BMC’s new Timemachine 01 is a triathlon bike that won’t hurt your eyes

Complete redesign resists putting fairings and side panels on every available surface

With the Ironman world champs less than a week away, BMC has presented its new, completely redesigned Timemachine in Hawaii. The big sell is that this new bike puts triathletes first, but the thing we’ve noticed is that it resists the current vogue for radical tri bike designs that stick fairings and side panels on every surface.

There are two new bikes here, the Timemachine 01 and Timemachine 02, with the former getting a tri-specific “V-Cockpit”, while the latter has a more traditional cockpit.

What is a V-Cockpit, you ask? Well BMC says it offers optimal aero performance for taller pad stack dimensions, and the forward-offset “promotes vertical compliance”, to deliver both performance and comfort on the bike leg of a triathlon.

Multisporter priority

The new bikes were launched in Hawaii earlier, a few days ahead of this weekend's Ironman world champs
The new bikes were launched in Hawaii earlier, a few days ahead of this weekend's Ironman world champs

BMC’s Mart Otten says that for the new Timemachine, the bike brand “gave priority to triathletes”. He adds: “We are looking forward to seeing this new aero machine break some Ironman and middle distance triathlon records!”.

Time triallists aren’t forgotten, though: the ‘Flat-Cockpit’ available on the Timemachine 01 lets riders set the lowest possible pad stack configurations, and it can be made UCI-legal simply by changing the seat post to the rear-mount option. The Timemachine 02 is UCI-legal as standard.

This is the rear storage box for inner tubes and multitool, just in case the worst happens out on the Queen K highway
This is the rear storage box for inner tubes and multitool, just in case the worst happens out on the Queen K highway

Other noteworthy features include a new hinge-fork designed to create a leaner frontal area, a 'Quick-pad' brake cartridge system for swapping out racing and training wheels, a rear storage box that sits behind the seat tube, an all-new hidden seat clamp, and a disassembly solution for the cockpit, to make packing the bike up for travel easier.

BMC Timemachine 01 and 02: spec and pricing

The BMC Timemachine 01 with SRAM Red eTap and V-Cockpit
The BMC Timemachine 01 with SRAM Red eTap and V-Cockpit

So what spec do you get with these new bikes? Well, the Timemachine 01 is available with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, Ultegra Di2 or SRAM Red eTap, and as a complete frameset, with either the V-Cockpit or Flat-Cockpit.

The BMC Timemachine 01 with SRAM Red eTap comes with a 53-39t crankset, 11-28t cassette, Zipp 404/808 NSW carbon clinchers, Continental Grand Prix 4000S II tyres in 25mm width, and a Fizik Tritone manganese saddle. It costs €11,000 (international pricing TBC), and will be available from spring 2017.

The BMC Timemachine 02 with standard cockpit is available with Shimano Ultegra Di2, mechanical Ultegra or 105 groupsets, and as a complete frameset. The Timemachine 02 with Ultegra Di2 spec again comes with a 53/39t crankset and 11-28t cassette, Mavic CXR Elite clinchers, Mavic Yksion Pro tyres in 25mm width, and a Fizik Arione Tri 2 saddle. It is on sale now and costs €6,000 (international pricing TBC).

If you want to watch the new BMC Timemachine 01 in action, check out the Ironman Hawaii live stream, and head to our sister site www.220triathlon.com for all the latest coverage.

Jamie Beach

Deputy Editor, UK
Jamie's been addicted to bikes from the moment his stabilisers came off. Earliest cycling memory is the chipboard-ramp-on-bricks, but happiest one is bombing down a Mallorcan mountain pass that seemed it might never end. Always on the hunt for the perfect rain jacket, a keen collector of hats.
  • Discipline: Road, gravel
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains with long climbs, equally long and fast descents, the chance to get above the treeline.
  • Current Bikes: Genesis Croix de Fer, Kona Cindercone
  • Dream Bike: BMC TeamMachine SLR01
  • Beer of Choice: Augustiner
  • Location: Bath, Somerset, UK

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