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  1. Was checking out this AutoDrop Dripper post from BMC. Anyone know if Pidcock is using it? https://www.bmc-switzerland.com/rad
  2. What is a soft tail? Along with clipless pedals, the term soft tail is probably one of the more confused technical terms in cycling. A soft tail is a bike that has some form of compliance or give built into a single piece frame while a dual suspension frame is made up of separate front and rear triangles that are joined by pivots. Why did BMC go the soft tail route? Apparently, the idea for the Teamelite 01 stemmed from the demands of the BMC team riders, not BMC themselves. They wanted something to fit between their Teamelite hardtail and Fourstroke dual suspension bikes, for certain types of courses on the cross-country racing calendar. A bike that has added compliance and traction without adding too much weight or complexity. With this brief, BMC’s Impec Lab spent two years developing the Teamelite 01 frame with Micro Travel Technology. Micro Travel Technology Micro Travel Technology (MTT) is the engineering behind converting the Teamelite hardtail into a soft tail. The MTT system offers up to 15 millimeters of vertical movement. The elastomer is supported by two small shafts (held in place by bushings) that guide the rear end as the bike compresses. The guide shafts also provide the necessary torsional stiffness. BMC have developed three damper settings to suit riders of different weights and styles to better customise the feel of their bike. BMC recommend servicing the MTT system after every 25 hours of riding. The process is simple. Remove the dust cap where the seatstays join the seat post and, using a 6 mm hex key, unthread the guide shafts. The elastomer can then be removed by hand. Check all the components for wear and then regrease. While most of the attention is drawn to the black elastomer, the rest of the rear end of the Teamelite frame has undergone a major redesign. The tubing of the whole rear triangle has seen changes to accommodate the 15 mm of movement. The seatstays and chainstays are constructed from custom carbon layups to flex at critical joints. Geometry and weight Until recently the 70-degree head angle would have been considered on the slack side. But with a number of brands releasing their most recent hardtail offerings with just under 70 degrees, the BMC is left somewhere in the middle. The chainstays remain short at 429 mm, helping whip the bike through corners. Frame weight is a claimed 1080 grams, which is around a kilogram lighter than the BMC's dual suspension offerings and not significantly heavier than the Teamelite 02 frame. The on-the-trail weight of our extra large sized test bike was 10.3 kg. Not super bike light but there is still room to drop some grams with a few smart component changes. Components We tested the lowest specification Teamelite 01 XT which proved to be a reliable build with no parts sticking out as being unsuitable. There is not much to fault on the Shimano XT groupset (including brakes). Our test bike featured the 11-speed 2x11 configuration which I got along with well. Throughout testing power transfer, shifting, and braking were responsive and reliable. Much like the drivetrain, the Fox 32 fork got on with business admirably. Likewise, I had no complaints about the DT Swiss wheels which ran true throughout testing with decent hub engagement and only moderate flex when pushed very hard. BMC like to talk about their longer frames which accommodate shorter stem and wider handlebar confirmations. I’m a big fan of going in this direction on cross-country bikes but having a 720 mm handlebar across the range is going to cause some problems for those on the extreme ends of the spectrum. On the extra large bike, I found the 720 mm handlebar to be far too narrow. Luckily, handlebar and stem are a quick fix and will always be a personal preference. Specifications: FrameMTT Carbon 29ForkFox 32 Float Performance Elite Series FIT4 Remote 100mmShockFox Float with remote lockoutGroupsetShimano XT, 2x11, 36-26T, 11-40TBrakesShimano XT 160/160mmHandlebarBMC MFB01 Carbon 720mmStem BMC MSM 02WheelsetDT Swiss XR 1501 Spline ONETyresContinental RaceKing 2.2Retail PriceR 71 499.00Actual Weight10.3 kg (Extra large frame) On the trail I managed to get the bike out on a variety of trails around Cape Town including Hoogekraal, Contermans, Table Mountain, and the Welvanpas black route. The Teamelite 01 had me climbing briskly with no sign of power loss through the MTT system. On the ups, the bike felt very much like a carbon hardtail. Only when sprinting extremely hard out of the saddle did I notice some movement in the rear. However, at no point did I feel that the MTT was slowing me down. On technical climbs, the MTT provided a little bit of relief (most noticeably when seated) to help absorb some of the harder knocks and keep the wheel planted. With climbing unaffected by the MTT system, I was eager to see how well it worked coming down the mountain. The Teamelite 01 is not a natural descender and requires constant attention to keep it rolling fast. The MTT system did assist in blunting jarring knocks but I struggled to notice any big improvement in traction or control. Even with the MTT,you still have to be a handy bike rider to get the most from the bike on the descents. Pure performance benefits aside, the MTT did very well at taking the edge off smaller bumps in the trail, especially when putting power down while seated. This makes the Teamelite 01 a serious consideration for any level of rider looking for a bit more comfort than their current hardtail provides. A keen amateur stage racer would definitely be a little less tender after a few days out with the Teamelite 01. Be aware though, you won’t be getting dual suspension level of comfort, there will still be many occasions when the trail manages to bite back. Who is the Teamelite 01 for? While I did notice the effect the MTT makes on the bike, I felt that it did little to improve my performance. I am an average amateur racer and feel that many riders will see few gains over a traditional (and much cheaper) Teamelite 02 carbon hardtail. That said, for riders at the top of their game looking for a light bike with some compliance, the Teamelite 01 with its MTT will likely add a competitive edge in their quest for the podium. Where I feel the Teamelite 01 adds value for the broader riding population is the comfort it offers. If you love riding a carbon hardtail but struggle with the harsh ride, the MTT will provide you with some relief that traditional carbon hardtails simply can not offer. In the end The BMC Teamelite 01 XT is an excellent race bike. The MTT maintains the direct power transfer feel of a tradition hardtail while providing an added level of compliance, traction, and comfort. With this bike, BMC has shown that soft tails are no longer a laughing matter.
