BMC have launched the new aluminium TeamMachine ALR01 road bike for 2016, inspired by their flagship carbon TeamMachine.
The Swiss firm’s announcement follows the likes of Trek, whose Emonda ALR is based on their super-light flagship climbing machine, and will see – according to BMC – top-end performance delivered at entry-level.
The new aluminium machine shares the traditional road geometry of its carbon sibling, based on ACE Technology-derived tube shapes, where thousands of possible iterations were put through a computer before the final frame was settled upon.
Up front the bike will boast a full carbon fork, shared with the TeamMachine SLR03, while stiffness is said to be improved by the offset seattube.
A tapered headtube (1-1/8” to 1-1/2”), asymmetric chain stays and a downtube and toptube which are said to maximise weld surface area to bring weight down are also key features of the frame.
Bikes in the new TeamMachine ALR series will all be fully-equipped with Shimano groupsets, starting with the ALR01 Sora, with models rising through the range with Shimano Tiagra, 105 and Ultegra groupsets. UK prices are to be confirmed. All bike will be available in five sizes: 47, 51, 54, 57 and 60cm.
BMC’s road product manager Andrew James said: “Every rider appreciates snappy acceleration, brilliant power transfer and crisp handling, regardless of their investment in the sport.
“BMC’s retail network has been asking for a way to introduce their new riders to the BMC brand for the past few years – this began with the 2015 Teammachine SLR03 and now we are introducing the Teammachine ALR01 series. With this, we aim to deliver the experience riders have come to expect from BMC‘s top-shelf positioning.”