Do you want the best? Boo Bicycles offer a completely handmade frame and customized experience, without compromising on performance. The SL-R is Boo Bicycles’ top-of-the-line road frame designed to exceed your expectations of how stiff, smooth and confident a road bike can feel, all while fitting you better than your favorite bibs. The SL-R combines space-age technology with Eocene-era technology. Hand-wrapped carbon fiber binds together precision-shaped Tam Vong bamboo tubing into a custom-geometry frame built just for you.
Stiff Climber, Confident Handler
When out of the saddle on a climb or sprint, the SL-R’s bamboo tubing is as stiff as carbon fiber and transfers power efficiently through the frame to the drivetrain.
The SL-R sports 12x142mm QR thru-axle carbon dropouts for a stiff rear end and near-effortless removal of the rear wheel. A generous 28mm of tire clearance allows for wider road meats should the need, or desire, arise.
Unlike some other performance road bikes, which can feel twitchy and unforgiving in the corners, the SL-R boasts confident and responsive handling. This is also thanks to the material properties of the bamboo, which has a small amount of torsional (twisting) compliance.
When the bike turns, the top and down tubes can flex slightly in a twisting direction. This affords the SL-R a forgiving and planted feel through the curves, as it follows the line you set and deflects the rest.
Smooth for the Long Ride
Bamboo soaks up vibration much better than other frame materials, meaning you can stay in the saddle longer and more comfortably on the SL-R. The bumps, noise and chatter of the road surface are quieted by the vibration-damping abilities of the bamboo.
In every tube there is a density gradient from mature, densely packed fibers to less-dense fibers in the middle surrounded by more of the bamboo’s insulating lignin. These different layers soak up and soften the impact of bumps and vibrations coming from the road surface, rather than transferring that impact to your body and further fatiguing your muscles.
A More Perfect Union Between Bike and Rider
Boo Bicycles believes that a better bike, quite simply, is one that more nearly acts as an extension of the rider, rather than a machine separate from its pilot. A truly brilliant bike is one that actually makes the rider better.
Bamboo, coupled with other materials in a hybrid form, creates a better bike because it possesses traits that allow the rider to be better. A better rider is one who is more confident in sketchy conditions. A better rider is one who is less fatigued after pounding rough surfaces for hours. A better rider is one who spends less energy and concentration fighting his or her machine and has more time to focus picking a better line, improving position, dosing out an effort or simply enjoying the ride.
The SL Series has, from the start, been thought of as a giant evolutionary step in Boo Bicycles’ path towards further connecting bike and rider, increasing the performance of both. The SL is lighter without sacrificing durability. It is more responsive without increased harshness. The Boo SL-R Road Bike is purpose-built for the rider, customized from scratch and made to order.
Innovations Unique to the Boo SL-R Road Bike:
- Zero-metal 142×12 thru-axle rear dropout with carbon post-mount disc brake.
- Interior S2 Glass reinforcement of the bamboo top and down tubes that increases stiffness, reduces weight and does not degrade ride quality.
- Larger diameter, thinner tube walls in the front triangle for more precise handling in demanding conditions.
- Carbon layup optimized for ultimate lateral stiffness at the head tube and BB junction.
- Massive tire clearance by deleting the seat stay bridge and configuring a new chainstay shape.
- Increased compliance at the seat tube by using much thinner, curved bamboo seat stays.
- Full-carbon integrated seat mast with internal hydraulic disc brake cable and Di2 routing—lighter, cleaner, lower center of gravity and impervious.
Ready to start building your customized and performance-built piece of art? Come into Higher Gear, where we can get you fit for your frame and help guide you through your decisions about components.
For the build here, we’ve chosen a SRAM Force groupo, disc brakes, a Whisky carbon fork, a Chris King bottom bracket, an Enve seatpost and a Fi:z:ik Aliante saddle. Custom-built HED Belgium wheelset, complete with Chris King hubs, round out the complete custom build.
Come into Higher Gear and let’s start building your Boo.
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