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Born in 1994, the nascent cycling brand BMC was raised surrounded by Swiss industry that is characterized by it's precision, attention to detail, and quality. Early into it's conception as a company, BMC began supplying bikes to the Phonak Cycling team, a Swiss professional road racing team. Andy Rihs, then the benefactor of Phonak Cycling, took over BMC in 2000 with the vision of building the ‘Porsche of race bikes’, and so he did. With time, BMC developed the Impec Advanced R&D Lab, a facility built specifically to develop new BMC models.

Precision engineering and an innovative approach to research and development are at the core of BMC and no other cycling manufacturer has so many tools at its disposal under one roof. Positive laboratory results lead way to real-world testing under the likes of the world tour BMC Racing Team, with names like Julien Absalon, Corrine Abraham, Cadel Evans, Ralf Näf, Thor Hushovd, and Taylor Phinney as the ultimate proof of the bike’s performance. Their professional input aids in creating new bikes that are ready to ride and built to win. With that, it is no wonder that BMC has such a vast array of technologically advanced premium road, mountain, and lifestyle bikes.

The All New BMC Fourstroke 01

Every Second Matters

The cross-country riding of old has morphed over the years into a more aggressive form of riding requiring slacker angles. Yet with cross-country riding you still need to make a quick and nimble climber to try and get you up as quickly as you go down. BMC addresses both of these needs with the all-new for 2019 BMC Fourstroke 01 XC mountain bike and additionally releases a simple yet progressive dropper post design.

Following the trend of XC machines trending towards slacker geometry, the BMC Fourstroke 01 follows suit. With a head angle (67.5 degrees), long front end (465 mm reach on a size large) and short chainstays, the new design features some aggressive trail geometry while specing a 100 mm front fork. Of course, weight is important as well. Made of BMC’s 01 Premium Carbon front and rear with carbon linkage and all the bells and whistles with the build, the Fourstroke 01 ONE weighs in at 22 lbs.

Now to the dropper post. It’s rad and that’s not just because BMC’s all new Race Application Dropper (RAD) is new and proprietary. The performance backs up the uniqueness of this new design. The design also increases the durability and in turn longevity of your typical dropper post. Low air pressure and no hydraulics simplifies this design but in turn refines your typically over-engineered standard dropper design. At 345 grams, this oval shaped post increases strength while shedding grams. It only has 80 mm of drop with a two-position adjustment but for a bike geared for optimal cross-country riding this seems to be the sweet spot. The design clamps the post at the bottom of the seat tube. This not only eliminates the negative effects on performance of clamping with a traditional seatpost clamp but also allows a light seat tube to be designed. Down the road other manufacturers will surely try and mimic this design.

Every gram counts in XC, and the new Fourstroke 01 uses fewer individual parts than before. A fully-integrated headset, a new carbon suspension pivot, a lighter one-piece carbon rear triangle, and improved internal cable routing make the bike much easier to maintain than before. All in, BMC reckons the Fourstroke 01 weighs just 2180 grams with a shock and hardware, and 2525 grams decked out with the RAD seatpost and hardware.

Like before, the Fourstroke 01 uses 29er wheels in all sizes. BMC’s Advanced Pivot System (APS) suspension, is back for another go as well. This multi-link suspension design offers superior bump compliance over a single pivot design. The suspension curve ramps up a bit more than the Spark to provide a slightly firmer pedaling platform. BMC also saw fit to install improved frame protection in the form of molded plastic covers on the chainstay and lower link, and an integrated fork stopper for improved durability and a neat look.

BMC Road Bikes

Your Roads Await

BMC is best known for their premium road bikes. The company started off through sponsoring pro racing teams, with the goal of offering bikes that are heavily invested in technology and design to top athletes. Andy Rihs, the person behind this level of investment, sought to develop the “Porsche of race bikes”. The line of BMC road bikes is a direct result of this, evidence that research and development lead to some of the best bikes in the world.

Redefining the endurance road category is the BMC Roadmachine, featuring hydraulic disc-brakes with thru axles front and rear and a not-too-stiff, not-too-soft ride. Designed with internally-routed cables and hidden brake-lines, the Roadmachine offers a sleek aesthetics on top of an industry leading level of compliance and comfort. The highly-adjustable stem allows any rider – from new enthusiast to experienced competitor – a wide range of handlebar positions to best suit riders’ fitting needs. Models like the BMC Roadmachine 01 Three feature this cockpit, called their Integrated Cockpit System (ICS), as well as their Tuned Compliance Concept to deliver powerful performance at the pedals, while maintaining comfort in the saddle from the first mile and beyond.

