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The new Teammachine SLR01 is the lightest bike in the BMC line-up, with a frame weight of just 790 grams. That makes it 15 per cent lighter than Cadel Evans’s Tour de France winning model from 2011, and, BMC claim, it is 25 per cent stiffer, without sacrificing comfort.
While that holy grail of light weight, stiffness and comfort is a common goal for all bike manufacturers, they all get there in their own way. BMC, being Swiss, went about it in a very thorough way using their newly developed Accelerated Composites Evolution (ACE) Technology, a unique iterative computer modelling program.
Their software ran 34,000 computer-generated prototypes before determining an optimal geometrical structure, tube cross-sections, and carbon layup. The end result also had to fall within BMC’s trusted frame geometry. The bike is used day in, day out by their star riders Philippe Gilbert, Cadel Evans and Tejay van Garderen, something BMC are, understandably, keen to point out.
While the pro rider link helps prove a bike’s credentials, not everyone can afford to buy a replica bike with all the bells and whistles. So the bike that you’re more likely to see wheeled out of an Evans Cycles store is the SLR02 – a more affordable version of the SLR01.
It’s been stripped of the proprietary seatpost, and full carbon dropouts, but elsewhere remains virtually identical to its big brother. The SLR02 frame still comes in at 950 grams, meaning you can build still build it in to a UCI rule busting light bike if you pull together the right groupset, wheels and finishing kit. That’s if you’re weight obsessive. Variance between stiffness and comfort remains in detectable.
The all new Teammachine and other BMC bikes are available exclusively from Evans Cycles shops across the UK, or from their website – www.evanscycles.com.