EB14: BMC’s Impec Concept May Hold the Future of Road Bikes

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Standing out against the sea of marginal gains, concept bikes allow a company to flex their design muscle and dream up something wild. For BMC, the Impec Concept project was more than just creating a new bike as they wanted to really show off the capabilities of the Impec Advanced R&D Lab. As the same lab that puts out the woven carbon fiber used for the BMC Impec Road Bike, the facility is capable of turning out complete machines from concept to completion in record time.

When it came time to do something new, BMC’s engineers and designers tried to envision what a road bike would be in the future – and then built it. Using the advanced resources at their disposal, the Impec Concept came together in just 4 months with a few design features actually seeing real world testing on other bikes. Using modular integration the bike is built with  a basic structure designed for a number of add ons…

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While certainly not the first bike to use a single sided fork or swingarm, BMC says they imagined the design since reducing the frontal area as much as possible will reduce drag.

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Obviously the future is disc brake compatible, and the Impec concept is no different. The interesting part is the integration of the calipers into the frame and fork and the ram air scoops that force air into the rotors to cool them.

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The drivetrain concept takes the modular ideal up a notch. Consumers could purchase a drivetrain module of their choice and simply install it into the bike. Want different gearing? Just change the module.

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Aerodynamics were a big part of the design which is why the bike uses a twin spar stem and seat tube. The 70mm spaced stem spars drastically, and we do mean drastically, decreased the amount of turbulence coming off the front of the bike in CFD testing. In addition to being more aerodynamic, the widely spaced struts allow for an integrated stem that is extremely stiff.

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Integration continues into the bars with advanced electronics elements. The saddle is a single piece without rails that is still adjustable and has actually been ridden on other bikes.

Ultimately the BMC Impec Concept is just that – a concept. But the project shows just what BMC is capable of, and in a very short period of time. Having the ability to design a product and then simply walk next door to check on the development is what the Advanced R&D Lab is all about. Well, that, and making amazing bikes.


FrederickPunter - 08/28/14 - 8:01pm

Someone should tell them to get their original Impec to work before they go off trying to making a new one…..

GrantT - 08/28/14 - 8:21pm

Why not a hoverbike too?

groghunter - 08/28/14 - 8:44pm

I’m sure bike companies would love drivetrains to be a sealed component that has be replaced all at once, even for a gearing change.

brian - 08/28/14 - 10:49pm

Pretty darn cool – did you take any shots of the other side of the bike?

JBikes - 08/28/14 - 11:31pm

Not to be Debbie downer, but what exactly did this show BMC can do? Make a carbon fiber drivetrain cover?

lawyerknowitall - 08/28/14 - 11:49pm


My Impec and single one I have seen works fine.

anonymous - 08/28/14 - 11:54pm

You mean a carbon fiber chaincase. Retro

If we’re talking about future bikes that violate UCI rules, it would look more like a Lotus or a recumbent.

Gabe - 08/29/14 - 12:40am

I think it’s pretty cool. They dreamed something up and made it because they could. Would any of you haters not ride this bike if given the opportunity? Shoot, I’d have it as a piece of art. It’s not meant to be practical. Don’t take this $hit so seriously y’all

anonymous - 08/29/14 - 2:00am

First of all, it is unridable.

Second of all, no, you wouldn’t own it as just a piece of art if you had to pay a fraction of what it cost to make.

milanulrichcz - 08/29/14 - 2:46am

It’s amazing concept. Love it. But they shoul made it with drone remote. Rider cause so much drag, or make some more aerodynamic men. :)

fib - 08/29/14 - 3:32am

Interesting difference between car and bike fans. Car fans love concept cars, even if they will never afford, or even ride one, even if you just can’t sit in without breaking your neck. Bike fans hate concept bikes. That is maybe why UCI rules still…. rule!

abc - 08/29/14 - 6:35am

Personally, I love it. Concept bikes bring new ideas and this is good and they look different.

123 - 08/29/14 - 12:31pm

all this sh*t means that Columbus tubing and campy mechanical gets cheaper. bring it on, bring it on. aluminum and mechanical till…I…die.

Jamo - 08/29/14 - 12:44pm

BMC was a bit late on a fully conceptual bike. Rafael released this working concept a few days before.


Ripnshread - 08/29/14 - 1:32pm

Nice. Needs rotor covers. The UCI should mandate all bikes have rotor covers if they run discs.

tinsloth - 08/29/14 - 2:04pm

I like the twin spar stem and seatpost design, and scoops to channel air onto the brake rotors is a pretty nifty idea as well! Good job, BMC!

skip - 08/29/14 - 3:33pm

Whoa, BMC is awesome at Minecraft!

B Wayne - 08/29/14 - 5:18pm

Does it come in black?

someslowguy - 08/29/14 - 8:37pm

[Something negative.]

C’mon seriously folks, smile for 7 seconds before commenting. It will make you happier.

Antipodean_G - 08/29/14 - 10:08pm

@someslowguy what you said. Since when did everyone become so drull and devoid of imagination?

Adam2 - 08/29/14 - 11:09pm

Thank you BMC, for awakening our imaginations!

shaman-man - 08/30/14 - 12:34am

I wonder how much this costs and how it affect what the customer ends up paying?

Ripnshread - 08/30/14 - 12:36pm

I want to ride one with a full LED’d out skinsuit …Ill be freaking TRON!

Dr. Sartorious - 08/30/14 - 12:36pm

Like the Lamborghini Countach and Tom Selleck’s mustache, those sharp edges and aesthetics don’t age very well. It’s why the shape of a Porsche 911 is timeless.

bummer - 08/30/14 - 4:35pm


Thanks for the great pics!!!

@Dr. Sartorious
I’m with you on the 911 but I think this bike looks great, save for the underdeveloped drivetrain cover. Of course, I’m also a big fan of the Countach and the F-117 Nighthawk and cut gemstones, too.

saddlesniffer - 09/01/14 - 11:46am

wasn’t this bike in the movie tron?!

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