BMC Launches new Triathlon Bike at Kona
Shadowed by the hype that went with out with Cervelo’s new beam-bike designed P5X is the announcement of another new triathlon bike, this time from Switzeland’s BMC. The new bike is called Timemachine 01, and to note, it will no longer be called TM 01.
Based on the promotional video, the previous model TM 01 won a lot, and in triathlon, it was the time that Andreas Raelert set the iron-distance record of 7:41:33, a finishing time that would last for 5 years. Contrastingly, with the radical designs being adapted by other manufacturers, BMC stayed true to its previous design, and remained traditional. Here below is BMC official media release on the new Timemachine 01:
IRONMAN World Championships, Kona, Oct 4th 2016 – The Timemachine, BMC Switzerland’s speed bullet, is a race-proven testament to superior aero engineering. A world record-breaking Ironman distance bike split, Cadel Evan’s victorious penultimate TdF stage win in 2011 and back-to-back World Championship TIT victories convincingly crown the time-trial bike’s palamarés. Now, a new Timemachine with a new rider focus, has been developed by Impec Lab engineers. Revealed at an exclusive press launch at the 1M World Championships in Kona today, the completely re-designed Timemachine addresses triathlete’s needs with highly functional design features and technology.
According to Mart Otten, BMC Switzerland Road Product Manager “The new Timemachine is the benchmark for time-trial bikes. In its development, instead of putting the time-trialist in focus like its predecessors, we gave priority to triathletes. We leveraged the Impec Lab to explore unique solutions that would not just meet triathletes’ needs, but go a step further and create a product that truly enhances their performance. We are looking forward to seeing this new aero machine break some Ironman and middle distance triathlon records!”
The new Timemachine is the result of two years of forward-thinking aero investigation between BMC and Swiss Formulal experts Sauber Engineering, and close collaboration with BMC Etixx Pro Triathlon Team powered by Uplace. Instead of building a bike that gets riders from A to B as quickly as possible, Impec Lab engineers were challenged with creating a machine that gets triathletes as quickly and efficiently as possible from Tl to T2.
BMC has re-worked its “SubA” aerodynamics formula and completely re-invented its riderpositioning system “P2P” (Position-to-Perform) to significantly improve performance, while adding innovative, discipline-specific bike features to make this the ultimate ‘must-have’ piece of cycling equipment for triathletes.
The Timemachine’s SubA aerodynamics formula focuses on superior tube shaping and component integration to ensure maximum speed. A 3-year partnership with Sauber Engineering led BMC to refresh its SubA concept for the new Timemachine to include re-engineered 3:1 tubes with truncated profiles, crosswind-stable tube shapes, a new hinge-fork design, a super-lean frontal area, and maximum overall integration. Combined with P2P, the Timemachine is clearlydesigned to deliver free speed for long distance triathlons, time trials or solo efforts in windswept terrain.
BMC brought the first hinge-fork to the market more than a decade ago, but simply being the first is not enough for its engineers. BMC has refined the third generation of its proprietary hinge-fork to create an even leaner frontal area with seamless form and maximized function. Hidden brake calipers, cables, and housing, and an all-new hidden seat clamp make the new Timemachine feel practically invisible to the rider and more importantly, the wind.
Dual-purpose, Rider-focused Fit
A slippery-fast frame is a good start – but adding a versatile, aerodynamic positioning system for the rider… breaks records. The redesigned Position-to-Perform (P2P) system lets triathletes and time-trialists find their ideal contact points without sacrificing aerodynamics, no matter how aggressive or conservative their front-end position is.
Stable in crosswinds and lightning fast in straight lines, predictable handling in the aero position, an adaptable cockpit for both short and long reach preferences and high or low stack heights, the ‘Quick-pad’ brake cartridge system for swapping out racing and training wheels, fuel and equipment storage…the new Timemachine has been designed with multi-sport performance in mind. Additionally, BMC engineers have come up with a smart disassembly solution for the cockpit, to facilitate packing the bike for travel.
The ‘V-Cockpit’ is supplied with all complete bikes, and is optional with the frameset. It offers optimal aerodynamic performance for taller pad stack dimensions, while its forward-offset promotes vertical compliance to blend high-performance with comfort. The Timemachine’s other cockpit configuration, the ‘Flat-Cockpit’, offers maximum aerodynamic advantage, letting riders attain the lowest possible pad stack configurations. Changing the seat post to the rear-mount option makes the Timemachine UCI compliant.
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