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Updated 17th Nov 2020Last updated 17th Nov 2020 by mmafuu
Boardman MTR 8.8 or Trek Roscoe 7
Update: I was previously unsure of what bike to get, out of a Boardman MTR 8.8 bike, and a Trek Roscoe 7. I chose the Roscoe 7, as part of buying a bike is about the looks, and I w… Read more

Thanks, I've got a few weeks to think about it, I'll make an update when I decide


Links to save others searching: These are quite different types of bikes and there's no simple answer to which you should buy, it depends which suits you better. The Boardman is a full suspension with a good amount of travel but not too heavy making it a versatile all round bike, this type has become very popular for its ability to handle tough technical sections and long day rides. The Boardman is a good spec all round with the Shimano drivetrain, hydraulic brakes and a dropper post. The Roscoe is a hardtail with wider plus tyres although these don't compensate for the lack of rear suspension as some claim. Instead the wider tyres give more traction and flotation which is particularly beneficial on rough natural trails and this type of bike is popular for bikepacking. It can be used for more technical riding but hardtails are generally considered more difficult especially on jumps. The Roscoe's spec isn't as good with the cheaper Sram SX drivetrain although it still has Shimano brakes and a dropper post. I have similar bikes, one is a Trek Fuel Ex which is a 29er full suspension but only 120mm travel and a Trek Stache which is a 29+ hardtail. Pesronally I'm a fan of the bigger tyres and run the Stache in the summer and a full on fat bike during the winter, I primarily ride natural trails so I like the grip and feel of them over the mixed surfaces. I also like the feel of the hardtail but it's a harder bike to ride especially on long downhill sections where I could just unlock the suspension and let it do the work for me on the Fuel. That said although the Roscoe is a popular bike I think the Boardman is a safer bet as it's a strong all rounder but it really comes down to what you have in mind for the bike.

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Updated 20th Sep 2020Last updated 20th Sep 2020 by jazid
Giant Defy Advanced 1 or Boardman SLR 9.2?
In the market for a new bike and narrowed it down to these two, mainly used for commuting, recreation and the odd sportive. Which one would you go for? Boardman or Giant.

A big fan of Giant reliability. The current (last 4 years) Defys are supposed to be lovely to ride.


Couldn’t you get Boardman adjusted? I probably could do with mine being professionally adjusted to increase comfort and efficiency. Apparently your riding position changes over time according to age, weight and flexibility.


Yeah, thanks, I’ve had quite a few giants and liked them all, also had a Boardman which I loved but had to concede it was too big for me so reluctantly sold it


I have a Giant Defy, bought it back in 2013. I’m actually just about to head out for a 2 hour spin. Very sturdy bikes though I imagine boththe Giant and Broadman are both good bikes. I know I’m not being of much help though wanted to mention how well the Giant handles. I have to say though, the Giant Advanced 1 looks a really nice looking bike.

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Updated 16th Jul 2020Last updated 16th Jul 2020 by loofer
Limited edition as only 500 built. Out of stock at Halfords after only being released last week. Thankfully Boardman told me Tredz would have some in stock. As recent as yesterday … Read more

Would you expect the spec to differ between Halfords and Tredz? Tredz have both wheels as 28h but Halfords quote front as 24h. Wonder what other differences there are.


They are two piece glued together. He got a bad one so what? Is a manual process you are going to get variances. I agree with him that it shouldn't have left the factory and Halfords should have refunded the punter. I doubt I would buy a frame only from them, but this is a full bike. I have removed the crank and bottom bracket of my 9.4 SR ( Hot uk deal ) and the alignment on my frame is perfectly OK.



At £1k it’s not going to be the best carbon construction as far as weight is concerned. I think the wheels are bit heavy on this


The 8.6 has disc brakes and I think 28c tyres with probably clearance upto 32. Tiagra £750

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Updated 8th Jul 2020Last updated 8th Jul 2020 by nisc1
Boardman SLR 8.9c ltd Shimano 105 7000 Carbon road bike £1000 @ Halfords
*LAUNCHING THURS 9 JULY* I've had confirmation via Board… Read more

Just how good is this bike?

andynicol The SLR8.9 features in the above <£1000 road bikes. Review of SLR 8.9, worth noting the one reviewed had Tiagra and not 105 ; However, for re-sale value I'd be looking at the big names other than Boardman, who in recent years have arguably gone downhill in quality. Also the potential £100 saving would, under normal circumstances, have to be used to have it set up properly at an independant cycle shop. Full carbon and 105 isn't to be sniffed at though...


I posted it as a deal but the moderators turned it into a discussion without asking me and then refused to remove it.


Can you buy me one?

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Updated 19th Jul 2012Last updated 19th Jul 2012 by worldwanderer
Win a Boardman Bikes Elite Series AiR/9.4 bike worth £3,500 with ITV
Here's your chance to win a Boardman Bikes Elite Series AiR/9.4 bike worth £3,500 with ultralight UD carbon fibre monocoque, BB30, tapered steerer and internal cable routing. Prize… Read more

thank you painkiller


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