Test: As part of the Eurobike Media Days in Bruneck, directly on Kronplatz in South Tyrol, we had the opportunity to test the brand new BMC Gravelbike. BMC URS or also: BMC Unrestricted. The carbon bike should combine the expertise of the Swiss from the racing bike and MTB sectors and thus create an all-rounder that feels comfortable on almost any terrain. And what terrain would be better suited to test this promise than the countless gravel roads of South Tyrol.
In the morning of the next day, we have a meeting with Hape from BMC, one of the main people responsible for marketing. Admittedly, expectations are high as he got us curious about BMC's latest bike. "It has the steering angle and Micro Travel Technology of our Teamelite, but it's not a new Teamelite", is it [called. Hape said: “It has the stem unit of our Roadmachine, but it's not a Roadmachine. It is URSt versatile. You can do almost anything with it.”
When I take a look at the URS in the separate part of the BMC booth for the first time, I get a wow effect. In front of me is the top model of the series, which seems to leave absolutely nothing to be desired. The brand new and outrageously expensive Sram XX1 AXS in conjunction with the well-known Sram Etap AXS STI unit ensures the largest shift range. A Sram Etap AXS brake with a 180 mm disc at the front and 160 mm at the rear should bring optimal deceleration. To round off the exclusivity, there are the DT Swiss GRC 1400 Spline carbon wheels on the BMC. "OK. The equipment is really very good. What makes the bike special? What did you pay attention to as a Swiss premium manufacturer?", I ask my counterpart. "I can tell you that best when we go for a ride on the bike." I don't need to be told twice and go on the signposted gravel tour with Hape.
With the most beautiful panorama of the Dolomites and the finest sunshine, Hape begins to tell: “Basically, the bike should be a bike for almost everything and everyone. It doesn't matter whether it's an after-work tour or a vacation, the Unrestricted is prepared for everything." For the after-work tour, the Hardtail Teamelite was used and the steering angle of 70 degrees was adopted. In addition, the frame was designed in such a way that a Fox 32 Stepcast AX suspension fork can be retrofitted. The so-called Micro Travel Technology – MTT for short – ensures the necessary comfort in all areas. This is a kind of elastomer, which, together with the rear triangle concept, should ensure comfort without sacrificing performance. Due to different driver weights, this is of course also available in different degrees of hardness. One of the invisible highlights is the option of installing a retractable seat post. This expands the area of use of the bike and allows you to have even more fun on the trail. Inspiration was also found at the other end of the two-wheeler spectrum: the BMC URS inherits the cockpit integration from the Roadmachine. Cables and lines run inside the stem and directly into the frame. As befits a gravel bike, the URS comes with rather short stems to improve off-road handling.
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But to avoid any misunderstandings at this point; the URS is not just a potpourri from the existing BMC portfolio, but also knows how to impress with Gravel-specific features and detailed solutions. Starting with the fork: anyone who travels will find that it inevitably gets dark at some point. In the African desert, however, conventional battery lights are extremely unfavorable. It is therefore advisable to install a hub dynamo in order to have a reliable lighting system. The carbon fork has a cable duct designed for this purpose so that the cables can be routed in an optically attractive way. In addition, the bike has been prepared for mounting mudguards and luggage racks with all the relevant holes. Of course, there will also be a version with a conventional groupset installed to make it ideal for travel.
When choosing the colors, care was taken to ensure that the bike is sporty and elegant. The top model in a really chic beige has baby blue stripes. However, the price starts at 2999,00 euros.
BMC URS: Let's gravel!
It is undisputed that the URS is extremely chic and elegant. I took a seat on a size S. This fits me perfectly at my height of 1,72 m. The relaxed, sporty seating position reminds me of my cross-country hardtail and suggests that the BMC remains extremely comfortable even on long tours. The URS actually makes very good progress uphill. The new Sram XX1 AXS works excellently and thus lives up to my high expectations. As advertised by the manufacturer, the MTT rear triangle system provides a lot of comfort without being spongy.
I only experience the big surprise in the trail. The URS feels unexpectedly at home here. The wide handlebars give you the freedom you need to have a firm grip on the bike. The Sram disc brake provides the necessary security to come to a standstill again. Despite their width of 42 mm, the built-in WTB Skinwall tires have enough grip and never give the driver the feeling of being overwhelmed. For those who find this width too narrow, the frame and fork can accommodate tires with a width of up to 48 mm. In summary, the BMC Unrestricted rides like a modern cross-country hardtail with a drop bar. It was therefore no problem for me to be able to peel off smaller edges. I'm sure that fun trail feeling can only be enhanced with a dropper post.