfy but also slower and heavier
1982john03/08/2019 10:20

'adventure' bike tend to have a less aggressive racing style (ie you sit …'adventure' bike tend to have a less aggressive racing style (ie you sit up a little more) and wider tyres and longer seat stays. So more comfy but also slower and heavier


35-40c tyres at 50psi will be way more comfy than 25c at 90+ psi
Mechanical disk brakes at this price point?
Seems overpriced for the spec.
gooutdoors.co.uk/159…BwE
Better spec but I'd avoid compact gearing on a gravel bike. Lowest gear and lots of standing climbs for my trip around Arran recently.
yadiyada03/08/2019 11:03

Mechanical disk brakes at this price point?


TRP Spyres are as good as they get. Doubt you'll find much with hydro brakes at this price.
kramer208803/08/2019 11:55

Seems overpriced for the …Seems overpriced for the spec.https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/15919182/calibre-dark-peak-adventure-bike-15919182/?istCompanyId=c2ec8a5d-93c1-4850-a97a-f4d89d7c99c8&istFeedId=2755fba0-7dfe-46a9-bfd0-09b37aed8b93&istItemId=wapiixtaq&istBid=t&gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=CjwKCAjw4ZTqBRBZEiwAHHxpfkN4Oa50DvxPDagwowwjsKBnsgl4jPZUm2TRAA6LJFytQ2M1b6yNsRoCEN8QAvD_BwEBetter spec but I'd avoid compact gearing on a gravel bike. Lowest gear and lots of standing climbs for my trip around Arran recently.


I looked at a few from Go outdoors when I was looking but their stock levels were terrible, couldn’t find anything in my size.

I did a fair bit of research when I was buying and thought this was a pretty good deal to be honest. Not an expert by any means but the going rate for decent adventure bikes seemed to be £7-800+ for basic models by big brands, and Boardman seem to be quite well respected as a less known brand.
Edited by: "authortitle" 3rd Aug 2019
Just looking at the tiny thumbnail, I can see it has mechanical disc brakes.
So it's a No from me.
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Derek_Fortescue_Shatwell03/08/2019 15:09

Just looking at the tiny thumbnail, I can see it has mechanical disc …Just looking at the tiny thumbnail, I can see it has mechanical disc brakes.So it's a No from me.


Are there any gravel/adventure bikes with hydraulic discs for a similar price?
deleted120438303/08/2019 17:39

Are there any gravel/adventure bikes with hydraulic discs for a similar …Are there any gravel/adventure bikes with hydraulic discs for a similar price?


Nope. Need to spend £800 or more. Sram Apex builds are the cheapest
yadiyada03/08/2019 11:03

Mechanical disk brakes at this price point?


When did 'price' become 'price point'?
yadiyada03/08/2019 11:03

Mechanical disk brakes at this price point?



Derek_Fortescue_Shatwell03/08/2019 15:09

Just looking at the tiny thumbnail, I can see it has mechanical disc …Just looking at the tiny thumbnail, I can see it has mechanical disc brakes.So it's a No from me.


Why do you need brakes when there is no pedals attached?
kramer208803/08/2019 11:55

Seems overpriced for the …Seems overpriced for the spec.https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/15919182/calibre-dark-peak-adventure-bike-15919182/?istCompanyId=c2ec8a5d-93c1-4850-a97a-f4d89d7c99c8&istFeedId=2755fba0-7dfe-46a9-bfd0-09b37aed8b93&istItemId=wapiixtaq&istBid=t&gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=CjwKCAjw4ZTqBRBZEiwAHHxpfkN4Oa50DvxPDagwowwjsKBnsgl4jPZUm2TRAA6LJFytQ2M1b6yNsRoCEN8QAvD_BwEBetter spec but I'd avoid compact gearing on a gravel bike. Lowest gear and lots of standing climbs for my trip around Arran recently.


Got to be honest, it looks hard to beat. Provided the frame is decent..
willcarson03/08/2019 21:14

When did 'price' become 'price point'?


When discussing items that have a price that fluctuates based on demand, competition, a run of good/bad weather, the Tour De France having just been on the telly and so on.
I despair of brands, of which they're are many guilty, of still trying to push mechanical disc brakes. Hydraulic discs are so much better in stopping power, plus under normal circumstances they automatic re-calibrate, to put the pads the correct distance away from the rotor. Unlike mechanical cable actuated discs, they are normally "fit and forget" besides periodically checking the pads for excessive wear and then replacing them as and when required (typically lasting at least a year unless you are frequently riding in mountainous areas).

Like many things, bikes have rocketed up in price over the last three years since that wretched referendum we should never had had. Ironically, the Specialized brand is increasingly looking to be good value these days.

Boardman bikes do have very decent frames, but if I was after an "adventure bike," this ADV 8.8 would never be in contention for me even at this promo price... The ADV 8.9 would be on my short list though, when on promo near £800, not the current standard price of £1000 halfords.com/cyc…ike
rodman03/08/2019 21:32

Why do you need brakes when there is no pedals attached?


