BMC's lat­est bike of­fers next- level aero­dy­nam­ics to the tall Swiss rouleur

Procycling - - PROLOGUE -

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.

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