richie porte bmc 2016 4.jpg Having left Team Sky for BMC Racing Team, Australian Richie Porte swaps from a Pinarello Dogma F8 to the BMC TeamMachine SLR01. And here he is with his new bike, ready for the upcoming 2016 race season. Doesn’t he look happy? Few things beat that new bike feeling. The former Team Sky rider has his sights on a Grand Tour win and the TeamMachine SLR01 is a capable bike and up to that task: Cadel Evans rode this bike to Tour de France victory in 2011, and it’s won a slew of other races since at the hands of Philippe Gilbert, Taylor Phinney and Greg Van Avermaet. Yes, the TeamMachine has been around for a while. Looking back at photos of Cadel’s Tour winning bike, it doesn’t look like much has changed with Porte’s 2016 version. It wa s updated in 2013, and while visually it retained the same distinctive features that set it apart from other bikes, it went on a hefty diet. The frame weighs a claimed 790g.
When we tested a Dura-Ace shod 56cm bike it came in at 6.45kg (14.21lb). Very light. Porte’s small frame will likely need some ballast to […]