In this article, I’ll guide you through a comparison between the BMC Teammachine SLR and Pinarello Dogma F; both popular road bikes among cyclists.
I’ll walk through the BMC Teammachine SLR and Pinarello Dogma F models lineup, their specifications, and retail pricing (USD). I’ll explain the carbon fiber technology used (BMC ACE+ vs Pinarello TorayCa Carbon), and unique frameset features for each bike.
The goal is to help you get a better understanding before you make your final purchasing decision.
|BMC Teammachine SLR||Pinarello Dogma F|
|Type of bike||Lightweight, all-rounder||All-rounder|
|Frame material||Premium 01 carbon|
|TorayCa T1100 carbon|
|Frame sizes||47, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61||430, 465, 500, 515, 530, 545, 560, 575, 595|
|Groupset||Shimano, SRAM, Campagnolo (12-speed)||Shimano, SRAM, Campagnolo (12-speed)|
|Brakes||Hydraulic disc||Hydraulic disc|
|Price (USD)||$4,599 to $15,999||Check with local dealers|
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
Pinarello Dogma F
The Pinarello Dogma F was released just days before the 2021 Tour de France. It’s Pinarello’s fastest and lightest performance road bike to date. It’s the bike that Ineos-Grenadiers will race on in July.
The main improvement in the Pinarello Dogma F is weight savings. By reducing weight in the cockpit, fork, headset, seat tube, and seat clamp, the Dogma F is 265g lighter than the Dogma F12 in the same configuration for a size 53. Pinarello also redesigned the (although subtle) fork, downtube, and seat stays. Combining these allows air to flow with less interruption, improving aerodynamics by 4.8% over the Dogma F12.
The Pinarello Dogma F is available in 11 frame sizes with 16 handlebar reach/widths and two seat post setback choices. This gives the cyclist 352 sizing options to get the ideal fit. As the top-of-the-line bike, the Pinarello Dogma F is only available with the best electronic shifting groupsets from Shimano, SRAM, or Campagnolo.
|Pinarello Dogma F||Toray T1100 carbon||Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200)||Shimano Dura-Ace C50|
|Pinarello Dogma F||Toray T1100 carbon||SRAM Red eTap AXS||DT Swiss ARC 1400|
|Pinarello Dogma F||Toray T1100 carbon||Campagnolo Super Record EPS||Campagnolo Bora WTO|
Pinarello Dogma F vs others
BMC vs Pinarello 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.
Pinarello uses Torayca carbon in their bikes due to the material’s performance characteristics and the consistency of its quality. Toray’s manufacturing processes ensure a high level of control over the properties of carbon fiber, resulting in a reliable and predictable material.
Different grades of Torayca carbon are used in Pinarello bikes, which are distinguished by their moduli. The T in T1100, T900, T700, and T600 refers to Torayca, and the number denotes the grade of the carbon fiber.
A higher number equates to a higher grade of carbon, which in turn offers more stiffness and less weight, but also typically costs more to produce.
- T1100 carbon is the top Pinarello’s carbon offering. This high-end carbon fiber blend is created for the ultimate stiffness-to-weight ratio. Utilizing the highest quality carbon fiber available, Pinarello designs frames with T1100 Carbon for their flagship, Pinarello Dogma F series.
- T900 carbon is another high-quality carbon fiber offering from Pinarello, albeit slightly less stiff and lightweight than T1100. It’s used in the Pinarello F series road bikes, such as the F9 and F7.
- T700 carbon is a step down from the T900 but still offers a solid balance between weight, stiffness, and cost. It’s found in mid-range models, such as the Pinarello F5.
- T600 carbon is the entry level of Pinarello’s carbon range, is heavier, less stiff, and more comfortable. It’s used in the Endurance road bike series, the Pinarello X.
Frameset technologies and innovations
BMC Teammachine SLR and Pinarello Dogma F 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.
Pinarello Dogma F
|T1100 1K carbon fiber||The T1100 refers to a high-grade carbon fiber known for its exceptional tensile strength and modulus. This results in a frame that is incredibly stiff and durable.|
The 1K signifies that each tow of carbon fiber contains 1,000 filaments. This fine weave creates a lightweight, robust frame that also enhances the bike’s aesthetic appeal.
|Asymmetric frame||The Pinarello Dogma F series has an asymmetric frame that compensates for the unbalanced forces generated by the drivetrain. The right side of the frame is stiffer and stronger than the left side, to improve power transfer and efficiency. The asymmetric frame also enhances the handling and stability of the bike|
|Nanoalloy Technology||Implemented in the carbon fiber resin, this technology uses microscopic nanoparticles to form a composite material highly resistant to impacts and fatigue. This means the bike frame maintains its structural integrity under stress and over time, reinforcing the quality of the Pinarello Dogma F.|
|TiCR||Total Internal Cable Routing (TiCR) is the state-of-the-art internal cable routing system that sets the standard across the whole bike industry. This system is versatile, accommodating both wireless and electro-mechanical group sets. |
TiCR completely conceals the cables within the bar/stem or integrated handlebar. This not only enhances the bike’s aesthetic appeal but also significantly improves aerodynamic performance and protects the cables from external elements.
|FlatBack Profile||The FlatBack Profile is a significant aerodynamic feature in the Pinarello Dogma F. Essentially, it’s a truncated aerofoil design that provides an aerodynamic advantage while adhering to the 3:1 rule set by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). |
By using this design, the bike achieves excellent aerodynamic performance with minimal lateral wind resistance. This means less energy is expended fighting wind resistance, leading to greater speed and efficiency.
|Onda Fork||The Onda Fork is a distinctive Pinarello technology that has been around since 2000. This fork’s unique design offers precise steering abilities, stability, and a notable reduction of both longitudinal and lateral shocks. It does this by effectively absorbing road vibrations and dissipating them before they can reach the rider, resulting in a smoother, more comfortable ride.|