The BMC Roadmachine is one of the shop’s most-popular road bikes, and for good reason. It fits in the gap between the sky-high handlebars of some endurance road bikes and the razor’s edge aggressiveness of the raciest road bikes. With the introduction of the 2021 BMC Roadmachine 01 ONE, BMC have refined their formula to make their all-arounder even better.
The “One-Bike Collection” ethos is some pretty thick marketing for what equates to a comfortable all-arounder. As before, you’ll find BMC’s ICS cockpit with stealth cable routing. It’s one of the best examples of an integrated cockpit on the market; the combination of a regular handlebar with external cable routing that flows through a cover beneath the stem, split headset spacers and a flattened steer tube show impressive attention to detail that is reflected through the rest of the bike.
Like before, you’ll find a seat tube cutout and D-shaped carbon seatpost, semi-aero tubing, and an available integrated Garmin/GoPro/accessory mount that attaches to the stem. There is also an interchangeable plate on the downtube that allows for electronic and mechanical drivetrain swaps, BMC’s handy integrated cylindrical chain catcher, and a choice of high and low stack headset top caps to adjust stack and reach measurements. smart design done right the first time doesn’t need to change.
Above else, the Roadmachine is about refinement. Perhaps the biggest change is an update to fit up to a 33c tire in the name of expanding the Roadmachine’s overall capability. Everything else is about refinement: there is a new asymmetric fork to increase strength on the disc brake side to put it in line with the rest of the BMC road bike line. You’ll also find tapered chainstays, seatstays that mounted low on the seattube to improve compliance around the seatpost and saddle, and a bento box mount on the top tube.
What makes the Roadmachine so appealing, not only to us but to the myriad of road riders who happily ride Roadmachines from our shop, is its broad appeal. It’s truly a modern road bike, one that serves riders who ride tons appreciate zippiness and neutral handling, but don’t want the hard edges of a race road bike. The new bike is just as good as, if not better than, the previous Roadmachine, but it expands tire clearance and possibilities for what a Sunday morning ride can consist of.
The 2021 BMC Roadmachine 01 ONE is based around their premium carbon 01 frame and SRAM RED eTap AXS 12-speed drivetrain. The 01 ONE adds in ENVE 3.4 AR Disc carbon wheels, BMC RCB01 Carbon and BMC ICS 01 – Integrated Cockpit Design, w/ Computer and Camera Mount, their D-shaped carbon seatpost, and a Fizik Argo Tempo R1 saddle. Roadmachine 01 is available in six sizes (47 – 61 cm).