BMC SLR01 - Long Term Test

This week the guys at La Velocita are putting in the KM’s on Switzerland’s finest… The BMC SLR01 ‘altitude’ series. We’ve got our hands on two different builds and we’ll be testing them side-by-side over the next few months. 

We’ve gone with one mechanical and one electronic build, choosing Sram Red and Dura Ace Di2.  We’ll be trying out various wheel sets and working on setup over the next few months so make sure you watch this space.

This bike is a huge favorite at La Velocita. We will continue to report in and review these bikes over the next few weeks and let you know what we think of these beautiful looking bikes. 

If they are good enough for Te Jay Van Garderen, Philippe Gilbert, Rohan Dennis, Taylor Phinney, Samuel Sanchez just to name a few they are good enough for us.

Here’s an overview of what BMC say about the SLR01 to get things started.


The teammachine SLR01 is the lightest bike in the BMC lineup. The frame weighs a feathery 790 grams, and only 1380 grams as a frameset (see details), putting it amongst the lightest framesets commercially available. 

The SLR01’s high-level stiffness enables stunning acceleration, even while climbing the steepest grades. The Grand Tour-winning SLR01 geometry provides excellent agility, maximum control, and sure-footed confidence on the fastest descents and tightest switchbacks.

ACE technology

BMC replaced traditional prototyping processes with superpowerful Accelerated Composites Evolution (ACE) technology. With this unique iterative computer-modeling program, over 34,000 possible frame configurations were analyzed to optimize the bike's geometrical structure, tube cross-sections, and carbon layup. 

The final result is the Team Machine SLR01. It’s a bike that embodies the perfect combination of weight, stiffness and vertical compliance to deliver the ultimate pro tour-worthy ride.


BMC were not just after a super stiff racer. They considered the rider’s need for all-day comfort. They’ve done this using their Tuned Compliance Concept (TCC). 

The TCC combines stiffness in laterally flexing directions and compliance in vertical directions. Carbon fiber layups and tube shapes are optimized so the frame can resist rider-actuated forces, while at the same time offer compliance to road feedback.


This bike is fully UCI compliant.



  • ACE technology full carbon frame, fork and seatpost
  • DTi cable routing, compatible with mechanical and electronic groupsets
  • Frame weight: 790 g including all hardware (size 56 cm)
  • Frameset weight: 1380 g including fork, seatpost, headset (size 56 cm)
  • Hardware includes: derailleur hanger, cable guides and seat clamp Bottom bracket
  • BB86 Shimano press-fit


  • ACE technology, full carbon fork
  • 1–1/8" to 1–1/2" tapered steerer tube
  • Fork weight 330 g


  • ACE technology full carbon Seatpost
  • Standard offset 15 mm, also available with 30 mm offset
  • Seatpost weight 180 g


  • 6 sizes: 48cm to 61cm