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New BMC Teammachine R review: The superbike that leverages F1 know-how

CRANSMONTANA SWITZERLAND  MAY 19 Davide Formolo of Italy and UAE Team Emirates crosses the finish line during the 106th Giro dItalia 2023 Stage 13 a 75km stage from Le Chable to CransMontana  Valais 1456m  Stage shortened due to the adverse weather conditions  UCIWT  on May 19 2023 in CransMontana Switzerland Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

There are bikes that exist on the walls and in the minds of dreamers of all ages. These are the very best of what’s available today. We’ve got them on our list of the best road bikes and you see them in the WorldTour but what’s it like to ride one and how do they compare? I’ve been lucky enough to ride a few of them and, as the summer comes to a close, I’ve now added the BMC Teammachine R to the list.  

Tech Specs: BMC Teammachine R 01 LTD

Price: €14999 / $14999

Frame: Teammachine R 01 Premium Carbon with Aerocore Design

Size: 54

Weight: Frame – 910 g, Fork – 395 g, Seatpost – 155 g, ICS Carbon Aero Cockpit – 315g

Groupset: SRAM RED AXS with power meter 

Wheels: DT Swiss ARC 1100 62mm

Brakes: SRAM RED eTap AXS 

Bar/stem: ICS Carbon Aero Cockpit (internal routing/integrated bar and stem)

Saddle: Fizik Argo Vento R1 (140mm)

The BMC offering is a bit different though. Unlike Cannondale with Lab71 or Specialized with S-Works, the Teammachine R isn’t just a top-spec build. The Teammachine R is a unique model in the BMC lineup with a range of builds at different price points. From afar it might look similar to the previous range topping Teammachine SLR but the two bikes will continue to exist in parallel. The SLR is now considered the altitude bike with a slight weight advantage while the Teammachine R gets the “ultimate race bike” tagline. 

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