Boardman Hybrid Comp Bike - £399.99 at Halfords Potentially £306.20 (Quidco+10% British Cycling+10% Halfords business Vouchers)
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Boardman Hybrid Comp Bike - £399.99 at Halfords Potentially £306.20 (Quidco+10% British Cycling+10% Halfords business Vouchers)

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Found 11th Aug 2015
I picked up this fantastic bike a couple of days ago from Halfords Leamington Spa, which is currently on offer (discounted from £499 to £399) when the 10% voucher code B16BK10 was still active. I am very pleased with it, the bike is extremely light, disc brakes, just over 11Kg, looks very nice and almost feels like a road bike.

I ended up paying only £291 after all the discounts.
Plus there's a £16.20 cashback on Quidco already tracked, making the effective total £274.80.

I was actually planning to post this deal last night, unfortunately the 10% code has now expired, which means that the total above will be £323, with Quidco potentially £306.20 which is still a great price for a fantastic Boadman Hybrid.

Here's how it worked for me:
Current offer = £399.
10% code= £359 (which has unfortunately expired now).
10% off British Cycling making the final price of the bike = £323.
Bought 16x£20 = £320 worth of Halfords business Vouchers - Actual payment after 10% discount = £288.
Balance paid at Halfords = £3 (£323-£320).
Quidco tracked = £16.20 (I have never had problems with Halfords cashback, so expecting this soon).
Which makes the effective Total = £288+£3-£16.20 = £274.80.

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Boardman Hybrid Comp Bike

The Boardman Hybrid Comp Bike combines a lightweight, triple butted alloy frame featuring Boardman's signature smooth welding with SRAM's excellent X5 18 speed drivetrain and Avid's powerful BB5 mechanical disc brakes for controllable braking in even the most adverse conditions. Incorporating the speed of a road bike but with the advantage of a flat handlebar, whilst allowing for a more comfortable, confident riding position; the Boardman Hybrid Comp is perfect for commuters, leisure riders and fitness fanatics alike.
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Frame: Lightweight triple butted aluminum
Forks: Aluminium bladed fork with cromo steerer for comfort and durability
Gears: Lightweight 18 speed SRAM X5 gearing for all round performance
Brakes: Avid BB5 mechanical disc brakes for assured stopping in all weather
Wheels: Boardman 700c tyres for exceptional speed and grip.

Overview
Approximate Weight (KG): 11.1kg
Brake Type: Mechanical Disc Brakes
Forks: 7005 Alloy Blades with Chromoly Steerer
Frame Material: Alloy
Gender: Mens
Number of Gears: 18
Pedals Included: Yes
Suspension: Rigid
Wheel Size: 700c
Detailed Specs
Cassette/Freewheel: SRAM PG950 - 11-32t
Chainguard: No
Chainset: FSA Velo Compact 50/34
Front Brake: Avid BB5 Mechanical Disc Brake - 160mm
Front Hub: 9mm QR - 32 Hole
Front Mech: Microshift R42 - 2 Speed
Gear Shifters: SRAM X5 - 3x9 Triggers
Geometry: Boardman Performance Hybrid
Handlebars: Boardman E4P - 580mm(S) 600mm(M,L) - 31.8 - Flat
Headset: FSA No.10P 1.1/8" - Semi Integrated
Mudguard Mounts: Yes
Mudguards Included: No
Pannier Mounts: Yes
Pannier Rack: No
Pedals: Wellgo Alloy Body - Steel Cage - 9/16"
Rear Brake: Avid BB5 Mechanical Disc Brake - 160mm
Rear Hub: 9mm QR - 32 Hole
Rear Mech: SRAM X5 - 9 Speed
Rims: Boardman E4P Doublewall - 32 Hole
Saddle: Boardman E4P - Chromoly Rails
Seatpost: Boardman E4P - 31.6mm - 350mm with offset
Stem: Boardman E4P - 90mm(S) 100mm(M,L) - 31.8 with +/-7 degree rise
Type: Hybrid Bikes
Tyres: Vittoria Zaffiro 700c x 28c

32 Comments

If only it had a Carbon fork, I do like SRAM better than Shimano though at this price range, every cheap Shimano set I've had has been impossible to setup right.

Superb bike for the money. The Boardman bikes are all pretty good value, but this is probably the stand out deal at the moment. This is ideal for commuting, but could also be used for touring is that was what you needed. Reviews by consumers and the bike press have been consistently positive.

