Sneak Peek – BMC Gran Fondo Disc Brake Road Bike, More!
Introduced at Sea Otter as their cobble crushing contender, the BMC Gran Fondo started out as a one-model bike using Ultegra Di2 on a carbon fiber frame.
Walking around the Eurobike show floor a bit early, I spied several more models, including this disc brake equipped alloy Gran Fondo.
The frame looks quite similar to the carbon bike but gets a little more dirt road worthy tire spec. Perhaps it’ll be billed as a gravel racer. Click through for more detail shots and other bikes…
The seatstay/seat tube junction kinks up like the original carbon frame, and seatstays are super flat and tiny.
Rear end gets nice recessed fender mounts. Another mount is located on the chainstay bridge.
Rear disc brake mounts inside the rear triangle, which lets them keep the seatstays thin for better compliance.
Build kit is lower/mid level Shimano, including the brakes, with SRAM Rise 40 wheels.
The other news we can gather from their half finished booth is the addition of more carbon fiber options. This one’s spec’d with Dura-Ace 9000 mechanical.
The Time Machine gets a slick new (at least we haven’t seen it yet) front end that hides some cables, and the Belgian themed paint scheme is always a crowd pleaser.
A close up look at the Impec robot woven carbon fiber tubes.
Gentleman George’s (Hincapie) road bike.