BMC Sport Elite SLX 2017

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The BMC Sportelite almost deserves its own category. This is an aluminum-tubed 650b hardtail with a component built that takes it well past the entry-level category the frame nominally puts the bike in. This is a legit cross-country racer that can do everything.

650b wheels, aka 27.5”, are the central design element, and the geometry puts them to maximum utility. These are bigger than traditional 26” and smaller than new school 29ers, a sweet spot that lowers rolling resistance while still feeling small underneath. Then they took triple-butted, hydroformed aluminum. Light, durable, stiff, with the shaped tubes allowing some vertical flex in the stays but limiting flex in the main triangle. This is the same frame you’ll find throughout the Sportelite line. Here, the fork installed is the RockShox Reba RL with 100mm of travel. The Solo Air spring is tuned via the Motion Control damper, which allows you to tune external rebound, lockout, low speed compression, and a lockout with floodgate. The fork tips are quick-release for simplicity.

BMC provides the same wheels across the Sportelite platform. It’s an economy of scale you benefit from. They are BMC-built to provide you with a reliable set of disc-brake equipped hoops. Shimano hubs are laced to Alex rims. 160mm rotors are stopped by Shimano M506 hydraulic disc brakes. The wheels are finished with Continental Race King Performance 2.2” tires. These are all-condition treads that possess a more supple casing, 180tpi, than you’ll find on the Sport version that graces the rest of the line. Kevlar bead as well for less rotating weight.

The drivetrain resembles that you’ll find on other SLX/XT bikes in the BMC line. They install a Shimano XT rear derailleur as the snazziest shifting component as it does the bulk of the work. It’s mated to Deore shifters and SLX front derailleur to push the KMC chain over the 38/24 SLX double crank and 11-36 ten-speed cassette.

Bars, stem, seatpost are all designed in-house by BMC. The price is low, the pieces durable, and the look coordinated. The seat clamp has a quick release for fine-tuning on the trail, whether that means finding the right height, or dropping for big descents. A Selle Royal Seta saddle tops it off.

The BMC Sportelite SLX/XT bike has the price of an entry-level offroadster. The performance is that of a high-end racer.

Product Details

  • Riding Style: Trail
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Wheel Size: 650b
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano SLX


Bottom Bracket Shimano
Brake Calipers Shimano M447
Brake Levers Shimano M506
Cassette Shimano HG50, 11-36
Chain KMC X-10
Crankset Shimano SLX M675, 38/24
Fork RockShox Reba RL Solo Air, 100mm
Frame Material Alloy, XC
Front Derailleur Shimano SLX M676-D
Handlebar BMC MFB 03, 720mm
Headset Integrated
Pedals Not Included
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT M781
Rear Suspension None
Rotors Shimano M447, 160mm (F), 160mm (R)
Saddle Selle Royal Seta
Seatpost BMC SP14-M, Alloy, 27.2mm
Shifters Shimano Deore M610
Stem BMC MSM 03
Tires Continental Race King Performance, 27.5x2.2
Wheel - Front Shimano Deore M618 Hub, Alex MD19 Rim
Wheel - Rear Shimano Deore M618 Hub, Alex MD19 Rim

Store Info

If you asked Jack Wilson 60 years ago what he wanted to do when he grew up, he without a doubt would have said, "own a bicycle shop". Although not all childhood dreams come true, fortunately Jack's did. It took a move from Kentucky to Illinois and the Patience and support of his amazing wife Mary for this dream to come to fruition.

Because of his love for bikes, Jack saved $10,000 then road off with a dream in 1969. He jammed 13 bikes into his 1967 four-door Chevy, hauled them from Champaign and carefully displayed them across the floor of an old Main Street restaurant in Mackinaw that he'd converted into his first bicycle shop. Just a few weeks later- and just three days before his appointment to buy insurance for his new venture- that dream turned to ashes. An overnight fire wiped out everything leaving Jack and Mary with a costly and emotional decision.

Rebuild or Give up ..

Over 45 years and 4 bicycle shop relocations later Jack is still at it and bigger than ever!

The bicycle shop has transformed from Main Street in the small town of Mackinaw to Main Street in Downtown Bloomington boasting the largest selection of bicycles and accessories in the area with over 8000 sq ft to house it.

His contagious passion for bicycles has trickled down to his son Michael who works side by side with Jack. With a combined experience of 84 years working on and selling bicycles, Jack and Michael are the go to guys for bicycle sales and service.

When you visit Wilson Cycle you feel like a part of the family, because it has been owned and operated by the Wilson family since 1969. Jack and Mary raised 4 kids (Leah, Kevin, Ashley, and Michael) and 5 Grandkids (Shevi, Melinda, Levi, Mattea, and Montana) at Wilson Cycle. The Wilson's want you to feel right at home and make sure that you have the best possible experience.

Our commitment is first and foremost to customer satisfaction, we aim to fit every customer with the right bike for your lifestyle at the right price within your budget. We aim to promote and sustain the best cycling community possible whether you are a racer, every day commuter, or a weekend rider.

Come and be part of the Wilson family.

Wilson Cycle Shop Hours:
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Saturdays: 9am - 5pm
Sundays: Closed

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For faulty products, Wilson Cycle Sales & Service offer a 14 DAY REPLACEMENT WARRANTY, from the date you receive your product. They do not offer a satisfaction guarantee on any of their products, however due to their high level of customer service, they will always endeavour to keep customers happy and satisfied.

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