JW now has one year and thousands of miles into his BMC SLR01, and now that's he's done with a second Tuscon trip with the bike, we're checking in on one of the coolest bikes to leave Ec.
Almost exactly 365 days of fun, JW has put some big miles on his SLR01, but he's now charged his Di2 battery exactly twice. It hasn't needed a derailleur adjustment since we pulled it from its box, even with 3 sets of wheels tossed on and just the cassette being transferred over.
The SLR line is grouped collectively as the Alpine line, made for climbing and engineered to be stiff, light and responsive, particularly when the roads tilt up. And where better to test that engineering than the slopes of Mount Lemmon? JW put in over 14,000 feet of climbing this month in the deserts of southern Arizona, and he's been blown away by the lightweight and responsive feel of the bike.
The bike comes in at 17 pounds, and that isn't trying to go too nerdy. It's rocking Fulcrum's for now, but carbon Boyds are the go-to summer wheel for JW, and they'll be back on once he's got his tubulars sorted out.
The electronic has been a great experiment for the shop to see how it holds up to tough and consistent use, and it's surpassed all of our expectations in the past calendar year. Looking at the industry, electronic shifting from Shimano and now SRAM will simply be the standard, as well as 11 speed drive trains. With Shimano trickling 11 speed to 105, it's only a matter of time until you see electronic make the same pervasive expansion as the extra little gear on your next cassette.