Eurobike 2011: BMC enter 29er market with two models for 2012

Plus Cadel Evans's TeamMachine SLR01

After a busy couple of seasons in road bike development with their new Impec and TimeMachine, Swiss company BMC are devoting a bit more attention to the off-road side of their business with two new 29er models for 2012 to go along with the carbon fiber Trailfox launched earlier this year.

First previewed at this year's Sea Otter Classic and officially launched at this week's Eurobike show, the new TeamElite TE29 hardtail features an all-aluminum triple-butted tubeset hydroformed into BMC's trademark shapes – such as the T-profile top tube and unique seat cluster arrangement.

There's also a short, tapered head tube for accurate steering, post mount rear disc tabs, and a direct-mount front derailleur. BMC are emphasizing the geometry aspects of the new frame, which include a relatively steep 70° head tube angle and short 403mm chainstays, all optimized around a 100mm-travel fork.

Accompanying the new big-wheeler is the SpeedFox SF29 full-suspension bike, which uses BMC's proven APS short dual-link rear suspension design with 100mm of travel, triple-butted hydroformed aluminum tubing, post mount rear disc tabs, a direct-mount front derailleur, a tapered head tube, and similar geometry as on the TE29.

Both frames will be offered with a choice of two build kits: Shimano SLX with a RockShox Recon Gold fork, Avid Elixir 3 hydraulic disc brakes and Alex wheels; or SRAM X0 with a Fox 32 Float FIT RLC 15QR fork, Avid Elixir 7 brakes and Easton EA70 wheels.

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA
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