BMC Roadmachine Changes the Endurance Game


Slotted right between the Teammachine and Granfondo lineup sits the all-new disc brake Roadmachine 01, 02 and 03 bikes. This new series aims to deliver a quality one-bike-quiver with both race-friendly geometry and endurance-friendly geometry. A single bike to really do it all.

Read our review of the BMC Roadmachine 02 Ultegra

This is a familiar tune in today’s landscape as manufacturers are aiming to convince even the naysayers that disc brakes belong on the road. I’ve been testing disc-equipped road bikes for almost three years and the first one was the BMC GF02 Disc — which was a fantastic blend of comfort, performance and value. Taking what they’ve learned from using disc brakes in the Granfondo series and combining that with the legendary status of the Teamxmachine series, you have the all-new Roadmachine.

Available in three variants with the 01 and 02 using a premium high-modulus layup and a more economical carbon layup respectively and the 03 using an optimized aluminum frame with a carbon fiber fork. Prices range from $10,999 for the full-zoot 01 model with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 to $1999 for the 03 model with Shimano Tiagra.

The tube shapes are more streamlined and aerodynamic than previous BMC models, which are notorious for their blocky designs that work well, but may not have the most sexy aesthetics. The new Roadmachine looks stunning and, I might even call it sexy, which is something not typically said of the Swiss-brand’s bikes.

The BMC Roadmachine 01 might set the new endurance standard.

The BMC Roadmachine 01 might set the new endurance standard.

Of course, these new frames are built around the front-running 12mm thru axle standard and utilize Flat Mount disc brakes with a flexible, integrated 140/160mm rotor mounting system on the 01/02 and a dedicated 160mm system on the 03. Tire clearance is said to be 30mm for the 01/02 and 32mm for the 03 model.

Something I’m particularly excited about is the adjustable head tube that will make its debut on the Roadmachine. Argon 18 has a similar system, but it’s not as sexy as the “dual-stack’ version offered here that will allow the Roadmachine to accommodate a racy saddle-to-bars drop or a friendlier endurance saddle-to-bars drop. The two “spacers” work in perfect harmony with the integrated stem for a streamlined look. In addition, the frame’s stiffness and compliance is said to sit directly between the Teammachine and Granfondo lineup, which should be about perfect for everyday use.

The all-new BMC Roadmachine 01.

The all-new BMC Roadmachine 01

The Roadmachine features an integrated stem/spacers to achieve a dual-stack system.

The Roadmachine 01 features an integrated stem/spacer stack to achieve a dual-stack system.

Key Features of the BMC Roadmachine 01 / 02 / 03:

  • Road disc brakes using Flat Mount standard
  • Optimized compliance/stiffness between Teammachine and Granfondo lines (Tuned Compliance Concept / Angle Compliance Technologies)
  • 12mm thru axles front and rear
  • 30mm tire clearance for 01/02 and 32mm clearance for 03
  • Adjustable geometry using dual-stack head tube with integrated stem/spacers for a unified look
  • D-shaped TCC seatpost for added stiffness/compliance
  • 930 gram frame weight for Roadmachine 01
  • Carbon for Roadmachine 01/02 and aluminum frame with carbon fork for 03
  • Now available at your local BMC dealer
  • Pricing: $1,999 – $10,999

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A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 -- sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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