We take the BMC Team Machine SLR01 for a spin.
Cadel Evans won the 2011 Tour de France aboard a Teammachine and the latest version is said to be even lighter (790g for the 56cm size) and stiffer. While the new down-tube is absolutely massive, the slim, dropped seatstays and D-profile post mean the 2014 frame has 10 per cent more vertical compliance than its predecessor. Combining race-winning pedigree with comfort, could this be the perfect all-rounder?
BMC’s bold tagline for the SLR01 is ‘Acceleration Redefined’, and this isn’t just marketing hyperbole or a subtle, barely quantifiable feeling that could be missed by the less experienced rider – you just turn the pedals and, bang, there it is, like
a kick in the backside. Fast bunch riding feels relaxed and stable, and the bike’s reflexes border on the telepathic. The SLR01’s acceleration is just infectious.
The Teammachine climbs like nothing else we’ve ridden. It feels equally surefooted on alpine descents or slicing through city traffic, and no matter what the road threw at us, we could pick or change line at will. The Shimano Dura-Ace gearing is light, fast and reliable, while the Dura-Ace carbon-and-aluminium wheels are light, quick to accelerate and offer great all-round performance.
What’s surprising is how cosseting the ride is. Stiff, responsive bikes and comfort are usually mutually exclusive, but the SLR01 manages to combine them. On crumbling roads that would normally hurt, the frame just soaked it up, with the extra compliance increasing traction and road-holding. It’s a superbly rounded machine, and quite possibly the best road bike we’ve ridden this year.
- Price £6,000
- Contact evanscycles.com
- Weight 6.38kg as tested
- Size 54cm
- Sizes available 48, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61cm
- Frame Carbon fibre
- Fork Carbon fibre
- Seating BMC carbon seatpost, Fizik Arione carbon-railed saddle
- Handlebars/stem 3T Ergosum Team carbon bars, 3T ARX 2 Team aluminium stem
- Gears Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
- Brakes Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
- Wheels Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 C24
- Tyres Continental Grand Prix 4000s, 700x23c
- Price: £6,000
- Contact: evanscycles.com
- Weight: 6.38kg as tested
- Size: 54cm
- Sizes available: 48, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61cm
- Frame: Carbon fibre
- Fork: Carbon fibre
- Seating : BMC carbon seatpost, Fizik Arione carbon-railed saddle
- Handlebars/stem: 3T Ergosum Team carbon bars, 3T ARX 2 Team aluminium stem
- Gears : Shimano Dura-Ace 9000