In this comparison, I’ll dissect two popular bike models; the BMC Teammachine SLR vs Canyon Ultimate.
I’ll compare their lineups, bike specifications, and suggested retail prices in USD, then discuss the carbon fiber technology (BMC ACE+ and Canyon Carbon Fiber) and frameset technologies.
The goal is to give you a better understanding of BMC Teammachine SLR and Canyon Ultimate to help in your decision-making.
|BMC Teammachine SLR||Canyon Ultimate|
|Type of bike||Lightweight, all-rounder||All-rounder|
|Frame material||Premium 01 carbon|
CF SLX carbon
CF SL carbon
|Frame sizes||47, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61||XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL|
|Groupset||Shimano, SRAM, Campagnolo (12-speed)||Shimano, SRAM (12-speed)|
|Brakes||Hydraulic disc||Hydraulic disc|
|Price (USD)||$4,599 to $15,999||$3,999 to $9,999|
BMC Teammachine SLR
The BMC Teammachine SLR is an all-rounder, pure-breed race bike.
Cadel Evans won the Tour de France in 2011 on the same BMC Teammachine SLR01 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.
There are two versions available; BMC Teammachine SLR01 (higher grade) vs BMC Teammachine SLR (standard).
Both models have the same frame geometry but differ in carbon fiber grade (Premium 01 Carbon vs Premium Carbon vs ), internal vs external cable routing, and components.
The range-topping model is the BMC Teammachine SLR01 Ltd, the same bike the AG2R Citroën Team rode at the 2023 Tour de France. It’s followed by the One, Two Three, Four, and Five models. Top-of-the-line BMC Teammachine SLR01 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.
|Model||Frame material||Groupset||Wheelset||Retail price (USD)|
|BMC Teammachine SLR01 Ltd||Premium 01 carbon||Campagnolo Super Record EPS||Campagnolo Bora Ultra Disc WTO||$15,999|
|BMC Teammachine SLR01 One||Premium 01 carbon||SRAM Red eTap AXS||Zipp 353 NSW||$14,999|
|BMC Teammachine SLR01 Two||Premium 01 carbon||Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200)||DT Swiss ARC 1100 DICUT||$12,999|
|BMC Teammachine SLR01 Three||Premium 01 carbon||Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)||DT Swiss ARC 1650||$9,299|
|BMC Teammachine SLR01 Four||Premium 01 carbon||SRAM Force eTap AXS||CRD-351 SL||$8,499|
|BMC Teammachine SLR01 Five||Premium 01 carbon||Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)||CRD-351 SL||$7,499|
|BMC Teammachine SLR One||Premium carbon||Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)||CRD-351||$6,499|
|BMC Teammachine SLR Two||Premium carbon||SRAM Force eTap AXS||DT SWISS P1800||$5,999|
|BMC Teammachine SLR Three||Premium carbon||Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)||XRD-522||$5,599|
|BMC Teammachine SLR Four||Premium carbon||SRAM Rival eTap AXS||XRD-522||$5,199|
|BMC Teammachine SLR Five||Premium carbon||Shimano 105 Di2 (R7100)||Mavic Open Disc||$4,599|
BMC Teammachine SLR vs others
The Canyon Ultimate is an all-rounder bike. Canyon claims that the Ultimate has an unrivaled stiffness-to-weight ratio, debunking the myth that a lightweight bike is not stiff enough to perform at the highest levels of cycling.
It’s the bike the pros rode to two World Championships and three Grand Tours wins in recent years with Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana, and Richard Carapaz.
The flagship model, Canyon Ultimate CFR is the latest addition with the lightest setup weighing 6.52kg. The Ultimate CFR has the best electronic shifting groupsets from SRAM or Shimano. Next in line is the CF SLX weighing 6.98kg, and CF at 7.6kg.
|Model||Frame material||Groupset||Wheelset||Retail price (USD)|
|Canyon Ultimate CFR eTap||CFR carbon||SRAM Red eTap AXS||Zipp 353 NSW||$9,999|
|Canyon Ultimate CFR Di2||CFR carbon||Shimano Dura-Ace Di2||DT Swiss PRC 1100||$9,499|
|Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9 Di2||CF SLX carbon||Shimano Dura-Ace Di2||DT Swiss ARC 1100||$6,999|
|Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 8 Di2||CF SLX carbon||Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R9200)||DT Swiss ARC 1400||$5,499|
|Canyon Ultimate CF SL 7||CF SL carbon||SRAM Rival eTap AXS||DT Swiss P 1800||$3,999|
Canyon Ultimate vs others
BMC vs Canyon carbon fiber
The BMC ACE+ (Accelerated Composites Evolution Technology +) is the latest carbon fiber layup technology used on all BMC road bikes.
ACE+ operates by determining the cross-sections of the frame, the arrangement of the carbon layers, and the geometric structure based on targeted performance values. Subsequently, it generates thousands of virtual models to pinpoint the ideal equilibrium of performance, focusing on three fundamental aspects; Stiffness, Weight, and Compliance.
BMC has two different carbon grades, 01 Premium Carbon and Premium Carbon, in their road bike frames. The choice between the two carbon grades depends on the rider’s preferences, budget, and desired level of performance.
- 01 Premium Carbon is a high-grade carbon fiber material with superior performance, stiffness, and weight savings. It provides enhanced ride quality with improved power transfer and responsiveness. Premium 01 carbon is used on all BMC models with 01, such as Teammachine SLR01 and Roadmachine 01.
