It’s almost as if the Roadmachine can, at times, feel like an extension of your body as you climb out of the saddle
too but in terms of vertical compliance, more like the Granfondo. The difference though is the “in the saddle” feel, which is due to the compliant seatpost, wide tyres and more compliant seatstays. The Roadmachine is noticeably more comfortable.’
As I got to know the Roadmachine 01 around some of my regular routes in the North Dorset lanes it quickly became apparent that the strongest influence in its DNA was from the Teammachine. I opted to set it up with a fairly racy stance up front, using the lower of the two headset ‘cones’ (a taller option is available allowing scope for a more relaxed riding position, without needing an unsightly stack of spacers). Pitching myself into a fairly aggressive riding position certainly seemed to encourage some fast-paced efforts and I was impressed with the response from the bike. It’s certainly solid at its core, as the strongest pedal strokes I could muster were met with no discernable flex or lag in terms of the way my efforts were converted into speed. The DT Swiss Spline RC38 carbon wheels felt laterally stiff, reinforcing the rigid persona of the frame.
Climbing on the BMC, two things stood out as particularly pleasing. First off, no disc brake rub. It’s something that plagues so many of the disc brake bikes I’ve ridden, driving me to distraction on a ride. Thankfully the BMC stood firm and silent. The second is harder to explain, but it’s almost as if the Roadmachine can, at times, feel like an extension of your body as you climb out of the saddle. Rocking the bike with metronomic side-to-side movements on a steep