The Streetracer’s distinctive frame design derives directly from BMC’s range-topping carbon race bikes. It has a very compact frame, with only a 48cm seat tube on the 54cm frame size, which, thanks to the triple-triangle set-up, results in a very tight back-end.
There are lots of complex tube shapes, which makes the Streetracer stand out from this crowd. The ride stands apart from the others too, being the stiffest by far – unforgiving at the rear, for the reasons discussed, while the straight-bladed carbon fork does little to soften the ride feel up front.
The pay-off is pace and acceleration, being as nimble and spry as a deer. You can jump around and change direction with explosive movements; it follows your every move with pinpoint accuracy.
But that won’t be everyone’s idea of fun.
This bike will suit stronger, more aggressive riders, or wannabe sprint champions. In terms of spec, the Tiagra running gear is spot-on and the Easton finishing kit is classy. We’d like to have seen higher-spec wheels, as Shimano’s R500s, while functional, are pretty basic.
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