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forget everything you know about the construction of carbon frames.

forget everything you know about the construction of carbon frames.

the impec is fundamentally different. the frame of the impec has been rethought from start to finish

the impec is fundamentally different. the frame of the impec has been rethought from start to finish

the impec gives absolutely precise answers to a host of questions that until now have remained unanswered.

the impec gives absolutely precise answers to a host of questions that until now have remained unanswered.

impec - handmade by machines

A man with a vision. To establish a competitive frame production facility in Switzerland. An integrated industrial manufacturing process to satisfy the most exacting quality requirements. A highly efficient carbon frame which is not laminated, but instead made from loadspecific woven tubes. A revolutionary half-shell system that connects these tubes with ultimate strength. A world champion who tests the bike and instantly declares it suitable for racing. A utopia?

we’ll build the impec

When Andy Rihs gets on his bike, not only is it good for his fitness but most of all for his businesses as well. Sitting in the saddle is where he does his thinking. It’s where he “gets into the zone”, where the contradictions are re-solved, horizons open up, and things can be thought of that were previously unthinkable..

This love story officially began in early 2001 when Andy Rihs, the CEO of the hearing systems manufacturer, Phonak, and the bike manufacturer, BMC, announced their that they would collaborate. At this point in time BMC was mainly constructing mountain bikes but that was about to change, fast. The following year, Andy Rihs’ professional road racing team, Phonak, competed in the Tour de France on BMC bikes. The riders in their green-and-yellow jerseys pedaled to help raise the awareness for hearing impairment “We race for better hearing” was the slogan they took with them across the world but the impact on the brand awareness for BMC was huge.

The strategy bore fruit. Phonak advanced not only to become the biggest and most innovative, but also the best-known manufacturer of hearing systems in the world - and in the world of road racing BMC became a brand that stood out with its unique frame design and its use of innovation in their creation.

But Andy Rihs had bigger ideas. Renowned as someone who doesn’t do things by halves, he was consumed with finding the answer to the question. Why was a high-tech material such as carbon still being processed using low-tech methods? A passionate patron of cycling and a cyclist himself, he claims his best ideas have come to him while riding his bike and this was no exception.

Rhis decided to set a true industrial standard for the construction of carbon frames. By developing the technologies that would be needed all the way through to series production. He intended on doing this all in Switzerland – using the reputation that Switzerland has for thoroughness and precision. When finished, BMC would be the first manufacturer in the world able to offer its customers an absolutely faultless carbon frame that satisfies the highest demands. In short, BMC would build the impec.