This article was originally posted on Bikeradar
BMC bikes have had a busy 2013, not only releasing their latest incarnation of the SLR01 Team Machine back in May, but now adding to it with six new models for 2014.
Several of the new bikes are more affordable versions of existing models. A notable exception is the GF01 Disc, which adds Shimano’s new hydraulic road disc brakes to the proven GranFondo platform and seems to be a good fit with the larger 28mm tyres and super-compliant frame. With BMC-branded DT Swiss hubs and BMC’s first ever shallow carbon rim that doesn’t need a braking track, the lower weight should improve performance. The frame is intended for electronic shifting only, and as such will only be offered with either Shimano Ultegra or Dura-Ace Di2 for £5200/€5999 and £9000/€9999 (US pricing for all models has yet to be announced).
Hot on the heels of the excellent SLR01 comes the SLR02, which uses exactly the same frame shaping. Costs are reduced by using a lower modulus carbon, which does increase weight a little, but still produces figures for bottom bracket rigidity greater than the old SLR01 machine that won the Tour de France in 2011. Prices start at £1800/€1999 for a Shimano 105-equipped machine, rising to £2650/€2999 for Ultegra and £3750/€3999 for Ultegra Di2.
Similarly the new TMR02 offers a much more affordable aero road alternative, using the same frame shaping as the TMR01, but leaving out the front brake cable fairing, preferring instead a conventional setup. Two models will be offered, with Shimano 105 for £2100/€2599 or Ultegra for £2700/€2999.
Time triallists and triathletes will be interested by the TM02, which brings the aerodynamics of the well-proven TM01 to a larger potential audience. Offered with Shimano 105 or Ultegra only, it’ll retail for £2100/€2599 or £2700/€2999.
In conjunction with the completion of a new velodrome right next to their factory, BMC launched two new track bikes, the company’s first. The Track TR01 has an aggressive carbon frame, built to be tough and aerodynamic, with two possible stem configurations for pursuit or sprint use. The bike was shown with the fully adjustable sprint stem fitted and was very striking. Backing it up was the lacquered brushed aluminium Track TR02 with stainless steel dropouts and a hydroformed frame that should be seriously rigid. Complete bikes come in at £5000/€5999 and £2500/€2999 respectively, with a frame-only option.
Finally, the Alpen Challenge is BMC’s super clean looking fast hybrid bike, coming in lower spec AC02, or several AC01 versions, as pictured. Featuring a large tapered head tube that blends in to a full carbon fork, and an aluminium frame with BMC’s characteristic dropped seat stays. A negative rise stem gives a racy look, and the seat post has a neat security feature, with a hex bolt that ratchets tight, but can’t be undone without being tipped on its side, so gravity slides the internal weight free of the bolt.
The frame accepts aluminium mudguards that can be fitted or removed in minutes, and has optional integrated LED lights too. Gear options include SRAM XX1, 105, Sora or three belt driven Alfine hub gears – 8 speed, 11 speed or Di2, with prices for the AC01 going from €1099 (Sora) to €3599 (XX1 or Alfine Di2).