First Look: BMC RoadMachine
The Swiss brand's latest endurance bike
Having earned a slew of leader’s jerseys over the years, it’s safe to say that BMC has always been a brand keen on competition. However, in addition to yellow jerseys and Olympic rings, it’s the hearts, minds and pedaling experience of the enthusiast cyclist that BMC has been keen to earn. Over the years the elite brand has pursued the endurance bike segment with extra vigor – the roll-out of the 2020 Roadmachine line is the latest result.
What established the endurance segment at BMC was the Gran Fondo model.
With this bike we introduced our Tuned Compliance Concept and Angled Compliance were what really made the granfondo series ride the way it did. We wanted to show our carbon expertise by combining the opposite ends of the spectrum: stiffness and compliance. Headtube-downtube and chainstays stiff and bold, the rest compliant and slim.
But we found that when we started putting wider rims and wider tires on the bike, we started to really lose the connection to the road that we wanted to feel – it was losing it’s high-performance feel.
So we wanted to re-tune the Tuned Compliance Concept to match with the direction of modern-wider rim and tire designs….we wanted to move more towards the middle, wanted to offer more performance.
“We wanted to create an endurance bike that is not only good for riding all types of road surfaces, from smooth tarmac to rougher roads or cobbles, but also one that also shines when roads point uphill.” Mart Otten, Senior Product Manager
Road-Smoothing Carbon Frame Technology & Componentry
At the heart of the all-new Roadmachine is the Endurance-tuned premium carbon frame, which once again utilizes its revolutionary dropped seatstays for a premium ride quality. Known as the Tuned Compliance Concept (TCC), the renowned endurance-oriented carbon layup has been refined to deliver optimum compliance on rough and varying road surfaces, while providing superb power transfer when on the pedals, and all wrapped up in a lightweight package.
The TCC Endurance construction enables the Roadmachine frame, fork, and D-Shaped seatpost to work as a single unit of road-smoothing compliance. Along with a new and optimized carbon frame construction, the Roadmachine features BMC’s capable Endurance Geometry developed to deliver a proven and well-balanced ride from high-speed corners on tarmac to the varying terrain of backroads.
The Roadmachine frame accomplishes the lofty goals of being lighter weight, stiffer, and more compliant. For improved acceleration, bottom bracket stiffness has gone up by 5percent, while the torsional stiffness of the front end has been improved by 20-percent for race-capable handling. At the front of the bike, the new Roadmachine fork is now 10-percent stiffer for maximum control on high-speed descents. Simultaneously, front-end compliance was improved by 25-percent over the previous generation bike.
ULTIMATE COCKPIT INTEGRATION
BMC’s Integrated Cockpit System (ICS) technology has proven the perfect fit and a sleek, aerodynamic aesthetic are not mutually exclusive. Roadmachine riders can dial in their ideal fit by utilizing the proprietary ICS, which offers a variety of stem dimensions while simultaneously maintaining integrated aero cable routing for a stealth cockpit. Now available in eight lengths ranging from 55mm to 130mm, the newly expanded ICS stem range is also now available in both 0-degree and -12-degree variations, plus low or high top-cone options for optimum front-end customization.
ICS delivers complete stack and reach adjustability via a dedicated spacer system for easy fit adjustment without stem removal and hydraulic hose disconnection. Achieving the perfect riding position does not compromise maintenance. On the contrary it allows for easy installation, adjustment, and service; as well as providing a durable, weatherproof location for electronic cables and hydraulic hoses.
No Compromises: Versatility Meets Performance:
To meet the ever-evolving demands of modern endurance cyclists, the new Roadmachine delivers ample tire clearance for varying terrain up 33c in size. Additional new features for improved versatility include the integrated, lightweight, and removable D-Fender seat mounted fender, plus frame top-tube mounts to intended for bolt-on bags and accessories.
The new Roadmachine is offered in the following models: Roadmachine 01, Roadmachine 02, and Roadmachine ICS module and in sizes 47, 51, 54, 56, 58, and 61cm.