The new BMC Alpenchallenge AMP e-bikes aim to redefine perceptions of assisted bikes

Swiss bike brand BMC, has launched a new wave of carbon e-bikes with the name Alpenchallenge AMP, the first of which is the Alpenchallenge AMP Cross.

Intended to break the convention of current e-bikes, the Alpenchallenge Cross is a comparatively lightweight e-bike that is designed to be competent on and off-road. Making use of the same frame, BMC has also launched the Alpenchallenge AMP City which is equipped with spec more suited to urban living and commuting.

The BMC Alpenchallenge AMP City - note the mudguards and different gearing. There is also provision for mounts.

The BMC Alpenchallenge AMP City – note the mudguards and different gearing. There is also provision for mounts.

According to Mart Otten, BMC’s senior road product manager: “Our Alpenchallenge AMP Cross is built for off-road adventures and is an incredibly versatile e-bike. Think of it as a touring bike with unlimited off-road capability. The well-thought-out specifications make it an ideal tool for daily rides, whether on local paths or unknown back-road terrain.”

The new bikes are fitted with the Shimano Steps e-Bike motors offering 250w of assistance

The new bikes are fitted with the Shimano Steps e-Bike motors offering 250w of assistance

The new Alpencross AMP bikes make use of the Shimano Steps e-bike motor system, which offers three levels of assistance – Boost (50km range), Trail (75km range) and Eco (100km range).

The Shimano Steps system is one of the most cutting edge e-bike motors available giving up to 250w of assistance on top of what the rider can produce, however its important to point out that the system is limited to 25kph.

Comfort is boosted by this dampener on the stays, which provides 10mm of travel. Also note the D-shape seat post which can flex to further add comfort

Comfort is boosted by this dampener on the stays, which provides 10mm of travel. Also note the D-shape seat post which can flex to further add comfort

Conventionally the large battery unit has been situated on the down tube, however BMC has opted to mount it more centrally on the seat tube. BMC believes this creates a lower centre of gravity, and better ride feel with more responsive handling.

There is loads of tyre clearance (40mm claimed) and also the inclusion of the ICS cockpit for neat cable management

There is loads of tyre clearance (40mm claimed) and also the inclusion of the ICS cockpit for neat cable management

The frame and fork are carbon fibre, which helps reduce the overall weight, with a claimed weight of just 1415g for a medium frame.

To increase comfort and off-road ability, the bike comes fitted with 40mm tyres and has a ‘Micro-Suspension’ (MTT) system on the rear seatstays that can flex, offering 10mm of travel. In addition to aiding comfort BMC also claims the MTT helps improve rear wheel traction when combined with the added power of the Shimano motor.

To further improve comfort BMC has also used a ‘D’ shape seat post, similar to that found on its top-end road bikes. This shape is able to flex more than a traditional round cross section.

Pricing is yet to be announced, three sizes available (S, M, L) and availability is set to be August 2018. For more information, you can head over to Evans Cycles.