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Thoughts on new road bike: BMC Roadmachine ?
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After 16 years, I am finally replacing my beloved Trek 5200 road bike. I have become enamored by this one:


http://www.bmc-switzerland.com/...hine-02-ultegra_di2/


Seems like a good price point for DI2 and Disc brakes. I also love the color!

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Re: Thoughts on new road bike: BMC Roadmachine ? [johnnybefit] [ In reply to ]
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I don't own a BMC and I don't know much about this one, but I test road both the SLR01 and they ALR01 and I was super impressed with the way the felt and handled.
If you like the color and price then go for it.
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Re: Thoughts on new road bike: BMC Roadmachine ? [trener1] [ In reply to ]
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trener1 wrote:
I don't own a BMC and I don't know much about this one, but I test road both the SLR01 and they ALR01 and I was super impressed with the way the felt and handled.
If you like the color and price then go for it.

Thanks. What kept you from getting one that you tested?
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Re: Thoughts on new road bike: BMC Roadmachine ? [johnnybefit] [ In reply to ]
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I, too, was pretty interested in this bike. Unfortunately, my LBS has told me they quit selling them after having cracked the frame right behind the seat post on two of them. Hearing this, I quickly lost interest, so I don't have any further details. Of course, I'm only speaking about one shop and two frames, so hopefully it's just an anomaly.
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Re: Thoughts on new road bike: BMC Roadmachine ? [johnnybefit] [ In reply to ]
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Just that my current bike is fine and I couldn't justify buying another on a whim :(
But they are absolutely on my short list when I am ready to buy a new bike.
A couple guys that I ride with have them and really like them.

Thanks. What kept you from getting one that you tested?[/quote]
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Re: Thoughts on new road bike: BMC Roadmachine ? [johnnybefit] [ In reply to ]
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It is well spec'd- good geometry. Nice parts pick. Long cage rear derailleur and 11-32 cassette. Will take up to 30mm tires.
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Re: Thoughts on new road bike: BMC Roadmachine ? [bootsie_cat] [ In reply to ]
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bootsie_cat wrote:
It is well spec'd- good geometry. Nice parts pick. Long cage rear derailleur and 11-32 cassette. Will take up to 30mm tires.

I do like the 32 - I need all the gears I can get to go up hills!
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Re: Thoughts on new road bike: BMC Roadmachine ? [johnnybefit] [ In reply to ]
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My father just bought one. RM01 Ultegra DI2. Wasn't planning on getting a new bike as his Cannonade was only 2 years old. His LBS had just gotten its only Roadmachine it was getting in stock and my dad was dropping his bike off for service. The owner of the shop let him take it out for a test ride... Then twice more the next weekend. He just picked the bike up last week. Said he couldn't believe how good the bike is. I'm looking forward to test riding it soon.
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Re: Thoughts on new road bike: BMC Roadmachine ? [Butlera] [ In reply to ]
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Butlera wrote:
My father just bought one. RM01 Ultegra DI2. Wasn't planning on getting a new bike as his Cannonade was only 2 years old. His LBS had just gotten its only Roadmachine it was getting in stock and my dad was dropping his bike off for service. The owner of the shop let him take it out for a test ride... Then twice more the next weekend. He just picked the bike up last week. Said he couldn't believe how good the bike is. I'm looking forward to test riding it soon.

Great to hear. I can considering the RM01 with Ultegra DI2. It is 50% more expensive than the RM02 with Ultegra DI2 so unsure of the benefit difference between the two.
The RM01 does that that integrated stem so no cables anywhere - very slick set up!
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Re: Thoughts on new road bike: BMC Roadmachine ? [johnnybefit] [ In reply to ]
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The Roadmachine has me super-interested due to the tire clearance. The possibility of having a decent crit bike while also being able to churn some gravel is super-appealing.

http://www.velonews.com/bike-review/2016/09/reviewed-bmc-roadmachine01-ultegra_419639


VeloNews gave a good review, but I've heard from a friend that BMC's felt bland in the handling department.


I'm not totally sure what that means, but vOv
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Re: Thoughts on new road bike: BMC Roadmachine ? [StevieTopSiders] [ In reply to ]
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StevieTopSiders wrote:
The Roadmachine has me super-interested due to the tire clearance. The possibility of having a decent crit bike while also being able to churn some gravel is super-appealing.

http://www.velonews.com/bike-review/2016/09/reviewed-bmc-roadmachine01-ultegra_419639


VeloNews gave a good review, but I've heard from a friend that BMC's felt bland in the handling department.


