In the lead up to the Rio Olympic games, we were lucky enough to get one of only four limited edition Boardman Air 9.9’s made for the Rio Olympics in for a test ride, complete with signatures of Alistair and Jonny Brownlee themselves on the frame.


Needless to say it all went rather well in Rio, and we were more than keen to try out the same bike that the brothers rode so magnificently to Olympic gold and silver. 

On first impressions it’s impressive just how integrated everything is – to the untrained eye it may not look as space-age as a fully aero road or TT bike, but on a club ride and at a local triathlon it turned more than a few heads. Hidden front brakes and a rear brake located below the bottom bracket mean there’s minimum airflow disruption, and a four-bolt saddle clamp allows you to adjust the seatpost angle for an ultra-aggressive position.   

Alistair Brownlee wins in Rio