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vickster

Legendary Member
What's the cheapest aluminium framed/carbon forked road bike out there with SRAM Apex gearing that will take mudguards and a rack? I have found the £800 Boardman (not sure if can be fully commuterised) or for a bit under £800, you can spec the Ribble winter/audax 7005 bike with SRAM

Alternatively Tiagra & carbon forks?

Cheers :becool:
 
I was going to suggest the Boardman CX Team when I saw the clipped header of your post, but you've beat me to it :smile:
 
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vickster

vickster

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Cheers. I have to confess that I don't much like the look of the Boardman bikes - female you see, aesthetics are the most important, followed by ease of use (hence SRAM, and I have on my carbon roadbike). Just got a mad notion that I may like drops for commuting and the current bike will take no commuter adornments!
 

lejogger

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Location
Wirral
Have you looked at the Dolan website? You can build up a Preffisio with Apex, and that will happily take guards and a rack. You'd be looking at around £700
 
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vickster

vickster

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I have never heard of Dolan, will take a look

The Boardman is £630 at my local branch - but no holes for rack and looks like no space for guards, so no good
 
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vickster

vickster

Legendary Member
Road version, comp - the white one. No holes anywhere on the frame that I could see
 

stephen.rooke

Senior Member
if you go to the halfords site you can see a video about the boardman bikes
 
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vickster

vickster

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Do you have a link, the site is a maze!

If the bike won't take rack and guards, it's of no interest as a commuter. I have a carbon road bike for "fun"
 

stephen.rooke

Senior Member
select a boardman bike and where the pictures are, select video and it tells you about the different bikes, says itll take mud guards but dont think it said about racks
 
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vickster

vickster

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Cheers. I am surpised it'll take guards, the clearance looked minimal but what do I know
 

lejogger

Veteran
Location
Wirral
The road comp takes guards... there are definitely eyelets for it.
There are no alternatives for a rack though... you'd have to make use of p clips, a qr skewer adapter, or a seatpost rack.
The CX has eyelets for both but is a little more expensive and perhaps a mite heavier... but designed for a different purpose.

I can't believe you've never heard of Dolan... as in Terry Dolan the Internationally renowned frame builder... worked with Chris Boardman throughout his career.... no?!
 
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vickster

vickster

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I don't know anything much about cycling people / history...I have heard of Chris Boardman and Lance Armstrong :smile:

I don't want a CX bike, looking for something quicker than the Sirrus potentially
 

RhythMick

Über Member
Location
Barnsley
Try the Planet X Kaffenback. It's steel not Alu but the weight diff isn't great. I've found it a great all round bike with drops and I think they do it with Apex fairly cheap.
 
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