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BMC Teammachine R brings Red Bull’s F1 Tech to the Road

bmc teammachine r racing road bike being ridden
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After applying their aero know-how to the Speedmachine TT/triathlon bike last month, BMC’s partnership with Red Bull Advanced Technologies (RBAT) yields a proper road bike. The all-new Teammachine R claims to perfectly balance weight, aerodynamics, and power transfer, and look good doing it.

Like the TT bike, the collaboration does more than just focus on aerodynamics. Rider “feel” was high on the list, making it comfortable and giving the pilot more confidence so they can rider farther, faster, and longer.

bmc teammachine r racing road bike being ridden

It’s also designed to be the ultimate race bike no matter the situation. Climbs, cobbles, and countless miles on the flats were all part of the test. The result is a bike that’s aero, but also reasonably light. Claimed frame weight is 910g (size 54) with a 345g fork, and complete bike weight of 7.0kg (15.43lbs).

Novel aerodynamics

closeup details of bmc teammachine r racing road bike

The now nearly standard full stealth cable routing is present, of course. A new Halo fork sets the legs very wide to more easily clear the front wheel’s turbulent air, keeping smoother air flowing over the frame.

closeup details of bmc teammachine r racing road bike

Other frontal areas were reduced with new tube shapes, and some tube profiles elongated. The result is less drag and improved performance in various crosswind angles, too.

bmc teammachine r racing road bike being ridden

Integrated bottle cages further streamline airflow by making the bottle part of the overall aero profile.

closeup details of bmc teammachine r racing road bike

Streamlined dropouts smooth the ends of the fork and rear triangle for marginal gains.

Power delivery and rider experience

BMC says the Teammachine R has the most efficient power transfer of any bike they’ve ever made. Some of that are the usual layup tricks, but the rest comes from a redesigned bottom bracket area…

closeup details of bmc teammachine r racing road bike

…and by tucking the rear wheel in as close as they could to the seat tube. The design also provides aerodynamic benefits, smoothing air flow onto the rear rim.

integrated number plate holder on teammachine r

Additional small touches like an add-on integrated number plate holder show the attention to detail they gave to every aspect of the bike

Teammachine R Pricing & Options

side view of bmc teammachine r racing road bike

The bike comes in black/white, black/red, gray/red, and full black, and six sizes from 47 to 61.

  • Teammachine R 01 LTD (SRAM RED eTap AXS) – EUR 14,999 / USD / CHF
  • Teammachine R 01 TWO (SHIMANO Dura Ace Di2) – EUR 13,999 / USD 14,499 / CHF 14,299
  • Teammachine R 01 THREE (SRAM Force eTap AXS) – EUR 9,499 / USD 9,499 / CHF 9,699 
  • Teammachine R 01 FOUR (SHIMANO Ultegra Di2) – EUR 8,999 / USD 9,199 / CHF 9,199
  • Teammachine R 01 MOD (Frameset w/cockpit) – EUR 5,999 / USD / CHF

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Andreas
Andreas
7 months ago

is this the camo-stripped launch version of the bike they used in the grand tours this year?

hugh
hugh
7 months ago
Reply to  Andreas

I think so, or at least that was the prototype of this

David Gray
David Gray
7 months ago

Interesting fallout from these smoothed dropouts. No wheel-on trainers, and no fork mount roof racks, and no Feedback Sports Omnium trainers for customers of these bikes.

Corey W
Corey W
7 months ago
Reply to  David Gray

Pretty sure all of these would work fine, depending on the specific model of each item you’re using of course. My bike attaches to my feedback omnium trainer using my bike’s own thru axle, and the same is true, albeit at the opposite end of my bike, for my kickr core trainer (no reason having one side of the dropouts closed over would have any impact in mounting the bike to either). Same would hold true for the roof rack I used to have for my car, actually. This design wouldn’t work, however, if you were using a trainer like the tacx neo, given it’s quick release skewer style thru axle adapter.

Mitch
Mitch
7 months ago
Reply to  David Gray

The previous gen had closed dropout ends as well. I don’t see how it prohibits fork-mount roof racks though. If you have a bike this expensive you should probably have a wheel-off trainer anyways. The pricepoints have come down so dramatically.

TDO
TDO
7 months ago
Reply to  Mitch

Chances are that someone buying a $10k bike probably has an old bike to leave on the trainer anyways.

CH Jones
CH Jones
7 months ago
Reply to  David Gray

No one in their right mind would put this bike on a trainer.

Fig Ciocc
Fig Ciocc
7 months ago

I find it hysterical that a lot of this stuff is just ridden by 60 year old guys in the B group. I mean I’m not hating on them it’s their money and they’ve got every right to spend it how they see fit it’s just funny in juxtaposition with the marketing of marginal gains and every box checked in human optimization.

Mountain Roadie
Mountain Roadie
7 months ago

One more newly released road bike at a crazy price.

hugh
hugh
7 months ago

It’s interesting that they did not include the shark fin in the fork like on the new tt bike.

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