220 Triathlon Magazine - - Biketest -

Hats off to BMC’s Team­ma­chine SLR03, which takes the vic­tory in this test. Why? Well, we ex­pected a fast ride with its WorldTour DNA but were sur­prised at the com­fort it of­fered. Over rough roads, the BMC ab­sorbs vi­bra­tions very well. The Spe­cial­ized Allez Elite also scored high in the com­fort stakes, its alu­minium frame and car­bon fork work­ing well to smooth out the bumps. But it’s def­i­nitely one for rack­ing up the miles rather than chas­ing race PBs. Al­though it’s a wise choice for those lack­ing flex­i­bil­ity but look­ing to use trib­ars. Board­man’s Road Team Car­bon needs new tyres and is the least in­spir­ing here vis­ually. So it’s the BMC that takes the hon­ours be­cause… well, it puts a smile on your face with ev­ery ride. Yes, you could ar­gue that it’s un­fair to its ri­vals on test here as Evans has per­ma­nently dropped its RRP from the £1,500 mark to £1,050, so, strictly speak­ing, it doesn’t re­ally be­long in the £1K class. But to that, we’d say all the more rea­son to snap one up now.

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