Sleek, Swiss-built racing reboot
The BMC Roadmachine has been out for just over a year, launched with the aim of simplifying the Swiss brand’s road bike range, taking over from the previous Granfondo range which has been phased out.
All Roadmachine models are designed to make the most of the changes that have become possible with disc brakes, including generous tyre clearance – 28mm tyres are fitted as standard but there’s room for 30mm.
The Roadmachine is fantastic to look at, with smooth lines from the fork that flow almost seamlessly into the frame, while the headset top cap smooths the line into the stem and seat tube that waft around the rear wheel, giving an aerodynamic look.
Claims of increased compliance are also made and initial impressions are positive, with the ride being smooth and comfortable. When the roads become rougher, however, especially on the cobbles, comfort suffers and vibrations are felt through the handlebars in particular. Comfort could be improved easily in some areas, with more cushioned bar tape and tubeless tyres.
The smooth integrated headset top cap may improve looks, but does add a touch to the ride height. While a shorter top cap is available, it is designed to work in conjunction with an integrated cockpit from the more expensive RM01 model range, making it a less simple fix. While many riders will find the standard height fine, it would be nice to have the option for riders who prefer a more aggressive riding position. Handling may feel on the slower side for some, but it still managed to be a confident bike to ride.
The specification is well rounded with the Ultegra 8000 groupset offering fantastic performance with consistently smooth and reliable shifts and braking that simply works. Hidden mudguard mounts are a nice touch, making it a true four-season bike.
The DT Swiss E1800 wheels are not the stiffest we have tested, but they feel suited to this style of bike and are tubeless ready. The own-brand finishing kit is understated but functions well with no major issues in testing.
Weight: 8.35kg (size 54cm)
Frame: Roadmachine 02 frame &fork
Groupset: Shimano Ultegra 8020
Brakes: Shimano Ultegra 8020hydraulicdisc
Chainset: Shimano Ultegra 8000,50/34
Cassette: Shimano Ultegra 8000,11-32
Handlebar: BMC RAB 02 STEM: BMC RSM01
Saddle: Selle Royal 2075
Seatpost: Roadmachine 01D
Wheels: DTSwiss 1800 Spline
Tyres: Vittoria Rubino Pro, 28mm
Great looks – Sleek design with smooth lines.
Comfort – On the majority of roads, the bike is comfortable, helped by wide tyres.
Mudguard option – Hidden mounts add to versatility.
Could be better
Mismatched axles – Quick- release on the rear, but a 6mm hex key is required for the front.
Tyres – Tubeless tyres would boost comfort on rough roads.
High front end – Integrated top cap increases height.
BMC has succeeded in producing a very sleek and beautiful frame both to look at and also to ride. It manages to mix the best of a lightweight race frame with that of a more relaxed sportive-style bike. While comfort could be better, the overall balance is good making this a bike that’s fun to ride.