As usual, make sure that your local Halfords have put it together properly before leaving the shop.

it's a top bike,basically a flat bar road bike.ive got the 2013 model. you can do light trails,canal paths no problem.it's quick,I think Boardmans are big bikes so try it in store.

my drive side crank sheared tho and the pedal came off,no thread on the crank to fit another pedal and it was 6 months after the warranty expired.now I have a steel bolt with washers through the crank arm like something out of Ben-Hur

'allegedly' it does happen to some Boardman bikes according to LBS I've spoke to on the phone.I don't know obviously..

Be careful about Halfords and the British Cycling 10% discount. I had all sorts of trouble getting them to add the 10% discount to the 15% discount on Boardman bikes the other week. Got it eventually, but only after getting the manager of the store involved. They were insistent that discounts cannot be stacked despite what is shown on the British Cycling website where it states the discount is for all items in store, including sale items. It got messy...

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SpringHeeledJim

Be careful about Halfords and the British Cycling 10% discount. I had … Be careful about Halfords and the British Cycling 10% discount. I had all sorts of trouble getting them to add the 10% discount to the 15% discount on Boardman bikes the other week. Got it eventually, but only after getting the manager of the store involved. They were insistent that discounts cannot be stacked despite what is shown on the British Cycling website where it states the discount is for all items in store, including sale items. It got messy...


Interesting, I had no problems at all, the staff were very friendly and helpful, no questions asked about the BC discount (which I had received just days before) or on the business vouchers. I had to get a rear mount carrier as well, went for the cheap and cheerful Saris Solo, the lads installed it, mounted my bike and wrapped the edges well with bubble wrap and extra straps. Great experience.

I guess it depends on who serves you, and at which store. The person who served me was extremely reluctant to stack the discounts because "the staff don't get their discount on top of sale items". Unfortunately for me the manager backed him up until I showed them the British Cycling membership website where it clearly states the discount is on everything. They claimed that the Halfords terms and conditions stated otherwise. I asked to see a copy of them - it was at that point they started to back down...

Great bike for the money. had it for a few months now. only downside really is the brakes but upgrade them then you've got a great bike for the money

my friend bought same bike over the weekend. a superb 'do-it-all' bike, nice and fast for commuting or weekend rides, good visibility in traffic, very decent brakes. I'd say it was actually good value at £499, so with the discounts its amazing.

slannmage

If only it had a Carbon fork, I do like SRAM better than Shimano though … If only it had a Carbon fork, I do like SRAM better than Shimano though at this price range, every cheap Shimano set I've had has been impossible to setup right.


As you say would have been nice with carbon fork. Wiggle have got an own brand Verenti CB2.0 for £420 with Tiagra gear and carbon fork, but I suspect the frame is better on this Boardman.

redtony68

it's a top bike,basically a flat bar road bike.ive got the 2013 model. … it's a top bike,basically a flat bar road bike.ive got the 2013 model. you can do light trails,canal paths no problem.it's quick,I think Boardmans are big bikes so try it in store. my drive side crank sheared tho and the pedal came off,no thread on the crank to fit another pedal and it was 6 months after the warranty expired.now I have a steel bolt with washers through the crank arm like something out of Ben-Hur 'allegedly' it does happen to some Boardman bikes according to LBS I've spoke to on the phone.I don't know obviously..



You mean ur bottom bracket sheared? Or ur crank arm failed? Why would u bodge it up when these items are cheap to replace?

davidmatthewbrown7

You mean ur bottom bracket sheared? Or ur crank arm failed? Why would u … You mean ur bottom bracket sheared? Or ur crank arm failed? Why would u bodge it up when these items are cheap to replace?



it would cost circa £50+ to replace as you can't just replace the crank arm. the thread sheared on the crank arm. the lbs told me I had to replace the chain ring also. its a more uncommon fitting also apparently (can't remember the type now). I was going to sell it as I have another bike now rather than spending money on it.I just use it to go the gym now

Sorry IMO it's not as good as the Decathlon Triban 500se that was posted on here a week or so ago.
But heat for the detailed information that you have given.
No doubt that you have helped a few people out, which is what it's all about.
Happy cycling; )

I have this bike. Had it for 12 months. So far it's had 2 new bottom brackets and sounds like it needs a 3rd. I have had 2 rear hubs. This is not down to anything I'm doing..halfords say I'm using degreaser. Which is not true..lbs say the parts are crap..halfords then said I used the wrong lubes..I used what they told me to use. So yeah go for this bike if you want something that creaks and grinds like a 10 year old bike that's left out in the rain..oh and keep in mind the warranty covers none of this.

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akme

I have this bike. Had it for 12 months. So far it's had 2 new bottom … I have this bike. Had it for 12 months. So far it's had 2 new bottom brackets and sounds like it needs a 3rd. I have had 2 rear hubs. This is not down to anything I'm doing..halfords say I'm using degreaser. Which is not true..lbs say the parts are crap..halfords then said I used the wrong lubes..I used what they told me to use. So yeah go for this bike if you want something that creaks and grinds like a 10 year old bike that's left out in the rain..oh and keep in mind the warranty covers none of this.



