Taylor Phinney’s BMC TimeMachine TM01

A look at the three-time US TT champ's winning bike

American Taylor Phinney raced to claim his third time trial national title Friday in North Carolina aboard a BMC TimeMachine TM01.

Phinney’s machine features some monster gearing (56/44, anyone?), label-free wheels (a Lightweight disc and a HED tri spoke) and sticky tape on the tri/tt Fizik Tritone saddle.

Speaking of the saddle, BMC mechanic Ian Sherburne said Phinney is constantly fiddling with his seat height.

"Just a mil here or a mil there, but he is always messing with it," Sherburne said. “He is one of those riders that often riders with a hex key in his jersey pocket.”

Fizik now makes saddle covers with a bit of grip so riders don't have to resort to grip tape on the saddle to stay in place: fizik now makes saddle covers with a bit of grip so riders don't have to resort to grip tape on the saddle to stay in place
Fizik now makes saddle covers with a bit of grip so riders don't have to resort to grip tape on the saddle to stay in place: fizik now makes saddle covers with a bit of grip so riders don't have to resort to grip tape on the saddle to stay in place

Fizik now provides teams with two options of grippy saddle covers so they don't have to resort to grip tape for time trials

Other points of interest on the bike include grip tape on the extensions and Di2 shifters, and the TimeMachine's horizontal dropouts that feature fore/aft adjustment via the black dial that pushes a pin against the axle.

For a close look at Phinney’s TimeMachine, click through the photo gallery above.

For complete coverage of the USPRO time trial and road national championships, be sure to visit Cyclingnews.com.

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team, Trek Boone 5, Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4, Marinoni fixed gear, Santa Cruz Roadster TT bike
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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