Although disc brake bike technology hasn’t been given the all clear to be raced since Fran Ventoso’s accident during Paris-Roubaix earlier this year, it hasn’t stopped manufactures bringing out their own latest road-going versions.
BMC actually planned to race this bike at the Tour de Suisse but due to the brakes being put on hold by UCI, BMC, possibly like many other companies, have had to change their launch plans.
BMC is the latest to launch a disc brake bike with its aptly named range Roadmachine, which will see, in the typical easy to understand BMC way, price pointed bikes named the 01, 02 and 03. high end to low respectively.
With the Roadmachine, BMC wanted to dispel the myth that riders ‘can’t have it all’ [in one bike] when it comes to road bikes and set out to develop a bike that can handle the climbs and descents whilst still being able to be comfortable and versatile on a mixture of terrain, of course without losing performance. BMC call the new offering a ‘one bike collection’.
BMC has looked upon all of its technology in each of the existing ranges to bring together a completely unique set-up, which from first glance, looks to be very neat and tidy, ultimately very aero. Instead of replacing any existing ranges, the Roadmachine will sit pretty between the current Grand Fondo and the Teammachine.
Frame weight, compliance and stiffness – according to BMC – all confirm this. It uses BMC’s Tuned Compliance Concept too – basically stiff where you need it and compliant where you don’t – along with the D-shaped seatpost, which was first launched along with the Teammachine update back in 2010.
To achieve this the Swiss brand said that they avoided going too heavily into one of the extremes: altitude, aero or endurance.
By using the qualities of each of these sections BMC feel that they’ve hit the nail on the head, which will appeal to over 90 per cent of the rider market they say.
The main ‘aero gains’ come from the new front, a ‘Dual-Stack’ system that allows riders to select either a racier (lower front end similar to the Teammachine) or a comfier set-up (higher front end like that of the Gran Fondo).
The reason for this was to avoid a tall headtube and to make it a bike for all types of riders; racers, sportive riders or epic mile munchers, by simply adding the two different sized cones (low or tall) with spacers to get the right stack height for you.
To get the right set up for the customer, BMC has given its dealers its own B2B online fit tool.
This will confirm which size bike to use, cone size, stem length and how many spacers. BMC’s own system collects four pieces of data that differs from the standard stack and reach values you would traditionally use for fit.
Integrated cockpit system
Apart from the Di2 junction box, all cables, including hydraulic ones are hidden away within the stem and fork. Believe it or not the stem can be changed without removing all the cables too.
Only available on the higher end 01 model, the ICS is designed to simplify not complicate and make servicing easier whilst cleaning the aesthetic of the bike, which has been heavily design lead rather than performance based.
Aftermarket faceplate adaptors can be added to the front too for computer or video camera mounts. Along with the fit tool the reach can be configured with sizes available between 90 – 130 mm.
To remain sleek the Roadmachine also has a patented flat-steerer design called the ICFork. It allows the hydraulic cables to run down within the headtube without interference.
It also means due to cable routing its incredibly easy to change cables, according to BMC.
Although BMC do not claim huge aero gains (mainly as it is a disc brake bike, known to be less aero than standard setups), they have narrowed the front end to as small as they can, saving for bearings and internals, tucked rear wheel along with added material around the fork.
The BMC Roadmachine is thru-axel only and interestingly enough this isn’t for pure performance or stiffness gain.
BMC didn’t find any significant gain over standard quick releases. However did find that rotor and calliper alignment was improved and meant that there is now limited brake rub.
100mm spacing for the front and 142mm for the rear will see the 01 and 02 models come with a removable skewer lever for the bolt thru-axels, staying to that true road machine clean look. Make sure to keep it with you on your ride!
Price and specs
Ok so the bike isn’t wallet friendly, but if BMC is found to be right when they say the Roadmachine is a ‘one-bike collection’, then you won’t need to buy anything else!
Full range of price will be available on the Evans Cycles website from Saturday. They will have the full range available in stock from late July/early August. For all bike details find them at Evans Cycles.
RM01 DA – £8799
RM01 Ult Di2 – £5799
RM01 Ult – £4099
RM01 Frame – £2899
RM02 Ult Di2 – £4099
RM02 Ult – £3099
RM02 105 – £2499
RM03 105 – £1799
RM03 Tia – £1649
Roadmachine 01 Dura Ace Di2
Frame: Roadmachine 01 – Tuned Compliance Concept TCC 01 Premium Carbon, Angle Compliance Technology
Sizees: 47 / 51 / 54 / 56 / 58 / 61
Stem: Roadmachine 01 Premium Carbon, Integrated Cockpit, Disc-specific
Groupset Shimano Dura Ace, 50-34T / 11-28T
Brakes: Shimano ST-R785 Di2, Hydraulic
Rotors: Shimano BR-RS805 / SM-RT99-SS Rotors (160 /140) 3T Ergonova Team
Seatpost: BMC ICS 01 – Integrated Cockpit Design Roadmachine 01 “D” Premium Carbon, 15mm offset
Saddle: Fizik Aliante R5, kium
Wheels: DT Swiss RC38 C Spline Carbon, Thru Axle (12mm) DT Swiss RC38 C Spline Carbon
Tyres: Continental GP4000S II, 25mm
Our first ride will follow next week…