Soon to debut within days at the Tour de France, Team BMC will roll out their latest aero road weaponry the new Timemachine Road. A key element of the new bikes aero efficiency is the integration of not just all the cables, but the water bottle attachments as well. BMC said that an “in-depth CFD analysis made it clear that conventional bottle cages pose a major obstacle to the efficiency of aero road bikes, already causing airflow separation at very low yaw angles.”
By “blending hydration and storage elements into a modular system and repurposing them to improve the bike’s aerodynamic performance while maintaining their functionality” the new design was able to pick up speed. Luckily, for those less inclined to run the “aero box” system (or anyone who doesn’t want to run afoul of the UCI rules limiting aero fairings), the box is removable to comply with UCI regulations.
The new Timemachine Road is available in the following models: Timemachine Road 01 ONE, Timemachine Road 01 TWO, Timemachine Road 01 THREE and Timemachine Road 01 frame and in sizes 47cm, 51cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 61cm.
How much faster than the previous aero bike? BMC says, “Through an identical test environment we were able to compare the Timemachine Road 01 directly with the Teammachine SLR01, and several hours and kilometers later the new Timemachine Road 01 provided consistent and measurable power savings for all types of riders.”
Like any modern race bike, the new BMC runs with thru-axles and disc brakes. The Kamm tail seat tube has also been refined. Utilizing their TCC (Tuned Compliance Concept) lay-up, “the Timemachine Road filters road vibration through the fork and the dropped seat stays to improve power transfer efficiency while the flattened shapes of the ICS Aero stem deliver comfort and control without affecting aerodynamic performance.”
Even the front brake rotor has its own wind cheating fairing…which of course the UCI will most likely deem illegal.
As so many aero bikes are these days, the cables are run through the stem and into the frame tubes to reach their final destination.
Narrow is aero!
For more info: BMC Switzerland.