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Boardman MTB/HT Pro 2009

Tested by Oliver Laverack

Review

The Ride

Boardman MTB HT DownhillChris Boardman, the Chris Hoy of his era, first stole the limelight in 1992 when he rode his iconic carbon Lotus bike to victory at the Barcelona Olympics. Now Chris is back with his own bike brand and it seems he's put as much effort into developing his new bikes as he did into his pre-race training.

The MTB HT Pro, which sits at the top of the Boardman hardtail range, is no exception to the rule and has proven itself to be a great trail bike over the winter months. On my first few outings the ride was compromised by the Continental Speed King tyres which, although normally very good, offered very little grip in the wet and muddy conditions. After a quick chat with Continental they kindly sent us a much more wintery combination of a Mountain King 2.0" up front and an Edge 1.9" rear which have performed brilliantly in the most treacherous of conditions. In particular the Edge has offered excellent traction in extremely wet and slippy conditions.

With beefed up tyres and clip in pedals our large framed version weighed in at just 25.5 lbs. This combined with the wide Ritchey Pro Rizer bars make the MTB HT Pro a light and agile bike perfect for weaving up and down more technically difficult rocky and routy sections. Those same bars that allow you to really pull yourself up hills and weave your way down them also allow you to navigate corners with confidence inspiring precision. I also rarely felt as though I needed to get out of the saddle to shift my weight which meant I could keep putting the power down and fly out of corners as fast as I went into them. This bike not only climbs like a mountain goat but can also accelerate quickly and smoothly when you need it to. Although I didn't need to adjust the seatpost it would have been nice to see a quick release on the bike as I'm sure I would have used it a couple of times had it been there. The frame is complemented with some excellent components which really add to the quality feel of this bike. If you're looking for a trail bike that's also suitable for XC riding then for £1000 you're unlikely to find a better buy.

The Frame

Boardman MTB HT Pro Wall It's easy to overlook the frame when buying a new bike yet it's arguably the single most important part as it defines how the bike rides. Chris Boardman and his team certainly haven't overlooked this fact and it's quite clear the UK designed and tested MTB HT Pro has been carefully crafted to offer the best possible ride. Made from Ultralight super butted aluminium this frame is not only light but also very strong making it ideal for both XC and trail riding. The unique looking diamond shaped top tube, oversized downtube and square chainstays all contribute to making this frame very stiff and robust. Finishing touches include a slightly hourglass shaped head tube, welds that are smoothed over to create a very clean lined finish, giving the frame a much more expensive carbon look, and also a white metallic paint job which looks great and also shimmers slightly when you get the bike wet. Being reasonably tall I had to raise the seat close to it's maximum setting which suggests that if you're much taller than 6 foot 2 then you may need to consider replacing the 350mm seatpost with a longer one.

The Specification

Boardman MTB HT Pro HourglassFor a £1000 bike the Boardman MTB HT Pro has arguably the best components you'll find on any bike at this price. Upfront RockShox Reba Race forks offer a 100mm of easily adjustable, plush travel with an on-the-fly lock-out function which came in handy on flat sections. Braking comes in the form of Avid's powerful Elixir R hydraulic discs finished with carbon levers. The braking power is complemented with Sram's excellent X.9 shifters and a range topping  X.0 rear mech which only becomes a problem if you break it because of the £150 replacement cost. Finishing touches include Truvativ Stylo GXP cranks, Ritchey Pro handlebars, stem (complete with carbon spacers), seatpost and Ritchey WCS wheels.

Exclusively available from www.halfords.com

At a glance

Verdict An excellently spec’d machine matched with an equivalent level of design and craftsmanship great for trail and XC riding
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Do you own this bike?

by Scott  on 24 Feb 2012
Being used to specialised over the past 25+yrs throughout this time I have owned but to ne a few, the
demo 8 custom build , 2006 enduro and 2005 rockhopper pro .
Unfortunately after a biking accident 5 yrs ago I had to give up any heavy duty riding , as I badly broke my ankle and wrist, I sold my demo 8 and enduro but kept my rockhopper .
I returned to cycling last year and love every minute on the bike , I was looking for something more up to date and came across the boardman 2010 pro in my local Halfords and to be honest it was the gear fitted to this bike that made me think , this is a good buy ! I thought I would strip and put the parts onto my rockhopper ( happy days ) well I took this bike out on the trails etc and I have kept the boardman frame complete , as this bike is amazing and light .
Icing on the cake ' I got it for £799 and they also gave me 1x maxis tyres worth £50 ( good old Halfords ) buy one you will love it
by bmm  on 21 Oct 2011
Bought 1 yr ago Oct2010. looking for a light weight HT with good spec balance, 4 me it was Bman Pro or a cube ltd, spec, price, weight and lack of stock in the cube lead me to the boardman. took a little time to "break in" adjusted cockpit gears/brakes handle bar rotation to gain some high, increased pressure up front in the reba up to +/-100psi, swapped tyres to 2.3 verticals gave stability and feedback(stock speed kings2.1 ok in the dry, lack grip on anything lose). Halfords Dublin (Liffey Valley) good to deal with had good selection. dropped a star for few lower quality items: 9mm front wheel qr has come slack twice on the trail and poor traction stock tyres, after 2K+ miles I’m still happy with it.

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