Our European contributor, Christopher Langer, spent the weekend capturing the latest products and news from Eurobike 2014, which included a new all-around tire from Challenge called the Baby Limus, a look at the cyclocross offerings from Focus and Stevens, as well as an update from Continental Tires, who is looking to take steps in the upcoming year to produce a larger variety of cyclocross tubulars.
At Eurobike 2012, we looked at BMC’s “return” to cyclocross with their release of the 2013 GranFondo GF02 disc, increasing the length of the chainstays and equipping the road model with disc brakes. Keeping a familiar geometry from the GranFondo, BMC made their return official this year, displaying their 2015 CrossMachine CX01.
Langer told us that the current model on display still had a few design details that needed smoothing over before the CrossMachine CX01 could be considered for production. Much of this could be due to their prototyping process; while the geometry of the CX01 mirrors that of the GranFondo we saw several years ago, the current prototype takes a few of its cues from their TeamMachine SLR01 as both frames have underwent BMC’s newest Accelerated Composites Evolution Technology (ACE) design process.
ACE is what BMC calls “a reiterative computer modeling program electronically prototyped more than 34,000 possible frame configurations with the goal of optimizing geometry, tube cross sections, carbon lay-up, ride quality, and handling characteristics.”
Langer noticed a few carryovers from prior ACE models, including the space and indentations to accommodate a front derailleur without the mount, which could have also been a last minute change when BMC opted to join the increasing number of companies using SRAM’s CX1 single ring drivetrain.
Excluding the fork, derailleur hanger, cable guides and seat clamp, BMC’s claimed weight of their frame comes to 980g.
DTi cable routing, compatible with mechanical and electronic groupsets
Frame weight: 1100 g including all hardware, size 54 cm Hardware includes: derailleur hanger, cable guides and seat clamp
Disc Brake Postmount 140mm (rotor size 140mm only)
BB86 Shimano press-fit bottom bracket
1-1/8” to 1-1/2” tapered steerer tube
Disc Brake Postmount 140mm (max rotor size 160mm)
27.2 mm diameter seatpost, standard offset 3 mm, also available with 18 mm and 30 mm offset
Sizing: 48cm, 51 cm, 54cm, 57cm, 60cm
For more information: BMC-racing.com