BMC know how to make bikes ride like silk. With the 2011 launch of the TeamMachine they introduced their Tuned Compliance Concept (TCC), where a more elastic composite material and layup is used in non-key areas to boost comfort, and this has now proliferated throughout their line. The latest model to benefit from this technology is the new 2013 TeamElite TE01 29.
This 29in-wheeled cross-country race rocket builds on the design of the GranFondo GF01 classics machine, launched just two weeks ago. It shares key features of that bike, including the offset between the top tube and seat stays, the tubing kinks that are specifically engineered as flex points, the offset dropouts and the TCC zones.
BMC say they’ve focused on three key areas with the new TeamElite: geometry; tube shape, size and layup; and weight. The company targeted sub-1,000g for the TE01 29 and claim the medium frame tips the scale at just 980g.
The end product is a unique, early release 2013 package built with SRAM X0 shifting, Easton EA70 wheels and cockpit, and 2013 FOX Float CTD FIT fork, priced at US$5,499. Our medium size demo bike weighed in at 23.23lb (10.53kg) with our own Shimano XT pedals. BMC say they’ll fulfill all dealer demand for this model with a one-time order, and that additional models and frame-only options won’t be available until the fall trade shows.
BMC’s TE01 feature trifecta: Geometry, compliance and weight
BMC spent the first year of the carbon TE01 29’s development working solely in aluminum, and specifically on the bike’s geometry. For much of 2011, Steve Ettinger, a then U23 rider for the BMC deve