Andy Smallwood of Boardman Bikes said the company’s goal was not to build a cyclocross race-specific bike, but a bike that is great for racing but also versatile to handle adventure riding, gravel racing and winter riding. With this in mind, fender mounts were a priority, and gearing is based around the wider-range compact cranksets.
The $5500 CXR 9.4 is the top-end model, featuring Shimano’s long-awaited R785 Di2 / hydraulic brake system, and an Ultegra 6870 Di2 electronic drivetrain with a 6800-series 50/34 compact crankset. Out back, an 11-28 cassette provides a sufficient tall and low gear for any terrain you tackle, whether on the cyclocross course or doing a dirt gran fondo.
The 9.4 also features Boardman’s own cockpit, with a Boardman Elite alloy handlebar, and Elite carbon stem and seatpost. Mavic TN319 wheels dressed with Continental Cyclo-X-King 35c clinchers keep you rolling along.
The total package, in size Large (58cm model), as weighed by Cyclocross Magazine, was 20.2 pounds — not super light for a $550o bike, but considering it has Di2 and disc brakes, it’s not surprising.
The shiny, metallic $3600 CXR 9.2 model goes mechanical for braking and shifting, with a 11-speed SRAM Force 22 drivetrain and Avid BB7S disc brakes. It shares the same wheels and tires as the 9.4 model, although the model we saw at Winter Press Camp had road slicks for test rides.