The BMC Teammachine SLR01 is very Swiss. Even dressed in team red, it is a no-nonsense bike that does well wherever it goes. It handles cobblestones, it handles mountains, it corners well, it’s easy to ride in a straight line, it jumps when you ask it to, it disappears underneath you when you’re just tooling along. It comes in both Rim and Disc Brake versions; you just need to decide which is better suited to your needs.
Both bike iterations have DTI, Dual Transmission Integration, to keep the bike as clean and aero as possible. There’s a plate at the top of the downtube, just behind the head tube, which is where cables go in, or electronic wires, including a Shimano Di2 charging port, or it can be covered over completely for SRAM’s eTap shifting. If you go for the rim-brake version, the rear brake cable runs inside the top tube and has a ball-and-joint cable stop in the top tube where the rear brake cable runs into the frame. Less friction, better action. If you go with mechanical shifting, there are flexible fiberglass tubes running inside the frame to guide the cables and keep them oriented properly and quiet. If you go for the disc-brake version, the included stem, sized to the frame, is where you run the hydraulic hoses, and it mates with a unique steerer tube that provides room for the hoses to run into the frame and fork. They call it their ICS, or Integrated Cockpit System. The stem is also aero, comes with interlocking spacers so you don’t have to remove the stem to adjust its height, and the stem mates with all 31.8mm center-section bars and even has an integrated computer/GoPro mount.
The seatpost on both frames is included. It is their Teammachine SLR01 Premium Carbon “D” (for shape) compliance post. Weight is 195g. Standard offset is 15mm, and a zero offset post is available. The frame also comes with a replaceable front derailleur mount and replaceable ultra light rear derailleur mount. The fork has a tapered 1 1/8” to 1 ½” steerer. The bottom bracket is BB86; it’s wide for stiffness and hides bearings to keep them clean and smooth.
The disc brake version comes with flat-mount disc-brake mounts. There’s a 12 x 100mm front axle and 12 x 142mm rear axle. The axles are tapered and weigh 55g for the set. The fork is designed for a 160mm rotor. The stays are designed to work with either 140 or 160mm rotors.
The rim brake version saves weight and increases performance by utilizing direct-mount brakes. SRAM, Shimano, TRP, Campagnolo, and a few other brake makers have models that work with this standard.
Weight for the SLR01 is feathery. They measure the 54cm size. The rim-brake version weighs 810g for the frame, 350g for the work. The disc-brake version weighs 815g for the frame, 355g for the fork.