With its ultra-lightweight carbon construction, beautifully integrated frame design, faultless Shimano groupset, choice of disc or rim brakes, and a direct heritage that includes being raced at pro cycling’s Grand Tours, the BMC Teammachine SLR02 Disc Two has it all. And, with its incredible value retail price, it’s the elite race bike anyone can own.
When it comes to performance road bike endorsements, nothing compares with the ability to say your bike has been raced at a Grand Tour. For most typical bike purchasers, such bragging rights are somewhat out of the question. For BMC Teammachine owners, though, it’s an added extra. Despite its incredibly affordable retail price, the BMC Teammachine SLR02 Disc Two is a direct sibling of the SLR01 frame that was ridden in the Vuelta a Espana last year. That means you can be sure of its performance ability.
The Teammachine is a bike that has been designed from the outset for the demands of the world’s best racers. It is built around an ultra-lightweight Accelerated Composite Technology (ACE) carbon frame and fork, where strength has been optimised for power transfer and handling, while weight has been pared back at every opportunity. The result is the pinnacle of performance in competitive cycling; a purely race-focused machine with the most competitive balance of weight, stiffness, and compliance, delivered in a package of maximum integration and iconic Swiss design.
Integration and compliance
Over the year, the different iterations of the Teammachine have won everything from World Championship titles to Tour de France victories. However, every evolution has retained that same trademark mixture of lightweight, stiffness and compliance to deliver a superior ride experience. One small but not insignificant development with the latest Teammachine design is the no-gap seat clamp, which allows the seat tube to be shortened while the longer seat post helps to increase compliance.
Indeed, the beauty of BMC’s race bike philosophy is that, despite the brand’s investment in cutting-edge computer aided design models, it has never forgotten about the realities of bike racing. So with the Teammachine, BMC has always recognised that the more compliant and comfortable the ride, the more energy the racer will have at the end of a gruelling stage. To that end it’s no surprise to see that the SLR02 Disc Two comes with 25mm Vittoria Rubino Pro tyres, which provide no loss of efficiency but supply just a little extra cushioning.
BMC tends to get its speccing decisions right every time but that doesn’t mean the rider can’t have some choices. We’ve focused on the Teammachine SLR02 Disc Two here, which comes with Shimano Ultegra hydraulic disc brakes for ultra-secure speed control in any conditions and 12mm Thru Axles for suitably stiff wheel seating. However, if you prefer rim brakes, the BMC Teammachine SLR02 One comes with a very similar spec but Ultegra rim brakes. (And right now, both the SLR02 Two Disc and SLR02 One both enjoy a £500 discount in the Evans Cycles’ Sale.) What about the rest of the spec? Mavic Aksium wheels provide highly responsive performance. The Fizik Antares R7 manganese saddle offers a top-level perch fresh from the box. Perhaps most crucially, the Shimano Ultegra 22-speed gearset means gear changes are swift, crisp and almost peerless. But, best of all, the Teammachine is available in a variety of versions and different price points, so that riders with a range of budgets can take advantage of BMC’s proven race-winning bike.