BMC has unveiled its latest gravel bike called the Kaius 01, marking the Swiss brand’s first foray into the “performance” gravel segment with three variants available.
Boasting a full-carbon frame, the Kaius 01 relies on a mix of high and nominal modulus fiber that’s designed to bolster stiffness and compliance in key areas, resulting in a frame weight that tips the scales at an impressive 910 grams, and 400 grams for the fork.
Aerodynamics also played a role in developing the Kaius 01, which borrows heavily from Teammachine SLR road bike, albeit with slightly deeper fork legs, a modestly sloping toptube, more robust seatstays and a sculpted rear wheel cutout that makes room for tires up to 44mm, while Kamm tail tube profiles, BMC’s Aerocore integrated water bottle cages and ICS (Integrated Cockpit System) further cheat the wind by integrating and routing all cables through the headset.
Not surprisingly, BMC also saw fit to tweak the geometry of the Kaius 01 as well, giving it a longer reach combined with a shorter stem in order to “shift the front wheel forward to improve stability and increase traction.”
Other features that punctuate the Kaius 01 include BMC’s MTT Suspension stem with Redshift damping technology, a D-shaped seatpost that can be swapped for a round dropper post, a PF86 bottom bracket, flat mount disc brakes, 12mm thru-axles and brand’s “stealth” dropouts.
The BMC Kaius 01 gravel bike comes in six stock sizes (47-61cm) and three models.
Kaius 01 ONE sells for $11,999, which comes equipped with a SRAM Red eTap AXS + Force XPLR 1x groupset, Zipp 303 Firecrest wheels and a one-piece cockpit, while the Kaius 01 TWO fetches $8999 and comes fitted with a Force eTap AXS 2x groupset, Zipp 303 S wheels and a two-piece ICS cockpit.
The entry level 2022 BMC Kaius 01 THREE costs $5999, which steps down to a SRAM Rival eTap AXS 2x groupset, carbon wheels and a two-piece cockpit.
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