2023 BMC Teammachine, Roadmachine and Timemachine Guide

By : Mr Mamil
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Based out of Switzerland, BMC (Bicycle Manufacturing Company) was founded in 1986 by Bob Bigelow. It was a wholesale distributor of Raleigh bikes and shifted its focus to building bikes in 2001 after Bigelow lost his Raleigh distributor license.

Businessman Andy Rihs took over BMC in 2000 and built a production capacity in Grenchen, Switzerland. From there, the BMC Impec bike was born. Today, the Grenchen facility no longer manufactures but houses BMC’s R&D and Engineering teams, called the Impec Advanced R&D Lab.

While BMC manufactures bikes for all cycling disciplines, we will focus solely on BMC road bikes in this article.

BMC Road Bikes Line Up

BMC’s naming convention can be confusing for some. There are three models of road bikes from Teammachine SLR (all-rounder) to Timemachine (aero) and Roadmachine (endurance).

The top-of-the-line frames have a 01 after their names, and the lower range doesn’t. The ALR acronym indicates aluminum frames.

The bike specs are specified in written numbers such as ONE, TWO, THREE, and so on, indicating their component levels. The lower the number, the better the specs.

Example : BMC Teammachine SLR01 ONE

ModelDesigned forPrice range (USD)
Teammachine SLR01Premium, all-rounder race bike$7,500 to $16,000
Teammachine SLRAll-rounder race bike$3,200 to $6,500
Teammachine ALRAluminum, mid-range bike$2,600 to $4,000
Roadmachine 01Premium endurance bike$7,300 to $12,700
RoadmachineEndurance bike$3,400 to $6,500
Roadmachine XUrban bike$5,100 to $6,700
Timemachine Road 01Premium aero race bike$7,200 to $12,800
BMC Road Bikes Lineup and Price Range

BMC Teammachine SLR01

BMC Teammachine SLR01 Team
BMC Teammachine SLR01 Team. Photo : BMC

The BMC Teammachine SLR01 is an all-rounder, pure-breed race bike.

Cadel Evans won the Tour de France in 2011 on the same model, albeit an older generation model. At first glance, the naming convention of the Teammachine SLR01 can be confusing and looks to be all over.

The range-topping model is the Ltd, the same bike ridden by the AG2R Citroën Team. It’s followed by the ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, and FIVE models. Top-of-the-line models are equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 or SRAM Red AXS. Mid-range models are equipped with Shimano Ultegra Di2 or SRAM Force AXS.

There are six models in the Teammachine SLR01 lineup based on the choice of groupsets.

ModelFrame materialGroupsetRetail price (USD)
BMC Teammachine SLR01 LtdCarbonCampagnolo Super Record EPS$15,999
BMC Teammachine SLR01 ONECarbonSRAM Red eTap AXS$14,999
BMC Teammachine SLR01 TWOCarbonShimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200)$12,999
BMC Teammachine SLR01 THREECarbonShimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)$9,299
BMC Teammachine SLR01 FOURCarbonSRAM Force eTap AXS$8,499
BMC Teammachine SLR01 FIVECarbonShimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)$7,499
BMC Teammachine SLR01 retail prices in USD
More reading : Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200) vs SRAM Red eTap AXS Groupsets

BMC Teammachine SLR

BMC Teammachine SLR
BMC Teammachine SLR ONE. Photo : BMC

The BMC Teammachine SLR is a mid-range carbon race bike at more accessible pricing levels.

It’s similar to the SLR01 except for one big difference; the absence of hidden front-end cabling. Unlike the Teammachine SLR01, the Teammachine SLR has exposed brake hoses on the front end due to the non-integrated, two-piece cockpit design.

Similar to its elder sibling, the naming convention of the Teammachine SLR looks to be all over and with overlapping pricing. This is due to the combination of wheelsets and/or groupsets that is specced with the bike.

There are seven models in the Teammachine SLR lineup based on its groupset options.

ModelFrame materialGroupsetRetail price (USD)
BMC Teammachine SLR ONECarbonShimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)$6,499
BMC Teammachine SLR TWOCarbonSRAM Force eTap AXS$5,999
BMC Teammachine SLR THREECarbonShimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)$5,599
BMC Teammachine SLR FOURCarbonSRAM Rival eTap AXS$5,199
BMC Teammachine SLR FIVECarbonShimano 105 Di2 (R7100)$4,599
BMC Teammachine SLR SIXCarbonShimano 105 (R7000)$3,399
BMC Teammachine SLR SEVENCarbonShimano 105 (R7000)$3,199
BMC Teammachine SLR retail prices in USD
More reading : Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100) vs SRAM Force eTap AXS Groupsets

BMC Teammachine ALR

BMC Teammachine ALR
BMC Teammachine ALR ONE. Photo : BMC

The BMC Teammachine ALR is an entry-level, aluminum road bike, hence the ALR acronym.

With the same geometry as the Teammachine SLR and Teammachine SLR01, the Teammachine ALR is a solid bike by itself. For it to be budget-friendly, BMC specced all the models with low to mid-tiered Shimano or SRAM drivetrains and aluminum wheels.

There are two models in the Teammachine ALR lineup. The difference lies in the choice of electronic vs. mechanical groupsets and wheels.

ModelFrame materialGroupsetRetail price (USD)
BMC Teammachine ALR ONEAluminumSRAM Rival eTap AXS$3,999
BMC Teammachine ALR TWOAluminumShimano 105 (R7000)$2,599
BMC Teammachine ALR retail prices in USD
More reading : Shimano 105 Di2 (R7100) vs SRAM Rival eTap AXS Groupsets

BMC Roadmachine 01

BMC Roadmachine01
BMC Roadmachine 01 ONE. Photo : BMC

The BMC Roadmachine 01 is a top-of-the-line endurance bike.

