Manufacturers have been amalgamating the benefits of alloy and carbon into frames for years ? more often this involves a split between front and rear halves.

BMC has joined other leading manufacturers trying to turn this concept around towards more of a top-to-bottom segregation.

Recently launched at the Tour of Switzerland, the new Racemaster SLX frame has an Easton CNT carbon head tube, top tube, integrated seat mast, seatstays and fork (except alloy steerer), with the rest made of alloy.

BMC?s trademark ?T? sectioned top tube remains, but the much tighter rear triangle is new. Word from our sources is that so far there are very limited numbers in the UK, and many of these will be used as part of a demo programme among dealers.

Initially, the Racemaster SLX may only be available as a complete bike: £2,499 with Campag?s Centaur group from the first deliveries, but shortly after it is likely to be available as a frameset for £1,499.

Apart from the black and white, we are told there is also going to be a yellow version, although without a ProTour team aboard, you?re unlikely to see this in major races.

Contact: Extra UK 01933 672170 www.extrauk.co.uk

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