About me got into cycling a year ago with a steel road bike (24 lbs), and after 1,000 miles (including Reach the Beach and the Portland Century) I knew that I wanted to get a lighter (carbon) bike with hydraulic disc brakes. So began my search.
My typical ride usually consists of 25-40 mile distances and I try to get a significant climb in whenever I can. Therefore, I did not want a pure race bike (like a Teammachine or Super Six). I also did not want an endurance bike because, frankly, I didn't like the looks of the tall front end. I guess I wanted a bike that could be as sporty as I wanted to be while also being comfortable for those century rides. So I started looking at the sportiest endurance bikes, including the Giant Defy, Scott Solace, even the new Specialized Roubaix. But the BMC Roadmachine always grabbed my eye with its style and clean looks.
I love the looks of the Roadmachine. It has all the new trends in bike design flat-mount disc brakes, cleanintegrated cable routing, a neat stem cap design (while still accepting standard handlebars and stem), thru-axles, and my favorite feature the hidden seat post clamp-so clean! I also really like the small rear triangle - just looks great and helps the bike stand out.
I love the Super Red color. It's not a pure red, it's more like red with a tinge of orange. I was not in love with the Shimano 105-level hydraulic shifters. They look...well see for yourself. So I had Western upgrade the shift levers and the brakes to Ultegra level.
The bike rides awesomely. When I was testing bikes, for some reason the Roadmachine felt really different than the others. I can't say how, but it just felt different as soon as I pedaled it. Smoother. But not sluggish.
So, it all adds up. It's not the lightest bike (at about 18.5 pounds), but I think it competes on every other aspect agile, comfortable, you can get as low as you want, looks amazing, all the latest tech.
I'm sure it would get even better with a wheel upgrade. There's absolutely nothing wrong with the stock Novatec wheels which are strong and durable, but probably right around 2,000g. I might buy a pair of Hunts for $XXX and knock off about 500g (Boy, that sounds sooo worth it! -says non-cyclist).