Re: BMC ProMachine
The BMC SLC01 is a very cool bike indeed. You can see mine here : http://www.cyclingforums.com/gallery...o/1107/cat/503
I have riden Aluminium, Steel, Titanium and carbon fiber. In the shapes of Merlins, Serottas, Cannondales and Colnagos. I still ride my Colnago C40 and my SOMEC made to measure steel workhorse.
The BMC SLC01 in Astana is my latest, I truely love it. I have ridden it with high profile carbon fiber wheels, low profile CF wheels both tubulars and light classic wheels with Chris King Hubs with clinchers. The above is with top notch tubulars or clinchers.
The 1st thing that stands out is the way the bike shows the various qualities of each type of wheel and rubber. The second thing you notice on this bike is that is not super stiff, it is more like a steel frame that was designed to respond very well (think serotta smooth with cannondale out of the saddle, does that make sense?). The confort is near if not better than a titanium merlin extralight (no kidding) just that on harsh holes you get a bit of a snap in the bars, no big deal because you are not ment to ride into those things.
I went up the mount Ventoux twice with this bike with just one day rest between (I am no superchamp at 47) and this showed me how easy the bike is
. Going up was an enchantment (well almost...
) each pedal stroke delivered (50-34/12-25) the power and controlling ones pace was quite enjoying. I was really expecting to be "dead" on the day 2 ride and I was just fine. On the way down I reached 92km/hr on the bit that is close to 12%, all okay at that speed and I may add that the bike was super stable and precise. The issue I had was wondering if my tubulars were well glued!!!
Cornering is a pleasure when at speed it seems like the bike was designed to go much faster than I would ever dream of going. On the flat the bike forgives and has that "power feedback feel"
you get with better steel frames. I would not call this bike very good
when you get out of the saddle at 40km/hr, the frame does not seem that rigid in these situations (I don't care because I frankly do not do that so often even though I wished I could
The finsh of the frame is excellent, carbon fiber dropouts super cool and seem solid. Inner cabling is truely something I have always liked and here it is very well done, no rattle noise with the cables that I have experienced on other bikes. The tolerences are tight. I use chains to prevent punctures and I have yet to find a method to put one on the rear. Upto now they have goy stuck between the tyre and the frame...so any advice here will be welcome.
So since I have had this bike I have done 2500km and will be doing 80km tonight here in the Paris Region and I have enjoyed every mile at rapid pace and more casual rides. I recall having the same feeling when I 1st got my Colnago C40 and that is quite a statement.