BMC have upped the ante in the growing gravel and adventure market by adding suspension travel to the front end of their URS (Unrestricted) model.
The URS LT (Long Travel) offers adjustable front suspension, via a dial on the top of the stem, that controls the bike’s integrated coil-sprung fork.
Overall weight has been kept relatively low, the top-tiered ‘One’ model pulls the scales to 9.5kg.
BMC engineers have designed the coil-sprung fork that allows for up to 20mm of travel.
Along with customisable suspension, the URS LT is compatible with 1x mechanical and electronic drivetrains and features internal cable routing for a dropper post, a hub dynamo system, plus top tube mounts and more.
The carbon frame is built with BMC’s ‘Gravel+’ geometry and includes a 70˚ head angle. With obvious cues from XC mountain biking, the slacker head angle combined with a long top tube and short stem is said to offer extra stability at high speeds and snappier steering.
BMC engineers have created the new ‘MTT suspension fork’ with 20 mm of coil-sprung travel in the steerer. This is controlled by a hydraulic damper. There’s the ability to ride with full lock-out, three different spring stiffnesses and preload spacers for tuning. There’s also 4cm of stack adjustment in the steerer for position optimisation.
The URS LT features front and rear compliance, and blends the lines between gravel and cross country MTB.
BMC say the integration of the suspension into the steerer retains a road-like, minimal aesthetic in the fork.
The front suspension is complimented by compliance in the rear end with the D-Shaped seatpost and stays including an elastomer that allows for 10mm of movement.
Other URS LT features include 180/160 mm flat-mount discs, up to 700×45 mm tyres, integrated protectors on the fork dropout, downtube and chainstays, a top tube mount to bolt-on top tube bags, battery lights or other accessories and BMC’s integrated ‘Dfender’ mud-guard option.
Seatpost BMC 01 Premium Carbon D-Shape Seatpost 0 mm
Brakes SRAM Force HRD 180/160 mm
Drivetrain SRAM Force eTap AXS mit Eagle AXS X01-Schaltwerk 38T (10–52T)
Stem BMC MSM02 75 mm
Handlebar Easton EA70 AX 440 mm
Wheelset CRD-400 Carbon,
Tires WTB Raddler TSC 40C
Size S M L XL
Weight 9.52 kg
Australian pricing and availability will be known soon.