Pairing with Zipp 404’s is a nod to the bike’s pack-riding pedigree, as there’s much less need for the ultra wind-cheating 808’s in draft-legal racing. This said, the 404’s still cut through the air magnificently and on a particularly windy weekend in the UK, were more beneficial for some extra stability and easier handling. Tyres come courtesy of Continental in the form of their Competition Pro Ltd tubulars, which unfortunately aren’t available to the public – but purely for bragging purposes, we can reveal they’re even grippier and smoother than the mass-produced Competitions! If you happen to be very well connected in the bike world or bump into a Brownlee out riding somewhere, it might be worth asking them if you can ‘borrow’ their tyres…
So far Boardman have run a competition to win one of the signature frames for their newsletter subscribers, and any news of some going on general sale is still TBC. We’re told the complete bike won’t be available, but you can buy the Air 9.9 specced with Sram eTap in the non-custom colours via Boardman’s website for £6,499,99.
*For a full review, look out for issue 331 of 220 Triathlon, on sale 11th October
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