BMC Time Machine TM01
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BMC Time Machine TM01

One of the real stars of the show on the bike front in our opinion is the new BMC time trial bike, the TM01. You no doubt saw this thing blazing through the Tour under Cadel Evans.

Detailed First Look

Summary


The new Time Machine screams aero and pretty much every edge of this bike has been shaped to maximize aerodynamics.

(a nice shot of the clean lines of this bike)



The BMC TM01 employs "trip wire" technology, which are special wind curbs that provide a cushion of air for better air flow.You can see an example of this in the picture below. It's a little difficult to see but if you look just below the brake you can see it along the edge of the fork.



If you run your hand over these areas of the bike you can actually feel the "trip wires". BMC says this technology is designed to create turbulence around these edges and help with the overall flow of air around the bike itself.

The leading edges of the new TM01 also have a truncated profile or basically a flatter rear section that runs along the length of the back side of the leading edges. Instead of a continuous teardrop or rounded off shape, the profile cuts straight back. This flatter profile is designed to provide better airflow and greater stiffness. You can see the idea below from the BMC website.



The BMC TM01 seems to have all the bells and whistles that we've come to expect in a top of the line TT bike. Integrated front brake, hidden rear brake, a super clean integrated front end, Di2 compatibility...not to mention killer looks.



A nice view of the front brake.



The TM01 is Di2 ready as well and you'll find a clever battery compartment tucked in the seat post just in front of the rear wheel (which is barely visible in the picture below).



Another nice touch with BMC's version of the battery compartment is that the battery comes out as a whole unit, so there no wires to jack with.

Up font... super clean. Cables are well concealed within the cover of the integrated front end. As you can see the cable just peak out and make a very brief appearance before disappearing again into the bike.



The very adjustable integrated stem system allows for 30+ different positions to dial in your fit. The TM01 integrated stem has the standard clamp for the bars of your choice. This prevents you from being limited to an integrated option, which is the route some other manufacturers have taken. The seat post can be adjusted to 4 different positions allowing riders to achieve seat angles ranging from 74 to 82 degrees, which is perfect for triathletes.

Below are the stack and reach numbers to give you an idea on fit for the bike.

Size

Stack

Reach

Wheel

HS

HT

Stem

Hbars

SA

Ft/Ctr

S

480

393

700C

int

*

77

590

M-S

515

377

700C

int

*

77

583

M-L

515

418

700C

int

*

77

624

L

556

442

700C

int

*

77

661


*The TM01 uses a proprietary stem setup All sizes have a trail of 60.2mm
Data from Slowtwitch


A close up of the very adjustable front end.



One misconception on the price of the bike is comparing it to the TT01, which was a full custom frame with a price tag of $12,000, just for the frame. The new TM01 is a much more affordable bike, well, at least compared to it's predecessor. The BMC TM01 will be offered with Di2 and Zipp 808s as the top of the line package, but will also be available in much more affordable options with SRAM Red or Shimano Ultegra groupos.

Needless to say this bike was getting a lot of attention at Interbike. We can't wait to get our hands on the new Time Machine and put some real miles on it. Full review coming soon!

Manufacturer's Website
www.bmc-racing.com