I'm not totally sure what that means, but vOv

Well after 16 years on the same road bike I expect any new bike to feel better!
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Re: Thoughts on new road bike: BMC Roadmachine ? [johnnybefit] [ In reply to ]
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Worth shortlisting the Canyon Endurace, Focus Paralane and Roadmachine. Domane also.

I'm looking at these bikes with a lot of interest and the Focus Paralane is the most tempting in my eyes.
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Re: Thoughts on new road bike: BMC Roadmachine ? [johnnybefit] [ In reply to ]
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I must say, it's a good time to be shopping for a new road bike. The quality and the choices these days are amazing. To the point that the choices are often overwhelming.

The best thing to do is to look at the range of uses for the new road bike. There is a tendency for triathletes, I sense to look at road bikes that are too road-race oriented. There is nothing wrong with that, but unless you are looking to dive into serious higher licensed category road racing, crit racing or thinking of winning Gran Fondo's then, much of all those advantages of the full-on road race bike, all the aero-gains etc . . will be a bit of a waist.

You want a bike that is comfortable to ride, fits you REALLY well, and that you can use in a range of applications and use situations. What that means is you will get out and ride it more! :)


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Re: Thoughts on new road bike: BMC Roadmachine ? [Butlera] [ In reply to ]
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Butlera wrote:
My father just bought one. RM01 Ultegra DI2. Wasn't planning on getting a new bike as his Cannonade was only 2 years old. His LBS had just gotten its only Roadmachine it was getting in stock and my dad was dropping his bike off for service. The owner of the shop let him take it out for a test ride... Then twice more the next weekend. He just picked the bike up last week. Said he couldn't believe how good the bike is. I'm looking forward to test riding it soon.

Have you gotten a chance to ride it yet? Had my first test today of the same spec and I ordered one! Will post pics once I get it!
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Re: Thoughts on new road bike: BMC Roadmachine ? [johnnybefit] [ In reply to ]
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Did you end up buying a Roadmachine? I'm considering the 105 build (aluminum not carbon) and would love to hear about any firsthand experiences.
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Re: Thoughts on new road bike: BMC Roadmachine ? [johnnybefit] [ In reply to ]
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I gave the Roadmachine 02 some serious consideration when I was looking for a new bike .. and was super close to pulling the trigger on it.

However, I came across the Giant TCR Advanced Disc for $1000 less.

Same Di2 components, hydraulic disc brakes, nice frame and alternative components ... but about 1.5 pounds lighter and better handling ... however, not quite as versatile. The only thing I really miss is not having fender mounts.
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Re: Thoughts on new road bike: BMC Roadmachine ? [Wookiebiker] [ In reply to ]
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Wookiebiker wrote:
I gave the Roadmachine 02 some serious consideration when I was looking for a new bike .. and was super close to pulling the trigger on it.

However, I came across the Giant TCR Advanced Disc for $1000 less.

Same Di2 components, hydraulic disc brakes, nice frame and alternative components ... but about 1.5 pounds lighter and better handling ... however, not quite as versatile. The only thing I really miss is not having fender mounts.

This will be my first new road bike and the versatility of the BMC is what attracted me. I currently have an old aluminum Cannondale with more race-oriented geometry and I don't find it especially comfortable on longer rides. I have no intention of racing and this would likely be my only road bike besides my TT bike, so it would see group rides, solo training rides, family rides, etc. Plenty of hills, varying road surfaces, and some occasional gravel in the area. Did you find the BMC handled poorly or just not as crisp as a race bike?
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Re: Thoughts on new road bike: BMC Roadmachine ? [Dgconner154] [ In reply to ]
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Dgconner154 wrote:
This will be my first new road bike and the versatility of the BMC is what attracted me. I currently have an old aluminum Cannondale with more race-oriented geometry and I don't find it especially comfortable on longer rides. I have no intention of racing and this would likely be my only road bike besides my TT bike, so it would see group rides, solo training rides, family rides, etc. Plenty of hills, varying road surfaces, and some occasional gravel in the area. Did you find the BMC handled poorly or just not as crisp as a race bike?

