Boardman, Condor, Kinesis and Whyte were among the brands to use the 2017 Cycle Show to launch new bikes and we were there to get the inside tip on the latest machines from the British-based outfits.
On top of that, we spotted new bikes from the likes of Bianchi, Van Nicholas, Cannondale, Canyon, Cube and more, so strap yourself in for a ride through some of the latest model year 2018 machines from some of the biggest brands in cycling.
Boardman prepares to launch ASR ‘all season road’ bikes
Boardman Bikes had two prototype machines on display at the Cycle Show, coming under the moniker ASR – or ‘all season road’.
That already tells you plenty about what you can expect from these bikes, but here’s the lowdown. The two bikes, the ASR 8.8 and ASR 8.9, are based around steel frames, with the former getting a 4130 Chromoly chassis and the latter getting an upgrade to Reynolds 725. Both get a carbon fork with a tapered steerer.
Both frames are designed for use with disc brakes and feature rack/mudguard mounts – in fact, mudguards come fitted as standard – and reflective decals. These are machines designed for year-round use – and that includes doing the hard miles through winter.
The ASR 8.8 gets a Shimano Sora groupset and TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes, plus Boardman Road Five wheels for £849.99, while the ASR 8.9 is equipped with Shimano 105 and hydraulic disc brakes, along with the same hoops, for £1,299.99.