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Classy commuting: Boardman’s new urban and steel framed ranges revealed

This article is originally from Cycling Week

Boardman has released a range of new bikes, from a trio of urban models to two steel all season road bikes. 

Boardman bikes set out to tackle two challenges with its new urban range – uncomfortable, congested UK streets and poor looking commuter bikes.

Designed to retain a road essence, the new urban range takes cues from the existing road market, with dropped seat stays adding compliance to the ride.

In total there are three new models, with all sharing the same frame, but the higher two are specced with a carbon fork rather than the alloy one found on the base model. All three frames use hydraulic disc brakes.

URB 8.8 £699

The lowest model of the new urban range, the 8.8 has a hydroformed alloy frame paired with an alloy fork.

The drive chain is a mixture of SRAM’s NX and Apex groupsets, with the point being reduced maintenance and hassle of a one by system.  The 11 gear spread out the back should give plenty of range if your commute has any big inclines.

URB 8.9 £849

Sleek, classy and with a carbon fork

The URB 8.9 is the first model in the range to have an aluminium frame paired with a carbon fork.

Also different is the Shimano Alfine 8 speed hub gears. Again, the focus is on reduced maintenance and longevity of components.

URB 9.4 £1,999

At the top is the mind boggling URB 9.4 model, which, for a sniff under £2000 comes equipped with a Shimano Alfine Di2 11 speed belt driven drive chain. The point being that the electronic gears are hassle free and the lack of chain is clean.

Di2 on a commuter bike? Shimano’s Alfine hub gears

The hydraulic brakes are also Shimano’s

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