Ten years ago, BMC launched a bike that started a revolution in design and construction called the Teammachine SLR. Since then, the bike has won every major title including One-Day Classics, the World Championships, Olympic Games and Tour de France victories.
Using the combined knowledge from the past decade, BMC says it’s “changed the game again to deliver an all-new, class-leading frameset ready to lead for another 10 years.”
“There is no doubt that racing is part of BMC’s DNA and we are proud to be at the forefront, both of World Tour races and the bike industry, when it comes to innovation and ground- breaking technologies,” explains Mart Otten, Senior Product Manager at BMC Switzerland. “With the new Teammachine, we have created a unique balance of weight, stiffness, compliance and aerodynamics, which will surpass the expectations of the most demanding riders. This is our flagship, ready for the future.”
ACE+ the Plus to Race to the Front
First developed by BMC, the Accelerated Composite Evolution Technology (ACE) creates thousands of virtual prototypes, calculating cross-sections of the frame, carbon layup and geometrical structure in order to achieve the perfect balance of performance. “To continue in the lead, you need a plus. For the development of the latest Teammachine, we optimized our ACE technology and introduced a fourth key parameter; weight, stiffness, compliance, and now advanced aerodynamics,” says Mart Otten.
Stiffness Where It’s Needed
Renowned for its power transfer, the new Teammachine SLR goes one step further with a wider bottom bracket contact area courtesy of a new downtube shape and a revised carbon layup process, while the headtube, fork, steerer and ICS bar system have also been improved in order to deliver optimal responsiveness and agility.
When Weight Matters
Weight makes the difference between winning and losing when the road points up. By further developing the proprietary Integrated Cockpit System (ICS) and redesigning key parts, BMC has been able to significantly reduce the weight of the complete frameset, including an updated version of the Swiss brand’s ICS Carbon and ICS2 integrated cockpits, representing a step forward in bike design and functional integration.
The new ICS Carbon features a low-weight, one-piece-design, with high stiffness and stealth cable routing. At 305 grams, the ICS Carbon cockpit is 30% lighter than more traditional set-ups and it’s one of the lightest on the market.
Available in six lengths (90 to 140mm), it comes with two computer mounts that are thread adjustable in length and fit most computers. ICS2 features a sleek new design to maintain the iconic ICS functionality, along with lower weight and improved stiffness.
Continuing along the same path, a new D-shape seatpost removes any excess material, while its optimized carbon layup and minimalist finish reduces the overall weight by 160 grams (9%) compared to the previous generation Teammachine.
Aerodynamics also played an important role, thanks to redesigned tube shapes and profiles, an improved carbon layup process and the introduction of a new stealth dropout design, weight has been reduced and stiffness has been increase for the Teammachine’s new fork.
Comfort Is Speed
Thanks to the latest evolution of BMC’s Tuned Compliance Concept technology, the new Teammachine is more compliant than ever, allowing for the fine tuning of the carbon layup process in order to increase compliance for all styles of riding and terrain.
Meet the + Aerodynamics
Designed with ACE+ technology and leveraging years of aerodynamic knowledge, BMC says the new Teammachine SLR is its most “slippery” road bike to date.
“Reengineered tube shapes and functional integration are key design pillars of the newly introduced factor to the ACE equation. Aerodynamics has integrated every component into the design for a high-performance package. The latest developments of the revolutionary ICS cockpits and D-shape seatpost, combined with newly designed downtube and fork, fulfill our unfailing motivation to create the ultimate all-round race weapon,” says BMC.
Additionally, the new downtube features a greater overall surface area with reduced edges in order to limit drag while maintaining optimal stiffness. It also contributes significantly to the all-new Aerocore design, creating a seamless transition with the Aerocore bottle cage.
By integrating this functional element, the Aerocore design improves aerodynamic performance according to BMC’s philosophy, “ultimate performance through functional integration.”
Also, to further improve aerodynamics, the fork has been totally reshaped via BMC’s ACE+ software. As a result, the blades are now flatter and truncated at the back, while the stealth dropout design with an integrated thru-axle nut create minimalistic design.
“The fourth generation Teammachine SLR with its revolutionary ACE+ technology, is the perfect balance of performance and aesthetics. The fastest Teammachine SLR ever designed and a plus better than the competition,” Stefan Christ, Head of R&D.
Sizing, Geometry and Models
The new Teammachine SLR is offered in the following models, the Teammachine SLR 01 and the Teammachine SLR in sizes 47, 51, 54, 56, 58 and 61cm.
You can learn more about the new Teammachine SLR and the available build options by visiting BMC’s website here.
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