Boardman first shown off the final prototypes of their new ASR steel winter road bike and Urb flat-bar commuter at the NEC Cycle Show back in September, and now both bikes are now shipping via Boardman's website and in store at Cycle Republic. The URB is presented as a classy commuter that can also zip around quickly, and the ASR is aimed at winter training and commuting alike through the grim depths of a British winter.
The URB has three disc-equipped bikes in its range, with the lowest specced 8.8 coming with a 1x Sram groupset for £699. The 8.9 features a Shimano hub gear system for £849, and the top-of-the-range 9.4 (shown above) features a belt drive for the ultimate in low maintenance and Shimano Alfine Di2 shifting with Hydro brakes, rounding off a serious spec for the £1,999 price tag.
The bike has minimal decals for a sleek and stylish look, with mounts for mudguards on all three URBs in the range to keep things clean.
The ASR 8.9 from Boardman Bikes , using Reynolds 725 tubing. Designed to ride comfortably even in wet, muddy winter weather, and looks stylish to boot. pic.twitter.com/zhaP6Pi2ts
— Reynolds Technology (@ReynoldsTubing) January 5, 2018
There are two Boardman ASR (or 'all season road') bikes to choose from, with the one shown here the higher-specced version including Reynolds Steel tubes, a Shimano 105 groupset, hydraulic discs and a carbon fork with an RRP of £1,299. The ASR has reflective details on both this frame and the black ASR 8.8 (with a 4130 Cro-Mo steel frame and Shimano Sora groupset for £849) for some extra night-time visibility, and mudguards as standard. There's clearance for up to 32mm tyres and rack mounts for commuting duties, and the geometry is tailored to meet the needs of rough weather riders who want superior comfort in potentially slippery conditions - meaning a taller head tube, longer top tube and slacker head angle with a shorter stem for better stability.
Both of the new bikes are now avaailable in all specs. The URB has small, medium or large sizes, and the ASR is in sizes small through to XL.
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.