The latest evolution in Boardman’s long-running, high-value full-suspension series doesn’t look much different. But it’s brought the ride and performance bang up to date for all-round trail duties.
At first glance the hanging driver linkage suspension layout and the smooth-welded, triple-butted frame are identical to the old FS Team 650b, just with a different paint job. But according to Boardman’s ultra experienced designer almost every tube shape, forging and the detailed suspension architecture have been changed.
That’s most noticeable at the ends of the bike. While you still get a QR rear axle (only the £1499 Pro FS gets a 142x12mm axle) it’s stiffer on the trail thanks to larger pivots and bearing shafts, new rear stays and a shorter, stiffer forged shock linkage that pivots on bearings mounted directly into the top tube.
The reworked suspension combines impressive small-bump sensitivity with cornering and pedalling stability, even with the two-position damper open. The rear end stiffness and improved spring curve is also noticeable when it takes a wallop, so you can set the shock up to a ballpark pressure and then forget about it.
The reworked suspension combines excellent small-bump sensitivity with improved ability when it comes to bigger hits
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