BMC Racing’s star-studded Paris-Roubaix squad will have a new bike for Sunday’s race. Dubbed the GF01 (gran fondo) the new machine marks BMC’s entry into the endurance category.
With what appears to be a taller head tube and frame features designed for increased vertical compliance, fans of the Swiss firm now have another option for long and/or rough rides. It will probably suit those who prefer a higher handlebar position as well.
The new bike’s chainstays are dropped and the flattened seatstays are attached at the seat tube much lower than on other models. A smaller than normal (for BMC) seat post is used as well. All these items should combine to make for a more comfortable ride.
In what is becoming a new standard in the cycling industry, BMC incorporated an integrated chain catcher into the bike. It mounts vertically just inside the small chainring and should work with both standard and compact-sized chainrings.
We’ll be sure to pass along more details as we get them.