The rule of thumb is that, when it comes to road bike components, inexpensive means simple and simple means fast. Shimano 105 is an excellent ensemble that works the same as its more fancied brethren and is a little more robust when it comes to setting-up and adjusting.
The fifth (and final) test bike in RIDE #73 is the BMC teamxmachine ALR01 and it comes with Shimano 105.
External cables, a threaded bottom bracket and a threadless headset make this bike a simple build and one where troubleshooting is easy… if necessary. For $1,999, the BMC teammachine ALR01 is a great bike for a budding mechanic to practice on and, as a bonus, it rides nicely too!
(For a full review and ‘build report’, see RIDE #73 p.204)
– Photos and words by Jack Lynch