When are these supposed to be in shops? I'm really keen to test ride one.
Just depends on the dealer and local availability and such.There are eight models in all with a variety of frame colours, and all are in stock and on sale now.
Cool, sounds good to me (I prefer stiffness over compliance anyway). This and the new Scott Addict Disc are the bikes that are appealing to me most right now. Lightweight, comfortable, disc equipped, race oriented machines with room for wider wheels are where I am at given the direction my riding is heading in. The Roadmachine and the Addict check the most boxes and have effectively knocked the Felt FR, Orbea Orca, and Giant TCR down a few notches. I am still interested in seeing what Specialized does with the new Roubaix, but I am officially impressed by the BMC and the Scott. I actually like the black and orange FWIW... :thumbsup:Yea, I got to ride one for an hour or so last week. I really wanted to hate it, but it was a really great bike. I think they've compromised a little bit of compliance on the back end, especially on the larger frame (I ride a 61) in trade for a slightly more aggressive position and perhaps slightly better stiffness. I'd need more time on it to know exactly how that extends over longer rides and a full season, but so far, so good.
I really don't *need* one (my GF-01 is still quite serviceable), but the call of the new and shiny is beckoning me with this.
I'll try to resist and see if they come out with some better colors for the model I'd want (Ultegra Di2). I suppose I could live with that dark grey/orange scheme.
This is the current colorway for the Ui2 RM-01
The bike definitely has clean lines for a Disc Brake equipped 'Endurance' model designed for 'FAT guys'
I actually ended up with a GF-02 because it was more compliant. For me it was stiff enough but really comfortable over bad roads. I also wanted rim brakes and that wasn't available on the GF-01 anymore. I completely agree with your comparison of the 2 frames.There definitely are differences, at least between the 01 and 02 Gran Fondo's. For me, one of my major complaints with BMC is that they are not really forthcoming with the details in regards to the differences in the carbon. The bike shop peeps have no clue, and when I pressed the BMC rep about the differences (specifically in the carbon), he either didn't know himself, or was unwilling to say.
Without extensive side-by-side comparison, which isn't really feasible, it's impossible for the consumer to know exactly how the lower grade carbon/layup in the 02 translates to stiffness and compliance. Being a big guy who puts in a lot of miles on long rides, I tend to prefer a little compliance over extra stiffness or lightness, but chassis stiffness is still important, to prevent flex induced chain rub, etc...
I learned the hard way that the GF-02 was not the same bike as the GF-01, despite the exact same tube shapes and geometry. I rode a GF-01 for a year and a half before it suffered some minor frame damage. When I went to get a replacement from BMC, they couldn't produce a GF-01 frame in my size, and offered me a fully equipped GF-02 at cost (which is pretty darned cheap and cheaper than a GF-01 Frameset alone) and told me they were essentially the same, and that I wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
Needless to say, I could feel the difference. While compliance was probably as good, or possibly better, there was considerably less stiffness in the bottom of the bike (chassis/chainstay/BB, etc...). It might not be very noticeable with a smaller/lighter rider on a 49cm bike, but being 6' 5" and 240lbs on a 61cm bike, I could definitely feel the difference. So much so that I had problems with front derailleur rub (frame flex) under heavy power (climbing, sprinting, etc...).
I ended up selling the GF-02 (for a steal) to a friend, and got my GF-01 repaired. I'm still riding it today, and love it.
I rode the RM-01 for an hour, and was pleased with the feel of the frame. I'd love to spend a couple of hours on both the 01 and the 02 for a side by side comparison, but the shop is not stocking the 02 in my size, at least for now. I'd be very interested to know of the 02 has the same softer feel that the Gran Fondo GF-02 had.
Please post your impression after you try it. Given how you noticed the exact same things between the GF-01 and GF-02 as I did I really trust your views. It would be very much appreciated.I just found out my local BMC dealer does in fact have a RM-02 in my size. It's just not built yet.
I told them i'd like to ride it, but not until after I get back from a vacation later this month.