  3. The engineer behind the BMC Teamelite 01 is a bold man. The soft tail era of mountain biking in the early 90s is generally looked back on with ridicule but a lot has changed in the last twenty years. So is the time right for soft tail to ride again? I was eager to find out with the BMC Teamelite 01 XT. Click here to view the article
  4. Not sure, but looks suspect https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/342263160125679/?ref=search&referral_code=undefined
  5. BMC issues voluntary recall for Teammachine SLR01 Disc bike forks https://road.cc/content/tech-news/268683-bmc-issues-voluntary-recall-teammachine-slr01-disc-bike-forks?fbclid=IwAR3Q-xLIY2RfKXodWTWVE7CE8BQiGwDoQyJSULXiH0mMl2sVXoEHJb6FvpI
  6. “Road cyclists are riding further, longer, and to higher elevations than ever before,” explains Mart Otten, Senior Product Manager Road at BMC Switzerland. “And, many endurance riders are traveling great distances to different regions and countries to participate in epic-size events which entail all-day adventures. At the same time, those events get more extreme by navigating varying road styles and conditions, longer distances and often more climbing. To meet those demands, we wanted to create an endurance bike that is not only good for riding all types of road surfaces, from smooth tarmac to rougher roads or cobbles, but also one that also shines when roads point uphill.” Road-Smoothing Carbon Frame Technology & Componentry At the heart of the all-new Roadmachine is the Endurance-tuned premium carbon frame, which once again utilizes its revolutionary dropped seatstays for a premium ride quality. Known as the Tuned Compliance Concept (TCC), the renowned endurance-oriented carbon layup has been refined to deliver optimum compliance on rough and varying road surfaces, while providing superb power transfer when on the pedals, and all wrapped up in a lightweight package. The TCC Endurance construction enables the Roadmachine frame, fork, and D-Shaped seatpost to work as a single unit of road-smoothing compliance. Along with a new and optimized carbon frame construction, the Roadmachine features BMC’s capable Endurance Geometry developed to deliver a proven and well-balanced ride from high-speed corners on tarmac to the varying terrain of backroads. The Roadmachine frame accomplishes the lofty goals of being lighter weight, stiffer, and more compliant. For improved acceleration, bottom bracket stiffness has gone up by 5-percent, while the torsional stiffness of the front end has been improved by 20-percent for race-capable handling. At the front of the bike, the new Roadmachine fork is now 10-percent stiffer for maximum control on high-speed descents. Simultaneously, front-end compliance was improved by 25-percent over the previous generation bike. “As endurance road riding evolved, we began to re-imagine the Roadmachine and how to refine a proven design to give endurance riders the best possible platform for how they ride,” said Mart Otten, Senior Product Manager Road at BMC Switzerland. “We determined the new Roadmachine needed a lighter overall weight, and improved power transfer for optimized climbing performance. To accomplish these milestones, we had to re-engineer the frame to be stiffer, yet lighter, in certain areas without affecting the overall compliance. Having achieved those goals, we can proudly say the Roadmachine’s overall performance hassignificantly increased across the entire platform.” Ultimate Cockpit Integration For The Perfect Fit BMC’s Integrated Cockpit System (ICS) technology has proven the perfect fit and a sleek, aerodynamic aesthetic are not mutually exclusive. Roadmachine riders can dial in their ideal fit by utilizing the proprietary ICS, which offers a variety of stem dimensions while simultaneously maintaining integrated aero cable routing for a stealth cockpit. Now available in eight lengths ranging from 55mm to 130mm, the newly expanded ICS stem range is also now available in both 0-degree and -12-degree variations, plus low or high top-cone options for optimum front-end customization. ICS delivers complete stack and reach adjustability via a dedicated spacer system for easy fit adjustment without stem removal and hydraulic hose disconnection. Achieving the perfect riding position does not compromise maintenance. On the contrary it allows for easy installation, adjustment, and service; as well as providing a durable, weatherproof location for electronic cables and hydraulic hoses. No Compromises: Versatility Meets Performance To meet the ever-evolving demands of modern endurance cyclists, the new Roadmachine delivers ample tire clearance for varying terrain up 33c in size. Additional new features for improved versatility include the integrated, lightweight, and removable D-Fender seat-mounted fender, plus frame top-tube mounts to intended for bolt-on bags and accessories. “In addition to optimized weight and power transfer, we then addressed tire clearance to allow riders to confidently run tires to handle rougher terrain up to 33c in size, on-bike storage, and weather-ready D-Fender system,” says BMC’s Otten. “All of these ingredients work in unison to establish the Roadmachine as an ultra-versatile performance endurance road bike.” Sizing, Geometry, and Models The new Roadmachine is offered in the following models: Roadmachine 01, Roadmachine 02, and Roadmachine ICS module and in sizes 47, 51, 54, 56, 58, and 61cm.
