Swiss bicycle company BMC joined forces with Swiss watch maker Hublot to launch a limited edition of the BMC Team Machine, called the BMC All Black Hublot Team Machine edition.
The development of the US$19,500 All Black limited edition Hublot Team Machine was based on a special Hublot watch whose exclusively black design unites a range of materials such as ceramic, rubber and carbon.
This combination of materials also forms the link between the watch and bicycle: the BMC Team Machine’s frame has carbon tubes held together by aluminium sleeves at the bottom bracket, head tube and the Cross Skeleton concept. According to the company, this greatly increases the frame’s rigidity whilekeeping its weight low. With production limited to just 30 bikes, the bicycle is completely black and made of high-quality components like its Hublot watch counterpart. It will be sold via the watch manufacturer’s distribution channels.
BMC owner Andy Rihs (L) with Hublot CEO Jean-Marc Biver
The first model of this exclusive edition was tested at the “World Stars Cycling Criterium” in Monaco on 3rd July 2009, the day before the start of the Tour de France. Hublot’s CEO, Jean-Marc Biver, had the opportunity to line up against famous racing cyclists such as Eddy Merckx, Tony Rominger, Richard Virenque, Laurent Jalabert and Pedro Delgado, who took part in this charity race organised by Star Team for the Children under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.
- Frame: BMC SLT01, carbon fibre and aluminium
- Forks: 48 SL carbon
- Wheels: DT Carbon RRC Aero
- Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Kit carbonio Flow
- Groupset: Campagnolo SuperRecord 11-speed
- Pedals: Speedplay Nanogram Titanium
- Overall weight: 6.9kg/15.2lbs
- Production: 30 bicycles
- Price: US$19,500/£12,000
For more information, visit www.hublot.ch.