BMC Trail Fox TF02 review£2,322.00

Tough, trustworthy all-round trail bike that’ll stand out from the crowd

BikeRadar score3/5

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.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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