Think you were joking, but it does actually come with pedals with cages on. Hated them at first but I’m getting used to them now!
N0bodyOfTheGoat04/08/2019 08:39

The ADV 8.9 would be on my short list though, when on promo near £800, …The ADV 8.9 would be on my short list though, when on promo near £800, not the current standard price of £1000 https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/adventure-bikes/boardman-adv-8-9-mens-adventure-bike


Yeah this is what I got, for £850 with a voucher code, in part for the brakes as I have heard not great stuff about mech disks. Also it’s a brilliant orange colour which I love, it has to be said
authortitle04/08/2019 09:25

According to reviews the frame is quite good: …According to reviews the frame is quite good: https://road.cc/content/review/243904-boardman-adv-88



I was referring to the frame on the Calibre Dark Peak that Kramer2088 posted, the one area you can cut corners is the frame, however good the components look....
N0bodyOfTheGoat04/08/2019 08:39

I despair of brands, of which they're are many guilty, of still trying to …I despair of brands, of which they're are many guilty, of still trying to push mechanical disc brakes. Hydraulic discs are so much better in stopping power, plus under normal circumstances they automatic re-calibrate, to put the pads the correct distance away from the rotor. Unlike mechanical cable actuated discs, they are normally "fit and forget" besides periodically checking the pads for excessive wear and then replacing them as and when required (typically lasting at least a year unless you are frequently riding in mountainous areas).Like many things, bikes have rocketed up in price over the last three years since that wretched referendum we should never had had. Ironically, the Specialized brand is increasingly looking to be good value these days.Boardman bikes do have very decent frames, but if I was after an "adventure bike," this ADV 8.8 would never be in contention for me even at this promo price... The ADV 8.9 would be on my short list though, when on promo near £800, not the current standard price of £1000 https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/adventure-bikes/boardman-adv-8-9-mens-adventure-bike


Mech discs have their place. My BB7s have worked faultlessly for 25,000km and all the bikes I've tried with Spyres have been fine. My bike with Spyres has only 600km on the clock for now. The Shimano hydros on my Arkose have the classic "micro leak" from the Pistons so they mist the pads and rotors with just enough fluid to cause an almighty banshee wail. I've also had the ceramic piston crack a corner off on another pair.

If you're flying down the Alps on a daily basis it might make hydros essential but for ease of repair, servicing and 95% of the performance most people will be just as well served by good* cable discs.

*Crucial disclaimer, not the sort you get on Tesco bikes.
kramer208803/08/2019 11:55

Better spec but I'd avoid compact gearing on a gravel bike. Lowest gear …Better spec but I'd avoid compact gearing on a gravel bike. Lowest gear and lots of standing climbs for my trip around Arran recently.


Yes indeed, a very odd selection of gears for a gravel bike - 36-28 lowest gear is actually higher than the 34-28 that I have on my road bike and *much* higher than the 34-32 on my own gravel bike! Your legs are going to get a fair old workout when you hit that first 20% hill on this bike!

I do wonder if the people that spec this stuff have ever ridden a bike outside of Norfolk...
Thanks for posting @authortitle we have added this to the Highlights pages
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This doesn't strike me as a very good bike for the money
I got one of these at the weekend.

The build was absolutely appalling. I need to take it back as they did something with the rear cassette and it's loose. They also left bits of tape on here and there (not the plastic wrapping), gear cables in the way of chain creating noise, no dustcaps on the tyres, uneven tightening of bolts, brakes set up poorly.

Absolutely abysmal build. But the bike apart from that seems mostly OK. Although I use it for primarily flat but bumpy terrain, so I wanted high gearing rather than low gearing. Much easier ride than my mountain bike on the same terrain for weight/etc, and I feel much more comfortable than I would on my road bike. Only ridden it about 45km so far since buying it though. Was OK with something inexpensive as it's just for regular commuting.

Doesn't seem to have front mudguard mounts on the forks though for "standard" road type front mudguards, unless I missed something.
Edited by: "Lonyo" 6th Aug 2019
Lonyo06/08/2019 23:30

I got one of these at the weekend.The build was absolutely appalling. I …I got one of these at the weekend.The build was absolutely appalling. I need to take it back as they did something with the rear cassette and it's loose. They also left bits of tape on here and there (not the plastic wrapping), gear cables in the way of chain creating noise, no dustcaps on the tyres, uneven tightening of bolts, brakes set up poorly.Absolutely abysmal build. But the bike apart from that seems mostly OK. Although I use it for primarily flat but bumpy terrain, so I wanted high gearing rather than low gearing. Much easier ride than my mountain bike on the same terrain for weight/etc, and I feel much more comfortable than I would on my road bike. Only ridden it about 45km so far since buying it though. Was OK with something inexpensive as it's just for regular commuting.Doesn't seem to have front mudguard mounts on the forks though for "standard" road type front mudguards, unless I missed something.


