BMC Teammachine ALR01 Sora - 2017

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When you want the performance of a BMC Altitude bike, but want to keep the price down, the best solution is their BMC Teammachine ALR01 Sora. It takes the smart design and shaping of their carbon SLR’s, with value-packed aluminum.

The Altitude series name conveys that the ALR climbs well. It does, but it also does much more. The tubing shapes are designed to provide a balanced bike, that is stiff and comfortable. It is an all-rounder, at home in crits and mountains, and fast club runs.

Aluminum is a great, relatively inexpensive material that smart people keep on finding new and better ways to manipulate. The more they can work it, the more precise the resulting ride properties can get. BMC starts with their successful Teammachine SLR frames, the knowhow they gained in building them, and applies many of the same shaping ideas to aluminum. And they were able to work their Tuned Compliance Concept (TCC) into the frame. Hydroforming triple-butted tubes minimizes weight while being able to really dial in both stiffness and comfort. Cadel Evans, BMC’s retired Tour de France winner, has been riding the ALR01 as his main bike, and he finds it as stiff and comfortable as the Teammachine SLR01 he raced until recently. Weight is also pretty good. The 54cm frame size, painted, comes in at 1295g.

Keeping in mind that not everyone has the flexibility of a WorldTour rider, the ALR01 has a little more stack and a little less reach on the ALR01 than you’ll find on the SLR’s. And the geometry is moved a bit to keep the ride quality the same. It still comes in five sizes that can accommodate just about everyone.

Keeping in mind that price is a driver for this bike, BMC kept things simple. The carbon fork comes over from the SLR03, and has a 1 1/8” to 1 1/2” tapered steerer. The cable runs are external. The bottom bracket is English-threaded. The seatpost is round and the classic, comfy 27.2mm diameter.

Tires are an important part of the performance and comfort equation. This bike is designed to take tires up to 26mm in width. These might seem like balloons compared to 23mm, but they mean you can ride Roubaix, or rough roads, and still have a high-performing ride.

The BMC Teammachine ALR01 is a starting point, a finishing point, a bike that gets the job done without calling attention to itself.

Specification Overview

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Brand BMC
Type Road Bikes
Frame Material Alloy
Gearing Brand Shimano
Pedals Included No
Gender Unisex
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Eligible for cycle to work Eligible for cycle to work
Bike Frame Size N/A
Primary Colour No
Brand BMC
Type Road Bikes
Frame Material Alloy
Number of Gears No
Gearing Brand Shimano
Gearing Type No
Brake Type No
Pedals Included No
Gender Unisex
Frame Al-13 Premium Triple-Butted, Hydroformed, Smooth-Weld Aluminum
Forks Teammachine SLR, 03 Carbon, Full Carbon
Gear Shifters Shimano Sora
Rear Mech Shimano Sora
Front Mech Shimano Sora
Chainset Shimano Sora, 50/34
Cassette / Freewheel Shimano CS-HG400, 11-34
Chain Shimano CH-HG53
Bottom Bracket Shimano
Brake Type No
Wheel Size 700c
Tyre Size 700x23c
Tyres Continental Ultra Sport II SL
Handlebars BMC RAB 03
Stem BMC RSM 03
Headset Integrated
Saddle Selle Royal Seta
Seatpost BMC RSP 03
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