​If you don't mind me asking, was it a self assembly or did they assemble it for you?

what this bike be good for commuting and using off road?
I haven't had my own bike in years but need one for getting to work and for going off road when I take it to the lakes...

how does this bike compare to the Trek 8.2ds ( http://www.trekbikes.com/uk/en/bikes/city/dual_sport/ds_series/8_2_ds/)

pvfc247

Sorry IMO it's not as good as the Decathlon Triban 500se that was posted … Sorry IMO it's not as good as the Decathlon Triban 500se that was posted on here a week or so ago. But heat for the detailed information that you have given.No doubt that you have helped a few people out, which is what it's all about. Happy cycling; )



​But Boardman look better... And mechanical discs which are far better (BB5s are incredible)

akme

I have this bike. Had it for 12 months. So far it's had 2 new bottom … I have this bike. Had it for 12 months. So far it's had 2 new bottom brackets and sounds like it needs a 3rd. I have had 2 rear hubs. This is not down to anything I'm doing..halfords say I'm using degreaser. Which is not true..lbs say the parts are crap..halfords then said I used the wrong lubes..I used what they told me to use. So yeah go for this bike if you want something that creaks and grinds like a 10 year old bike that's left out in the rain..oh and keep in mind the warranty covers none of this.



​You are certainly an exception.
And lemme tell you, LBS are probably not the best to be asking about these things. They're in it for the money, not to save you money.
And I have the exact same BB and rear hub and never had those problems with a lot of mileage (and of course the huge power my legs are putting through the BB ;). )

Used one of these for a month,was ok ,then got myself a team hybrid and still using it 9 months later.

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billyboy1

Used one of these for a month,was ok ,then got myself a team hybrid and … Used one of these for a month,was ok ,then got myself a team hybrid and still using it 9 months later.



​what do you find as the main difference between the two? thanks

LordLardy

​If you don't mind me asking, was it a self assembly or did they assemble … ​If you don't mind me asking, was it a self assembly or did they assemble it for you?



Halfords are the only people to do any work on the bike.

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akme

Halfords are the only people to do any work on the bike.


That's such a shame, must be the store I guess. The only thing I had to do after getting home was to top up the tyre pressure, got it around 110 now, rest seems to be fine so far.

LordLardy

That's such a shame, must be the store I guess. The only thing I had to … That's such a shame, must be the store I guess. The only thing I had to do after getting home was to top up the tyre pressure, got it around 110 now, rest seems to be fine so far.



Get back to me in around 4 to 6 months I really do hope yours is ok though

Nice bikes these, I have the older model.

The problem with halfords is that the don't fully assemble the bikes. They are delivered to the store almost completely assembled and just need a monkey to tighten up a few parts. So unless they give your new bike a full check over there could be assembly errors made in the factory. I think this is where the problems lie.

That said some people seem to think bikes are maintenance free and don't look after them because they either don't know how or simply can't be bothered. Learn some basic maintenance people its not hard!
Edited by: "Hollowpoint" 16th Aug 2015

LordLardy

​If you don't mind me asking, was it a self assembly or did they assemble … ​If you don't mind me asking, was it a self assembly or did they assemble it for you?


What lube are you putting in the bottom bracket, it shouldn't need any as they are sealed units. I've had bikes with sealed unit bbs for 20 odd years, only once has one needed replacing and that was on a second hand bike, so was unsure of its history, though lbs reckoned that previous owner had used a pressure washer round the bb.

Had this bike since November 2014. Rear hub needed replacing, BB5 brakes not that great - pads quickly wear down and need to be adjusted often. And now there is some irritating sound coming from bottom bracket.

You can get a further 10% discount with a pockit prepaid card

I suspect with Boardman u get what you pay for; I am guessing that to hit the price corners may have been cut with parts. I got a Boardman urban hybrid (was officialy 850 but I got an end of line for way less)its been very good but the bb seems to now be making a noise. I have done 1k miles on it though. My experience with halfords branches is that some have been very good and others quite poor.

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FriendlyRyan

You can get a further 10% discount with a pockit prepaid card


6% as per their website, still good if you can use them along with other discounts. Thanks

Is 11kg light for a bike? It seems like a lot

Maffew

Is 11kg light for a bike? It seems like a lot



It's probably because of the wheels. The weight seems ok, It wouldn't put me off.

Maffew

Is 11kg light for a bike? It seems like a lot



24lbs is not bad. A typical mid range mountain bike is probably gonna be around 30lbs and a mid range road bike about 20lbs.
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