BMC Racing have used their headline sponsors’ flagship TeamMachine SLR01 bike since it launched in 2013 and the red-and-black frame has become a common sight in the peloton.
And while the TeamMachine SLR01 hasn’t changed in that time (though BMC have launched the
more affordable SLR02 and SLR03, as well as the aluminium ALR01), anybody watching Swiss champion Danilo Wyss closely at the Tour of Britain will notice subtle differences about his machine.
You see, being the national champion of Switzerland – the home of BMC – has its perks, and Wyss has ridden a stylish red number since taking the title in June. We spotted the bike ahead of stage one of the Tour of Britain in Beaumaris, for which BMC Racing were
one of nine WorldTour teams on the start line, and went to take a closer look.
Check out Wyss’ bike in the full-screen gallery below or, for a reminder of how BMC Racing’s bikes normally look, check out Samuel Sanchez’s
ride from this year’s Tour de Yorkshire.
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Swiss champion Danilo Wyss' BMC TeamMachine SLR01
Danilo Wyss' BMC TeamMachine SLR01 stands out from the team's fleet thanks to the red frame, with white decals and white finishing kit. Being national champion of the country in which your bike sponsor is based has its perks.
Wyss, 30, won the Swiss national title for the first time in June but - colour change aside - his BMC TeamMachine SLR01 is exactly the same as the frame ridden by the rest of his team-mates. His bike does carry the Swiss flag but that's actually because of BMC's pride in its 'Swiss Design and Development', rather than a nod to Wyss' achievement.
The frame and fork are finished with red and white decals, as opposed to the red-on-black traditionally used for the team's bikes.
White handlebar tape, which looks like its fresh out of the box, keeps things classy - at least before the rain and general grime of Britain's roads gets work on it. Wyss used the red frame at the Tour de France but the white bar tape is a more recent change. Wyss' 3T handlebars are clamped to a 130mm 3T stem - aggressively angled at -17 degrees. The stem's not slammed, though, with a a single 10mm above the headset top cap.
Wyss' Fizik Aliante R5 K:IUM saddle is also finished in white and red. Fizik saddles are popular in the pro peloton and according to the Italian firm's 'Spine Concept' fit system, the Aliante is designed for 'Bulls' - or riders with 'rigid spines'.
Like the rest of his BMC team-mates, Wyss' bike is equipped with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset, with the 53-39t chainset paired with an 11-28t cassette for the Tour of Britain.
Shimano wheels are common place in the peloton, with the mid-depth C50s the most popular option. Wyss' Dura-Ace C50 wheels are wrapped in Continental's Pro Competition 25mm tyres. While team-mate Samuel Sanchez opted for mismatched wheel profiles when he raced the Tour de Yorkshire, using a low-profile C24 at the front and a C50 at the rear, Wyss used a C50 on both the front and back for stage one of the Tour of Britain.
Wyss' PowerBar bidons are clearly-marked with his initials, while an X differentiates between water and energy drink.
...and here's how it usually looks
This is how BMC Racing's bikes typically look. This TeamMachine SLR01 belongs to Dylan Teuns, while Wyss' team-mates this week also include Taylor Phinney as he continues his return from injury. Wyss finished 33rd on stage one as the peloton raced into Wrexham from Beaumaris.