BMC has entered the electric road bike segment with the launch of its Roadmachine AMP, boasting many of the same attributes as the Swiss brand’s popular Roadmachine albeit with electric assistance.
Benefiting from the same geometry and the company’s Tuned Compliance Concept (TCC) and Angle Compliance technology, BMC says it’s once again struck the perfect balance between comfort and performance, allowing specific areas of the frame to move in predefined patterns when subjected to vertical loads, generating amounts of vertical compliance without compromising lateral stiffness.
The Roadmachine AMP is powered by a Mahle X20 hub drive unit that’s integrated into the rear wheel hub.
Claiming to be the lightest e-bike rear hub system currently on the market at just 3.2kg for the total system, the X20 can offer up to 25Nm of assistance, along with a 350wh smart battery that can provide a range of up to 140 kilometers (87 miles) with 3000 meters of elevation.
Additionally, the 350Wh battery can be swapped for a smaller 250Wh unit, saving a claimed 750g, while riders can also opt to purchase a 173Wh range extender that connects to the bike via an extra cable and sits in a dedicated Mahle bottle cage.
Power for the Roadmachine AMP is controlled through a minimalist interface that’s integrated into the top tube, with only one button and four colors that indicate the bike’s three drive modes – white for off, green for eco, orange for more assistance and purple for turbo, while red indicates any errors or low battery. Moreover, there’s an app that displays all the relevant data, such as battery life, distance travelled and speeds. The app also allows riders to sync with Garmin and other GPS devices as well.
Available in three guises, the Roadmachine AMP comes equipped with a SRAM Force AXS groupset with 35mm carbon wheels for 8000€, a SRAM Rival AXS groupset with 25mm alloy wheels for 7000€ and an entry level model that’s fitted with a Shimano 105 drivetrain and alloy wheels for 5000€.
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