Could of just gotten a Carrera gryphon
Great bike shame about the brakes
N0bodyOfTheGoat04/08/2019 08:39

I despair of brands, of which they're are many guilty, of still trying to …I despair of brands, of which they're are many guilty, of still trying to push mechanical disc brakes. Hydraulic discs are so much better in stopping power, plus under normal circumstances they automatic re-calibrate, to put the pads the correct distance away from the rotor. Unlike mechanical cable actuated discs, they are normally "fit and forget" besides periodically checking the pads for excessive wear and then replacing them as and when required (typically lasting at least a year unless you are frequently riding in mountainous areas).Like many things, bikes have rocketed up in price over the last three years since that wretched referendum we should never had had. Ironically, the Specialized brand is increasingly looking to be good value these days.Boardman bikes do have very decent frames, but if I was after an "adventure bike," this ADV 8.8 would never be in contention for me even at this promo price... The ADV 8.9 would be on my short list though, when on promo near £800, not the current standard price of £1000 https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/adventure-bikes/boardman-adv-8-9-mens-adventure-bike


Just for they Hydro Discs this is worth it
deleted211550806/08/2019 22:08

This doesn't strike me as a very good bike for the money


For an adventure road bike, it is a pretty good deal based on my research a few months ago. If there are cheaper options please share!

Compared to road bikes the prices for roughly equivalent qualities of bike are higher, perhaps that is what you are comparing to - I guess the disc brakes and other components increase the price somewhat, and perhaps manufacturers are taking advantage of the hype around the adventure/gravel sector a bit

If all you need is a road bike, then you can of course save some money and get something a bit lighter and faster. For me and many others, the flexibility of an adventure road bike is worth it - my ADV8.9 is comfortable to ride on gravel and grass as well as rough road surfaces, and I don’t think I’d much slower than a road bike.

I personally decided to spend a bit extra for better gears and hydraulic brakes, but I think this would be great too based on the model up.
Lonyo06/08/2019 23:30

I got one of these at the weekend.The build was absolutely appalling.


Yep, as I mentioned in the original post this was my experience too. Front gears were set up totally wrong so it was really hard to shift, and a few other things. The branch up the road from me (Stoke Newington) were a bit more competent and resolved it somewhat, but I am still not 100% happy and am going to take it to my local shop rather than Halfords for a checkup.

I guess you need to factor this cost in as I’ve heard many times that Halfords set up was rubbish - that said, a lot of bikes online don’t include setup at all so you probably still save money with free setup plus paying a local store to check it over (mine quoted approx £30).

Hope you enjoy the bike
Not bad. Heat
authortitle07/08/2019 08:28

Yep, as I mentioned in the original post this was my experience too. Front …Yep, as I mentioned in the original post this was my experience too. Front gears were set up totally wrong so it was really hard to shift, and a few other things. The branch up the road from me (Stoke Newington) were a bit more competent and resolved it somewhat, but I am still not 100% happy and am going to take it to my local shop rather than Halfords for a checkup.I guess you need to factor this cost in as I’ve heard many times that Halfords set up was rubbish - that said, a lot of bikes online don’t include setup at all so you probably still save money with free setup plus paying a local store to check it over (mine quoted approx £30). Hope you enjoy the bike


I sometimes wonder what they are doing....knowing this I took my Boardman home in a sealed box. Aside from fitting wheels and turning bars the gears were fine as they were.
Almost any bike except a road bike with thin tyres will be OK for light off-road use on gravel or any other undemanding surface. I've ridden my 1996 Dawes Galaxy tourer around the green and blue routes at mountain biking centres in Wales and Scotland with no problems at all.
johnnystorm04/08/2019 21:09

Mech discs have their place. My BB7s have worked faultlessly for 25,000km …Mech discs have their place. My BB7s have worked faultlessly for 25,000km and all the bikes I've tried with Spyres have been fine. My bike with Spyres has only 600km on the clock for now. The Shimano hydros on my Arkose have the classic "micro leak" from the Pistons so they mist the pads and rotors with just enough fluid to cause an almighty banshee wail. I've also had the ceramic piston crack a corner off on another pair.If you're flying down the Alps on a daily basis it might make hydros essential but for ease of repair, servicing and 95% of the performance most people will be just as well served by good* cable discs.*Crucial disclaimer, not the sort you get on Tesco bikes.


Plenty of professional cyclists fly down the Alps using cable operated rim brakes so I'm quite sure the brakes on this bike will cope with what most riders demand of it.
To right on the setup. I bought a bizango from them and they must not of torqued the crank, it loosened after one trail. Otherwise okay
Bought one of these, absolute disaster. Halfords pretty much destroyed it setting it up. Chain snapped, tyre went flat before I got it home, front crank not straight and grinds on chain every half turn. I will never haveanother bike from Halfords ever again. Boardman are now owned by Halfords I believe and are the same crappy standard as carrera.
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