I recently got the chance to test ride the brand new 2014 BMC SLR01 in Grenchen, Switzerland. To give a little bit of history, I’ve owned a Race Machine in 2012 and currently ride a 2013 Team Machine. I’m a huge fan of the product and was so excited to test ride BMC’s new product.
BMC spent over three years developing this new frame. Using their ACE (Accelerated Composite Evolution) technology, they went through 34,000 revisions until they achieved the final result. The frame is lighter and stiffer than the 2013’s while retaining the compliance needed for an all day ride.
To help achieve their design goals, BMC made many subtle changes. Some of the new design features include asymmetric chain stays, a new optimized seat post shape, and an over sized down tube. The results are 25% more torsional stiffness over the MY2013 SLR, 10% more compliance, 10% lighter and a 50% Stiffness/Weight increase!
In 2013, I’ve put a few thousand miles on my SLR01. The bike is fast, handles extremely well and offers a smooth and comfortable ride. It’s hard to imagine that BMC could offer a better bike. The new 2014 is lighter and seems to acceleration faster. In general, the bike is snappier and more responsive.
We had the opportunity to ride the Grenchenberg which is a 8 or 9 mile climb with about 3,300 feet of gain. The climb averages at 7% and can be quite a grind. The SLR01 climbed beautifully and helped me stay with the lead group. I was able to respond to a number of accelerations and I seemed that have that extra gear. The descent was interesting due to the fairly technical route and rough roads. The bike absorbed many of the imperfections and seemed to really shine when pushed hard.
The 2014 BMC line looks great and will offer a wide range of options. Feel free to leave a comment with any questions!