The bike you’re most likely to see in the WorldTour is the the BMC Teammachine road bike. Backed by the confidence of a World Championship win, the prestige of a Tour de France title, and the experience of owning countless World and Grand Tour stages, the Teammachine is well-equipped to stare any brutal day of racing square in the face. They starts with BMC’s highest quality carbon fiber and uses their Advanced Composites Evolution (ACE) technology to test thousands of various frame configurations to find the optimal configuration of all parameters and desired qualities. As such, the frame is asymmetric, the seatpost is now d-shaped for greater ride compliance, and weight is set to just 810 g for the frame and 350 g for the fork SLR01 disc model. Models like the BMC Teammachine SLR02 Disc ONE are an all-around strong combination that makes the Teammachine such an exceptional bike.

But if you are looking for the fastest road bike ever, BMC offers their Timemachine Road aero road bike. Every part of the new Timemachine Road is designed with integration in mind, with the end goal of providing riders an advantage in any way possible. BMC’s new ICS Aero cockpit, based off of the ICS design on the Roadmachine 01 and the Teammachine SLR01 Disc, offers stealth cable routing through the bars, stem, and steerer tube. While this is similar to some other companies, BMC’s ICS Aero design offers total adjustability, an integrated computer mount, and an aero profile. Together, with the aero seatpost and overall frame design, the BMC Timemachine Road provides consistent and measureable power savings over the race-ready Teammachine.

Looking for outright speed? look no further than the BMC Timemachine time trial bike. BMC calls the Timemachine the “the fastest bike on earth”, and with all the testing done, it’s not too far off. The company spent the last two years in the Sauber Engineering wind tunnel to develop a philosophy they call p2p x subA. SubA features revised the tube shaping in every part of the frame with re-engineered profiles, using the popular truncated airfoil shape, with crosswind-stable tube shapes and a super-lean frontal area. Models like the BMC Timemachine 02 ONE demonstrate that there is such thing as free speed.

Utilizing BMC’s ACE (Accelerated Composites Evolution) Technology, engineers optimized every tube shape and carbon laminate to achieve BMC’s perfect pro tour bike. Between these diverse platforms, BMC offers a wide range in price points, ensuring each model achieves BMC’s performance standards.

BMC Mountain Bikes

The Trails Are Calling

Efficiency and speed inform all design of BMC mountain bikes. Technology, in terms of equipment, is undoubtedly the biggest differentiating factor and greater than the margins of physiological improvement. In making their line of mountain bikes, BMC has developed a line of advanced mountain bikes built to take on the legendary terrain of the Swiss Alps. With race-proven creed developed in through research and design, BMC mountain bikes will give riders a edge on the competition.

BMC’s race-ready model line start at the BMC Fourstroke and Teamelite cross country mountain bikes. The Fourstroke is one of the very few full-suspension mountain bikes to win the XCO World Championships, which alone sets it apart as an outstanding race bike. These values are exemplified in models like the BMC Fourstroke 01 TWO, which combine race-ready handling, low weight, and superior suspension kinematics. It’s combination of BMC’s Big Wheel Concept (BWC) geometry and Advanced Pivot System (APS) suspension design makes for an incredibly fast and capable cross country bike. Meanwhile, the BMC Teamelite covers the hardtail cross country bike spectrum. It is built for outright sprinting, but models like the BMC Teamelite 01 THREE features MTT (Micro Travel Technology). This micro suspension system relies on a dual-guide design to promote torsional and lateral stiffness and is available in 3 levels of damping. MTT allows the Teamelite accelerate like the fastest hardtail mountain bikes available, but provide better compliance over rough terrain.

