Pro bike: George Hincapie's BMC racemaster SLX01

Swiss stars and stripes for a Classics star

The new year brings a new team and a new bike for George Hincapie in 2010. Having ridden on machines from companies such as Eddy Merckx, Trek and Scott, the 36-year-old from New York State is well over six foot and a Classics specialist so there's plenty of stress on his equipment.

The big American's switch to BMC Racing sees him aboard the Swiss company's BMC racemaster SLX 01 complete in US national champion's livery - it's been done by other brands in the past but this particular incarnation is rather striking. It's hand painted and the first element you notice about the bike.

The other initial observation is the size of Hincapie's bike. At almost two metres tall (6'3") he requires a 58cm frame and 140mm stem, with a lot of saddle setback. This is achieved by cutting the clamp and increasing the length of the cradle to support the carbon rails on the Selle Italia Turbomatic.

The frame itself doesn't make use of the BB30 standard, which can be seen on many of the bikes at this week's Tour Down Under. The bottom bracket shell is relatively minimalist compared to most composite bikes, which feature heavy carbon layups in this area. It maintains a clean look with the hint of a bygone era when there was a noticeable junction of the seat tube, downtube and chainstays.

The geometry is fairly traditional, although the seatstays are interesting in their application to the seat tube and the top tube/seat tube junction features a neat cutout that is designed to increase rigidity.

There's no sloping top tube, which means Hincapie uses frame with a 58cm top tube and utilises a long (140mm) alloy stem. Being a Classics rider he opts for strength over weight in the cockpit, using the relatively low-key EA90 and EA70 combo.

Hinapie's Easton EC90 Aero Carbon rear wheel doesn't come equipped with a PowerTap hub; we were told that it's only used for training data. There are plans by the team to use a PowerTap computer to feed live rider data to a doctor in the team car during races rather than power data transmitted from the hub on the rear wheel.

BMC's market position as a premium brand means it's only fitting the team's bikes use a complete Super Record 11 speed groupset from Campagnolo. Unlike many teams, which may throw in a few odd components into the mix, the BMC Racing bikes feature a full complement of Super Record pieces.

Full Specifications

Bike details:

Frame: BMC SLX01 RaceMaster
Fork: BMC SLX01 RaceMaster
Headset: FSA Integrated
Stem: Easton EA90 (140mm)
Handlebars: Easton EA70 (440mm)
Tapes/grip: Easton
Front brake: Campagnolo Super Record
Rear brake: Campagnolo Super Record
Brake levers: Campagnolo Super Record
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record
Shift levers: Campagnolo Super Record
Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record (11-23)
Chain: Campagnolo Super Record
Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record 53/39 (175mm)
Bottom bracket: Campagnolo Super Record
Pedals: Speedplay Zero
Wheels: Easton EC90 Aero
Rims: Easton EC90 Aero
Front hub: Easton R4 SL
Rear hub: Easton R4 SL
Spokes: 18 F, 20 R
Front tyre: Continental tubular
Rear tyre: Continental tubular
Saddle: Selle Italia Turbomatic
Seat post: BMC Stream Post
Bottle cages: Elite
Computer: CycleOps PowerTap
Other accessories: CycleOps PowerTap

Critical measurements:

Rider's height: 1.91m (6'3")
Rider's weight: 79kg (170lbs)
Saddle height, from BB (c-t): 800mm
Saddle setback (ask mechanic): 25+mm
Seat tube length, c-t: 580mm
Seat tube length, c-c: 565mm
Tip of saddle nose to C of bars (next to stem): 625mm
Saddle-to-bar drop: -
Head tube length: 190mm
Top tube length: 570mm (effective)
Total bicycle weight: 7.43kg

Notes

PowerTap computer but no wheel unit on race wheels. PowerTap hub on training wheels and plans to use a live data capturing device during racing in 2010 season.
Big setback on saddle. The clamp has been cut to increase amount of setback offered and a longer cradle use to support carbon saddle rails

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