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2017 BMC Teamelite 03 SLX/XT Bike


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2017 BMC Teamelite 03 SLX/XT Bike

Finding the right companion for your first cross-country adventures has gotten easy. The BMC Teamelite 03 is pining to bring the saddle for you to sling your legs over on your first rodeo.

The 03 is the fruit of BMC transferring the genius of their World-Cup Teamelite01 bike to triple-butted aluminum tubing. Aluminum is a highly-evolved metal, great for cycling. It’s durable, light and relatively inexpensive, the only limitation is manipulation. But BMC solved that problem with hydroforming. Now aluminum tubes can be put into shapes that mimic those that can be fabricated out of carbon-fiber. The benefit is that the riding characteristics can be almost as precisely tuned in al’. So with this bike, you get something that is light, stiff for power transfer and steering, and vertically compliant for smoothing out the ride.

As you see throughout the BMC line-up, the company believes in versatility. You’ve got one bike and you want it to do as much as possible, in as wide a variety of conditions as possible. This is what they were thinking with the Teamelite. It climbs well, it descends well, it handles bumps well, it rides smooth well, and it takes everything in between with equal savoir faire.

Durability should not be minimized. And aluminum makes this bike durable. Crashing can be tough on gear. But it’s a fact of life, and early on, crashing is often a constant. Embrace it. Plan for it. You need a bike that can resist rocks, and trees, as well as your most vicious sprints.

Big wheels roll better. For some manufacturers, adjusting geometry for 29ers was hard. BMC studied the problem, and nailed it. Short chainstays and low bottom bracket keep the wheel close and the weight close to the ground. The result is better power transfer and greater stability. Regardless of the direction you’re traveling, up or down, these two features are a tremendous benefit.

On the simplification front, BMC has gone for a few more common standards on the Teamelite 03. The bottom bracket is English-threaded and 73mm wide. The head tube is designed for a straight 1 1/8” steerer. And because you might be going deeper, the natural-born postmount for the rear brake is designed for 160mm rotors, though it can be set for 185mm rotors as well.

The BMC Teamelite 03 is a deal. More importantly, it rides great today, it will ride great tomorrow, and if you want to upgrade your ride, the frame will still be worthy if you choose to dress it in fancier parts.


Bottom Bracket Shimano

Brake Calipers Shimano SLX

Brake Levers Shimano SLX

Cassette Shimano CS-HG81, 11-36

Chain KMC X-10 EPT

Crankset Shimano SLX, 36/22

Fork Rockshox Recon Gold RL, Solo Air, Remote, 100mm

Frame Material Al-13 Premium Triple-Butted, Hydroformed Aluminum

Front Derailleur Shimano Deore

Handlebar BMC MFB 03, 720mm

Headset Integrated

Pedals Not Included

Rear Derailleur Shimano XT

Rear Suspension None

Rotors Shimano SLX, 160mm

Saddle Selle Royal Seta

Seatpost BMC MSP 03

Shifters Shimano SLX

Stem BMC MSM 03

Tires Continental: X-King (F) / RaceKing (R), Performance Silver, 29×2.2

Wheel – Front DT Swiss 483d Rim, Shimano HB-M618 Hub

Wheel – Rear DT Swiss 483d Rim, Shimano HB-M618 Hub


Size Seat Tube (c-c) Seat Tube (c-t) Top Tube Length Head Tube Length Chain Stay Length Seat Tube Angle Head Tube Angle Stand Over Height Wheel Size Stack Reach
S 445 586 90 440 73.5 70.0 29″ 610 405
M 485 609 100 440 73.5 70.0 29″ 620 425
L 535 632 110 440 73.5 70.0 29″ 630 445
XL 575 649 120 440 73.5 70.0 29″ 638 460
XS 400 553 90 440 73.5 70.0 29″ 594 377


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