Boardman ADV 8.9E Review

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Updated September 21, 2022

The Boardman ADV 8.9E includes a 250wh battery that gets 60 miles on a single charge, which is a decent enough metric for one of the best gravel e-bikes, but it also comes with a quick charger that arrives at a full charge in under three hours, that being in part of ii being declared one of the best electric bikes. Verified purchasers loved the integrated sensors that account for torque, speed, and cadence when determining pedal assist and the integrated app, which boasts a speedometer, GPS, and a whole lot more. The Boardman ADV E is a fast and practical electric Adventure bike which uses the sophisticated, German-engineered Fazua Evation drive system to offer smooth and powerful electric assistance as you pedal.

Why We Like It – Boardman ADV 8.9E

Including a removable 250 wh battery that fully recharges in under three hours, the Boardman ADV 8.9E is an incredible E-bike, in addition to getting around 60 miles per charge, The Boardman ADV 8.9E is in part designed as an adventure bike hence the ADV in the name. But for riding to work, you should go for a comfortable and fast bike like the one we have detailed in our Blix Aveny review.

Pros
  • Gets 60 miles per charge
  • Torque, speed, and cadence sensors offer nuanced pedal assist
  • Integrated app features speedometer and GPS tracking
Cons
  • Max speed 15.5 MPH
  • Tires excel on gravel, but not ideal for asphalt

Durability & Build Quality

Boardman designed the ADV 8.9e to offer maximum versatility for an Electric bike for any adventure. Blending the speed of a road bike with a more relaxed position and off-road focussed geometry means this bike can turn its hand to almost anything. With the smooth power of the Fazua motor driving you onwards, you can explore further and faster than ever before, confident that you can tackle any hidden hills. While not a great matchup against road bikes, the ADV 8.9E can compete with other gravel bikes like the Yamaha Wabash. The stem is made of the same Boardman Alloy as the rest of the bike and is an 80mm size SM MD with a 90mm size LG XL. If you are an adventurous person, feel free to check out the Bulls ebikes review.

Performance (Speed & Acceleration)

Though the Fazua System Evation 250w motor is great for accelerating and climbing steep inclines, it does max out at 15.5 miles per hour, which could be an issue for some. Also, the 50mm tires that accompany this ebike are made for riding over gravel, which is great, though they can struggle slightly on asphalt. With a lowered bottom bracket, the height gives excellent stability, and the 38mm wide Schwalbe G One Speed tires provide maximum grip and confidence on or off-road.

Range & Battery

The Fazua Evation e-bike drive system features a hidden, integrated motor capable of producing 250W of power assistance and 60Nm of torque. This is combined with a removable 250Wh battery, which makes for easy charging without needing a plug where you store your bike. If you need a bike with a bit more range, however, check out our Cannondale Synapse NEO SE review. Alternatively, you can read out our guide for the top Cannondale electric bikes for more premium e-bikes.

Safety features

The wide range SRAM Apex 1×11 speed groupset gives a great spread of gears for climbing or descending, and the powerful SRAM Apex hydraulic disc brakes mean stopping is smooth and controlled.

Value

While not cheap by any means, the Boardman E Road Bike can go up to size XL, while many road e-bikes like the Giant Revolt E+ Pro don’t fit taller people as well as those who are shorter.

Boardman ADV 8.9E Wrap Up

All in all, when it comes to E road bikes or gravel, only the Boardman ADV 8.9E has a Fazua app to help track yourself. Unfortunately, the Specialized Turbo Creo SL can beat its low torque speed as the low 15mph on the Boardman may not be enough for everyone.

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