Boardman bikes

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Mister Paul, 15 Aug 2007.

  1. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    Has anyone tried one yet?

    As I said earlier somewhere else, I had a look at them a few weeks ago. They look pretty good on the whole. Except that the hybrid doesn't need a disc brake.

    The one thing that would completely put me off, is that the top tube morphs into a vile diamond-shaped profile as it moves to the front. It's vile, and I would really put me off buying one.
  2. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Birmingham, UK
    I haven't tried one, but I had exactly the same reaction to the top tube. I thought it might just be the MTBs where box sections aren't unheard of, but no...

    Does anyone know what the alleged advantage of the diamond section is?
  3. OP
    Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    I think it's just an attempt to make the things look unique, and an attempted selling point.

    It's just disappointed me. I don't think it's the right thing to have done, and makes it look like all the models have the same frame.
  4. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    as I believe I've mentioned numerous times on BR, disk brakes and radial* wheels shouldn't go together - as on the top-end hybrid of the boardman range. People have justified them - nicklouse earlier having pointed out that the wheelsets probably will have been tested thoroughly, and supersonic also correctly pointing out that they are double spokes and 2-cross as opposed to completely radial, but Sheldon Brown says on his wheel building guide on his website that disk brakes require much more torsional strength than rim brakes, and the more crosses the more torsional strength. As I say, I suspect halfords have only put those things on to look flashy.

    * they are in fact two cross but still.
  5. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Birmingham, UK
    I hadn't spotted that. As you say, radial spokes only transmit torque once the hub rotates in relation to the rim - and that wind up causes fatigue. Ok, so CBoardman are using 2x spoking. But that seems to take them further away from the best conditions for transferring torque. The ideal is when spokes are perpendicular to the axle/spoke-head line. 3x is nearer that ideal, 2x is further away. So with their design braking forces aren't delivered as directly as they could be and so there is more hub/rim wind up. My prediction would be that the wind up would eventually manifest itself in a higher number of broken spokes than with an equivalent 3x wheel. ;)
  6. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

    i agree about the 2X front wheel and disc brake problem
    but then i wouldn't be buying any of these, let alone all three:ohmy:

    an aluminium bike
    a bike from halfords
    a hybrid bike

    so i'm not too fussed
  7. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Birmingham, UK
    I understand the middle one ;), but what's the objection to the others?
  8. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    I though you meant this one, its a bit fiddly for commuting on.

    I might have been interested in buying one of these, if they weren't being sold by Halfrauds...

    There is nothing wrong this aluminium hybrids...
  9. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    I like the whole range - if anything they've got the specs pretty dam great !
  10. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

    I understand the middle one ;), but what's the objection to the others?[/QUOTE]

    as for the first, then search frame material, or steel is real in google. this isn't the place to re start a discussion that's been done to death.

    as for the last, i simply don't see the need....if i wanted a mountain bike, i'd have one, i have 2 nice old racers for longer rides and an everyday commuting/shopper bike. it is made of 531, with a sram7 speed hub. i simply don't believe that a bike designed for town use needs 18 or however many gears hybrids have, at least in lincoln:biggrin:
  11. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    But aluminium's lighter...?
  12. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    But aluminium's lighter...?[/QUOTE]
    Yup. Lighter, but with a finite fatigue life. An aluminium frame will eventually fail. Steel doesn't have the same drawback. How much of a problem this is in real life is a moot point. I probably won't put enough use into my aluminium bike to get it to a point where it fails, so I'm not too worried. Mega mile monsters might see it differently. Anyway, it has been covered on a multitude of other threads.
  13. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    Are you saying that steel doesn't have finite fatigue life? Have you found a way of over coming entropy change?

    My last bike had a steel frame and the head tube snapped.
  14. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    Are you saying that steel doesn't have finite fatigue life? Have you found a way of over coming entropy change?
    My last bike had a steel frame and the head tube snapped.[/QUOTE]
    I'd need to do some truffling about to check, but the gist of the steel vs aluminium debate is that aluminium can take less stress than steel and will fail before steel does, for an equal amount of stress. No, I didn't mean to imply that steel had an infinite fatigue life (in the strict sense of the word) sorry if that was the impression I gave. I'm doing this from thread memory by the way, so iirc applies throughout. Like I said, this has been covered in a number of threads elsewhere.
    Did you really mean to call me bonj? Please say you didn't....
  15. Chris James

    Chris James Über Member

    Not sure what you mean by the entropy change comment.

    Steel has a fatigue limit, at stresses below this the steel will not grow fatigue cracks regardless of how many times the stress is applied. I haven't read the wikipedia article below (can't be bothered!) but I dare say it will go into this in some detail.

    So if a bike frame is designed from steel with sufficient tube thickness and diameter to ensure that this fatigue limit is never reached then theoretically the bike will last forever! Of course it is not that simple as fatigue is not the only failure mechanism. Corrosion and corrosion-fatigue would both affect steel frames and the method of construction and design can result in the frame being locally stressed to start with.

    Equally an aluminium frame can be designed such that the stresses is sees result in a such a long fatigue life that it will effectively 'never' fail by fatigue. But to do this they need thicker and oversized tubes than for steel. Aluminium alloys are also much less strong than steel alloys used for constructing bikes. So, for the same strength frame they need more material.

    So even though aluminium alloys are much less dense than steel, the resulting frames are often similar weights. The aluminium frames will tend to have larger diameters and thicker sections, resulting in a stiffer bike. Hence the stereotype of a harsh ride on aluminium and a whippy 531c frame.

    The upshot of all this is that good bike frames can be made out of lots of materials. No bikes last for ever and light frames are unlikely to have the longevity of a more heavyweght design, regardless of the material it is constructed from.
    GrumpyGregry likes this.
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