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The Roadmachine: Riding Beyond the Peloton

17. June 2016 — BMCSwag
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It’s 6:00am on Saturday. The warmth of your coffee has faded and the first morning light is peaking over the horizon. Your breath hangs visibly in the cool air as you turn your first pedal stroke. As you move through your neighborhood, the regular crew falls in line. The dawn’s silence is broken by the familiar whirr of coasting hubs and banter about the day’s route. The usual route or something more adventurous? Maybe that epic climb that’s usually saved for special occasions? What about exploring the rough cobble stones on the old route through the valley?

It’s a familiar debate, but this time it just makes you smile. The destination, the number of miles logged, and the equipment involved to get you there doesn’t matter. This time it’s all about the ride. You’ve heard the call of the open road and answered. You’ve got your Roadmachine and you are ready for anything.

The True One-bike Collection

The BMC Granfondo and Teammachine are both legendary in their own right. From the podium in Roubaix to the yellow jersey on the Champs-Élysées, both of these iconic bikes are the definition of their respective categories in the world of road cycling. But what about everything in-between? What lies beyond the tight pacelines of the professional peloton? Is there a way to realize the benefits of an endurance bike in a truly performance-orientated package?

Finding answers to these questions has been challenging for our engineers. They have been tasked to look beyond what today’s road cyclists accept as the norm, to explore the need for a bike that bridges the gap between the dusty cobbles of Roubaix and the The destination, the number of miles logged, and the equipment involved to get you there doesn’t matter. This time it’s all about the rideendless switchbacks of the legendary Stelvio – without sacrificing performance or comfort. We wanted to create a bike that defies categorization and embodies the race-ready attitude of the Teammachine, the compliance of the Granfondo, and the integration and dynamic fit of the Timemachine Road. With the Roadmachine, we set out to build a “one-bike collection”. You’ve heard of the expression “the right tool for the job” but what if you had a tool that could do every job? Just think of the extra space you’d have in your bike cave!


To achieve this goal, we needed to find the perfect balance between pedaling efficiency, aerodynamic performance, and vertical compliance. Easier said than done. Engineers are typically only able to focus on two of these performance characteristics when designing a bicycle, but our engineers set out to accommodate all three at once. We needed to stick within the bounds of reality, focusing on creativity and our technical tools to find a solution. Borrowing from the knowledge gained from implementing ACE Technology in the construction of the Teammachine, the Granfondo’s use of Angle Compliance, and the aerodynamic and integration elements of the Timemachine Road, BMC’s engineers created a bike that shares the best attributes of our entire road collection.

A modern “all-rounder” has been born; the Roadmachine.

It's All in the Details

Integration

For more than a decade, BMC has led the industry in integration and design – creating systematic engineering solutions that have been copied time and again. Born in the Impec Lab, the patented Integrated Cockpit System (ICS) has yet again elevated our approach to sleek and functional integration. Using proprietary engineering methods for the frame, fork and stem, ICS eliminates external cables and housing from the Roadmachine’s handlebar to rear axle. In addition to clean cable presentation, we’ve taken integration a step further with cleverly integrated computer and GoPro style mounts, a chain catcher, and an internal seatpost clamp. The result is a design that is attractive, yet serves clear purpose.

Rider Fit

Fit can be a polarizing issue when it comes to a rider’s experience on a bike. Many bikes on the market favor either an aggressive or a relaxed position, ultimately alienating riders that prefer one or the other. With the introduction of ICS technology, we’re able to offer a solution to this issue using an integrated Dual-Stack Top Cone. This easy-to-implement mechanism allows riders to adjust their stack to mimic either the aggressive race fit of the Teammachine or the relaxed performance fit of the Granfondo. So, with a minor adjustment you can get low and powerful when you need to, or sit up and enjoy the chats and views – all on the same bike.

Carbon Tuning

Defining the stiffness and compliance characteristics of the Roadmachine frame was no easy task. We wanted a bike that maximized compliance without sacrificing WorldTour-level performance. Too much compliance leaves the rider feeling inefficient and disconnected from the road. Too much stiffness and the ride quality can feel harsh and unforgiving. In order to address this dichotomy, we called upon our expertise in carbon tuning and reimagined our Tuned Compliance Concept (TCC) and Angle Compliance. By affecting the details of the carbon layup and tube shape throughout the bike, our engineers were able to deliver a ride quality that strikes the perfect balance between compliance and stiffness.

Modern Expectations

Modern riders expect their bike to be a well-conceived machine. As a Swiss company, we understand and anticipate these expectations better than anyone else and stop at nothing to deliver a product that surpasses them. Along with being one of the lightest production bikes commercially available at 930g, the Roadmachine’s frame features flat-mount disc brake mounts, front and rear thru-axles, ample tire clearance, and the ability to accommodate a mechanical or electronic drivetrain via our DTi system (Dual Transmission Integration).

Hitting the Mark

The Roadmachine has it all. Stiffness, active compliance, and the adjustability you need to explore roads off the beaten path on Saturday to the ones leading to the podium on Sunday. From axle to axle, it delivers sleek and integrated technologies, offering a hint of free speed at every angle. Combined with the ultimate advancements in a Re-Tuned Compliance Concept (TCC), this bike re-defines the endurance bike category – lightweight, sleek and incredibly integrated. Brilliant pedaling efficiency and ideal compliance for legendary days in the saddle.

The climb crests and you emerge from the trees. A quick glance over your shoulder confirms the rest of the group has fallen off. It must have been the dirt section on the The Roadmachine has it all. Stiffness, active compliance, and the adjustability you need to explore roads off the beaten path on Saturday to the ones leading to the podium on Sundayclimb out of the valley. You smile to yourself realizing that it used to give you trouble too, but this time your lungs are strong and your legs feel fresh. You take a moment to embrace the calm and take in the view. As you look across the valley toward home you remember that best part of the ride is yet to come. The wind begins to whistle through your helmet as you start the final descent. The Roadmachine feels like it’s on rails as you enter the first turn. The disc brakes and thru-axles are doing their job. Your smile returns. It’s amazing how a road that you’ve ridden a hundred times can feel so new and exciting. 

The Roadmachine range consists of three bike models; the Roadmachine 01 with its premium ‘01’ carbon, the Roadmachine 02 - a more economical full-carbon laminate, and the Roadmachine 03 – a high-grade smooth-weld aluminum frame with a full-carbon fork.

The BMC Roadmachine is available to order from official BMC Dealers immediately. To find a BMC dealer near you please check here. Alternatively by entering the BMC Solstice Week Challenge, you could actually win one!

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