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.
|Name||Trail Fox TF02 (11)|
|Brake Levers||Avid Elixir 5, 185mm rotors|
|Stem||Scor MkII, 75mm|
|Bottom Bracket Height (in)||14.2|
|Rear Tyre||Schwalbe, Nobby Nic Performance 26-2.24|
|Seat Tube (in)||18.1|
|Standover Height (in)||30.3|
|Top Tube (in)||23.2|
|Tyres||Schwalbe Nobby Nic Performance compound, 2.4in|
|Front Wheel||Easton Vice, 15mm|
|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|
|Cassette||Shimano HG-81 11-36t|
|Fork||TALAS RL, tapered steerer, 15mm axle, 120/150mm|
|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|
|Rear Derailleur||XT 10speed|
|Rear Wheel||Easton Vice|