Paint and stickers can be used to mask a lot of evils, but there's nowhere for this frame to hide. Swiss bike brand BMC has released a limited edition TeamMachine SLR01 with a naked carbon finish. The bike was unveiled at the current Interbike show in Las Vegas.
Produced at the company’s state-of-the-art Impec Lab in Grenchen, Switzerland, the technique used to create the custom finish “demands a very high level of execution so it is being carried out manually,” says BMC in its official press blurb.
The proprietary process is a hand-finished technique that strips away the paint and usual lacquer finish, and leaves the frame with a raw appearance. BMC doesn’t go into much more detail about this process, but we have requested a bit more information about it from the company.
Apparently it’s a labour intensive technique and for that reason BMC isn’t producing the frame in large numbers, instead restricting it to just 80 units.
“This technique demands a very high level of execution so it is being carried out manually. The result is stunning, and quite minimalistic. We are stripping away the frills and showing you the beauty of a raw frame. But, because of the labour involved, we can only apply this finish to an extremely small quantity – making it all the more special.” says Stefan Christ, Head of Product at BMC Switzerland.
The special frames will be decked out with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupsets, carbon fibre wheels with a lack of stickers providing an appearance to match the frame and 3T finishing kit. No word on the price but it's not going to be cheap.
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David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.