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Boardman MTX 8.6 Ltd Edition Hybrid Bike £429 @ Halfords (WAS £550)
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Boardman MTX 8.6 Ltd Edition Hybrid Bike £429 @ Halfords (WAS £550)

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Posted 28th Dec 2019Edited by:"andynicol"

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Boardman MTX 8.6 Limited Edition Mens Hybrid Bike - S, M, L Frames
  • Frame: 7005 aluminium frame keeps the overall weight low
  • Forks: 63mm Suntour NEX fork keeps you under control when you head off-road
  • Gears: 27 speed Shimano Altus has a gear for every climb and descent
  • Brakes: Tektro hydraulic brakes offer powerful, low maintenance braking.
  • Wheels:Schwalbe Tyrago's are reliable, grippy and lightweight.

In a brand new colour version for the 2019 Winter season, if you’re looking for versatility then the Boardman MTX 8.6 Limited Edition Mens Hybrid Bike could well be the bike for you. The lightweight aluminium frame means the bike is easy to handle and large 700c wheels mean that once at speed around town you’ll keep rolling with minimum effort. Add into this a grippy tyre (with added puncture protection) that can handle road or easy trails plus a Suntour fork that will soak up bumps you’ve got a great blend of performance and comfort. Additional features such as 27 speed Shimano gears and powerful hydraulic disc brakes will give you confidence that this bike can help you cope with a variety of rides and occasions.


Edited 03/01/20 to add ; Large Sold Out!, Medium and Small only available now and only Small via Halfords eBay page.
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SPECifications ;
Approximate Weight (KG):14.0kg
Brake Type:Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Forks:Suntour NEX with 63mm travel and lockout
Frame Material:Alloy
Gender:Mens
Number of Gears:27 (3x9)
Pedals Included:Yes
Suspension:Front Suspension
Wheel Size:700c
Bottom Bracket:FSA, Square Taper
Cassette/Freewheel:Shimano HG201, 9 speed, 11-34t
Chain:KMC Z-99
Chainguard:No
Chainset:Shimano Acera, 48/36/26t, S - 170mm, M - 175mm
Electric:No
Fork travel:63mm
Front Brake:Tektro M285, 160mm rotor
Front Derailleur:Shimano Altus, Tripple Front
Hub:Alloy, 9mm Q/R Front
Mech:Shimano Altus,
Tripple Gear Shifters:Shimano Altus 3x9
Geometry:Comfort Hybrid
Grips:Boardman Velo lock-on
Groupset:Shimano Altus 27 Speed
Handlebars:Boardman alloy, 15mm rise, S - 600mm, M/L - 620mm
Headset:FSA Orbit No.42, tapered 1 1/8" to 1.5"
Mudguard Mounts:Yes
Pannier Mounts:Yes
Pedals:Wellgo alloy caged, 9/16"
Quick Release Front Wheel:Yes
Quick Release Rear Wheel:Yes
Rear Brake:Tektor M286, 160mm rotor
Rear Derailleur:Shimano Altus, 9 speed
Rear Hub:10mm Q/R Rear Mech:Shimano Altus, 9 speed
Rims:Boardman Alloy, 32h
Saddle:Boardman Hybrid by Velo Seatpost:Boardman Alloy, 31.6 x 350mm
Stem:Boardman Alloy, S - 90mm, M/L - 100mm
Step-Through Frame:No
Type:Hybrid Bikes
Tyre Size:700x37c
Tyres:Schwalbe Tyrago, Kevlar Guard, Reflective
3% Cashback available via Quidco too, effectively bringing it down to just over £416
This is a strange one, as it's not available in store in that colour, and is considerably cheeper than the other colour options too. It was £30 cheeper on a Black Friday offer so maybe cheeper again. If you can do click and collect from store you may get an extra 10% off, but that all depends on the individual member of staff/ branch. However generally I think it's an ok deal.
hubcms28/12/2019 13:36

This is a strange one, as it's not available in store in that colour, and …This is a strange one, as it's not available in store in that colour, and is considerably cheeper than the other colour options too. It was £30 cheeper on a Black Friday offer so maybe cheeper again. If you can do click and collect from store you may get an extra 10% off, but that all depends on the individual member of staff/ branch. However generally I think it's an ok deal.



I also found it strange this colour was reduced a lot more than the other colours, the blue is £50 off (£500) and the black (best colour IMO) is still full price at £550.

