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BMC introduces new aluminium range for 2016

Craig Cunningham
29 Jul 2015

New ALR01 available from Sora to Ultegra plus updates to the GF02 and Timemachine.

Love the BMC SLR but can’t quite justify the price? Then have no fear as BMC have introduced an aluminium range that offer better components but at a cheaper price point.

The Teammachine ALR01 sees BMC revisit the world of premium-alloy frames for their sportive bikes. Coming in at a claimed weight of 1295g, the ALR01 also comes with a full carbon fork and is available in short size gaps right down to 47cm. With a refocus on the cockpit component, BMC say they’re listening to consumers requests in regards to bike fitting. The ALR01 also easier on the wallet than the carbon models: the 105 option will be approximately £1250 although UK pricing is yet to be confirmed.

BMC are also keen not to exclude the entry-level rider with full groupsets from Sora upwards. There is also a bit of a revamp in the paint department – BMC is offering new colours ranging from a very British red, white and blue to the perennial favourite, black and red.

ALR01 top tube

As with the SLR, the ALR01 will be engineered for riders who are ‘aiming to climb walls’ as its fitted with compact 50-34 chainrings and an 11-32 teeth cassette. The ALR01’s design and alloy is claimed to ‘break new ground’ for the materials ride characteristics thanks to BMC’s experience with ACE technology (Accelerated Composites Evolution to you and I). This will certainly be something to watch out for, especially amongst new cyclists.

BMC has also upped its commitment to disc brakes by manufacturing all its GF01 range with disc brakes, ensuring the new-wave of disc-brake-loving-road-cyclists will be happy. This move will see BMC get an early foothold in the market and will allow them to perfect disc-braking systems for when the UCI start to implement them in professional road cycling.

Breaking with tradition, BMC have unleashed some Swiss flair and the Di2 Ultegra-equipped bike showcases what seems to be a rhubarb-and-custard inspired paintjob. The mechanical Ultegra and 105 versions have a much more classic and understated design.

The bikes little brother, the GF02, will also have new paintjobs and will be available in Tiagra to Ultegra Di2. The GF02 will come in six different sizes and varies between rim or disc brakes depending on the spec.

Contact: BMC

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