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.
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