  7. BMC set out to achieve one major objective with the creation of the Trailfox AMP: to improve on what already exists on the market by creating an e-mountain bike that surpasses rider’s expectations regarding ride quality and looks. The Trailfox AMP’s completely revised, Trailfox-inherited geometry concept ensures that it stays true to rider’s demands for a capable, all-mountain bike, while it's highly innovative, yet functional design concept seamlessly embraces the latest in Shimano e-technology. For an amplified all-mountain experience – the Trailfox AMP is your new go-to bike. “We decided to create our first e-mountain bike when we absolutely knew that we could improve on the existing offerings,” says Stefan Christ, Head of R&D BMC Switzerland. “We narrowed the areas of opportunity, down to the ride experience and design. A great all-mountain e-mtb should meet trail rider’s needs for a capable mountain bike while leveraging the thrill and fun of extra power on the uphill. The Trailfox AMP, with its e-bike specific APS suspension, a carbon frame, and an impressive level of functional integration - complimented with Swiss design-driven looks, is a superbike – we are really proud of the outcome!” Tailored e-MTB Geometry and APS Suspension BMC engineers have tailored Advanced Pivot System (APS) suspension and applied it to the Trailfox AMP. The re-calculation of APS’ kinematics, pivot placement, and leverage ratios, together with an e-specific shock tune gives the Trailfox AMP a true all-mountain attitude. Antoine Lyard, BMC MTB Product Manager, explains “Our over-arching goal in the development of the Trailfox AMP has been to deliver the same legendary ride-feel of its EWS-proven counterpart. We’ve tailored its geometry to accommodate a powerful drive unit, while at the same time preserved the level of agility and ride quality synonymous with the Trailfox.” The Trailfox AMP’s slack head angle is combined with a long front center to provide stability, while its bottom bracket is slightly higher than on the regular Trailfox to avoid pedal strikes on technical uphills. Chainstay length has been kept to a minimum to re-iterate its nimble, responsive handling. Additional loads generated by it being an e-MTB, have been addressed with upsized bearings and links, while a one-piece rear triangle ensures torsional stiffness targets could also be met. Twin Hollow-core Technology The Trailfox AMP boasts what BMC calls “Twin Hollow-core Technology.” Developed at the BMC Impec Lab, this new carbon technology is BMC’s solution to the challenge of creating tube shapes big enough to accommodate a battery, yet stiff enough to qualify as the front triangle of an e-mtb. Maximized Integration When it comes to integration, no stone was left unturned by BMC, the proof being the amount of customized technical solutions used. The Trailfox AMP’s customized Drive Unit cover protects, yet at the same time smoothens the frame surface. Chain stay and yoke protectors provide added frame protection and keep noise to a minimum when riding rocky trails. The battery gets its own cover that mirrors the frame shape while integrated speed sensors in the rear triangle make wheel changes quick and easy.
  8. The holistic approach to look at the bike as an entire system culminated in the development of BMC’s fastest and most intuitive XC race bike ever. The all-new Race Application Dropper Seatpost (RAD) ensures that its fast and smooth adjustments maximize power and control whatever the gradient for a dynamic ride. The integrated dropper seatpost puts riders in the optimum position, whether attacking on the climbs or charging the descents. The revised Big Wheel Concept Race (BWC) geometry has evolved to embody the progressive riding style the XC athletes display on technical World Cup tracks. The wide- open head angle, long front-end, short chainstays, and innovative stem design allows riders to master all the technical challenges of today’s XC courses. When pedaling a low overall system weight plus a stiff bottom bracket and rear stay area allow for explosive accelerations. The first integrated XC dropper seatpost RAD (Race Application Dropper) is the world’s first integrated and most radical XC dropper post. A genius engineering solution conceptualized in the Impec Lab and driven by athletes’ need for modern XC descending performance packed into a lightweight system. RAD‘s intuitive two-position adjustment delivers the optimized riding position to handle the rigors of varying terrain. With an overall weight of only 345g, RAD shaves off more than 100g over a conventional dropper post design. This makes RAD one of the lightest dropper seatposts on the market. Peter Stämpfli, MTB Engineer at BMC Switzerland, explains: “Integrated design provides the freedom to move away from the round seatpost shape to address the limits of conventional seatpost design”. Contrary to a conventional round post, RAD is designed with an elliptic shape which makes it more stress resistant. The shape reduces weight while improving strength for reduced flex and uncompromised functionality under load. RAD features varying wall thicknesses to achieve the perfect balance of dealing with rider induced forces and keeping the weight at a minimum. RAD not only provides weight advantages, it also offers a clean visual appeal and exemplifies ultimate frame and component integration. Saddle height adjustments are performed similarly to conventional systems, and do not require cutting the seatpost. Ninety millimeters of seat height range offer the perfect fit for every rider. RAD operates at low air pressures thanks to its oversized air chamber. This reduces force on the air seals for less maintenance. RAD is completely mechanical and has no hydraulic parts for super easy services. With 80mm of drop on all sizes, RAD delivers the optimum saddle height for every section of the race course. Big Wheel Concept Race Geometry—a new approach The multifaceted approach of BMC’s engineers position the rider for traction and control, creating the perfect cockpit for a bike that’s fast, fearless and nimble. BWC Race is designed to attack the fastest and steepest XC courses with its 67.5 ̊ head angle and a long front-end. The 100mm-travel fork and 44mm offset delivers precise steering on switchbacks and technical sections. Climbing remains the essence of XC racing; and the Fourstroke 01 is updated with 429mm short chainstays to help the rider deliver power efficiently and while maintaining traction on technical sections. The steep 75.5 ̊ seat angle puts the rider in a more central position on the bike to attack steep sections with ideal weight distribution. Built for efficiency The Fourstroke 01 is designed for unparalleled power transfer with a redesigned chassis that excels in torsional and bottom bracket stiffness. The refined APS (Advanced Pivot System) suspension tuned for modern XC racing delivers pedaling efficiency, traction, and control on demanding cross-country terrain. APS relies on two very short links moving in a concentric motion to create a rear wheel axle path that promotes a perfect balance, fully active braking performance, no pedal kickback, and small-bump sensitivity. Every gram counts The Fourstroke 01 has been revised from the ground up with incredible attention to detail. Fewer parts extend reliability and durability of the system and reduce overall weight, allowing for the addition of a dropper seatpost and still achieve an extremely competitive system weight of 2575g (including RAD seatpost and hardware). The optimized suspension hardware reduces the number of parts for improved reliability