Riding the SLR02 is rather like having a permanent tailwind – this bike just flies. On every part of our regular test circuit we always seemed to be a gear or two higher than on other bikes, and we arrived home 10 minutes faster without feeling like we’d worked any harder.
Small wonder, then, that the SLR02 took a podium position at our sibling title Cycling Plus magazine’s recent Bike of the Year 2016 awards.
The product of 34,000 frame iterations
BMC’s design process for the professional team’s SLR01 steed, which subsequently spawned this machine, involved its ACE (Accelerated Composites Evolution) technology – essentially an advanced simulation system that developed, tested and refined 34,000 frame iterations before settling on what became the final model.
The SLR02 shares its moulds, but uses different a carbon layup to save expense. But even so, our 54cm frame, including seat clamp, derailleur hanger and cable guides weighs just 950g.
The race-bred frame went through 34,000 iterations via BMC’s modelling software
Borderline telepathic responsiveness
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