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Cyclist - - Bikes -

here’s no doubt that with the Road­ma­chine 01 BMC has pro­duced one of the clean­est-look­ing road bikes out there. All the usual cable clut­ter has been neatly tucked away, with a cun­ningly de­signed cock­pit that al­lows the cables to dis­ap­pear into the stem be­fore run­ning down inside the head tube thanks to a fork steerer with flat­tened sides, which leaves space for the cables.

The frame’s tube shapes and com­po­nents just seem to flow seam­lessly into one an­other, and I es­pe­cially like the way the fork tes­sel­lates with the head tube and down tube, plus the way the stem ap­pears to grow or­gan­i­cally from the front end.

The front brake cal­liper mount be­hind the fork leg is also one of the neat­est I’ve seen and even the DT Swiss thru-axle lever can be re­moved, leav­ing the ends of the axles beau­ti­fully flush with the dropouts.

When it ar­rived at the Cy­clist of­fice, I was also pleased to see a 140mm disc ro­tor be­ing used at the rear, although it would have re­ally topped off the sleek look for me if this smaller size was used up front too. It’s cur­rently a con­tentious is­sue, but so far I’ve only ever felt like a 160mm ro­tor was overkill for a road bike so I find the 140mm prefer­able in both per­for­mance and aes­thet­ics. Over­all though, I was feel­ing pretty pos­i­tive about the Road­ma­chine 01 be­fore I’d even swung a leg over it.

Three-in-one

A big part of BMC’S iden­tity is its an­gu­lar-look­ing bikes and ge­o­met­ri­cally shaped tube pro­files, but putting this stamp on its de­signs has meant that most of the mod­els I’ve tested in the past have been at the stiffer end of the spec­trum. Cer­tainly I felt that the Team­ma­chine and Timema­chine mod­els were stiff to the point of be­ing harsh, so I was in­ter­ested to see if this lat­est ad­di­tion was more for­giv­ing.

The Road­ma­chine is BMC’S en­try into the emerg­ing sec­tor of ‘do more’ road bikes (I stop short of ever

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