bmc carborazor czr carbon alloy city commuter mountain bike

BMC’s new Carborazor CRZ is a carbon alloy mountain bike frame set up with compact road cranks and a carbon rigid fork and disc brakes to create what looks like a pretty comfortable yet capable city bruiser. The triple-butted front triangle and chainstays are alloy with carbon fiber seatstays, and the fork is BMC’s disc-only carbon Capt Ahab model. It’s decked out with Easton cockpit bits and a full SRAM drivetrain with Avid hydraulic stoppers. Check out the fork after the break…

UPDATE: We got punked (by BMC’s email newsletter). The Carborazor has been around for about 10 years, so what’s “new” is this particular model/spec. As for the comment on 26″ wheels versus 700c, here’s what BMC’s Lifestyle Product Manager T.K. had to say:

Alpenchallenge and carborazor models have traditionally been built with lighter, stronger, more flickable, easier climbing 26” wheels; well suited to Switzerland’s hilly, densely packed, urbanizations.  For riders who value speed and stability more than acceleration and agility, their disc brakes have always made it easy to change to 700c wheels with narrower, road bike tires.

bmc captain ahab carbon fiber disc brake rigid mountain bike fork



  1. @dgaddis
    No, plenty of people don’t like them the looks, even more don’t like the price.
    I think BMC has a distinct look to them like a Trek, Specialized, Pinarelo, and other bigger brands do, which is nice. The issue is have is that the seat stays look super different on their hard tails and road bikes from what everyone else has done that it begs the question of if they actually are a benefit of a hindrance to a good ride.

  2. Their bikes ride nicely, strange looking or not. BUT, what’s with 26″ wheels on this thing? A 700c/29″ wheel with a 42c smooth tire would be the ticket!

  3. Having ridden a decent amount of miles on the BMC Team Machine I can say the design is not just about the looks. While those seat stays may seem a little goofy they (in combination with an incredible design to the rest of the frame) yield one of the most stiff, responsive yet buttery smooth rides I’ve ever encountered.

  4. dgaddis – no, you’re not the only one. In fact, you’e probably in the majority when it comes to BMC and looks. ewwww.

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