BMC SLR03 Gets Affordable, GF02 Goes Carbon & New CX01 Cyclocross Bike Jumps In
In addition to the new Speedfox mountain bikes, BMC has just unveiled three new skinny tired bikes. There’s something for every budget and style, whether it’s cyclocross, adventure riding or just good ol’ fashioned road riding.
For pure pavement, there’s the new entry level (but still carbon) Teammachine SLR03, an affordable way to get the Swiss brand’s racy road bike in a very upgrade worthy package. Three builds will be offered, all on the same 1230g carbon frame (size 54, with hardware). Overall, it’s very similar to the higher end SLR02, but adds an even smaller size 47 to the mix to fit more riders than ever…
The key difference is in the layup, which results in heavier bikes as you move up the price range:
- SLR01: frame 790g / frameset 1,360g
- SLR02: frame 970g / frameset 1,530g
- SLR03: frame 1,230g / frameset 1,860g
Even at the bottom, though, you’re still getting their TCC (Tuned Compliance Concept) layup and design, which helps smooth the ride and soak up vibrations. It’s even UCI approved should you get into it enough to start racing.
It’s available in five sizes (47, 51, 54, 57 and 60cm) with the new smallest 47cm size aimed at riders below 164cm tall. The 47cm frame is actually about 30mm shorter than the SLR02’s 48cm size.
Further up is the Shimano 105 build. Directly above is the Tiagra (left) and Sora (right) bikes. Pricing TBD.
2015 BMC CROSSMACHINE CX01
After taking a break from offering a cyclocross bike, BMC returns with the Crossmachine CX01, bringing with it all the frame tech they developed for the GF01 endurance road bike.
The CX01 blends their oversized lower half with wispy seatstays and cyclocross geometry to help riders lay down the power without getting beat up over the rough grass patches. It also borrows the layup tech from their SLR road bikes to bring the frame in at just 1,100g (size 54) with all hardware. It’s disc brake only, designed specifically for 140mm rotors on the frame. The fork will handle up to 160mm, but the bikes will be spec’d with 140s all around. Those mini rotors will be grabbed by the new SRAM Force CX1 Hydro group, which means a 1×11 drivetrain. (Editor’s note: Actual spec is the all new FORCE CX-1 Hyrdo lever. This group was not available at the time that BMC took the photos, they had to substitute to get photos out with the release of the bike.) Wheels are DT Swiss R23 Spline, tires are Continental Cyclo X King 700x35c. Cockpit uses their carbon Compliancepost with BMC bar and stem, too. A Fizik Arione saddle rounds it out. Claimed bike weight is 7.7kg (16.98 lb).
The frameset, which includes the hardware, fork and seatpost, comes in at a claimed 1,540g (3.4 lb).
Five sizes will be offered when they come available later this year, hopefully just in time for ‘cross season. Unless you’re in Florida.
2015 BMC GRANFONDO GF02 CARBON
Not quite sure if you wanna ride off road or on? The Granfondo is a great bike for testing the waters on less than ideal pavement and country roads with no pavement (we reviewed the original GF01 here). Originally launched as an alloy bike beneath the top end carbon GF01, the 2015 model becomes a carbon fiber bike, too. Unfortunately, it doesn’t get a disc brake option out of the gate, you’ll have to pony up for the GFo1 Disc introduced at Eurobike last year for that.
The top model is the GF01 Ultegra, shown above.
Also offered are a 105 (left) and Tiagra builds. All come with their full carbon Compliancepost, which works in concert with the TCC frame and fork to improve overall comfort. It comes standard with an 18mm offset, but 3mm and 30mm offset posts are also available. More tech info on TCC is here. Frames use their DTi cable routing, which means it works with both mechanical and electronic groups even though mechanical shifting cables are run externally. All three bikes spec durable Continental Ultra Sport 700×28 tires and have an integrated chain catcher, both of which should help keep you on the road and out of the shop.