BMC launched the Gran Fondo platform earlier this year, the new platform is BMC's Gran Turismo line of bikes. Still considered a racing bike, the GF bikes are engineered for the endurance rides stretching long distances for either the racer or recreational cyclist. Many of you may have seen Alessandro Ballan ride the GF01 at this year's Paris Roubaix onto his way to a podium spot.
For 2013, BMC has several options for those looking for the benefits of the Gran Fondo platform. Including a new aluminum version added to the GF series, the GF02. The GF02 line essentially replaces the outgoing Street Racer range of bikes BMC has offered in the past. For 2013, BMC is also spec'ing a GF02 with mechanical disc brakes, for a truly adventurous gravel road riding bike.
The GF01 line will be offered in six sizes from 48 up to 61. The carbon frame utilizes both TCC, which first debuted on the SLR01, and adds BMC's angle compliance to create a stiff frame, but still extremely compliant ride. The GF01 will be offered as a full bike with Dura Ace Di2, Ultegra Di2, and mechanical Ultegra. The GF01 is a DTI frame, which BMC explains is dual transmission integrated, meaning it's setup to run either an electronic group or a mechanical groupset. You can add or remove parts to accompany whichever groupset you decide to run.
The GF02 is an aluminum version of the GF01 with similar geometry. Being made of aluminum, there is added weight, but not much, a GF02 we're told spec'd with SRAM Red still weighs in under 15lbs. Although most GF02 bikes will be bought with a more conservative 105 build, with heavier training wheels. Wheels that will be spec'd with 28c tires most likely. Interestingly enough, the GF02 has room for up to 34c tire clearance, so for those adventurous types, this could be converted to a full on cyclocross rig. Pricing has not been finalized, but should be very soon. All models shown here, are 2013 bikes, but should start arriving at BMC dealers around late October to early November.
For more information, check out BMC Racing's Official Website.
BMC GF01 - Shimano Ultegra (mechanical)
BMC GF02 Disc - Aluminum Frame with Disc Brakes
BMC GF02 - Shimano 105