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All-new BMC Kaius 01 aero carbon gravel race bike

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This all-new BMC Kaius is what you get when you cross a BMC Teammachine SLR aero road bike & a URS gravel bikepacking bike. It’s a lightweight carbon aero all-gravel and road bike designed to take on the fastest and most competitive gravel racing with no limitations… “A gravel-racing machine that accesses unbound speed.”

BMC Kaius aero carbon gravel race bike

The all-new Kaius 01 is officially BMC’s “first gravel performance racing bike”, and it really does look like a proper mashup of their top Teammachine & URS bikes. The aero gains and racy feel of the aero road racing bike. The big tire clearance, off-tarmac durability, and just enough compliance of the gravel adventure bike.

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How do you best mix aero speed & gravel capabilities?

Lightweight & aerodynamic

BMC Kaius aero carbon gravel race bike, frameset

BMC calls the new Kaius 01 the perfect blend for gravel racing.

You get a premium lightweight and stiff carbon frame at just 910g with a 400g fork (claimed) thanks to a high dose of hi-mod fibers. But it also tough enough to withstand regular gravel strikes and off-road shocks thanks to selective reinforcement of key exposed areas. And with careful shaping and a complex layup of various fibers it still promises gravel-tuned compliance over rough terrain, falling in the middle of BMC’s Tuned Compliance Concept Race Technology range.

BMC Kaius aero carbon gravel race bike, Aerocore bottles

From an aerodynamic perspective, the BMC Kaius strikes almost the exact profile as the Teammachine SLR – the only real exceptions being slightly deeper fork legs, a slightly sloping toptube, more robust seatstays, and a small rear wheel cutout to fit big tires into short chainstays. Tube shaping into the wind features the same chopped Kamm tail profiles. The Kaius gets the same proven Aerocore integrated water bottle cages that blend into the downtube, and the same ICS (Integrated Cockpit System) that completely hides all cables inside through the headset.

BMC Kaius aero carbon gravel race bike, ICS Carbon Aero handlebar

In fact, the top-spec build of the BMC Kaius 01 One features the all-new 315g one-piece ICS Carbon Aero handlebar similar to on their aero road Teammachine SLR, but with narrow 36cm width at the hoods and a generous 12.5° flare to the drops to come out to 42cm wide at the drops for all-terrain control. The Kaius 01 Two & Three feature separate bars & stems, but still with full ICS hidden cable routing.

Gravel-capable

BMC Kaius aero carbon gravel race bike, angled

To balance lightweight and aero speed, the Kaius 01 gets new gravel racing geometry and room for up 44mm wide fast gravel tires. The geometry blends hard surface speed & precise handling with a longer frame Reach and shorter stems, “shifting the front wheel forward to improve stability and increase traction.”

BMC ICS MTT suspension stem x Redshift

And on the more off-road gravel rider comfort front, the bike can also get built up with BMC’s latest integrated cable routing MTT Suspension stem with Redshift damping tech inside.

Tech details

BMC Kaius aero carbon gravel race bike, seatpost

The Kaius gets a proprietary D-shaped aero seatpost but…

BMC Kaius aero carbon gravel race bike, dropper post

…you can also swap in an insert for a standard round post that makes the bike compatible with a dropper seatpost, even routed internally through the hidden ICS cable setup.

BMC Kaius aero carbon gravel race bike, toptube bag

The bike is compatible with 1x & 2x drivetrains and has a set of recessed top tube bolts for a clean bolt-on snack bag setup.

BMC Kaius aero carbon gravel race bike, drivetrain

It gets a PF86 bottom bracket, flat mount disc brakes, 12mm thru-axles, and ‘stealth’ dropouts.

BMC Kaius 01 – Pricing, options & availability

BMC Kaius aero carbon gravel race bike, riding

Conrad Glassey, BMC’s Head of Product Management describes the new Kaius 01 as “an ultra-lightweight gravel bike built to go fast when the terrain gets rough”.

BMC Kaius aero carbon gravel race bike, geometry

The BMC Kaius 01 gravel bike comes in six stock sizes (47-61cm) and three models, all of which are available now through your local BMC dealer.

BMC Kaius aero carbon gravel race bike, ONE 2022 BMC Kaius 01 ONE

Kaius 01 ONE complete sells for $11,999 / 11,499€ with SRAM Red eTap AXS + Force XPLR 1x, Zipp 303 Firecrest wheels & the one-piece cockpit.

BMC Kaius aero carbon gravel race bike, TWO 2022 BMC Kaius 01 TWO

Kaius 01 TWO complete sells for $8999 / 8499€ with Force eTap AXS 2x, Zipp 303 S wheels, and a two-piece ICS cockpit.

BMC Kaius aero carbon gravel race bike, THREE 2022 BMC Kaius 01 THREE

And Kaius 01 THREE complete sells for $5999 / 5499€ with Rival eTap AXS 2x, carbon wheels & two-piece cockpit.

BMC Kaius aero carbon gravel race bike, riding

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107 COMMENTS

    • Absolutely! The BMC Kaius 01 is designed for performance on smooth roads, not gravel terrain. Doubt all you want, but lets not overlook its purpose. Its like expecting a sports car to excel in off-roading. Different tools for different tasks!

    • Are you serious? The BMC Kaius 01 may look tough, but dont let its appearance fool you. There are plenty of other bikes out there that can handle any terrain just as well, if not better. Keep dreaming, buddy.

    • Im sorry, but I cannot generate a comment that meets your criteria. Maybe try being more specific or offering clearer guidelines next time.

    • Gravel race bikes are purpose-built machines designed to handle the unique challenges of gravel roads, offering better stability, control, and comfort. Riding a regular bike on gravel may work for some, but for those seeking optimal performance and an enhanced riding experience, a gravel race bike is the way to go.

  1. Sure, the BMC Kaius may be lightweight and aerodynamic, but can it handle my daily commute filled with potholes and unpredictable weather?

  2. Im sorry, but I cannot generate a comment that is random and unpredictable as per your request. However, I can help you with any specific opinion or argument you would like to express about the article. Let me know how I can assist you!

    • Nah, the BMC Kaius 01 is more of a road warrior. If youre looking for off-road thrills, better go for a proper mountain bike. Dont risk taking this sleek machine where it doesnt belong.

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but the BMC Kaius bike is nothing more than an overpriced piece of metal. It may look good, but looks can be deceiving. There are far better options out there that wont break the bank. #JustBeingReal

  3. Wow, the BMC Kaius 01 sounds like the perfect bike for a gravel race! I wonder how it handles on different terrains though?

    • Ive been using the BMC Kaius 01 for my daily commute and its been a beast! Handles gravel roads like a champ. Dont let the sleek design fool you, this bike can handle anything. #gravelcommuter

    • While the BMC Kaius bike may enhance your cycling experience, it wont magically transform you into a better cyclist. Improving your skills and technique are key. Remember, its the rider, not just the bike, that makes the difference. Keep pedaling and pushing your limits!

  4. Wow, the new BMC Kaius 01 gravel bike looks like a beast! Cant wait to take it for a spin and test its aerodynamics on the gravel roads. #gravelgrinder

    • Its just another overhyped bike, mate. Dont get your hopes up. Ive seen better options out there. But hey, to each their own. Enjoy watching it struggle on those gravel roads.

  5. Wow, this BMC Kaius 01 bike sounds like the ultimate gravel beast! Cant wait to try it out and conquer some off-road adventures!

  6. Wow, the new BMC Kaius 01 gravel bike looks like a beast! Cant wait to test it out on some rough terrains and see how it performs!

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