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Boardman Elite Endurance SLR 9.4 review

The Elite Endurance SLR is Boardman’s take on a sportive bike, with the emphasis very much on the sport side of sportive.

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While 73-degree angles don’t stray far from the norm, a 581mm stack height (vertical distance between the centre of the bottom bracket and the head tube) and 394mm reach (horizontal distance between the centre of the bottom bracket and the head tube) on my large, 58cm equivalent, test bike, mean the SLR is lower than most endurance machines while maintaining a mid-length reach to the bar.

On the bike that translates to a lower, faster ride position, with the standard 100mm stem, without feeling stretched. The handling feels wonderfully balanced and the bike perfectly positioned underneath you. What is also immediately apparent is the lack of mass. With the SLR frame weighing 850g and the complete bike just a touch over 7.5kg, the 9.4 is a light ride for the money.

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That becomes clear when the road rises; the agile handling and the light weight of the SLR make it a formidable climber. The SLR5 wheels, at just over 1,500g a pair, compare favourably with wheelsets found on similarly priced bikes.

The modern, wide alloy rims are built onto classy sealed cartridge bearing hubs, the same as those on Boardman’s more expensive carbon wheels, using proper butted stainless steel spokes in a lightweight 20 front, 24 rear setup.

Boardman Elite Endurance SLR 9.4 specs

  • Weight: 7.55kg (L)
  • Frame: Boardman C10 carbon
  • Fork: Carbon, tapered steerer
  • Gears: Shimano Ultegra Di2 50/34, 11-28
  • Brakes: Shimano Ultegra
  • Wheels: Boardman SLR Elite 5
  • Stem: Boardman Elite carbon
  • Seatpost: Boardman Elite carbon
  • Bar: Boardman SLR alloy
  • Saddle: Prologo Nago Evo
  • Tyres: 25mm Vittoria Corsa CX G+

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