It has a more relaxed geometry compared to the Teammachine. It has a carbon fiber layup geared towards more comfort, especially over rough roads, at the expense of high performance and stiffness.

There are five models in the BMC Roadmachine 01 lineup, with prices ranging from $7,299 to $12,699. All models are specced with electronic shifting only. The frameset is also available separately.

ModelFrame materialGroupsetRetail price (USD)
BMC Roadmachine 01 ONECarbonSRAM Red eTap AXS$12,699
BMC Roadmachine 01 TWOCarbonShimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200)$12,999
BMC Roadmachine 01 THREECarbonShimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)$8,899
BMC Roadmachine 01 FOURCarbonSRAM Force eTap AXS$8,299
BMC Roadmachine 01 FIVECarbonShimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)$7,299
BMC Roadmachine 01 retail prices in USD
More reading : Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100) vs Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200) Groupsets

BMC Roadmachine

BMC Roadmachine
BMC Roadmachine ONE. Photo : BMC

The BMC Roadmachine is the cheaper version of the Roadmachine 01.

They have the same frame geometry and carbon fiber, but the Roadmachine doesn’t come with hidden cables. The front and rear brake hoses are exposed and enter the frame at the top left of the fork and downtube.

The highest-specced BMC Roadmachine is with either an SRAM Force eTap AXS or Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset. Mechanical Shimano 105 groupset is used on cheaper models.

ModelFrame materialGroupsetRetail price (USD)
BMC Roadmachine ONECarbonShimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)$6,499
BMC Roadmachine TWOCarbonSRAM Force eTap AXS$5,999
BMC Roadmachine THREECarbonShimano 105 Di2 (R7100)$5,599
BMC Roadmachine FOURCarbonSRAM Rival eTap AXS$5,199
BMC Roadmachine FIVECarbonShimano 105 Di2 (R7100)$4,599
BMC Roadmachine SIXCarbonShimano 105 (R7000)$3,399
BMC Roadmachine retail prices in USD
More reading : List of Road Bikes with Shimano 105 Di2 (R7100) Groupset

BMC Roadmachine X

BMC Roadmachine X
BMC Roadmachine X. Photo : BMC

The BMC Roadmachine X is designed for adventure rides, daily commutes, or light-duty touring.

The carbon frame with a carbon fork has a relaxed geometry focusing on comfort, wider tires, and mounting points for fenders and rear bike racks.

ModelFrame materialGroupsetRetail price (USD)
BMC Roadmachine X ONECarbonSRAM Force eTap AXS$6,699
BMC Roadmachine X TWOCarbonSRAM Rival eTap AXS$5,099
BMC Roadmachine X retail prices in USD

BMC Timemachine Road 01

BMC Timemachine Road 01
BMC Timemachine Road 01 ONE. Photo : BMC

The BMC Timemachine Road 01 is BMC’s fastest bike to date.

Designed for all-out speed, the tubes are aerodynamically shaped, and cables are fully hidden and integrated, achieving a clean front end. All models are specced with deeper 50mm wheels.

This lineup has three models with prices from $7,199 to $12,699. The option for frameset only is also available.

ModelFrame materialGroupsetRetail price (USD)
BMC Timemachine Road 01 ONECarbonShimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200)$12,799
BMC Timemachine Road 01 TWOCarbonShimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)$7,999
BMC Timemachine Road 01 THREECarbonSRAM Rival eTap AXS$7,199
BMC Timemachine Road 01 retail prices in USD

BMC Road Bikes in Professional Cycling

As one of the leading road bike brands today, the BMC bikes have been a mainstay in professional cycling with BMC Racing Team. They made their first Tour de France appearance in 2004 with Phonak Cycling Team.

The Teammachine SLR01 is their top racing bike with Cadel Evans (2011 Tour de France), Philippe Gilbert (2012 Road Race World Championship), and Greg van Avermart (2016 Olympics Road Race, 2017 Paris Roubaix).

The AG2R Citreon Team will ride BMC bikes in 2023.

More reading : Bikes at the 2022 Tour de France

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is BMC’s warranty?

BMC bikes come with a 3-year warranty for the frames and a 2-year warranty for the paint. You can extend the warranty from 3 to 5 years by registering on the BMC website within 30 days of purchase.

More about BMC’s warranty policy.

Does BMC make women-specific road bikes?

BMC doesn’t make a women-specific bike nor has models with women-specific components such as narrower handlebars and saddles. Their smallest size is 47, which will suit someone between 5’ 3” to 5’ 5” (160 to 166cm).

More reading : How to Determine Your Ideal Bike Size

Where are BMC bikes made?

BMC bikes are made in Taiwan since 2014. Initially, the bikes were made in Grenchen, Switzerland, but BMC decided to move production to Taiwan to keep costs down and stay competitive. The Grenchen facility today is their R&D center.

Why are BMC bikes more expensive than others?

BMC prides itself on its design and engineering technologies, such as Impec, TCC, and ACE+. Their bikes are generally priced higher than others for similar specs.

What is the Impec Advanced R&D Lab?

The Impec Advanced R&D Lab is BMC’s Research and Development and Engineering teams facility in Grenchen, Switzerland. It is where the BMC Impec bike was born, but today it is not a manufacturing facility. It is used for R&D and Engineering teams.