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BMC’s carbon endurance bike arrives for testing, here’s a first look

We’ve finally got our hands on the BMC Roadmachine, the carbon endurance bike launched by the Swiss company back in 2016. Yes, it’s taken a while to get our hands on this bike, but hopefully, the wait was worth it.

This is an Ultegra-equipped model costing £3,300 with Mavic Aksium Elite UST wheels with 28mm wide Vittoria Rubino Pro tyres. The full carbon frame and fork are built around disc brakes with 12mm thru-axles and full internal cable and hose routing. There’s space for up to 30mm tyres as befits most modern endurance bikes.

There’s a wide range of Roadmachine models to suit different budgets. The 02 in the name of the bike indicates this is the second-tier version of the Roadmachine, and basically amounts to a lower grade of carbon fibre to bring the price down but with a small weight penalty, of 1100g versus 920g of the top-end 01 bikes. If money is tight or you just don’t want carbon, there’s also an aluminium version.

There are some interesting features on this bike that help it stand out. The huge downtube for maximising power transfer, chamfered transitions along the side of the frame tubes, and up front what looks like an aero stem. Only it’s not, it’s designed to provide internal cable routing which on the higher end models is done really smartly, all cables and hoses are hidden inside the bar, stem and routed directly into the frame. Since this model has a regular handlebar and mechanical gears, the cables instead are routed into the downtube port.

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While the massive downtube indicates performance and power transfer, the company’s  Tuned Compliance Concept points to specially shaped tubes and carbon layup in key parts of the frame and fork to deliver vibration absorption to deliver necessary comfort on the rough roads and pave this bike is expected to excel on. The carbon fibre seatpost is also D-shaped to provide additional deflection at the saddle.

BMC Roadmachine 02 Two - down tube.jpg

The size 56cm bike pictured comes in at 8.57kg (18.8lbs) on the road.cc scales.

Anyhoo, that’s a quick first look at the BMC Roadmachine. In the video above you can see a closer look at the bike along with some first ride impressions ahead of the full review coming soon. 

More at www.bmc-switzerland.com

 

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.