Boardman Bikes now in Australia

Chris Boardman, one of Englands most talented cyclists, has chosen an online partner for Australian distribution of Boardman Bikes. This is a young brand that builds upon the years of racing experience and which recently features as the UnitedHealthCare Pro Continental Cycling Team bike sponsor as well as bike sponsor of Aussie triathlete Pete Jacobs.

When I spoke with Andy Smallwood, Boardman Bikes Director of Operations at Eurobike last year, the brand was looking at opportunities for entering Australia. Direct distribution is tough for younger companies without local knowledge and while finding a local distributer means better access to the market, actually locating the right partner with the right arrangement is tough in a cycling world where there is no shortage of new and promising brands.

Boardman Bikes have opted for a newer approach and have selected the large UK online retailer, Wiggle, as their partner for global sales. Mentioning Wiggle (and the like) will often induce frowns in the Australian cycling industry as the popularity of online shopping and overseas purchases is cause for concern – the exclusive sales deal with Wiggle is a slight change in which the direct retail competition of identical items is eliminated. The game is changing and invites brand competition.

The global sales partnership raises new challenges such as fitting the bike to the customers satisfaction and warranty, though Wiggle have already demonstrated a forward thinking approach in business and time will tell as to how Australian cyclists will adopt this brand and retail channel. Boardman Bikes are not the only brand to select an online sales approach, Neil Pryde retail directly to consumers as well as directly to retailers across the globe.

At BNA, we look forward to reviewing Boardman Bikes in Australian conditions.

Wiggle: www.wiggle.co.uk
Boardman Bikes: www.boardmanbikes.com



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Christopher Jones is a recreational cyclist and runs a professional design business, Signale. As the driving force behind Bicycles.net.au he has one of each 'types' of bicycles.

3 Responses to “Boardman Bikes now in Australia”

  1. thekrunkymonkey says:

    Boardman are NOT available in Australia. In theory, wiggle will process and ship orders but I defy anyone to go to that site, find a stocked bike and successfully order a treadly.
    I LOVE Boardman bikes and after riding a CX pro in Holland earlier this year, decided I would buy one in Aus. I have been told that I will have to wait until February next year for delivery! At one stage I was told I won’t even be getting the bike I want because they have been discontinued but that has since been denied! I am holding my breath to see if I ever actually see a bike – which is a bloody shame because they are a great ride.

  2. I have checked with Wiggle who comment:
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    Bikes that are in stock are sent to Australia as per the on-site delivery timings. If an item is out of stock then we have to wait until stock is replenished. Once it arrives at Wiggle then we can send the item.
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    Perhaps you are after a model where there is no stock, as a tip, 2013 isn’t far away and new stock typically comes out well in advance.

  3. Wiggle says:

    Hi Thekrunkymonkey. As an alternative, what about the The Boardman CX Team or Comp? If you are after a model where there is no stock, please bear with us. Otherwise the new 2013 stock typically comes out well in advance! We apologise for any inconvenience.