A CLOSER LOOK AT THE BOARDMAN CXR
If 2018 is the year you have vowed to make your dreams of glory at the local league a reality, you should definitely consider the Boardman Bikes CXR. CXHandbook took a look at the CXR 9.2 and 9.0 models.The 9.2, in silver, is one model down from the top of the range. It comes with SRAM Force 1x Hydraulic as standard. The top spec 9.4 has the addition of lighter wheels and Ultegra di2. The 9.0 is the same C10 Carbon frame but a lower spec and slightly heavier Hydraulic SRAM groupset. With hydro brakes and a carbon frame, this is a great place to start if you plan on racing. You can get the Zipps of your dreams once Sven Nys notices you at the Notts and Derby.
The wheelset is solid and tubeless ready, rolling on Clement MXPs. These will see you right, until the depths of the season when you might want something with a bit more bite. 1x is clearly the best thing ever, but if it isn’t for you, there’s a cable guide to fit a front derailleur. All the other hoses and cables are neatly tucked away inside the frame. Thru axles are standard on most cross frames these days and the CXR is no different.Boardman have kept the rear end nice and tidy, and the clearances are generous, which should keep things clear on those sticky days. I’d be finding some new flat head frame bolts though if you plan on shouldering this bike a lot.Josh had a lot of fun careening around some woods and gave the CXR frame a thumbs up. For someone looking for an accessibly priced race bike (or two) the CXR could be a great way to go. A stiff, light carbon frame, hydraulic brakes and 1x make this a brilliant entry or mid level race machine.