Beautiful Bicycle - An All-Stealth BMC Teammachine
You may not know this, but the BMC Teammachine is every bit the winner at the biggest stage as any other bike on the market. It is a go-to for some of the fastest athletes in the world who seek the ideal race bike who seek that just right combination of steady handling, snappy acceleration, and climbing ability. But for this rider who wanted a fun race bike that balances brute efficiency and all-day enjoyment, the Teammachine manages to do that just-right as well.Stealth bikes like how this Teammachine was built tend to hid the details that make this bike unique, so we'll cover our bases here. This Teammachine frameset is actually the previous generation of the bike, but that's no bad thing, as it comes in at the same weight and with similar aerodynamic characteristics as the new bike.The bars and stem setup are BMC's design, featuring internal cable routing from the stem into the frame, allowing for any handlebar to be used. The carbon seatpost too is designed by BMC, with a D-shaping in the name of improved flex where it matters most. Besides the internal cable routing, there's little in the name of aerodynamic design, but everything in the name of converting every bit of pedaling power to the ground.
The ENVE 45 wheelset is a go-to around these parts. It isn't purely for it being made just up the road in Ogden, Utah, but because they feel about as good as any other wheelset on the market. 45mm rim depth strikes a tidy balance between climbing ability and aerodynamic efficiency, but what we like is that the ride quality is right on point.Same applies to the Fizik Antares Adaptive saddle. It might look cool but many have found it to be the most comfortable version of the Antares saddle yet.
The Pirelli P Zero Race TLR tires have quickly become a favorite in the shop. They roll fast, grip well, and in our experience are relatively hard-wearing. Above else, they nicely match the character of the bike as a race-leaning tire that can be ridden all day.
This build came in neatly at 15.9 lbs without pedals. There might be lighter options but few strike the racey balance that makes the Teammachine a lustworthy option.Components Spec
|Frameset||BMC Teammachine SLR01 Disc MOD - 58cm|
|Groupset||SRAM RED eTap AXS w/ power meter|
|Gearing||175mm, 48/35t chainrings 10-33t cassette.|
|Wheelset||ENVE Foundation 45/Industry Nine hubs|
|Tires||Pirelli P-Zero Race TLR - 700c x 28mm|
|BMC RCB Carbon - 44cm|
|Stem||BMC ISC02 stem - 120mm|
|Seatpost||BMC Carbon 01 seatpost - D-Shape|
|Handlebar Tape||Arundel Gecko Grip - Black|
|Saddle||Fizik Antares Versus Evo R1 Adaptive - 140mm|
|Accessories||SRAM Centerline XR rotors - 160mm|
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Photos and words by Alvin Holbrook.