BMC Trail Fox TF02 review

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£2322

BMC Trail Fox TF02

BikeRadar verdict

60.0 out of 5 stars

"Impressively stiff and enjoyable mountain-ready all-rounder"

Sunday, March 20, 2011 12.00am By

We’re generally unimpressed with the handling of some longtravel bikes from some Euro nations, but BMC’s Swiss take on the mountain machine is different.

Yes, the handlebar’s a bit narrow but there’s an easy squish from the rear suspension that slackens off the angles and the short stem means attentive handling and rearward weight positioning.

Tapered forks and head tube, big welded upper linkage and Maxle rear offer tracking stiffness and chunky Easton Vice wheels add stability.

At 29lb it’s not too much of a beast to get up the climbs, and the solid lockout of the RP2 shock stops pedal bob and soft pedal feel with a lever flick. Transmission is adequate, but big rotors front and rear boost stopping power.

The 150mm of travel is encouraging over small and mid-sized trouble, but it isn’t quite as happy when serious pieces of geology come towards it. While their size adds cushioning, the slippery Performance compound tyres undermine cornering confidence.

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Specification

Name:
Trail Fox TF02 (11)
Brand:
Bmc
Price:
£2322

Available Colours:
Brown
Available Sizes:
L M S XL XS M L M L M L XL M L XL M XS XS S M L XS S M L XL XS S M L XL XS S XS XS
Bottom Bracket:
Shimano Hollowtech II
Brakes:
Elixir 5
Cassette:
Shimano HG-81 11-36t
Chain:
Shimano XT
Cranks:
552, 42/32/24T
Fork:
TALAS RL, tapered steerer, 15mm axle, 120/150mm
Frame Material:
ISC triple-butted, hydroform aluminium
Front Derailleur:
XT
Front Hub:
Vice thro axle
Front Tyre:
Schwalbe, Nobby Nic Performance 26-2.24
Grips/Tape:
Scor, dual compound
Handlebar:
Scor MkII, low rise, 680mm
Head Angle:
68
Headset Type:
Scor
Rear Derailleur:
XT 10speed
Rear Hub:
Vice thro axle
Rear Shock:
RP2 140mm
Rear Tyre:
Schwalbe, Nobby Nic Performance 26-2.24
Saddle:
Scor
Seat Angle:
73.5
Seatpost:
MK2
Shifters:
SLX
Stem:
Scor MkII, 75mm
Weight (kg):
13.12
Weight (lb):
28.92
Brake Levers:
Avid Elixir 5, 185mm rotors
Bottom Bracket Height (in):
14.2
Chainstays (in):
16.9
Seat Tube (in):
18.1
Standover Height (in):
30.3
Top Tube (in):
23.2
Wheelbase (in):
45.7
Tyres:
Schwalbe Nobby Nic Performance compound, 2.4in
Front Wheel:
Easton Vice, 15mm
Rear Wheel:
Easton Vice

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