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After a bunch of folly...It's here!! BMC Pro Machine

Old 11-05-10, 09:26 AM
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After a bunch of folly...It's here!! BMC Pro Machine

3 weeks ago, I ordered a 2010 BMC Pro Machine in the limited edition color. The BMC distributor confirmed they had one and only one in a size 55 and my LBS ordered it. Joe, the owner, tells me it would be about a week door to door. Knowing how all this works, I figure on two. Sure enough, a week later it still hadn’t shipped. The BMC distributor in Chicago can’t seem to locate the frame. They finally track it down at a rep’s house. I receive a tracking number showing that the shipping was billed on Monday, October 26th. Thursday, there is still no update on the UPS site, so Joe calls the distributor and finds that it is still “lost”. Just a theory here, but being their last one, me thinks the rep was hoping to keep my frame for himself . Anyway, the next day I receive an update from UPS with a scheduled delivery of Nov. 4th. Smooth sailing until Tuesday.

Joe calls me at work and tells me there’s a problem with getting my Easton cockpit and asks if I want to change it out. He assures me that it’ll be at the shop the same day the frame comes in. We plan on meeting at 4pm on Thursday for my pick up.

2:30 rolls around and I get a call from Joe. The handlebars aren’t in. The truck came by with his delivery, but the failed to unload my handlebars and stem. It’s driving around town and not doing me any good. He tells me he’s going to drive down to the warehouse as soon as the truck returns. He’ll call me later. 4:30 he calls me and says he’s heading out to the warehouse. 6:30 he calls with the bad news. For whatever reason, the handlebars haven’t come in. The good news is that the distributor has promised Joe that he’ll drive the handlebars over to his shop by 8:30. With all the delays I’m a little stressed about getting the bike built before my fitter shows up at my door the next day, but I’ll manage.

8:40, I get the call. Everything is here and Joe offers to do the build for me. Joe’s already put an 11 hour day in at the shop and I’m blown away by the generosity. By the time I get to the shop, about all that’s left to do is the cabling and adjustments.


Cabling the BMC by thesmoothdome, on Flickr
Cabling the Pro Machine



Final Ajustments BMC by thesmoothdome, on Flick

rJoe Making Final Adjustments


Bar wraps and black Conti GP4000s will be added after my fitter leaves tonight. Steering tube will be cut after a few rides.
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Old 11-05-10, 09:30 AM
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Old 11-05-10, 09:44 AM
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nice bike, I love the stealth look. you love it that bike, i love mine. just watch that seat junction area when you tighten your seat post. get a torque wrench if you dont already have one.
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Old 11-05-10, 11:20 AM
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For some reason Joe looks to me like a good mechanic from the picture...
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Old 11-05-10, 12:26 PM
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Sweet bike!
I'm sure you'll love yours the way I love mine.
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Old 11-05-10, 03:20 PM
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Nice bike!
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Old 11-05-10, 04:17 PM
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After all these winter parody threads, this is a welcome respite.

Thanks! Sweet ride.
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Old 11-05-10, 05:26 PM
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Looks nice. Quite a story.
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Joe is a hero!
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Joe is a hero!
When people debate LBS vs. Internet, this is the perfect example of why the LBS will always be first in my book. BTW, the bike was a lot less expensive than Competitive Cyclist or Glory would do it for, which obviously didn't hurt.

Here's the finshed build


bike by thesmoothdome, on Flickr

The seat tube lists all of the podium finishes the frame has had. Nice touch and not overly noticable.


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Old 11-06-10, 02:43 PM
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Very nice! i love the paint! enjoy i know i would!
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Very cool. Nice score.
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Beautiful bike, congrats!
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That's one nice looking bmc! I'm sure you'll enjoy it!
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Wow, awesome bike. I really like the names of all those races on the down tube (or is it on the seat tube, it looks like the FD is mounted under the inscription?). That would definitely provide some extra motivation to "live up to" the bike.
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Wow, awesome bike. I really like the names of all those races on the down tube (or is it on the seat tube, it looks like the FD is mounted under the inscription?). That would definitely provide some extra motivation to "live up to" the bike.
Yup, you're right. It's fixed. Guess I can attribute that to a lack of sleep over the last two days. I'll never live up to what the bike can do, but I can always dream and while suffering like a champion
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Nice! Great looking bike.
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Are they talking about spectators feeding the cyclists? You know, like don't feed the bears?
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nice bike, I love the stealth look.
About as stealthy as a grand piano, IMHO.
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You're going to love the ride of that bike. It's absolutely amazing in cornering. It just rips through technical turns. Truly the proverbial "on rails" feeling. First bike I've owned that I would buy again.
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Originally Posted by thesmoothdome View Post
The seat tube lists all of the podium finishes the frame has had. Nice touch and not overly noticable.


seat tube by thesmoothdome, on Flickr
They missed this one:



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BMC has such awesome design. There's something about a font next to the same font in bold that is just so beautiful, especially with no capital letters. Sometimes it's painful to admit what a sucker I am for Helvetica.
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Originally Posted by rollin View Post
They missed this one:




Ahahahahahaahahahahahahahaa.

Nice looking bike but I would prefer to 1. build it myself. 2. order things online. PBK has never mis-shipped anything to me.

Edit: also, you said you were getting an easton cockpit but all I see is fsa...
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Very nice bike, i've been meaning to go to my local BMC dealer as i'm in the market for a new bike.
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Originally Posted by rollin View Post
They missed this one:



The put it on the other side of the seat tube, on the bottom. It'll be pretty hard to notice with the water bottle cages.


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Edit: also, you said you were getting an easton cockpit but all I see is fsa...
For some reason we found out on Tuesday afternoon that the Easton cockpit wasn't going to be available on Thursday, so I opted to give the FSA Kwing Carbon a shot and matched it with a SL-K stem. I wasn't real fond of the bold graphics on the bars, but the red does accent Red shifters and the white works well with the white rims. Shrug. Maybe it was meant to be.
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Originally Posted by thesmoothdome View Post
The put it on the other side of the seat tube, on the bottom. It'll be pretty hard to notice with the water bottle cages.
And they say the Swiss don't have a sense of humour!

If the frame was stiff enough for Floyd on 'Roids it's more than I'll ever need.

To echo JoelS, this is one frame I'd buy again.

Ride safe.
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