BMC Alpenchallenge AMP Road e-bike review

The BMC Alpenchallenge AMP Road e-bike comes with double the range of most e-bikes - does that bring with it any compromises?

BMC Alpenchallenge Road AMP E-bike
(Image credit: Hannah Bussey)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The BMC Alpenchallenge AMP Road e-bike has all the good looks you’d expected, but with the addition of a long-range battery. Despite it's name, it is far from a traditional road bike, and while a 'high end mixed surface commuter bike ideal for flat terrain' might be a niche market, it's certainly captured here.

Reasons to buy
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    Extra long range

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    Finishing kit

Reasons to avoid
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    Power to weight ratio

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    Low Torque

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When BMC announced its new drop bar BMC Alpenchallenge AMP Road e-bike last summer, it raised a lot of eyebrows. At its heart are all the good looks of the BMC Roadmachine, but it’s not exactly the most subtle of road style e-bikes, with the pedal-assist motor strapped on like a roof box on top of a Porsche 911.

The roof box in question provides a longer range than most, however, so we were keen to hop on and see if the lightweight BMC Alpenchallenge AMP Road was a hit or miss.

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.