Developed in collaboration with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, BMC has debuted the latest iteration of its Teammachine series dubbed the Teammachine R, calling it an “all-purpose race weapon” that’s designed to “inspire confidence at speed”.
“A strategic, long-term partnership between the BMC Impec Lab [the brand’s research and development center] and RBAT has seen the sharing of engineering expertise and intellectual knowledge with the goal of challenging what is possible,” says BMC.
First spotted under the auspices of Team AG2R Citroen at the Criterium du Dauphine back in June, the most obvious update on the Teammachine R is the new Halo fork, which features wider spaced legs in order to increase airflow, while other notable changes designed to improve the bike’s overall aerodynamic signature include revised tube shapes and profiles, particularly around the fuselage, as well as integrated bottle cages.
“Mass material and structural simulations, computational fluid dynamics analysis and wind tunnel validation aided the production of Teammachine R. Taking research from the world of F1 and applying this to bicycle innovation has resulted in developments never seen before within the world of cycling. When rotating at speed, the front wheel produces a significant amount of turbulent air. We increased the inner fork spacing to allow that turbulent air to be shuttered away from the frame and reduce aero stall. The result is cleaner air that hugs the frame longer resulting in a significant drag reduction,” boasts the Swiss brand.
Elsewhere, stiffness has been bolstered courtesy of a new bottom bracket construction, along with a newly sculpted seat tube that brings the wheel closer to the frame, further increasing the Teammachine R’s aerodynamic properties.
All in, BMC says the Teammachine R tips the scales at 910 grams in a size 54, a weight that won’t win any plaudits from the weight weenies faction, but an impressive figure none-the-less for a bike that’s aimed mostly at cheating the wind than climbing.
Optimized for 25mm tires, although there’s enough space to fit 30mm, the Teammachine R is available in six sizes ranging from 47 to 61, in the following five guises:
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