BMC Trail Fox TF02 review

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

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £2,322.00 RRP | USD $3,468.06
BMC Trail Fox TF02

Our review

Impressively stiff and enjoyable mountain-ready all-rounder
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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.

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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.

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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.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Trail Fox TF02 (11)
Brand BMC

Available Colours Brown
Brake Levers Avid Elixir 5, 185mm rotors
Seat Angle 73.5
Seatpost MK2
Shifters SLX
Stem Scor MkII, 75mm
Weight (kg) 13.12
Weight (lb) 28.92
Bottom Bracket Height (in) 14.2
Rear Tyre Schwalbe, Nobby Nic Performance 26-2.24
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
Saddle Scor
Rear Shock RP2 140mm
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
Frame Material ISC triple-butted, hydroform aluminium
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
Front Derailleur XT
Rear Hub Vice thro axle
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 Wheel Easton Vice