BMC TIME MACHINE R01
BMC's latest bike offers next- level aerodynamics to the tall Swiss rouleur
At the Tour, BMC’s Swiss super domestique Michael Schär was one of a couple of the team’s riders to opt for the new-look Timemachine R01. BMC first introduced the model in 2012. That iteration had aerofoilshaped tubes, integrated brakes and an external steering tube. These have been binned in the latest model: the frame is now made with more modern kamm-tailed carbon tubes; the bike can only be configured with disc brakes; and BMC has reverted to a traditional internal steerer, which should make the mechanics’ jobs easier. The Timemachine R01 majors on aerodynamics. The low-slung seat-stays have been brought over from other top-end BMCs, but BMC have pushed the design envelope by working with bottle cage maker Elite to produce holders and bottles that worked in concert with the frame. The adjustable handlebar and stem are also streamlined for aero efficiency. When Schär tested the bike in the velodrome, just before the bike was launched, he noted a 3.7 per cent saving in the number of watts needed to ride at a steady 40kph.