|The Black Mountain Cycles Disc Monster Cross prototype. Image by Mike Varley|
So even though Mike Varley of Black Mountain Cycles, a little shop in Point Reyes Station, California, has made a few tweaks and several color options available since I bought mine out of the first run, I wasn't enticed to purchase another BMC. Yet.....
I always have had it in the back of my mind that if Mike ever offered a disc version of this bicycle I would jump on that. Disc brakes are the way the industry has chosen to go now, so although I am totally fine with using rim brakes, I have invested in the disc brake side heavily since that is where other brands have gone. It just makes sense to keep everything similar in the fleet, as much as I can. Splitting off into rim and disc brake bikes for the stable complicates my wheel inventory. I don't need more complications.
So, I figured Mike, being totally fine with rim brakes, might not ever actually make this unicorn come to life. Well, he has! Here is the evidence. Besides the disc brakes, there are some important differences to my rig. You can read it straight from the man's blog here.
|My "OG" BMC rig.|
- Sloping top tube: Well, I really prefer the old frame's top tube, it being more level, but this seems like what I have with my Tamland and fits what I've used on a couple of other bikes. I don't mind it, and it reminds me of something else I'll mention further on down here.....
- The fork is segmented: Cool. I don't mind this. It gives a lot of clearance for bigger tires and mud. It's a little more "mountain bike-ish" without resorting to a unicrown fork. I'd rather have a plate crown fork, but hey! That would be expensive!
- Through axle wheels: The fashion of the day. With disc brakes they make a ton of sense. I'm okay with that.
- Room for 2" tires. The image shows Mike's proto with Nano 2.1"ers. I'll probably never go that big, but it is nice to know that 50mm tires like the Donnelly MSO and the Terrene Honali might be a good fit in this rig.
- Rack mounts and water bottle mounts: Oh yeah!! Mike made a choice for one of my favorite details on a gravel bike- Having two down tube sets of water bottle bosses on top and one set below. Bigger frame sizes allow for this. Of course, smaller ones do not, so if you are small in stature, bummer! With the seat tube set of bosses you can mount four bottles. Hooray! Mike isn't down with fork bosses for water bottles or Anything Cages, but that's cool. There are front rack bosses instead, so put a water bottle in a bag on a rack. It works on my BMC!
- Frame tubing specs remain nearly the same: Only the seat stays are different, (thinner by a tiny amount, Mike says), so that bodes well for a good ride quality. The extended seat post extension I would see would also help out with this.
Probably just me.....
Anyway, no geo figures yet, but I read on Mike's blog they are coming. I'm confident that they will be good. Mike knows his stuff. If that end checks out I am all in for getting one of these. So, if it does come to pass that I get a BMC MCD (Monster Cross Disc), I have some plans.
First- The current BMC will become a single speed gravel rig. I had that bike set up originally that way and it rocked. The horizontal drop outs really help there. Then I will thin the herd. I have two bikes that will go on the chopping block if this happens. I'll cross that bridge if this new BMC actually gets purchased. Can't be piling up bikes I won't ride much.
So, anyway, I am pretty excited about this possibility. Stay tuned.......