Eurobike 2011: BMC enter 29er market with two models for 2012
By James Huang in Friedrichshafen, Germany | Thursday, September 1, 2011 8.45am
The new BMC TeamElite TE29 29er hardtail uses a triple-butted alloy frame and hydroformed tubing James Huang/BikeRadar
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.
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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.
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