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Deep and narrow tube profiles on the frame and fork, an aero seatpost, fully internal cable routing (with the cables entering the frame behind the steerer), a front brake integrated into the fork, and a rear brake positioned under the bottom bracket. All this is designed to make the AIR as slippery as possible.
The C10 frame is used for all the Elite AIR bikes from the 9.0 right up to the signature model. In the past Boardman have split the range with a cheaper layup in the lower models, but that's not the case anymore. It's clearly aero-optimised but at the same time it has fairly classic road bike lines; for instance, the seatstays are a wishbone design to keep surface area to a minimum, but they're not dropped down the seatpost like many new-generation aero frames. Similarly, the seat tube is flattened but the back wheel isn't cut into the tube.
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4 Position Seat Post
Ensures that riding position can be dialed from 73-75 degrees for either Road, TT or Triathlon disciplines
— Full internal cable routing with cables entering behind the headtube for further airflow enhancement and clean lines
— Mold design incorporates one piece PF30 bottom bracket and optimized oversize box section chainstays with steep taper at dropout for maximized power transfer and strength
— Internal front brake for enhanced airflow
"Through the extensive use of cutting-edge Computational Fluid Dynamics and Wind Tunnel testing, the AIR frameset has been honed to offer a performance advantage across a wider degree of yaw angles than other manufacturers," Boardman say.
Boardman is keen to point out that they've not been concentrating only on aerodynamics with no thought to how the bike will ride. "Careful consideration was taken during the design phase to ensure that in our pursuit of aero, we didn’t destroy the handling, stiffness or comfort as it needs to be as enjoyable to ride as it is fast", they say. So like the top-end race frame, the SLR, the AIR uses a one-piece bottom bracket and chainstay design to make power transfer as efficient as possible, and the fork uses a 1.5" bottom race to add stiffness to the front end.
Dura-Ace transmission components, from Shimano's top-end mechanical groupset, take care of shifting. FSA supply the 52/36 SL-K chainset, and at the back there's a Shimano 105 12-25 close ratio cassette; again, that's a nod to against-the-clock riding while still giving a big enough spread of gears for more general use. Brake callipers are made by Tektro: there's the integrated linear-pull front brake in the fork, and a direct-mount Tektro calliper under the bottom bracket.
"This means that the AIR will out perform the competition in the real world, no matter where or when you ride"
Full Specs List:
Fork: Boardman T8, Carbon, Carbon Tapered Steerer
Bottom Bracket: FSA BB-PF30
Crank: FSA SLK
Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura - Ace
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Dura - Ace
Shifters: Shimano Dura - Ace
Front Brake: TRP Integrated (TKB55)
Rear Brake: TRP (T714R)
Cassette: Shimano 105, 12-25
Chain: FSA Team Issue
Wheels: Boardman Air Elite Five
Hubs: Boardman Straight-pull, 20H front / 24H rear
Spokes: Stainless Steel butted, Aero-blade
Rims: 35mm aero profile, Clincher
Tires: Vittoria Rubino Pro (25C)
Saddle: Prologo Nago Evo 141
Seatpost: Boardman Elite AIR Carbon
Stem: Boardman Elite Alloy
Handlebar: Boardman Elite Alloy
Grips: Boardman Soft-grip