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BMC releases ALR01 – aluminium version of SLR01

BMC ALR01 Ultegra front
Jordan Gibbons
22 Jun 2015

The aluminium battle comes to Trek and Cannondale with the 1,295g BMC release

Just when you had just written off aluminium as the material of yesteryear, it’s looking like 2015 could be the year it makes a comeback. Cannondale never really stopped and rumour has it they’re set to release a CAAD10 update very soon (allegedly called the CAAD12), Trek have released the aluminium Emonda ALR series and now BMC ‘metalifies’ the TeamMachine to produce the ALR01.

A glance through the photos shows the ALR01 frame has very similar tube shapes to the SLR01 and a look through the geometry charts shows that it’s almost exactly the same except for an extra 1cm extension on the head tube. A slightly more upright front end suggests they might be hoping to appeal to non-racers but the headtube of the SLR01 was very short so it’s hardly upright. It has also retained other premium features from the TeamMachine such as asymmetric chainstays and an offset, tapered seat tube that helps maximise bottom bracket stiffness.

BMC ALR01 Ultegra

The headtube is tapered to match the full carbon tapered fork that it shares with the SLR03. The claimed weight of the painted frame is 1,295g and 1,735g with the fork. The feature that’s rare is that the ALR01 comes packaged with full groupsets, unlike most other manufacturers who normally help the budget with cheap cranks and brakes.

BMC are keen to introduce new riders to the Swiss brand, something which started with the entry level SLR03 and has now continued with the ALR01. BMC are exclusive through Evans Cycles in the UK and the frame will be offered in four complete builds:

Sora - £899

Tiagra - £1,049

105 - £1,249

Ultegra - £1,599


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