In my ongoing project, I am testing a road bike up against my beloved Boardman TTE Signature. To be able to do that properly I had to get a very good road bike if it would have any chance of competing. Being a Boardman Bikes ambassador I naturally picked a bike from their line-up. The choice ended up with a Boardman AIR 9.4 with carbon clincher wheels and Ultegra Di2 gearing.
Like I mentioned in my blog post Tri/TT-bike vs Road bike – what should you choose, a road bike comes with a lot of benefits compared to a tri-bike, but in the end of the day it is just slower. Could we begin with a road bike with a superb aerodynamic frame, put on a triathlon seat and aerobars to mimic the position of a tri-bike and end up with similar aerodynamic performance? Could we have one bike with great performance both as a road bike and as a tri-bike? Could we have one bike to rule them all?
I had tried my new AIR 9.4 for a couple of weeks and my initial impression are very positive. My expectations for the bike as a road bike where quite high and I was not let down. It is super responsive, quick and entertaining ride where you can feel that all the power you put in the pedals result in forward momentum. Yet, it does not feel uncomfortable or unstable. What impressed me most was the performance when I went down in my aerobars. It was nearly as confident and stable as my TTE(!). Note that the bike was built in a rush with a couple of inexpensive aerobars I had laying around, and it is not completely done in that regard. I will also get gear shifter for the aerobars.
I am a 33 year old PRO triatlete. My goal is to swim, bike and run as fast as possible, and enjoy the journey. All my adventures and triathlon related stuff is well documented on this blog.
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