This article first appeared on BikeRadar.
Michael Valgren is Team Dimension Data's marquee signing for the new season. The 26-year-old Dane won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Amstel Gold last season and adds some serious firepower to the South African team's Classics squad.
Valgren also joins the Dimension Data squad in racing on new bikes in 2019. Four teams in the WorldTour will be racing on new bikes this year and Dimension Data has made the switch from Cervélo to BMC following the frameset supplier shuffle.
The BMC framesets will take the headlines as the main component sponsor for the team, but Dimension Data has also switched a number of other components including tyres, saddles and bottle cages.
However, the team retains finishing kit and wheels from long-time partner ENVE alongside Shimano/Rotor/KMC drivetrain components.
During Valgren's time at Astana Pro Team, the Dane exclusively rode on rim brakes. However, as disc brakes have become more prevalent within the top level of the sport, Valgren joins a number of riders as the peloton more widely adopts the braking technology.
The BMC Teammachine features an integrated stem system and is paired with ENVE SES Aero Road Bars. Using Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 shifters, Valgren also runs satellite 'trigger shifters' on the handlebar drops for ease of shifting while sprinting.
Dimension Data also makes the switch from Astute saddles to Selle Italia. Valgren has opted for the SP-01 Superflow Boost model from the Italian brand. The saddle features a separated rear section to offer compliance while seated and is also claimed to improve pedalling efficiency.
Click through the gallery above for a closer look at Michael Valgren's 2019 BMC Teammachine SLR01 Disc for Dimension Data.
Michael Valgren's BMC Teammachine SLR01 Disc 2019
Frameset: BMC Teammachine SLR01 Disc, size 54cm
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9120, 160mm rotor
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9120, 140mm rotor
Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, 11-28
Chain: KMC X11 Gold
Crankset: Rotor 2InPower with 54/39 chainrings, 170mm cranks
Wheelset: ENVE SES
Tyres: Vittoria Corsa, 25mm tubular
Handlebars: ENVE SES Aero Road Bars, 400mm
Stem: BMC Teammachine ICS, 140mm
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Saddle: Selle Italia SP-01 Boost
Seatpost: BMC Teammachine D-profile
Bottle cages: Tacx Ciro
Computer: Garmin Edge 520 (not photographed)
Michael Valgren critical measurements
Rider height: 1.79m
Saddle height (from centre of bottom bracket): 770mm
Tip of saddle nose to handlebars (at centre): 590mm
Total bike weight: 7.32kg
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