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Richie Porte's BMC Teammachine SLR01 - Gallery

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The 2016 BMC Teammachine SLR01 of Australian Richie Porte

The 2016 BMC Teammachine SLR01 of Australian Richie Porte (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Richie Porte's BMC Teammachine SLR01 bike for 2016

Richie Porte's BMC Teammachine SLR01 bike for 2016 (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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A Fizik K1 triathlon saddle offers more padding at the nose compared with the more common road version

A Fizik K1 triathlon saddle offers more padding at the nose compared with the more common road version (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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This seat and top tube junction is classic BMC design language. The brand commonly states that a BMC is one of the few bikes you could pick out in a totally pitch dark room

This seat and top tube junction is classic BMC design language. The brand commonly states that a BMC is one of the few bikes you could pick out in a totally pitch dark room (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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BMC use bottle cages from Elite. These are actually the rather basic 'Custom Race' resin cage

BMC use bottle cages from Elite. These are actually the rather basic 'Custom Race' resin cage (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Compared with many others in the peloton, the BMC Teammachine's fork legs are relatively minimal

Compared with many others in the peloton, the BMC Teammachine's fork legs are relatively minimal (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Porte uses an 11-28t cassette. This wider-range option has become extremely popular with many pro riders

Porte uses an 11-28t cassette. This wider-range option has become extremely popular with many pro riders (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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An SRM Shimano 11-speed crank is used to record Porte's power and cadence. Not pictured are the weights hidden within this crank, which bring the bike up to its UCI-legal 6.8kg weight

An SRM Shimano 11-speed crank is used to record Porte's power and cadence. Not pictured are the weights hidden within this crank, which bring the bike up to its UCI-legal 6.8kg weight (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Richie Porte, a name we're just getting used to seeing on a BMC

Richie Porte, a name we're just getting used to seeing on a BMC (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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The cover at the top of the down tube hides BMC's 'Dual Transmission Integration' (DTi) system. Simply, it's a classy way to allow either electronic or mechanical drivetrains on the one frame

The cover at the top of the down tube hides BMC's 'Dual Transmission Integration' (DTi) system. Simply, it's a classy way to allow either electronic or mechanical drivetrains on the one frame (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Porte spent the last four seasons riding with cockpit components from PRO, but he's now on 3T

Porte spent the last four seasons riding with cockpit components from PRO, but he's now on 3T (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Just a glamour shot

Just a glamour shot (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Ultra shallow Shimano C24 wheels are Porte's choice for the climbing stages based on the ultra low rotating weight

Ultra shallow Shimano C24 wheels are Porte's choice for the climbing stages based on the ultra low rotating weight (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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A small frame means tighter cable bends, but BMC has designed it to still function perfectly with standard brake housing

A small frame means tighter cable bends, but BMC has designed it to still function perfectly with standard brake housing (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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BMC mechanics make use of the SLR01's square-backed seatpost with the addition of a custom number plate holder. Industrial double-sided tape and a cable tie ensure it stays in place

BMC mechanics make use of the SLR01's square-backed seatpost with the addition of a custom number plate holder. Industrial double-sided tape and a cable tie ensure it stays in place (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Porte uses a 40cm width handlebar for a minimal frontal profile

Porte uses a 40cm width handlebar for a minimal frontal profile (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Richie Porte's BMC Teammachine SLR01 bike for 2016

Richie Porte's BMC Teammachine SLR01 bike for 2016 (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Richie Porte is set to use a 3T stem next season

Richie Porte is set to use a 3T stem next season (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Porte's BMC stem measurements

Porte's BMC stem measurements (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Richie Porte's bike with Elite bottle cages

Richie Porte's bike with Elite bottle cages (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Shimano Dura-Ace for Porte in 2016

Shimano Dura-Ace for Porte in 2016 (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Richie Porte is used to riding Shimano Dura-Ace

Richie Porte is used to riding Shimano Dura-Ace (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Shimano C50 wheels on Richie Porte's race bike for 2016

Shimano C50 wheels on Richie Porte's race bike for 2016 (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Porte's bike comes with a Fizik saddle

Porte's bike comes with a Fizik saddle (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Shimano C50 wheels on Richie Porte's race bike for 2016

Shimano C50 wheels on Richie Porte's race bike for 2016 (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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The front end of Richie Porte's BMC Teammachine SLR01 bike for 2016

