BMC Teammachine SLR 01 review

Our impressions of the newest arrival from the Swiss precision experts

Cycling Weekly Verdict

An extremely agile ride which climbs well, with aero credentials added for 2021. The increased stiffness is welcome in aiding power transfer and handling, and it's comfortable on smooth roads. When the tarmac gets bumpy, rigidity rears its head and we'd swap to wider tyres - or even look to the lower end frame models - for more comfort.

Reasons to buy
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    Excellent handling

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    Bottle cage design

Reasons to avoid
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    Discrepancy in comfort

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All of BMC's bikes are 'machines', a naming convention that makes sense considering the brand is renowned for feeding thousands of frame designs into its robotic software programme in order to achieve the desired ride.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.