and saves 51g compared to the previous Fourstroke 01. Integrated headset cups show 20g less on the scale than external cups. The super-light thru-axle developed in the Impec Lab saves additional 9g and the all-new carbon upper link provides the stiffest connection between front triangle and swingarm for uncompromised suspension performance and weights 40g less than an alloy one. Details make the difference The integrated and lightweight fork stopper utilizes a straight downtube for front-end stiffness, while optimized cable routing and frame protection enhance the Fourstroke 01’s clean lines. The lower link mud protector delivers durability of the bearings. Protectors on the chainstay and a nice little chainguard make the bike race proof. The internal cable routing is completely guided inside the front triangle, lower link, and swingarm for quick and convenient cable maintenance. Sizing and models The new Fourstroke is available in the following models: Fourstroke 01 ONE, Fourstroke 01 TWO, Fourstroke 01 THREE and Fourstroke 01 Frameset and available in sizes S, M, L and XL across the entire range. Fourstroke 01 ONE Fourstroke 01 TWO Fourstroke 01 THREE Geometry
  9. After the passing of BMC founder Andy Rihs this April, many stories around BMC Switzerland and its future in racing have been circulating. BMC is grateful to Continuum Sport, Jim Ochowicz and his team, operating the BMC Racing Team successfully over the past decade. We have enjoyed many major victories together, including the Tour de France, TTT World Championships and Olympic gold, which laid the important base, shaping the best and fastest road bikes in world. After this successful partnership it is now good timing for both sides to embrace change. BMC Switzerland wishes Jim Ochowicz and everyone at Continuum Sport all the best on their plans moving forward. This new partnership with Team Dimension Data now guarantees BMC's future in World Tour cycling and Andy Rihs legacy and vision for innovative bikes and racing will live on. This is an exciting moment for all BMC supporters and fans around the globe to celebrate and get behind this new project. We are excited to share this next chapter with you. “We are very thankful to Continuum Sports and all the riders for the success we have achieved together as the ‘BMC Racing Team’. BMC’s DNA is racing; this was driving Andy and is driving us today. We want to ensure Andy’s legacy and that of BMC continues in a sustainable and progressive manner, in line with today’s demands. Joining Team Dimension Data is much greater than purely ‘racing’, we will bring our credibility, building the fastest bikes in the world and combine our visions, being stronger together.” David Zurcher, CEO BMC Switzerland. “We are delighted to be joining forces with BMC Switzerland as we take a significant step forward into the future for our team. BMC’s outstanding track record speaks for itself; and to be able to call on their world-leading technology starting 2019, will see us compete consistently among the very best teams on the World Tour. We are a team that, through title sponsor Dimension Data, are focused on innovation thanks to their ground-breaking technology and BMC joining us is a natural fit. The rise of Team Dimension for Qhubeka has been meteoric and this new partnership will ensure that trajectory is continued into the future. Our shared goals are completely aligned in the continued belief that ‘bicycles change lives’, through the Qhubeka charity, and we are delighted that BMC will continue this journey with us. Andy Rihs left an indelible mark on our sport; and it’s a privilege to be able to be the team that will continue to honour his legacy and the passion that he had for cycling”. Douglas Ryder, Principal Team Dimension Data We encourage riders and fans to use the hashtag #WeRideForAndy in memory and solidarity for what Andy has given to the world of cycling and celebrate the remaining 2018 season.
  10. Aero Module: the sum of functional integration BMC’s Aero Module uniquely integrates functional components of hydration and storage into the pursuit of the most aerodynamic configuration for real-world riding. This Aero Module concept came to life after in-depth CFD analysis made it clear that conventional bottle cages pose a major obstacle to the efficiency of aero road bikes, already causing airflow separation at very low yaw angles. BMC’s all-new Aero Module literally eliminates the problem, blending hydration and storage elements into a modular system and repurposing them to improve the bike’s aerodynamic performance while maintaining their functionality. Therefore, the Time-machine Road is optimized for aerodynamic performance with two 550ml water bottles and the integrated frame storage unit in place on the bike. The Aero box is removable to comply with UCI fairing regulations. Additionally, the TMR integrates the Shimano Di2 junction box into the downtube for ease of use and accessibility. ICS: A dedicated Aero cockpit with a no-compromise fit Integration is at the heart of BMC innovations: every component of the Timemachine Road is integrated into the stealth system design with the purpose of delivering free speed to the rider. The new ICS Aero cockpit delivers maximum integration is achieved through its minimal frontal area and its stealth cable routing for reduced drag without limiting functionality and while delivering total adjustability and the convenience of integrated computer mounts. The Kamm-tail profile seatpost is constructed to complement the aerodynamic performance of the Timemachine Road, while providing a wide range of adjustability. BMC's engineers have created something extraordinary with the groundbreaking Time-machine Road. “For a comprehensive assessment of the aerodynamic performance of the Timemachine Road 01 in a controlled environment, we conducted several test sessions on the track with different types of riders,” explains Stefan Christ, Head of BMC R&D. “Through an identical test environment we were able to compare the Timemachine Road 01 directly with the Teammachine SLR01, and several hours and kilometers later the new Timemachine Road 01 provided consistent and measurable power savings for all types of riders.” The new Timemachine Road was not only tested on track and road, it was put through its paces through extensive in-depth aero modeling, obsessively refined through CFD simulations and wind tunnel sessions but was also tested in real-world riding. The uncompromising machine is ready to satisfy the rider’s desire for speed, quality and precision. Speed Compliance BMC’s dedicated Tuned Compliance Concept (TCC) Speed technology dampens road vibrations for a smooth and efficient ride. TCC Speed is all about performance, a compliance system designed to optimize power transfer and rolling resistance on every road surface, achieving peak speeds for extended periods of time. The carbon layup of the Timemachine Road filters road vibration through the fork and the dropped seatstays design to improve power transfer efficiency while the flattened shapes of the ICS Aero stem deliver comfort and control without affecting aerodynamic performance. TCC Speed is a key feature of Time-machine Road, a solution built to minimize fatigue and help riders produce consistent power outputs over extended efforts. Sizing, Geometry, and Models The new Timemachine Road is available in the following models: Timemachine Road 01 ONE, Timemachine Road 01 TWO, Timemachine Road 01 THREE and Timemachine Road 01 Module and available in sizes 47cm, 51cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 61cm across the entire range.
