With a number of innovative details the BMC Timemachine Road 01 TWO delivers an outstanding overall concept. At 7.95 kg it’s also the heaviest bike in our group- test. How did the new workhorse of Mark Cavendish and co. perform in the GRAN-FONDO group test?

For an overview of the test fleet head to the main article: The best race bike of 2019 – testing 11 exclusive race bikes

BMC Timemachine Road 01 TWO | 7.95 kg | € 9,999

We’ve already had the chance to test the Timemachine Road 01 in the “ONE” configuration at BMC’s official launch event. For our big 2019 race-bike group test the Swiss brand sent its matt-red aero racer with a full SRAM RED eTap 2×11 groupset, hydraulic SRAM HDR brakes and 160 mm front and rear rotors. With BMC’s in-house carbon cockpit and seatpost components and the deep 62 mm DT Swiss ARC 1400 SPLINE DB wheels, the Timemachine weighs 7.95 kg in size 56 – which makes it the heaviest bike in our test.

What’s that small chainring for again?

The build quality of the BMC is superb and so is the matt finish combined with the minimalistic branding. With clever details such as the fully-integrated water bottle/toolbox module and the beautifully shaped tubing, the BMC stands out from the current aero-crowd. If you pay attention, you’ll notice there isn’t one shifting-cable or brake line to be seen: that’s integration at the highest level. Of course, SRAM’s wireless RED eTap groupset doesn’t need cables, but the brake hoses are so cleverly arranged that you only reach the maximal steering angle when the top tube hits the handlebars. That’s not always the case with aero bikes – chapeau!

The BMC Timemachine Road 01 TWO in detail

Drivetrain SRAM RED eTap 2 x 11
Gearing 52/36T und 11–28T
Brakes SRAM RED eTap HRD 160/160 mm
Seatpost BMC Aero 0-25 mm Setback
Stem BMC ICS Aero-Integrated 110 mm
Handlebars BMC ICS Aero 420 mm
Wheels DT Swiss ARC 1400 DICUT DB 62
Tires Vittoria Corsa G+ 25C

Clever
The junction box of the Shimano Di2 groupsets hides under the bottle-cage on the downtube. The toolbox offers enough storage-room for an inner tube and minitool.
Integrated
The GPS mount can be attached directly to the stem-flap.
Full aero and integration
The bolts of the front brake-calliper are covered up with a fairing. The 2.5 cm here and at the back are the only visible brake-line sections.
No tan-walls
The cotton carcass of the grippy Vittoria Corsa are coloured a discreet black.

The geometry of the BMC Timemachine Road 01 TWO

Size 47 51 54 56 58 61
Seat tube 480 mm 518 mm 548 mm 568 mm 588 mm 611 mm
Top tube 520 mm 535 mm 550 mm 560 mm 575 mm 590 mm
Head tube 88 mm 113 mm 135 mm 150 mm 170 mm 196 mm
Head angle 71.2° 71.2° 72.0° 72.0° 72.0° 72.0°
Seat angle 73.5° 73.5° 73.5° 73.5° 73.5° 73.5°
Chainstay 410 mm 410 mm 410 mm 410 mm 410 mm 410 mm
BB Drop 70 mm 70 mm 70 mm 70 mm 70 mm 70 mm
Wheelbase 975 mm 991 mm 994 mm 1,004 mm 1,020 mm 1,036 mm
Reach 373 mm 381 mm 390 mm 395 mm 405 mm 413 mm
Stack 496 mm 520 mm 540 mm 555 mm 574 mm 598 mm

The BMC Timemachine Road 01 TWO in test

Setting of from standstill the BMC doesn’t feel nimble – the deep 62 mm DT Swiss wheels and comparatively high weight are mainly responsible for this. It immediately becomes clear that this bike needs speed and only comes to life above around 30 km/h.

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Thanks to the superbly smooth ride and long wheelbase, the Timemachine literally sticks to the road. On climbs it still feels efficient but not quite as graceful. In contrast, when riding downhill or on the flats the bike stays true to its character, feeling completely at ease at high speeds – this bike has a need for speed!

When riding in crosswinds you will notice the deep aero-wheels and integrated water bottle/toolbox module. However, you’ll perceive this as a controllable side-pressure rather than a harsh sudden yank on the front wheel. Thanks to its predictable nature, the Timemachine inspires tons of confidence at any speed. The grippy Vittoria Corsa tires enhance this feeling of reassurance even more. But the good-natured character of the BMC doesn’t stand in the way of its agile, precise handling. Only when carving tight corners and riding at lower speeds, the rear-end does tend to drag a little. While the BMC is living proof that aero-bikes generally offer less compliance than conventional racers, its easing vibrations with a couple of clever features. The tires, along with BMC’s in-house seatpost and cockpit take care of high frequent shocks and provide an acceptable level of comfort for an aerodynamically optimised race bike.

Conclusion

Because of its rather heavy weight and strong Aero-DNA, the BMC Timemachine Road 01 TWO doesn’t strike us as an all-rounder. Instead it begs for speed – and handles that speed in a composed manner. Speed-freaks with 8.000 watt calves will have a blast on sketchy downhills and on the flats! The mellow character of the BMC makes it an interesting option for time-trial riders and triathletes too.

Tops

  • Well thought-out, smooth-running overall concept
  • Toolbox and bottle cage module #bidondrafting
  • Excellent system integration
  • Superb tire grip

Flops

  • sSluggish acceleration from standstill
  • Special bar-clamp size makes conversions tricky

For more info head to: bmc-switzerland.com

For an overview of the test fleet head to the main article: The best race bike of 2019 – testing 11 exclusive race bikes

All bikes in test: Argonaut Road Bike | Basso Diamante SV 2019 | Bianchi Oltre XR4 Disc | Canyon Ultimate CF SLX Disc 9.0 | Cervélo S5 | EXEPT Allroad Classic | FOCUS IZALCO MAX 9.8 | MERIDA REACTO DISC TEAM-E | Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc SL6 Disc | Trek Madone SLR 9 Disc


This article is from GRAN FONDO issue #011

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Words: Benjamin Topf Photos: Valentin Rühl