Tour tech: Cadel Evans's Team BMC TM01
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Launched nearly a year ago to the day, BMC's time trial bike really was a Time Machine. It saw Team BMC achieve an unexpected second position in last year's team time trial, giving Cadel vital seconds over his nearest rivals and ultimately, it put him on the top step in Paris after the final time trial.
As a stickler for consistency, Evans' has made little to no changes to the bike from last year and who could blame him. The frame's truncated tubing uses the cut-off aerofoil that not only improved aerodynamics from the leading edge perspective, but also reduces drag in cross winds. Add to this the drag reducing ‘Tripwire' profile, which acts in a similar way to the dimples on a golf ball, or indeed a Zipp wheel. Both history and theory prove this is a pretty rapid machine - will it be enough this year?
The front end, with no wires or cables on display is almost surgically clean, with only a hint of Di2 cabling visible beneath the TT bars.
Cadel's preference for a slammed TT position has meant that a standard bar and stem combo isn't an option. BMC's composites team has taken to an Easton Attack bar and extension and then wrapping the junction with the custom BMC stem. The entire front end is effectively one piece.
We didn't measure the saddle to bar drop, but there is no denying it's big. Not surprising that extra sticky Fizik silicon gel pads have been added to keep Cadel comfortably in position.
With linear-pull brakes strategically placed out of the wind by being hidden in the forks and the underside of the chainstay, and even the Di2 battery hidden in away in seatpost, the end result is a razor sharp bike.
Saddle to handle bar looks steep
Check out our other Tour bikes: Petacchi's Wilier and Michael Schar's BMC