  11. Whether endless adventure rides, dirt road day-trips, or on the backroad commute, the Roadmachine X is a free spirit designed to explore. “The new Roadmachine X completes the Roadmachine collection,” explains Mart Otten, Senior Product Manager Road at BMC Switzerland. “This versatile bike is tailored for those who love adventure road riding and sometimes like to go further even when the road ends, but it serves just as well as commuting companion.” To achieve this versatility, BMC engineers utilized the Tuned Compliance Concept technology. Otten continues, “TCC Endurance technology delivers superior compliance, both on road and off the beaten path. It takes the edge off the uneven roads for a fast and forgiving ride and the highest degree of vertical deflection.” Capable and Adventure-Ready Due to stable, versatile geometry, its reliable components and its all-road wheelset, the Roadmachine X delivers premium performance and handling on almost any terrain. The hidden mounts for fenders and racks and the all-road tubeless wheelset turn the Roadmachine X into a commuter or all-weather bike. Wide tubeless rims and 34mm tires allow exploring any terrain with confidence. The long front-end improves control, while the short chainstays reward the rider with rapid accelerations. It’s a modern geometry that combines stability on loose terrain and snappiness for asphalt. Compliance and Control Road bikes don’t typically feature active suspension elements, but that does not mean BMC shelved the concept of a comfier ride. BMC develops its frames using a systematic approach, engineering each purpose-built bike to suit the needs of its rider. TCC is applied to achieve the requisite amount of vertical compliance and lateral stiffness to deliver a tailored riding experience. The Roadmachine X features TCC Endurance, the most capable version of BMC’s Tuned Compliance Concept technology. It takes the edge off the roughest roads using the Angle Compliance technology, where specific areas of the frame move in predefined patterns when subjected to vertical loads generating exact amounts of vertical compliance without compromising lateral stiffness. The end result is the ultimate balance between comfort and performance for a ride that is both forgiving and fast. BMC’s TCC Endurance technology delivers front-to-back compliance and control for an efficient ride on any terrain. Additional control and compliance are delivered through our Premium Carbon fork. Functional and Minimalist Well-thought-out features like internal cable routing blend in with the clean, minimalist design in true Swiss style. Flat-mount brakes for improved durability and a clean and integrated aesthetic. The result is functional, and of equal importance – service-friendly. Sizing, Geometry, and Models The new Roadmachine X is available in sizes 47cm, 51cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 61cm.
  12. I am the proud owner of x2 BMC's (FS01 & SLR1) I have just been informed that my LBS is no longer recognised as an authorised BMC Dealer. The closest authorised LBS for repairs/services is in Bloemfontein! I have been a loyal customer to this LBS for well over 5 years. The service, workmanship, support and brand knowledge has always been superb! Cannot believe BMC Switzerland were involved in the decision to revoke their status. This shop has single handily built and ran with the local brand awareness for BMC. They are known as the BMC shop in SA. Always a concern when a non rider is the person driving the brand/strategy/vision. By way of example, it's now cheaper to fly to the UK - buy the bike from Evans Cycles and fly home with it. Fortunately the world is round and will continue to turn...
  13. It was a temporary solution. Matters stabilised and BMC SA was operational for almost 3 years. On 31 July 2017 BMC informed its dealers that it decided to revert to the traditional model of having an independent distributor and would be closing down BMC SA with effect from 30 September 2017. Herman Bekker, managing director of BMC SA, was offered the opportunity of becoming the new exclusive distributor of BMC bicycles in South Africa, Namibia and Mauritius. His company Abloc (Pty) Limited was appointed as the distributor with effect from 1 October 2017. Abloc will be launching its new website at www.abloc.co.za soon where a number of current 2017 BMC models, along with the first 2018 BMC models which have arrived, will be available for sale. Further exciting 2018 BMC models will be arriving over the next few months. BMC will remain responsible for all warranties in respect of its products, and Abloc will handle all warranty queries in future. Abloc’s website contains full particulars in this regard. All other queries relating to BMC products can be sent to support@abloc.co.za BMC and Abloc remain committed to supporting existing BMC customers in the South African market and will strive to further grow the BMC brand in future.
  14. The latest addition to the AMP family and the Trail category, Speedfox AMP has been created for a broad and diverse community of mountain bikers. From seasoned mountain bikers looking to experience amplified trail riding to enthusiasts eager to match their buddies’ fitness and have more fun: the Speedfox AMP is offered in a wide model selection to meet every Trail rider’s taste. We chose 29” wheels for this platform due to the speed and control levels they offer. We enhanced these natural qualities through our Big Wheel Concept philosophy – a comprehensive approach to geometry and component selection. The Speedfox AMP features 130mm of travel, carefully managed by a dedicated configuration of our APS suspension. A progressive spring curve satisfies the demands of aggressive riding situations and provides all the control needed in more technical trails. Featuring cutting-edge integration and geometry, the Speedfox AMP is a true trail bike at heart – ready to meet and exceed the rigors of amplified trail riding. Epic alpine adventures, endless after-work trail loops, multi-day tours with your partner, you name it, the Speedfox AMP can tackle it. Featuring core technologies developed by BMC for the AMP family and improving them with the addition of a Premium Carbon rear triangle, Speedfox AMP blurs the lines of what a modern Trail e-mtb is capable of. E-Specific Frame Technology The Speedfox AMP boasts what BMC calls “Twin Hollow-core Technology.” Developed at the BMC Impec Lab, this new carbon technology is BMC’s solution to the challenge of creating tube shapes big enough to accommodate a battery, yet stiff enough to qualify as the front triangle of a trail e-MTB.The Twin Hollow-core front triangle is complemented by a Premium Carbon rear triangle to optimize torsional stiffness and weight while delivering a clean, seamless look. Additional loads generated by the Speedfox AMP being an e-MTB, have been addressed with upsized bearings and links. A one-piece rear triangle ensures torsional stiffness targets are also met. BWC The Big Wheel Concept is aimed at optimizing geometry and cockpit fit to improve the natural qualities of 29” wheels. The Speedfox AMP features a slack head angle and a generous reach to improve stability, while short chainstays deliver a lively riding feel.We also maximized bottom bracket drop for a low and centered riding position, increasing riding confidence and control as a result. APS Suspension BMC engineers have tailored the Advanced Pivot System (APS) suspension and applied it to the Speedfox AMP. The re-calculation of APS’ kinematics, pivot placement, and leverage ratios, combine with an e-specific shock tune to give the Speedfox AMP a true trail bike attitude. Maximized Integration When it came integrating customized technical solutions, no stone was left unturned by BMC. The Speedfox AMP’s customized Drive Unit cover protects, yet at the same time smoothens, the frame surface. Chain stay and yoke protectors provide added frame protection and keep noise to a minimum when riding rocky trails. The battery gets its own cover that mirrors the frame shape and integrated speed sensors in the rear triangle make wheel changes quick and easy. Want to buy or sell an e-MTB?Find an e-bike in our marketplace here.
