BMC is probably best known among cyclists for its sponsorship of the WorldTour team of the same name. The most celebrated victory in the red and black of BMC was Cadel Evans’s 2011 Tour de France General Classification win.
BMC also makes top end mountain bikes: Julien Absalon rode one of their machines to domination in 2014, when he became World XC champion – among many other accolades.
The Bicycle Manufacturing Company was formed in 1994 in Grenchen, Switzerland. The brand moved into professional cycling when it began supplying the Swiss professional team Phonak. Andy Rhis, the team’s owner, then bought BMC in 2000 and set about innovating the production of carbon race bikes. This work continues with its own carbon production and R&D facility.
BMC’s bikes aren’t just for professionals. Bikes available for purchase go from the entry-level carbon teammachine frame equipped with Shimano Sora for an affordable introduction to the brand, to the top end teammachine SLR01 with Dura-Ace Di2 so amateurs can ride a WorldTour steed.
BMC’s ‘road’ bikes are split into five series: altitude, endurance, aero, track and cross.
The altitude series covers the familiar teammachine range from, as mentioned, the top end Dura-Ace Di2 racer down to the Sora-equipped sportive bike. These are the bikes for the aspiring sportive rider and road racer alike. Thanks to the quality carbon frames, there is scope to buy at the lower end and upgrade the groupset and wheels at a later date.
The endurance range of bikes, the ‘granfondo range’, includes disc brake equipped road bikes and an alloy frame option. This diversity in the endurance range takes BMC to a wider potential market and keeps them in touch with rule changes regarding disc brakes in races.
The aero series covers both time trial and aero road options, and these bikes include ‘Grand Tour proven aerodynamics’. Once again, a range of specs is available to suit a spectrum of budgets.
The final two ranges in the ‘road’ bike family are the track and cross bikes. Here the ranges are narrower, but the attention to detail with frame tube shapes and build specs is on par with the rest of the bikes.