Swiss company BMC certainly produce some distinctive bikes. We took the lower specced version of their 140mm all-mountain machine, the Trailfox, out onto the hills to see if it lived up to the promise of its name.
As you’d expect for a 140mm travel bike, it’s not the fastest uphill. Still, it’s perfectly reserved as long as you don’t ask too much of it – getting out of the saddle to climb is a big no-no but sit and spin and it will treat you kindly all the way to the top.
Turn it into the first bend over the top for the fun to begin – 68°/73° angles are spot on for carving tight turns, and as our test version measured in with a 67° head angle things got even more interesting as the pace hotted up.
The Trailfox dishes out the sort of fun that seems like a guilty pleasure to cross-country riders – simply sit on it, do very little and engage glee as it rolls over everything in its path with apparently little effort and without being the slightest bit scary.
A more aggressive rider will get more out of it but you really do have to work quite hard to get it to display more refined behaviour; it’s a total bruiser of a bike and its bulk is awkward to shift around on the trail if you’re used to a lighter ride.
We also found the Shimano Deore brakes underpowered despite sporting 180mm rotors front and rear; not ideal on a bike that will happily steamroll a small truck if given its head.