Plush Gets Fast and Sexy
Attempting to put the Roadmachine into a specific genre is futile, as BMC have intentionally brought together the best facets of their aero Timemachine, endurance Granfondo and climbing Teammachine frames to create a bike that simply defies boundaries and can do it all – like a boss! – By Oli Munnik
Striking lines reminiscent of a stealth bomber underpin a superbly fast ride that oozes with all the trimmings a modern road bike (and rider, for that matter) deserves. The Roadmachine’s light and stiff frame (BMC claim 930 grams) is built with geometry that hits the sweet spot between endurance and full-blown race weapon. It accelerates at will, corners evenly, and – thanks to a set of hydraulic brakes – stops on a dime.
It’s engineered with Swiss precision, and the Shimano Ultegra Di2 wires and brake hoses are internally routed through the handlebar, stem and steerer tube, reinforcing the frame’s clean lines. Despite clearance for up to 30C tyres, the bike comes specced with 25C Continental GP4000, which are great in their own right; but how luxurious would the ride be with a set of 28C or 30C puppies? Next level, we think.
Based on our first impressions, we’d say the Roadmachine is more race bike than old-school endurance or new-school adventure – although with the right tyres, it could handle gravel. BMC’s revised endurance geometry hasn’t compromised on sharp handling or quick acceleration.
Where the Roadmachine excels is in its versatility. And understandably so; this was BMC’s goal from the outset, to create a modern endurance road bike that is built to be the best at thriving in all conditions. No matter where the road leads you or how fast you’re planning on getting there, when seated on the Roadmachine the ride will be exceptional.
Price: R125 999