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Trail and Enduro Bikes

BMC Trailfox TF02 X01

Swiss made 150mm enduro built for speed

They have dominated road cycling at the highest level with Cadel Evans and Tour de France victory, and with Julien Absalon reached the pinnacle of mountain bike cross country World Cup racing. With the BMC Trailfox TF02 X01 which we first reviewed a few years ago, they could easily do the same in enduro racing.

As a company they pretty much keep themselves to themselves stating “a higher value or a value in excess of that normally or usually expected when it comes to manufacturing quality.” They certainly do have an edge over most of the competition in so many respects. But why so silently? From design, to prototypes and on to testing it’s all done pretty secretly. Nothing gets let out of the bag until it’s totally correct. We like this.

“Nothing gets let out of the bag until it’s totally correct. We like this”

Carbon quality

If its arguable whether any bike gets as close to perfect geometry as the 150mm travel Trailfox from Swiss company BMC then its undoubtable that few will match the frame build and quality of this bike. BMC have their own carbon production and R&D facility in Grenchen, the bike is certainly a phenomenon when it comes to build quality.

The TF 01 and TF 02 Trailfox bikes differ very slightly. The former running Sram XX1 and DT Swiss 1501 wheelset, Shimano XTR brake 203 mm rotors compared to the X01, DT Swiss 1700 wheelset and Shimano XT brakeset on this the 02. We prefer the latter, and it’s cheaper. At £4299 it’s a lot of bike and is over £1700 cheaper than an S-Works Enduro with only 5mm less travel.

A road and cross-country heritage, this Swiss company has already made its mark as a key all-mountain weapon

On the other side of the Trailfox the Trek Remedy 29 comes with less rear inches but making better use of its 140mm travel but some bright spark at Trek decided not to bring complete bikes into the UK for 2016 even if it has twice won the Enduro World Series. With the BMC Trailfox on the other hand we had suggested as frame only in the past due to poor component specification (we broke the crazy lightweight wheels on early bikes) but todays specification and price as described above with 45mm stem and great sizing (460mm reach on the large is equivalent to XL Specialized Enduro at 465mm and its 1200mm wheelbase is close compared to 1212mm on the enduro) is a winner.

They’ve made the bikes a bit more cheery too in terms of colouring compared to the downbeat paintwork on what was essentially their pioneering 29” long travel trail/enduro bike of a few years back. There’s still a hard to describe aura surrounding BMC bikes that is rarely found on other brands but it exists. Some bike. In the mix for trail/enduro bike of the year.

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