The front end of Richie Porte's BMC Teammachine SLR01 bike for 2016 (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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The front end of Richie Porte's BMC Teammachine SLR01 bike for 2016

The front end of Richie Porte's BMC Teammachine SLR01 bike for 2016 (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Richie Porte's new bike for 2016 has been used in training

Richie Porte's new bike for 2016 has been used in training (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Richie Porte moves teams from Sky to BMC Racing for 2016

Richie Porte moves teams from Sky to BMC Racing for 2016 (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Richie Porte's BMC Teammachine SLR01 bike for 2016

Richie Porte's BMC Teammachine SLR01 bike for 2016 (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Richie Porte's BMC Teammachine SLR01 bike for 2016

Richie Porte's BMC Teammachine SLR01 bike for 2016 (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Richie Porte's BMC Teammachine SLR01 bike for 2016

Richie Porte's BMC Teammachine SLR01 bike for 2016 (Image credit: Daniel Benson)

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

For 2016, Richie Porte has changed to the red and black livery of BMC. With a new team, Porte has his sights set high this year, with the likes of the Tour de France and the Olympic road race both potential targets for the Tasmanian – who can both climb and time trial with the best of them.

The well-rounded Australian had spent the past four seasons as a key member of Team Sky, including winning Paris-Nice twice, Porte was an integral part in both Bradley Wiggins' and Chris Froome’s Tour de France yellow jersey wins.

The spec remains the same (mostly)

Typically when riders swap teams, there are enormous adaptions in equipment to be made. Most notoriously, different saddles and pedals can wreak havoc on riders who have become accustomed to previous product. However, for Porte no such major changes have occurred. Despite swapping teams, his drivetrain, braking, wheels, pedals, shoes (Sidi) and even saddle choice have all remained constant.

Obviously different is the frameset, and there’s certainly no confusing the drastically different aesthetics of Porte’s BMC and his Pinarellos of past. Joining the rest of the team at the Tour Down Under, Porte was riding the brand’s highly acclaimed (by us) Teammachine SLR01.

The current BMC Teammachine is recognised for being a jack of all trades. The Swiss brand itself states that it’s not the lightest, stiffest, most aero or best in comfort. Rather, BMC says it has the best balance of all, and that's something that leads to a winning bike – something our review experience backs.

Riding the smallest size Teammachine that BMC offers, Porte is on a surprisingly tiny 48cm frame. Such a size choice is commonplace among the world’s elite as they seek to ride in ultra low and aggressive positions that only smaller frame sizes can allow.

This small frame is nothing new to Porte, with the former triathlete coming from an even smaller 46.5cm Pinarello Dogma F8. Maybe a little more upright than before, his position is much the same from when we last looked at his Team Sky bike.

Dead weight

Perhaps most notable of Porte’s BMC is its 6.8kg weight, dead on with the UCI’s limit. Speaking with long-time BMC mechanic Ian Sherburne, this is no coincidence. The team have custom weights that are inserted into the SRM crank’s spindle in order to bring up a below-weight bike to the minimum allowed.

Of course, wheels heavier and deeper than the 1,150g Shimano Dura-Ace C24 tubulars used here would likely bring the bike’s weight over the minimum limit without the need for such weights. Depending on the stage profile, Porte is likely to use Shimano C35 or even C50 wheels.

Either way, the addition of custom weights to a bike already fitted with a power meter and head unit proves just how dated the UCI’s minimum weight ruling really is. Thankfully, recently there's been talk of such a rule going the way of the dodo.

As mentioned above, Porte’s use of Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 11-speed shifting and associated brakes is unchanged since his team switch. Here, Porte uses a rather simple setup without any additional sprint or climbing shifters. Standard 53/39 chainrings up front are matched to a wider-range 11-28t cassette out back.

This new bike sees Porte return to a SRM power meter, something he used at Sky before the British team moved to Stages Cycling meters. Despite being the heaviest of the big names, the Italian power meter originator remains the most popular choice in the pro peloton.

Helping to pilot this ride, Porte chooses a 3T ErgoNova carbon handlebar, having previously used a Vibe Compact model from PRO. With a short reach and short drop, this compact bar is a popular choice amongst bike fitters and seemingly amongst the pros too.

A surprisingly common choice within the pro peloton, Porte uses a triathlon version of the Fizik Arione saddle. The overall shape is much the same as the standard road version, but it features far thicker padding at the nose. 

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