TCC - High tech in the hell of the north
The queen of the legendary classics, Paris Roubaix, is infamous for its pavé. Multiple sections of rough, uneven cobbles place huge demand on both rider and bike. These harsh terrains call for something much tougher. We set out to find innovative solutions to ease the battering that our professional cyclists take on these brutal roads. We figured that if we can make their suffering more bearable, excellent results would soon follow.
TCC - Tuned Compliance Concept
Its not easy to imagine compliance and stiffness working as one, but the Tuned Compliance Concept does just this. The most advanced bikes are designed to be dynamic on the road and cutting-edge BMC engineers understand this as an opportunity in functional design.
The ultimate balance stiffness and vertical compliance
Vertical compliance refers to the level of flexing on a bike frame. Combined with stiffness - it can consume up to 15% of a riders energy. Our Tuned Compliance Concept focuses on minimizing this impact by leveraging the technical know how and expertise gathered from years of bike design, to create the ultimate balance between comfort and performance for a ride that is both forgiving and fast.
Active suspension is not a typical feature built into road bike frames. But this doesnt mean that there is no suspension at all. In a very basic way all bike frames and forks flex, together with spokes, wheels, seat posts and saddles, handlebars and stems. We introduced thin, low seat stays, offset dropouts, carbon fork tips, and re-designed our seat post to allow the frameset to flex vertically, maximizing what we call angle compliance. In doing so, the disturbing sensations on your ride the jarring hits, and rocky vibrations are not transferred directly to your body. Your rear wheel stays in contact with the ground, the ride becomes effortlessly fast, no matter how many Paris Roubaix and Flanders cobbled sections need to be conquered.
Once we have ensured that your ride is comfortable, what happens to the frame when you grind those pedals? Oversized downtubes, headtubes, chainstays and fork crowns, are combined with high-modulus carbon fibers to increase the lateral (side) stiffness of the frame. This improves the efficiency of power transferred from the rider to the bike. Not only that, but it also improves the torsional stiffness making handling more intuitive, lighter, and more precise.
World Champion, and classics legend, Thor Hushovd defines what it takes to be a hard-man, and the bike necessary to get the job done.