Saved at the 11th hour with clothing company Assos stepping up to co-sponsor the African World Tour team, Qhubeka-Assos has put together what is a very interesting race bike for 2021. Let’s take a closer look while you snuggle down for bedtime.
The BMC TeamMachine SLR is the Swiss brand’s race bike that balances low weight and handling with those all-important aero benefits. BMC was one of the first brands to fully integrate the cable routing, hiding it inside the bar, stem and headtube and the 2021 bike is no different. There is no sign of the Shimano Di2 wires or hydraulic brake hoses.
The groupset is formed around a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc system. The Japanese component giant provides the shifters, brakes, derailleurs, cassette and the internals.
The team opts for Rotor’s new powermeter, the Aldhu carbon. This is finished with Rotor’s round chainrings.
A KMC DLC11 black/red chain is a snazzy choice that matches the bike. At the rear derailleur CeramicSpeed’s OSPW system gives a little wattage saving.
Wheels come from UK brand Hunt who step up to World Tour level for the first time. The 48 Limitless tubeless wheels are on show here. They took our Editor’s Choice title in the 2020 Wheelset of the Year awards. Will the pros stick with the tubeless option of head back to their beloved tubulars?
160mm rotors for stopping power up front for Qhubeka-Assos with 140mm rotors in the back. Goodyear’s Eagle F1 tubeless tyres are fitted in a 28mm size. Again, it will be interesting to see if this is a choice that the riders stick with when racing really kicks off.
Selle Italia provides the saddles and bar tape. How clean is this tape wrap!
Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. After joining the road.cc staff in 2016 as a reviewer, Liam quickly started writing feature articles and news pieces. After a little time living in Canada, where he spent most of his time eating poutine, Liam returned with the launch of DealClincher, taking over the Editor role at the start of 2018. At the weekend, Liam can be found racing on the road both in the UK and abroad, though he prefers the muddy fields of cyclocross. To date, his biggest race win is to the front of the cafe queue.