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I'm looking to buy a new road bike and fixed on two models from BMC: 1.The Teammachine SLR01 Ultegra, 2.The Teammachine SLR02 Ultegra. SLR01 is obviously a bit expensive and I have to stretch my budget for it but is it worth it? I require a bike for all around use (i.e. on Tarmac for racing or broken roads with pot holes and bumps) as I live in a place where the roads are variant. Please advise me between these two for both performance and endurance. Also share some other alternates that would fit my requirement. Thanks in advance. Cheers.

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jeffersaurus [9 posts] 2 years ago
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I would say go for the cheaper model, there is not likely to be much difference - from what I understand it is probably just layup and non-carbon drop outs - which in real, practical terms doesn't mean much, it certainly isn't going to make you faster. But you do have to live with being Number 2. Think about spending the difference on same nice race day wheels, you will get more performance from that probably.

Assuming you are after an out and out racer (as you are looking at the TeamMachine not the Grandfondo) I think the best value all rounder carbon bike right now it the new Cervelo S3. It has real aero credentials, is light weight, reasonable comfortable and well engineered (and not full of hype about specific carbon grades etc). David Millar is riding one this year which as a good a endorsement as any.

As for comfort, as much as the Roubaix gets praise, I don't see Tom Boonen riding it in any other races and makes me think why not, if it is supposed to be so comfortable yet so competitive. What you can see is Cancellara riding the Domane in all races - quite a statement. Now he does get it in the Trek full on race geometry, but it still is quite a statement about its pedigree as a true race bike.

Other frames I hear a lot about is the Cannondale SuperSix, and the Colango C59. Both are a bit less gimicky than some out there, more traditional sizing and geometry, and both are supposed to be excellent.

At the end of the day I see the bike you buy being a product of:
- What you want to be seen riding
- What gives you a mental edge
- What feels good / fits you well
- Something that you have an emotional attachment to
and last but not least
- what is on sale!

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Miles253 [198 posts] 2 years ago
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Bike radar spoke very positively about the slr02 and I've seen it at Evans with Ultegra for £2200 which I feel is great value. They also make it sound like it is still comfortable. It's on my short list but I couldn't afford the slr01 anyway.

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Muntasir [8 posts] 2 years ago
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I do like Cervelo but I'm more inclined towards a R3. But you are praising on the S3. Where i live i have roads fill of pot holes and broken roads. Do you think S3 would be comfortable and suitable to race on such roads?? I'm more inclined towards R3..

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ezra421 [7 posts] 2 years ago
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i would say that you should go with a cannondale supersix. same price point as the bmc but lighter surprisingly more aero (much thinner frontal profile). the lower end (not high mod) only weighs 940 grams in medium which is lighter then anything else at t he price level

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ezra421 [7 posts] 2 years ago
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i would say that you should go with a cannondale supersix. same price point as the bmc but lighter surprisingly more aero (much thinner frontal profile). the lower end (not high mod) only weighs 940 grams in medium which is lighter then anything else at t he price level