The rider’s ride

BMC Team­ma­chine SLR01, £7,000, evan­scy­cles.com

Cyclist - - The Big Ride | Faroe Islands -

It may not be the Alps or the Pyre­nees, but there’s scarcely any flat ground on the Faroe Is­lands, so BMC’S lat­est flag­ship racer, at just 6.87kg, was a real treat for this ride. Every time the road pointed sky­wards I was grate­ful for the feath­ery feel com­bined with the im­mense stiff­ness its chunky tube­set and mas­sive bot­tom bracket struc­ture of­fers, such that each pedal stroke felt like a con­certed leap for­ward.

The bike was ag­ile on de­scents too, quick to re­spond to my in­puts with­out be­ing too twitchy. DT’S car­bon PRC 1400 wheels spun up to speed well and the brak­ing per­for­mance was good in the dry, al­though rid­ing the fol­low­ing day in heavy rain I dis­cov­ered they were par­tic­u­larly poor at stop­ping in the wet (not helped by di­rect mount TRP brake cal­lipers).

The Team­ma­chine SLR01 is a honed thor­ough­bred racer so wasn’t the com­fi­est choice, but would I choose it to ride all day again? Yes, so long as it stays dry.

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