It might not be about the bike, but maybe; just maybe; the bike can help you find that missing edge and land you squarely atop the podium. It might not be the Tour de France, and you might not be Cadel Evans; but winning is winning. Is it because of the BMC Team Machine that Cadel won the Tour? It's not the only reason, but as he and any other professional will tell you; without the best equipment, you're not going to win any race, let alone the Tour de France. With nearly one decade of ProTour pedigree, and now a victory in the world's biggest race, you will not find an inch of this frame that hasn't been refined to perfection. BMC has approached the concept of comfort and efficiency from many angles and every solution is present in the 2012 Team Machine SLR01; comprising a system they refer to as "Tuned Compliance Concept." The seat stays, seat post, and fork have all been designed to provide ample vertical compliance to keep you comfortable and in perfect contact with road, while always keeping an eye on performance. This allows you to keep pedaling as hard and efficiently as possible, on even the rougest of roads. As what seems to be an all too common practice in bicycles these days, BMC provides us with plenty of three-letter acronyms to describe their design process; no matter what they're calling it, it's working! Their ideologies, vision, and practices have produced a bike that is undeniably BMC; at the pinnacle of performance and design. Complete with all features of the next generation of bicycles: -Tapered steertube with integrated headtube -BB86 Bottom Bracket -Semi-integrated seatpost
Strengths: Extremely comfortable for a race bike. Shock absorption is very impressive. Stiff in the right places. Out of the box components are excellent. Gorgeous design.
Weaknesses: Fairly expensive - but worth every penny.
This review is for the 2015 Team Machine BMC SLR01 w/ Dura Ace mechanical. $9,000 sticker price in the US. I am a triathlete primarily and so I split time on a road and tri bike. I ride about 150-200 miles per week in the warmer months and I don't do road racing, just tri's. I looked at a ton of bikes and test rode several during my search. I am writing this review primarily because I could not find any non-professional reviews for this machine. I was in a car accident 3 years ago (car totaled from behind on the freeway) that left me with pretty bad whiplash and I could not ride more than 20-30 miles for about 2 years without severe neck pain. For the last year i have been adding miles and decided to find a bike that was good enough to race on but also somewhat comfortable. This is the PERFECT bike for me and anyone looking for a comfortable performance ride. It is very shock absorbent, but there is no question it is a race bike. This is not a touring bike. This is the bike that Tejay Van Garderen and Philipe Gilbert ride. The DT Swiss hubs and wheels that come standard are exceptional wheels for all around riding and climbing. The components are all very high end from the stem to the seat to the bars. I have had the bike about 6 weeks and logged a bit more than 1000 miles. My longest ride was 102 miles with a few other 70 plus miles rides. I have NEVER felt better physically after a long ride. There is something about the absorbtino that you have to try to believe - it is just plain comfortable. I did not think you could get a race bike that felt this good to ride. After a proper fit and 1000 miles I am a huge fan of this machine. No question it is pricey, but you can feel where the money went. Highly recommend this bike for anyone that wants to ride long and hard but not be in unecessary pain at the end of the ride!
Similar Products Used: Cervelo P2 Tri Bike w Zipp 808s and Dura Ace
No Name carbon commuter from Taiwan with Dura Ace wheels and SRAM Force
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: September 10, 2013
Strengths: Great climber and accelerates very quickly! Light weight strong bike with a beautiful carbon finish
Weaknesses: none so far except for the price lol
I love my Team machine! I recommend a carbon handlebar for a smoother ride. Climbing is so much easier due to the placement of the rear geometry .I did not pay an arm and a leg because i bought this on ebay for 700$ frame only, I know right? what a deal! I am lucky
Strengths: Solid, smooth and efficient ride. Comfortable. Great design. Lightweight. TdF winner
Weaknesses: Price. BB86 bottom bracket (good design, but you will need to buy a new bottom bracket if you plan on using your current crankset)
The carbon on the top tube of my '09 Pro Machine failed and BMC sent me a 2012 Team Machine SLR01 under warranty! Kudos to BMC's customer service. The Team Machine is hands down the best all around road frame BMC has made. It has all of the characteristics that I loved about my Pro Machine, however, it is stiffer, more efficient and more comfortable. The bike is solid. The geometry is similar to the Pro Machine allowing it to track a straight line. Cornering is significantly improved thanks to the added lateral stiffness. The TCC design works. All of the annoying road chatter that would transmit through the seat tube and fork is eliminated or significantly dampened. The end result is a more comfortable ride.
BMC offers a unique product that performs and backs it up with equally good customer service.
Strengths: Light, Responsive, Fast, Color Scheme (red/black)
This is a very nice bike. You get what you paid for. Very light on the climb (as if it climb by itself) and stiff on the descents (fun). I hate climbing and i'm scared on the down hill, but this bike made me love those ascents and descents. On the hills i used a Reynolds 32mm and on the flats i use the Edge 50mm. Now i can keep up with the gang and never been dropped since. It absorbs the bumps with my Continental Gran Prix 4000s (25mm).
Bike Setup: Campagnolo Record 11s group, Reynolds 32mm or Edge 50mm, Deda Presa Handlebar, Deda Zero Nero Stem, Selle Smp Dynamic saddle, Speedplay Zero pedals, Deda carbon look bar tape, Continental GP 4000 s 25 mm, Garmin 805
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: June 20, 2012
Strengths: Efficiency, looks, comfort, design, distinction, climbs like a billy goat, it won the TDF last year !
Weaknesses: You have to write a big check to own one. People will hate you when they have to try to keep up with you.
I now know what people mean when they say "this is a fast bike". This bike is truly just silly fast. It almost feels like you get 105% forward motion when you put in 100% effort. I am coming off a Carbon/Ultegra bike and this bike just feels better in every regard. It also looks fantastic. I absolutely love this bike. I do not like getting off of it! Just rode the Trek 100 (mi) ride on it and can vouch for it's all day comfort. 5 hours in the saddle and it never got old. It almost feels like cheating!
new to the forum so I hope i'm in the right place.
I have been an avid cyclist for most of my life but have got into the road bikes quite seriously since 2009.
My initial purchase was a colnago arte with a 105 running gear. I love the bike, the way it rides etc and even dont mind the lit ... Read More »
Im thinking about changing over from SRAM Force to the Shimano Dura Ace 7900 group on my SLR01 and using the Praxis Works Conversion Bottom Bracket. Anyone using this BB30 Bottom bracket converter? Anyone using a non BB30 crankset on a 2011 SLR01? Any problems? Thanks!Read More »
I'm thinking about replacing my Look 585 with either the Team Machine SLR 01 or Cervelo R3. I'm wondering if either the BMC or Cervelo will be a significant improvement over my Look 585 and worth the upgrade? Lots of hills in my area, so I'm looking for a bike that is a capable climber and descender ... Read More »
Can anyone speak to what you get for the extra $1000 when you opt for the Team Machine?
Aside from 140 less grams what else am I getting for the extra grand.
Right now I'm tempted to put the money towards a good set of wheels.
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