The roads around the lake of Zurich, Switzerland, are packed with luxury cars, so it is easy to understand why Mart Oten, Road Product Manager at BMC, chose the car comparison to present the new TimeMachine.
‘A BMC RoadMachine could be seen as a Porsche 911, there are comfort and reliability… but our new TimeMachine is more like a supercar, something that is eye-catching, something you want to get noticed by,’ he said at the bike’s launch. And it does the trick.
With its sleek tubes, its high wheels, with all the integrations it presents, you will not blend into the bunch riding this new BMC.
The Swiss brand was already ahead of its time when the first TimeMachine came out in 2012. It was considered the first real aero bike with a lot of integrated parts.
The idea was to gain speed on the bike without extra effort – a sort of ‘free speed’ – as Owen put it.
Six years later the concept still remains with the new iteration. Just like in 2012 it still looks fast and sleek but an extra comfort was added to its DNA.
On the speed part, the model was both tested in a wind tunnel and on tracks to validate the choice of tube shapes.
Then there was the water bottle issue, the BMC team realizes that it should include the bottles in the aerodynamics measurements, hence the new part located on the downtube called Aeromodule, and the results showed the bike was faster with this system on than without.
All the new TimeMachine bikes will be sold with the Aeromodule and below the bottle cages, BMC inserted a little box (the Safety Kit) containing inner tube and repairing kit (very similar to the Swat box that equipped the new Specialized Roubaix).