I ordered it with the xmas day 10% code, after Quidco, it comes in at £363, I'd never pay £550 for it though, will post a review in due course, collection date is the 4th.
Edited by: "andynicol" 28th Dec 2019
7005 means the factory is probably quite basic, the better factories don't use 7005 anymore but Halfords may have gone with 7005 because of the labour costs involved in making a smooth weld frame depending on how its done, either filling, double welding, removing weld material it costs extra money to create an aluminium frame that looks like a carbon fibre frame and so a lower end factory with lower labour costs might have been required. As much as I like many of Halfords bikes for value often Boardman are at a price that higher quality brands compete in, Giant for example which to me are better bikes. I don't like suspension forks on a hybrid anyway, it adds a lot of weight typically for these suntours 2kg approx over rigid forks. Personally I'd be looking at the Giant Escape range at this price point especially 2019 year bikes and avoiding suspension forks on a hybrid.
bonzobanana29/12/2019 10:04

7005 means the factory is probably quite basic, the better factories don't …7005 means the factory is probably quite basic, the better factories don't use 7005 anymore but Halfords may have gone with 7005 because of the labour costs involved in making a smooth weld frame depending on how its done, either filling, double welding, removing weld material it costs extra money to create an aluminium frame that looks like a carbon fibre frame and so a lower end factory with lower labour costs might have been required. As much as I like many of Halfords bikes for value often Boardman are at a price that higher quality brands compete in, Giant for example which to me are better bikes. I don't like suspension forks on a hybrid anyway, it adds a lot of weight typically for these suntours 2kg approx over rigid forks. Personally I'd be looking at the Giant Escape range at this price point especially 2019 year bikes and avoiding suspension forks on a hybrid.



You commented similarly on the Carrera post.

As you are only comparing 2 models, your comment/review comes across, again, like 1 bike is 2kg heavier than the other.

You say the Boardman MTX 8.6 has front suspension weighing around 2kg, and that you prefer the Giant Escape.

After much searching I find the Giant Escape 1 Disc 2019 (£500) is around 12.7kg, so 'only' 1.3kg of a difference and not the 2kg.

I do find it strange that you comment so much on threads re frames etc but can't put the facts down re weight(s) for folk to form an opinion and/or preference.
andynicol29/12/2019 13:43

You commented similarly on the Carrera post.As you are only comparing 2 …You commented similarly on the Carrera post.As you are only comparing 2 models, your comment/review comes across, again, like 1 bike is 2kg heavier than the other.You say the Boardman MTX 8.6 has front suspension weighing around 2kg, and that you prefer the Giant Escape.After much searching I find the Giant Escape 1 Disc 2019 (£500) is around 12.7kg, so 'only' 1.3kg of a difference and not the 2kg.I do find it strange that you comment so much on threads re frames etc but can't put the facts down re weight(s) for folk to form an opinion and/or preference.


I'm not sure what you mean I clearly stated above that its about 2kg heavier due to the suspension fork but you can't use that to compare to another bike as its weight may be in different areas. It might have a lighter or heavier frame or different wheels etc.

Here is a typical Suntour suspension fork for a 700c hybrid bike. It starts at 2.42kg for a the 50mm travel version with minimum features.

srsuntour.com/sl/…tml

It's roughly 2kg approx heavier because of having the suspension fork over a rigid fork.

The reason I recommend Giant is because they manufacture many of their own components and they are extremely well regarded for the quality of their components which are very well engineered but that doesn't mean they will always be the lightest. Giant are rated to up to 160kg total load and have a lifetime warranty on the frame and forks even CF forks. Saying that for road bikes Giant are often extremely competitive for weight, even their entry level Contend model comes in at less than 10kg.
bonzobanana29/12/2019 23:38

I'm not sure what you mean I clearly stated above that its about 2kg …I'm not sure what you mean I clearly stated above that its about 2kg heavier due to the suspension fork but you can't use that to compare to another bike as its weight may be in different areas. It might have a lighter or heavier frame or different wheels etc.Here is a typical Suntour suspension fork for a 700c hybrid bike. It starts at 2.42kg for a the 50mm travel version with minimum features.https://www.srsuntour.com/sl/products/fork/NEX-6282.htmlIt's roughly 2kg approx heavier because of having the suspension fork over a rigid fork. The reason I recommend Giant is because they manufacture many of their own components and they are extremely well regarded for the quality of their components which are very well engineered but that doesn't mean they will always be the lightest. Giant are rated to up to 160kg total load and have a lifetime warranty on the frame and forks even CF forks. Saying that for road bikes Giant are often extremely competitive for weight, even their entry level Contend model comes in at less than 10kg.



What you said could be construed as saying the Boardman MTX is 2kg heavier than the Giant Escape, as you've specifically stated the forks are around 2kg heavier.

I get what your saying, you've said it on other threads, front suspension forks are heavier, but please put it into context and state the overall weights when comparing 2 models so folks can make a judgement


I'm sure folks would appreciate a link to your recommended Giant Escape around this price......
Edited by: "andynicol" 30th Dec 2019
Probably better off with the Voodoo marasa which is the same style of bike at £320 if you don't want a weighty bouncy pogo stick at the front end, also a proper fork is easier to mount a rack or low rider on.
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