After much negotiating, though Captain Yip, I scored myself a Boardman Air 9.8 at an awesome, awesome price. I chose to go downwards in the specs, to keep the costs low. Apart from the frame and the wheels, the rest of the components, including the saddle, headset and handlebars actually came from the stock Air 9.2. Not top of the range but more than enough for my group training rides. The wheels were Fulcrum 7s and the frame was of course, the 9.8. I committed to purchase on the spot and would collect the bike the next day. I was pretty excited as the last time I owned a roadie was more than 5 years ago!
When the complete bike was built, I was stunned by it's beauty...
|Of course... for photo taking purposes, I had to include the carbon race wheels!|
|The Air 9.8 comes under the top end Elite series. Boardman offers a wide range of bikes in their Performance series as well.|
|Look mum, no brakes! So well hidden that you could barely see them!|
|Rear view of the bike... hopefully, a view that I can get more and more of my competitors to look at... hahaha|
|Front view... for the photographers on the race course|
Likewise, Hee Hong Cycle is a family owned business and has been in operation for over 30 years. Siang, who took over the business from his father is very helpful and has great attention to detail. He was very open to negotiations on this purchase. Thanks Siang and Captain Yip for making this happen!
|Recent studies show that a glass of wine before a ride can drastically improve performance... not substantiated though. Photo credit - Johnny Lee|
|We had some professional race car drivers riding with us that day. One was on a Boardman. The other, most likely wished he had one too! Photo credit - Rupert Chen|