Last week I finally got my new workhorse, the Boardman CX Team. It is of course not a bike I will replace my TTE Signature with, but I really love cyclocross bikes for a lot reasons. Except for triathlon races I uses it for everything. Outdoor training in the winter, training on gravel trails, training with Jonas in the bike trailer, deliver Jonas to the nursery, ride to the swimming pool, ride to the grocery stores and generally ride around town. For my use I am looking for a sturdy, functionel and inexpensive bike. Weight and CX-race performance is nothing I will prioritze putting money into. That’s why I find the Boardman CX Team to be spot on.
But what about my «old» Specialized Diverge A1 gravel racer? It is in a similar category and have the same area of use. It is a bit closer to a race bike with smoother tires and a slower stearing and more stable ride, where the CX is more responsive, quicker, but also not as stable. They both work very well for my purpose and not the reason to get a new Boardman. The back wheel on my Diverge got a bit untrue and the 35 mm winter tires rubbed in the frame. By the time I checked it (I assumed it had left a small mark on the frame), it have rubbed a whole in the chainstay (!), and a bigger repair is needed. The CX Team have, in my opinion, som qualities that makes it better that the Diverge. The 1×11 Sram Rival MTB gearing is one, and the hydraulic brakes, instead of the mechanical is the other major improvment. It also have better clearence regarding tires which obviously could be needed. I cannot wait to ride the bike more!
Want to check out a Boardman CX for yourself? In Norway Anton Sport Sykkeldelisk have them in store, and if you mention that you read about the bike on my blog I am sure you are going to get a very good offer 🙂 If you do not live in Norway you can find your dealer on www.boardmanbikes.com/retailer