Old is New: BMC Teamelite 01 introduces Micro Travel Technology
|Part carbon construction and part technical feature, MTT provides 15mm of rear-end compliance with the dual-guided, fully integrated XCell damper that enhances lateral and torsional frame stiffness, while maintaining a super-low weight of 1080grams for a size medium with hardware.|
What MTT refers to is that there are a pair of shafts which pierce the elastomeric element and guide the movement of the rear triangle so that it stays in line with the chassis. A diagram of that mechanism was provided to that effect. Soft tail technology is neither new nor revolutionary. It dates to the early 1990s, when the first dual-suspension designs were emerging and when there was considerable resistance to the concept. The soft tail offered up a half-step to non-believers who didn’t want to be left out, or to prudent buyers who were wary of the risks of being first adopters
The concept was immensely popular among titanium and steel frame makers who were strapped by their choices of materials and struggled with the complexities of rear suspension. For them, the simple soft tail – a rubber plunger guided between the seat stays and seat tube – was the perfect solution and it fit the profiles of their customers, most of which were hardtail racer-boys, or grey-bearded Ti-men who had no desire to participate in the evolutionary dead end that we now call the dual-suspension trail bike. Soft tails disappeared shortly after the 29er arrived, most likely because larger wheels did a better job of smoothing the terrain than a 26-inch chassis suspended by 20 millimeters of elastomeric joy rubber.
Is MTT technology going to revolutionize the mountain bike world? Well, it didn’t back then, and it probably won’t do so today. Average riders can get that 15 millimeters of plush suspension simply by throwing the 1.8-inch XC racing slicks into the bin and replacing their tires with man-sized 2.35-inch options. That said, BMC’s Teamelite 01 represents a powerful tool for a top XC racer, because it gives him or her one bike with which to take on any race track in the world – and in a war of attrition where emotional stability is as important as lungs and legs, providing that sort of consistency can often make the difference between the top step and one of those other podium placings.
|To be honest, when I tried out the new MTT technology, I was anticipating a compromise. I’m convinced it climbs just as good as last year’s bike, with a little extra something for the downhills, which we definitely need. I’m very happy to have this edge!|
Here is the Official BMC Press Release:
Over the past two years, BMC’s team of composite engineers has tested and re-tested MTB prototypes at the Impec Lab in Grenchen, BMC’s in-house composites and engineering playground. After a final round of testing with the world’s most successful mountain bikers, the BMC MTB Racing Team, the end result has come to life in the form of revolutionary race performance. The 2016 Teamelite 01 introduces Micro Travel Technology (MTT) – a new solution for rear-end compliance. Part carbon construction and part technical feature, MTT provides 15mm of rear-end compliance with the dual-guided, fully integrated XCell damper that enhances lateral and torsional frame stiffness, while maintaining an super-low weight of 1080grams for size medium with hardware.
The Teamelite comes is five sizes (including an XS bike with 85mm lower stand-over than the previous Teamelite) and will be available this summer in three builds and a frameset option.
Components / Price – USD
Shimano XTR / Di2 $10599
SRAM XX1 / $6599
Shimano XT / $4599