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.