  15. With the new Speedfox, BMC reveals a unique technology called ‘Trailsync’ which eliminates the tedious manual adjustments riders usually make to be in the right set-up for the trail. A simple flick of a remote lever on the handlebar synchronizes the adjustment of the dropper seat post height with that of the suspension platform. So riders can focus their attention on the trail without a break in flow or speed. According to Antoine Lyard, MTB Product Manager BMC Switzerland “Over the past 5 years, mountain bikers have become even more categorized based on the type of riding they lean towards. As riders, and their mountain biking styles become better defined, so do their needs - making it much easier for us to meet them. The Speedfox is aimed at all-round trail riders, the adventurers, and explorers of the mountain biking world. They love the thrill of going downhill yet still need a bike that will take them efficiently to the trail head, and the Speedfox balances these two opposing needs excellently. With its Trailsync Technology, optimized APS suspension and high-level integration – we really hit the mark.” The new Speedfox from BMC has been re-engineered to be light, sturdy, and capable of adventure, yet still eager for all-out speed. A premium frame, with state-of-the-art geometry and low standover height, it delivers excellent maneuverability around challenging features, yet at the same time possesses confident, straight-line stability for both the uphill and the downhill. Synced: Trailsync Technology ensures you’re always in the right suspension tune so you can keep your hands on the bars while staying connected to the trail. Balanced: 120/130mm of perfectly balanced, trail-optimized travel - efficient uphill, confident downhill. Integrated: Cutting-edge integration delivers durability and performance, packaged in a uniquely Swiss, aesthetic form. Trailsync Technology for Intuitive Riding The Speedfox features BMC’s groundbreaking new ‘Trailsync’ technology, which combines dropper post operation and compression damping, simplifies your cockpit, and eliminates one-handed, on-the-fly adjustments. Trailsync ensures riders are always in the optimum suspension tune in the correct saddle position – going beyond the benefits of a standard dropper by integrating automatic suspension adjustment. Expertly Balanced to make Everything Count The Speedfox’s expertly balanced, trail-optimized travel with a purposeful, optimized geometry gives riders the confidence to go into the unknown secure in the knowledge that their bike will take them there and back efficiently – yet put a smile on their face when it counts. The Speedfox’ APS suspension has been optimized for pedaling efficiency and smooth operation - providing support on the uphill while being fully active on the downhill, A closed rear triangle adds reliability and stiffness to the equation. Integration with Purpose; Function and Aesthetics For more than a decade, BMC has led industry integration and design - developing innovative engineering solutions at its unique Impec Lab. The latest generation Speedfox visibly bears the fruit of this investment in industrial design. The intelligent elimination of cable housing from handlebar to chainstay combined with in-built suspension and frame guards give it a super sleek look – that also performs. A ‘Hidden Link’ hides all cables between the rear triangle and the main frame while a cleverly designed mud-flap keeps bearings clean. BMC’s IP cable routing solution makes set-up and servicing easy with internal carbon guide tubes - which also prevent rattling while riding.The Speedfox’s cutting-edge integration delivers durability and performance presented in a uniquely Swiss, aesthetic form. Depending on the model size, the Speedfox is available with 650b or 29inch wheels.
  16. Inspired by the Greek concept ‘Agon’ meaning anything can be achieved through effort, healthy rivalry and noble competition, and the idea of opposing muscle groups working together toward one purpose – the Agonist has been designed to withstand as much pressure as its riders place on themselves. Its endurance-tuned and optimized Advanced Pivot Suspension (APS) provides extra traction and comfort for demanding rides in the mountains, while its Big Wheel Concept (BWC) provides stability and control. “The Agonist is the perfect bike for those who love to push themselves to the point of exhaustion, whether against others or against themselves. Our goal was to create the perfect endurance machine for the mountains,” says Conrad Glassey, Head of Product, BMC Switzerland. Tuned APS Suspension to meet the demands of Endurance-orientated Mountain bikers BMC’s suspension solution, Advanced Pivot System (APS), is an adaptable, versatile concept that has been re-invented, tweaked and applied over and over again to its full-suspension mountain bikes since it was first invented more than a decade ago. For the Agonist, APS has been tuned to be firm and efficient when climbing, yet sensitive and active for controlled downhills. According to Antoine Lyard, BMC Switzerland MTB Product Manager “As far as we know, no other suspension system out there combines contradictory functions as good as APS. Thanks to APS, we were able to design a lightweight frame that can compete with XCO race machines, while providing the comfort and control demanded by the more endurance-orientated rider. APS keeps the suspension active and efficient so riders can benefit from every bit of the 110mm of travel offered, while when required, it is relatively firm, thus maximizing pedaling efficiency. So riders get the best of both worlds.” BMC’s Big Wheel Concept Re-applied Years of engineering expertise and knowledge gained from creating some of the world’s fastest mountain bikes, combined with a clear understanding of the endurance mountain biker’s needs lead BMC to the specific application of its Big Wheel Concept to the Agonist. A slack head angle and long front-centre provide extra control and improve stability on high-speed descents. The Agonist’s cockpit comprises of a short stem combined with wide handlebars for increased confidence on technical trails. Rider positioning has been carefully examined, and the Agonist’s low standover height across the entire model line increases confidence on the trail. High-level, Functional Integration All cables on the Agonist are neatly hidden between the rear triangle and the main frame which cleverly keeps bearings clean. The Agonist’s molded downtube and chainstay guards keep the frame safe from impacts and contribute to its refined, minimalistic look. IP cable routing throughout the frame prevents rattling, while internal carbon guide tubes make it easy to service. BMC engineers didn’t miss an opportunity to enhance functionality, and with an internal, remote suspension control, just a flick of a lever and riders are quickly in the desired ride mode. The Agonist will be ready to order through BMC Retailers very soon. BMC Agonist 01 BMC Agonist 02 White BMC Agonist 02 Carbon
