We spoke with BMC quite a bit at Sea Otter Classic and learned that something new is coming on the road bike side later this year. While most brands are scrambling to add something in the endurance/gravel road bike category or the aero road bike category, BMC already has those sectors covered with their Granfondo and Timemachine. They even have a TdF winning bike with their current Teammachine SLR01.
So, what are they to do?
Make things lighter, of course! At least, that’s the gist we get from a video we found hidden on their website after watching, pausing, rewinding and watching some more…
While they weren’t giving up any details at the Otter, we did learn it’ll be a race bike. The screen grab above suggests it’s a “NEW Teammachine SLR01” and that the focus was on making it lighter and a little bit stiffer. Decked out with SRM, electronic shifting and deep section wheels, the current bike comes in a bit over the UCI’s porky minimum weight limit…not a good thing when it comes time to climb the Col.
BMC uses their own seatposts on the GF01 to complement the frame flex and provide a more comfortable ride. There are hints something similar could be used here, too. That could balance out any enhancements to the frame’s stiffness, providing better power transfer without beating you up. More as we get it.