BMC Roadmachine RM02 105 vs. Focus Paralane 105

Two Bike of the Year contenders go to battle in our ultra-versatile showdown

BMC Roadmachine RM02 105 vs. Focus Paralane Carbon

In the search for the very best road bike of 2017, Cycling Plus and BikeRadar gathered numerous arch rivals and pitched them against each other.

This video, the first from the series, sees BMC’s Roadmachine RM02 105 placed head-to-head with the Focus’ Paralane Carbon 105. Both bikes were born versatile, with compliant carbon frames, fat tyres, disc brakes and retail prices within 5 percent of one another. But which one comes out on top? Hit play on the video above to find out.

Stay tuned to BikeRadar for further video head-to-heads; we’ve still got rim and disc brake road bikes, ultra-comfortable bikes and value-based categories to cover, as well as announcing the 2017 BikeRadar Road Bike of the Year.

BMC Roadmachine RM02 105

The BMC Roadmachine RM02 105
The BMC Roadmachine RM02 105

  • Price: £2,499 / €2,999 / $2,999
  • Weight: 8.83kg (58cm)
  • Frame: Carbon
  • Fork: Carbon
  • Wheels: Novatec 30SL
  • Drivetrain: Shimano 105 50/34, 11-32t
  • Brakes: Shimano RS505 hydraulic discs, 160mm rotors
  • Saddle: Fizik Aliante Gamma
  • Tyres: Continental Grand Sport Race 25mm tyres
  • Finishing kit: BMC bar, stem and carbon seatpost, CPX carbon seatpost, Paralane mudguards

Focus Paralane 105

Focus Paralane 105
Focus Paralane 105

  • Price: £2,399 / €2,999 / $3,000
  • Weight: 8.35kg (XL/58cm)
  • Frame: Carbon
  • Fork: Carbon
  • Wheels: Fulcrum CEX 7.0 DB
  • Drivetrain: Shimano 105 50/34, 11-32t
  • Brakes: Shimano RS505 hydraulic discs, 160mm rotors
  • Saddle: Fizik Aliante R5 
  • Tyres: Schwalbe One 25mm
  • Finishing kit: Concept EX bar and stem, CPX carbon seatpost, Paralane mudguards
Oli Woodman

Section Editor, UK
With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Loamy singletrack
  • Current Bikes: Marin Pine Mountain, Pinnacle Dolomite
  • Dream Bike: Honda RN01
  • Beer of Choice: Corona
  • Location: Bristol, UK

Related Articles

Back to top