The Agonist is a completely new mountain bike line for BMC. It takes the proven concepts and design points of the race-ready BMC Fourstroke to make a cross-country bicycle that is very well-suited for the kind of riding most mountain bikers on a daily basis, but adds a bit of stability when the terrain gets rowdy. Compared to the Fourstroke, the Agonist brings over an optimized Advanced Pivot System (APS) for maximum pedaling efficiency and braking control. BMC also use their Big Wheel Concept (BWC) to ensure confident handling and quick rollover. Major differences include increased 110 mm travel front and rear, with the rear shock featuring an EVOL air can to improve ride smoothness and traction over the first ¼ of the rear shock’s travel. It has also been designed with a slack 69 degree headtube angle, longer reach, and a lower standover height across all models. Models such as the BMC Agonist 02 ONE feature downtube and drive-side chainstay covers to protect the frame from abrasion, and a mudflap over the rear pivot protects from mud while keeping cable housing out of sight. The BMC Agonist is smooth and efficient when looking for rowdiness, and confident and stable once it’s found that rowdiness.

BMC claim to have made what every brand tries to make – an authentic ‘quiver killer’ – with their new Trailfox. The new Trailfox is a 120mm trail bike that truly excels at quick, efficient climbing, confident descending, and nimble turn-in for the tightest of switchbacks. They do this through their innovative Trailsync technology, which combines rear suspension adjustment and dropper post travel into a single lever. Leave the saddle at full height, and the rear shock is left in a climb setting. Drop the saddle by 20 mm or all the way down, and rear shock opens up accordingly for full travel. This feature, as seen on the BMC Trailfox 02 ONE, allows the rider to carry speed with greater ease, without further thought to adjusting the dropper post and rear suspension at the same time.

With varying models across all ranges, BMC Bikes has everyone covered. From long travel enduro to agile cross country bikes, there is sure to be a model with signature BMC engineering and design for every style of riding.

BMC AMP e-bikes

Electrify Up Your Ride

For as fun as high-performance road bikes and mountain bikes can be, it is just as impressive when a company can absolutely nail an e-bike. Be it a mountain bike or city bike, pedal assist electric bikes must meet the lofty performance goals of of their non-assist siblings and integrate electric assist into the picture. Between the enduro-capable BMC Trailfox AMP SX, and hustling BMC Alpenchallenge AMP Sport LTD, the Swiss brand has their bases in the e-bike world covered.

The most aggressive bike of the lot goes to the BMC Trailfox AMP SX, build with fast descents and enduro courses in mind. It features 150mm of travel out back, as well as a host of tailored kinematics, pivot placement, and leverage ratios to help the bike handle exactly as it should. With the Trailfox AMP SX, BMC have made the bike fit for 170mm travel, with long reach and slack head angle combines for to a long front center to provide stability and maximum control. Other neat tech includes their Twin Hollow-core design, which consists of two complete tubes that run along the internal battery. This increases front triangle stiffness in the face of having a sizeable battery, while leaving space for internal cable routing that is easily accessible.

On the other side of the spectrum is the BMC Speedfox AMP, with a compartively-sane 130mm suspension travel. The Speedfox AMP has been created for trail riders who just can’t wait… to ride in the great outdoors, to get lost, to discover new trails or just go out and play. Its powerful engine and versatile character blur the lines of what a modern trail bike is capable of. Close that 4-hour epic loop in just 3, go on that killer multi-day single-track adventure with your buddies, or simply level the fitness playing field and focus on the fun. A state-of-the-art drive unit and seamless battery integration improve the Speedfox AMP’s functionality and give it a streamlined look, while its full-carbon frame and tailored APS suspension have been refined to deliver the ultimate performance for those who choose to boost their trail experience. At home on every terrain, the Speedfox AMP is ready to turn that impossible dream ride into reality and amplify adventures beyond imagination.

Despite looking relatively pedestrian, there is a ton of tech to the 2019 Alpenchallenge AMP. The full carbon frame and fork are formed to perfectly accentuate the battery found on the seattube. BMC found that locating the battery there improved handling over placing the battery in the downtube. The brand has also added their Micro Travel Technology (MTT), also found on their Teamelite mountain bike. MTT features 10mm of tuned travel to provide not only the requisite traction for the Shimano drive unit, but also improved comfort. A D-shaped carbon seatpost, also seen on their Roadmachine and Teammachine road bikes, improves ride comfort over a traditional carbon seatpost. Their Internal Cockpit System (ICS) makes an appearance here as well, optimizing cable routing for a minimal, integrated look.

Regardless of what bicycle you choose, riding a BMC AMP e-bike guarantees you’re at the forefront of technology, integration, and performance.

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