  17. Targeting riders who take road cycling and racing very seriously, BMC left no stone unturned in the development of the new Teammachine to ensure its dominance of the peloton continues. Harnessing inputs from professional riders and external partners, using ACE Technology to create thousands of virtual prototypes and accelerate the development process – it represents an evolution in cycling technology. According to Stefan Christ, Head of R&D at BMC Switzerland “Improving the existing Teammachine was no mean feat, it is one of the winningest bikes of all time, and people have asked us “Why even change a winning formula?” The answer is simple: we knew we could create a new, more competitive one! Besides, if you don’t keep on innovating, you get left behind – this really is the case in a performance-driven environment. To create the new Teammachine, we gathered all the inputs, technologies and components we had at our disposal, and identified the areas where we saw the highest opportunity for improvement. From those variables, we defined tangible targets and ran them through ACE to create as many digital prototypes as necessary until we were satisfied with a model that met our criteria.” While new carbon technology and geometrical structures ensure that challenging weight, stiffness and compliance values are met, and perfectly balanced, the Teammachine also boasts a high level of functional integration – giving it a head-turning, sleek, new look. It is available in two versions, disc brake, and rim brake, giving riders complete freedom of choice. Targeting riders who take road cycling and racing very seriously, we have left no stone unturned in the development of the new Teammachine to ensure its dominance of the peloton continues. Harnessing inputs from professional riders and external partners, using ACE Technology to create thousands of virtual prototypes and accelerate the development process – it represents an evolution in cycling technology. ACE Technology delivers the Strongest, yet Lightest Generation of the Teammachine BMC turned once again to its proprietary Accelerated Composites Evolution (ACE) Technology to accelerate the development phase of the new Teammachine and achieve the balanced weight, stiffness, and compliance attributes that it is famous for. New carbon layup, a revised geometrical structure, oversized tube shapes and an asymmetric frame design are the outcomes of thousands of ACE-generated virtual prototypes. New Carbon Layup and Geometrical Structure for Improved Performance When ACE Technology identified the potential for an advanced carbon laminate and tube shapes, BMC’s decades of carbon expertise were put to use to create a complex layup using the best carbon grades, to ensure that performance targets are met throughout the Teammachine frame. A stiffer bottom bracket translates into faster acceleration, while its vertical compliance values have also been improved to continue to keep riders fresh on long days in the saddle. Torsional stiffness has been preserved, ensuring that its handling is as lively as that of its predecessor. The benefits of the Teammachine’s carbon design are leveraged through a new non-traditional geometrical structure. Its distinctive seat stay design improves compliance by dampening vibrations through the seat tube – cleverly leading to a more compact rear triangle for increased power transfer and reduced weight. Asymmetric Design The fork of the new Teammachine SLR Disc is asymmetric to withstand disc brake-induced forces while at the same time meeting BMC’s ambitious weight targets. Further weight reductions stem from BMC’s new carbon technology, tube shapes, and innovative proprietary features. The resulting feathery-light disc frameset is only a shade heavier than its rim brake predecessor (MY18 Teammachine SLR DISC: 815g Vs MY17 Teammachine SLR: 790g). Functional Integration and Cleverly-designed Proprietary Features The Teammachine SLR01’s Integrated Cockpit System (ICS) provides maximum adjustability and gives the frontal area a smooth, sleek look. BMC engineers also cleverly integrated the Di2 junction box, hiding it from sight within the frame. A cleverly-designed, proprietary, ‘Direct Frontal Flat-Mount’ optimized for 160mm disc brake rotors eliminates extra material to shave off grams. While an integrated seat clamp, called the ‘No-Gap Seat Clamp,' allows for the lowering of the seat while enabling the seatpost to flex with a longer lever, thus increasing its compliance. Not satisfied with the alternatives, BMC engineers also developed an ultralight thru-axel and sandwich rear derailleur hanger at the Impec Lab – not a single gram on the new Teammachine frame went unscrutinized. Sizing, Geometry, and Models The new Teammachine is available in the following models: Teammachine SLR01 DISC, Teammachine SLR02 DISC, Teammachine SLR01, Teammachine SLR02 and available in sizes 47cm, 51cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 61cm across the entire range.
  18. Cadel's BMC Fourstroke features a full Shimano XTR Di2 drivetrain with a XTR brakeset. Perhaps it's Cadel's roadie preference but he has gone with the bigger 38-26 chainring configuration. Complementing the Di2 drivetrain is a Fox iRD suspension system with remotely actuated electronic lockout. In this case, it's a 32 SC fork and Float EVOL shock both from the glossy Kashima coated Factory Series. Among the many benefits, the system makes use of a very tidy lockout lever. In the late 90s, Cadel won back-to-back World Cup cross-country mountain bike titles. Back then mountain bike cockpits still mimicked what was being ridden on the road with long stems and narrow handlebars. Today, Cadel seems to still prefer this formula on his mountain bike with a 640 millimeter handlebar and 110 millimeter long stem. The Cape Epic traverses rugged terrain and tyres are definitely not something worth trying to cut corners with. It seems Cadel and George got the memo and have fitted reliable Vittoria Saguaro tyres. Specification list: FrameBMC Fourstroke 01 (Medium)Rear ShockFox Float EVOL iRDForkFox 32 SC iRDStem3T ARX Team 110mmHandlebarBMC Carbon 640mmGripsESI ChunkySaddleFizik AntaresSeatpost3T Stylus TeamBrakesShimano XTRRotorsShimano RT-99ShifterShimano XTR Di2Front DerailleurShimano XTR Di2Rear DerailleurShimano XTR Di2CassetteShimano XTRChainShimano XTRCrankShimano XTRChainringShimano XTR 38-26WheelsetDT Swiss 1200TyresVittoria SaguaroBottle CageEliteBar end plugsSahmurai Sword
