We put the BMC Timemachine TM02 105 up against our First Ride review

  • First Ride

BMC’s Timemachine is one of the most distinctive and lusted after aero frames of 2012. It looks like it was designed on an Etch-a-Sketch but the TM02’s aerodynamics are extremely clean. Cables all vanish into the frame behind the stem and it’s fully ready for Di2 electric shifting too. The seat tube junction uses a hidden wedge clamp for the cleanest possible lines and the integrated rear brake disappears into
the chainstays.

 

  • Fast Ride

Weighing in at a little over 9kg (20lbs) the TM02 isn’t the fastest bike out of the blocks but get it up to speed and it holds its velocity phenomenally well. The position the forward sloping top tube permits feels totally natural and keeps the rider from affecting the bike’s aerodynamics too much. With rock solid handling the TM02 is gagging for a set of aero wheels and it’s stable enough to go deep with your rim choice to minimise drag.

 

  • Hilly Ride

Overall weight certainly isn’t in the TM02’s favour on climbs and the way the sheaf of cables brushes your knees when you’re out of the saddle is irritating. The frame is stiff enough to grunt up inclines if you have to though and the bike’s ability to maintain speed on shallow slopes is impressive. It’s equally confident on sharp descents and sweeping corners so fast, rolling terrain is certainly within its race remit.

 

  • Long Ride

While it looks razor sharp, the BMC’s ride feel is actually smooth. The position created by the 77-degree seat angle feels great straight away. There’s also potential to drop it properly low at the front. That and the options offered by the four-position seat clamp make the BMC a superb place to perch for hours on end. Plugging in deep section wheels for the final part of testing also underlined the TM02’s premier league upgrade potential.

SPECS
Price
£1,999.99
Contact bmc-racing.com, Evans Cycles
evanscycles.com
Weight 9.36kg (20.64lb)
Size tested 56cm
Frame & Fork BMC Sub A carbon
Seatpost BMC P2P 21-21 aero carbon
Saddle Fizik Arione Tri2 Manganese
Stem Easton EA30
Handlebar Profile T2 Wing with T2+ clip-on
Transmission Shimano 105 mechs and 12-25T cassette, Dura-Ace bar-end shifters
Brakes Shimano 105 front, BMC integrated rear, Profile levers
Chainset Vision Trimax BB30 52/38T
Wheels Shimano R-501
Tyres Continental Ultra Race