- Premium Carbon is a mid-range carbon fiber material that balances performance, weight, and affordability. It is used on all BMC models without the 01.
Canyon Carbon Fiber (CF)
Canyon’s innovative approach to bike design includes the utilization of advanced carbon fiber technology, resulting in performance-oriented bicycles that offer remarkable strength, reduced weight, and improved ride quality.
Canyon employs three main types of carbon fiber in their range of bikes; CFR, CF SLX, and CF SL, each offering unique benefits to cater to your needs and budgets.
- Canyon CFR (Canyon Factory Racing) Carbon is the top-tier carbon fiber used by Canyon, designed for maximum performance. Bikes built with CFR carbon are the lightest and stiffest in the Canyon line-up, favored by professional racers and serious enthusiasts alike. The CFR series represents the pinnacle of Canyon’s engineering prowess and innovation, employing state-of-the-art materials and advanced manufacturing techniques.
- Canyon CF SLX Carbon is a step below CFR, but it still offers exceptional performance characteristics. It used to be the highest-grade carbon in Canyon’s arsenal until the introduction of the CFR series. Bikes with CF SLX carbon frames provide a perfect balance of weight, stiffness, and comfort, making them highly versatile for a range of riding conditions.
- Canyon CF SL Carbon is the entry-level carbon fiber in Canyon’s range, but it still offers excellent performance. While it doesn’t quite match the extreme weight savings and stiffness of the CFR and CF SLX grades, CF SL frames are still impressively light and stiff, providing excellent performance for the value. Ideal for cyclists who desire a high-quality, performance-oriented bike without breaking the bank, the CF SL series is a testament to Canyon’s commitment to delivering value and performance.
Frameset technologies and innovations
BMC Teammachine SLR and Canyon Ultimate framesets incorporate advanced technologies to enhance their bikes’ performance and ride characteristics.
Here’s an overview of the technologies used in each bike model.
BMC Teammachine SLR
|Accelerated Composites Evolution Plus (ACE+)||ACE+ utilizes advanced computer algorithms and simulation techniques to optimize the layup and design of carbon fiber frames and components. With BMC ACE+, engineers can explore various design possibilities and fine-tune the carbon layup to achieve specific performance objectives. |
This technology allows precise control over stiffness, compliance, weight, and aerodynamics. ACE+ enables BMC to create frames that offer optimal balance and performance characteristics by analyzing numerous virtual prototypes and conducting virtual testing.
|Aerocore Design System||An advanced aerodynamic design approach used by BMC to optimize the aerodynamic performance of their road bikes. |
It is a holistic system that integrates multiple bike elements, including frame shapes, tube profiles, component integration, and overall bike geometry, to minimize aerodynamic drag and maximize efficiency.
|Integrated Cockpit System (ICS)||Seamlessly integrates the handlebar, stem, and fork to improve aerodynamics, enhance stiffness, and provide a clean, integrated look. The elimination of external cables reduces drag and improves handling responsiveness.|
|Tuned Compliance Concept (TCC)||TCC optimizes vertical compliance by strategically tuning the carbon layup and tube shapes. This technology improves the frame’s ability to absorb road vibrations and bumps, resulting in a smoother and more comfortable ride without sacrificing performance or power transfer.|
|D-Shaped Seatpost||BMC’s D-Shaped Seatpost features a flattened shape that enhances vertical compliance and comfort by absorbing road vibrations. |
This design provides a smoother ride experience, particularly during long-distance or rougher road surfaces, while maintaining aerodynamic performance.
|CFR Carbon||Canyon Factory Racing (CFR) Carbon is the highest-grade carbon fiber used by Canyon. It’s designed for ultimate performance, with CFR carbon frames being the lightest and stiffest in Canyon’s range. This carbon is employed for the most performance-driven models in Canyon’s lineup.|
|Pro Geometry||Pro Geometry is Canyon’s design approach that tailors each bike frame’s size with specific tube dimensions and carbon layups, optimizing performance and ride characteristics for riders of different sizes. This ensures that every rider, irrespective of their size, enjoys a consistent and optimal cycling experience.|
|Adjustable Cockpit CP0018||The Canyon Ultimate CFR and CF SLX feature the innovative Cockpit CP0018, designed for aerodynamic efficiency and versatility. With fully internal cable routing, it offers a clean look and enhanced aerodynamics. The unique wing design allows for easy bike packing, eliminating the hassle of dealing with internal routing. |
Its innovative width adjustment feature lets you switch between narrow, medium, and wide settings (390-430mm) using just one tool. It provides a total adjustment range of 40mm (+/- 20mm on each side), allowing you to fine-tune your fit for comfort and efficiency.
|Ultimate System Complete||This design principle ensures that the Canyon Ultimate is developed as a complete system, incorporating frame, fork, seat post, stem, handlebar, and even spacers into the design process. The goal is to maximize performance and rider comfort, making the Ultimate a highly-efficient and enjoyable bike to ride.|
|Aero Testing||Canyon uses cutting-edge technologies and tools to achieve aerodynamic efficiency, including wind tunnel testing and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). |
These tools help them simulate and analyze airflow over the bike, enabling Canyon to refine the design for optimal aerodynamics. Canyon’s rigorous testing approach ensures the Ultimate offers superior aerodynamic performance.