I thought the BMC handled just fine ... though, the TCR obviously handles quicker. The TCR also accelerates and climbs better ... Power seems to go straight to the wheels. This however comes at the cost of some comfort (partially due to harsh stock tires from what I've heard).

Honestly, if not for the $1000.00 difference in price ... I probably would have gone with the BMC due to it's versatility, I just couldn't pass up the price on the TCR and I can still put fenders on it that attach to the fork and seat stays. The TCR won't handle as big of a tire as the BMC for gravel roads, but I'm OK with that ... I could still fit a narrow 28c or wide 25c tire on the TCR.
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Re: Thoughts on new road bike: BMC Roadmachine ? [Wookiebiker] [ In reply to ]
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I'm an owner of the BMC RM02 Ui2 model and I love it. I can use it in anything, group rides, solo long days, interval days, etc. without any issues.

I've never owned an expensive pair of wheels, but from what the owners of the RM01 Di2 model tell me is that the higher end wheels unsurprisingly react more responsively than the RM02 model.

Feel free to PM me with any questions
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Re: Thoughts on new road bike: BMC Roadmachine ? [Wookiebiker] [ In reply to ]
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Wookiebiker wrote:
Dgconner154 wrote:
This will be my first new road bike and the versatility of the BMC is what attracted me. I currently have an old aluminum Cannondale with more race-oriented geometry and I don't find it especially comfortable on longer rides. I have no intention of racing and this would likely be my only road bike besides my TT bike, so it would see group rides, solo training rides, family rides, etc. Plenty of hills, varying road surfaces, and some occasional gravel in the area. Did you find the BMC handled poorly or just not as crisp as a race bike?


I thought the BMC handled just fine ... though, the TCR obviously handles quicker. The TCR also accelerates and climbs better ... Power seems to go straight to the wheels. This however comes at the cost of some comfort (partially due to harsh stock tires from what I've heard).

Honestly, if not for the $1000.00 difference in price ... I probably would have gone with the BMC due to it's versatility, I just couldn't pass up the price on the TCR and I can still put fenders on it that attach to the fork and seat stays. The TCR won't handle as big of a tire as the BMC for gravel roads, but I'm OK with that ... I could still fit a narrow 28c or wide 25c tire on the TCR.

If you don't mind me asking, how long have you had the TCR? Do you find it comfortable on longer rides? What else were you looking at besides the BMC?

I've pretty much ruled out the BMC as the carbon 02 model is out of my price range and the 03 at $2,200 for aluminum/105 doesn't seem like a great value. I was seriously considering a Giant Defy but I got looking at the TCR (105 without discs) and it seems like it will be so much more fun to ride than the Defy. Planning to test ride both next week.
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Re: Thoughts on new road bike: BMC Roadmachine ? [Dgconner154] [ In reply to ]
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Dgconner154 wrote:
If you don't mind me asking, how long have you had the TCR? Do you find it comfortable on longer rides? What else were you looking at besides the BMC?

I've pretty much ruled out the BMC as the carbon 02 model is out of my price range and the 03 at $2,200 for aluminum/105 doesn't seem like a great value. I was seriously considering a Giant Defy but I got looking at the TCR (105 without discs) and it seems like it will be so much more fun to ride than the Defy. Planning to test ride both next week.

I've had it for around 2 months now.

Personally, I find it to be comfortable enough and on the weekends when not racing generally get in 4 hour rides without much issue. With that said, the ride is rougher than my Scott Foil ... However, that could be in large part due to the stock tires, which everybody states ride very rough. When the rear wears out, I'll be switching to Bontrager R3 TLR's (staying with Tubeless tires), which I have heard increase both comfort and cornering traction.

The bike does climb very well, accelerates very well and is a quick handling bike. Overall, it's one of the fastest bikes I've owned as far as road bikes go.

My only real issue with the bike is the 1 1/4" steerer tube, which helps with front end stiffness ... but greatly reduces the number of stems available for the bike. Both Giant and Canyon have gone to 1 1/4" steerer tubes (up from everybody elses 1 1/8") ... Thankfully, Ritchey components has come out with stems that will fit in +/-6 degree and +/-17 degree ... I have a +/-17 degree stem that should be here on Monday (I have a lot of drop with my road bike bars compared to most people).
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Re: Thoughts on new road bike: BMC Roadmachine ? [Wookiebiker] [ In reply to ]
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Awesome, thanks for the info. Much appreciated!
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