BMC Teammachine SLR01 Disc review

Latest update of a racing classic

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £10,000.00 RRP

Our review

The SLR01 is a five-star performer but 10 grand is so much to pay
Buy if, You’ve got seriously deep pockets and want to experience one of the best racing disc bikes to date
Pros: Accomplished all-rounder with impeccable comfort and superb handling
Cons: Its five-star performance costs five figures
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The 2018 model Teammachine is the first to go disc in the bike’s history, although a rim version has been retained in the new design range. There are plenty of the previous generations’ styling cues, the angular tube shapes and dropped seatstays, but it appears tougher and more aggressive than version two’s slender looks.

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Asymmetry is the name of the game. The non-driveside chainstay is almost square in profile compared to the driveside. The shape and profile of each fork leg has been altered to compensate for wind forces and the thru-axle. So, whereas a standard disc fork adds 60g-plus over a conventional rim-brake fork, the SLR’s only adds 18g.

On the road, the SLR01 feels familiar; it’s imprinted with the same sharp stiffness that impressed us with the previous version. The stiffness through the drivetrain that makes the SLR accelerate with stunning rapidity is perfectly countered by a smoothness that makes it a joy to ride.

Over rolling terrain the SLR01 is rapid, and I mean aero-road-bike quick. Comparing times between this and the Trek Madone over the same test section, the BMC was within a couple seconds of that bike, which is built to cheat the wind.

The combination of the chassis and light wheels from DT Swiss makes short work of hills, and the gear combination of 52/36 chainrings and a wide 11-30 cassette is easily enough to get you up any gradient.

Over rolling terrain the SLR01 is rapid, and I mean aero-road bike quick
Over rolling terrain the SLR01 is rapid, and I mean aero-road bike quick
Robert Smith Photography / Immediate Media

Even though BMC has extended the back end to accommodate discs, by a scant 8mm, it’s still a really nimble bike. Over my weeks of testing, I’ve had to contend with high winds and heavy rain, and the combination of the latest Dura-Ace discs and Vittoria’s excellent 25mm Corsa tyres has proven every inch the match for adverse conditions.

The new Dura-Ace Di2 is a marvel. BMC has integrated the new control box into the down tube, which means with a quick button press you can switch between standard, semi-synchro, and full-synchro transmission duties.

On full synchro, the system shifts the front mech automatically, so if you’re ratcheting through the block as the climb gets stiffer, the system will switch the front mech to drop down into the smaller ring, or vice versa when it comes to descents. Semi-auto sync, which I appreciated a lot, shifts the rear mech in either direction when you shift the front, giving a smoother transition between gears, a more even pedal progression and more consistent cadence.

New Di2 has another trick up its sleeve too. Shimano has the E-Tube project app, and once connected you can alter the shift speed settings, allocate buttons to duties, including the new top of the hood-mounted button.

To get the phone/tablet app features you need the Shimano BW-WU111 or SM-EWW01 wireless antennas, which not only operate gear controls, but, if connected wirelessly, operate lights or switch between Garmin screens.

The antennas cost £74.99, and when you’re looking at buying a bike at this price I’d like to see that included, especially as wireless connectivity comes as standard with SRAM’s eTap.

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If the SLR01 wasn’t so expensive it would be at the top of my shopping list, for now it just tops my wish list.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Teammachine SLR01 Disc
Brand BMC

Available Sizes 47cm 51cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 61cm
Rear Tyre Vittoria Corsa, 25mm
Frame size tested 58cm
Wheelbase (cm) 101
Top Tube (cm) 58
Seat Tube (cm) 54
Chainstays (cm) 41
Wheelset DT Swiss PRC 1100 Dicut
Weight (kg) 7
Stem 3T Ergonova Team
Shifters Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Seatpost Teammachine SLR01 D
Seat Angle 73.5
Saddle Fizik Antares R3
Rear Wheel Weight 1460
Rear Derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Bottom Bracket Shimano press-fit
Headset Type BMC
Head Angle 72.5
Handlebar BMC ICS 01
Front Wheel Weight 1150
Front Tyre Vittoria Corsa, 25mm
Front Derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Frame Material ACE Technology 01 carbon
Fork Offset 4
Fork ACE Technology 01 carbon
Cranks Shimano Dura-Ace 52/36
Chain Shimano Dura-Ace
Cassette Shimano Dura-Ace 11-30
Brakes Shimano Dura-Ace, 160/140mm rotors
All measurements for frame size tested 58cm