  19. You have come to South Africa for a quick training trip: Have you been here before? Yes, I have come four times for the Cape Epic and it’s maybe my fourth time here in Stellenbosch for a training camp. What is your favourite trail here and how do they compare to back home? Last time, I was here was three years ago, and it has changed a lot since then. Jonkershoek especially with all the fires.I like Jonkershoek. Every trail is awesome, and G-spot is really great too. I only have my mountain bike here, I didn’t bring my road bike. I don’t feel safe enough on the roads here, and there are such good opportunities with the trails around Stellenbosch. The trails here are very loose and dusty. In Switzerland, the trails are much more grippy, with hard pack terrain. It’s good skills practice here. It is also quite similar to the conditions in Cairns, Australia where the World Championships will be held this year. You are not doing the Cape Epic this year. Does a big stage race like the Epic affect your season afterwards? Yes and no. For some people, it has no effect, but in XCO with the extremely high intensity, you’ll find that you are missing that top power. If you do smaller races or marathon races, it’s no problem, but for a cross-country World Cup you feel it. It cuts your peak a little bit, especially if you don’t have enough recovery afterwards. It can work the other way: if you have enough time afterwards, and you make a good recovery, a smart recovery, it can be a really good base for the whole season. You started Tankwa Trek but were not able to complete it: what happened? I started the first day feeling a little bit sick, maybe I ate something wrong the day before, and then the second day was just impossible to finish. The whole event is great, the route is amazing, and because it is only three days it is really good training. The Swiss have so many good mountain bikers: where did they all come from, and how do you guys manage to fight it out for positions in teams and spots at races? I think the high number of Swiss riders comes from it not being a very big country: everybody can make every race on every weekend, and we don’t have to fly to get there or pack the bike and travel for two days. In every race, we have guys of the highest level competing, so everybody is pushing each other. It’s good to have so many riders, but if you want to go to an event like the World Championships or the Olympics, you have to fight very hard for a spot, and it can be frustrating. You have also competed successfully in cyclocross successfully in the past. Do you prefer XCO or cyclocross? It’s more intense than cross country, there are not so many downhills. It’s like a criterium on the road but you need more skills on the bike. I actually come from a cyclocross background, as a kid I did cyclocross. Ten years ago it was really big in Switzerland. How long have you been racing XCO? How has the sport changed since you started? Since 1996. The biggest change is that the races have gotten shorter. When I started in U23, races were about 2.5 hours long, now they are 1.5 hours. So the riders are now more sprinters than endurance athletes.In terms of bikes, the wheel size has changed, the suspension has changed a bit. Ninety percent of the time I race with my full suspension, BMC Fourstroke and not the Teamelite hardtail. I have always preferred full suspension, in 2008 I was already doing most races on a full suspension. For about 2 years after the switch to 29ers, everyone was hesitant to race full suspension 29ers because of the extra weight of the bigger wheels. Now tyres and wheels have improved and gotten lighter, and courses have gotten so technical that most riders now race full suspension. We notice that you have a dropper seat post on your training bike. Do you race with a dropper post? I do. I have had one on my training bike for a while and this year I will race with one as well. On my training bike, I have 100mm dropper, but for racing, 40mm is probably enough. Six years ago you could not have imagined riding and racing with a dropper, the technology has improved so much. For many riders, 600 grams is still too heavy, but the courses are getting more and more technical, with rock gardens and jumps, and you are much safer with a dropper post. What races will you be targeting for 2017? I’ll be looking at the XCO World Cup, and my focus is also on marathon worlds. I did marathon World Champs last year, but I had to start at the back because I did not have enough points. So last year I did one marathon to collect some points so that this time I can start closer to the front. Then, of course, it’s cross country World Champs in Cairns at the end of the year.The longer races suit me. I hate the fast starts in cross country. The first part of cross country is really not for me, but you have to hang on. Previously when races were a little longer the pace would slow down after one or two laps and you could make up places. Right now if you are not in the top 20 after the start it is almost impossible to have a top 5 finish. Bike check: BMC Fourstroke 01 Tell us about the setup on the training bike you have here: Do you make any major changes to the stock model? For cross country, I mostly ride with a single ring on the front but for training and marathon, I usually prefer two chainrings. This year I have a shorter stem and wider handlebars than in previous years. It changes the feel of the bike and is something I have had to get used to but definitely improves the handling in technical terrain.Here in South Africa we have to really adjust with the tyres. For the first two days everybody is flatting everywhere, and then we change to more robust tyres. I was riding Vittoria AKA, but they are too light for the conditions here. I have put on Saguaros and have not had a flat for two weeks now, and they are nice and grippy. The AKA are fine for cross country racing, but for something like the Cape Epic you need a stronger tyre and you don’t need to worry so much about the weight. Specification list: FrameBMC Fourstroke 01ForkFox 32 SC Factory Series iRD FITRear shockFox Float Factory Series iRDWheelsetShimano XTRCranksetShimano XTR with Stages crankarmChainShimanoCassetteShimano XTRShiftersShimano XTR Di2Front DerailleurShimano XTR Di2Rear DerailleurShimano XTR Di2BrakesetShimano XTRRotorShimano XTR CenterLockHandlebars3T Exsero Team CarbonStem3T ARX II 90mmTyresVittoria Saguaro 29x2.2SaddleFizik Antares 00SeatpostYep UptimizerBottle cageElite Cannibal
  20. Lukas Flückiger is a Swiss XCO racer riding for the BMC MTB Racing team. Having been a pro since 2007, he has racked up years of experience, and an array of medals, including a Silver at the XCO World Championships in 2012. We caught up with him during a recent training camp in Stellenbosch to take a look at his BMC Fourstroke training bike, and to chat about training in South Africa and life at the top end of European cross country racing. Click here to view the article
  21. For riders who want it all, this is the bike of choice. From axle to axle, the new Roadmachine delivers sleek and integrated technologies, offering a hint of free speed from every angle. Combined with the ultimate advancements in a Re-Tuned Compliance Concept, this bike re-shapes the endurance bike category - lightweight, sleek and incredibly integrated. Brilliant pedalling efficiency and ideal compliance for the legendary days of riding - the new Roadmachine has it all. More about the bike here: http://www.bmc-switzerland.com/int-en/roadmachine/
  22. BMC Southern Africa have put together this video of a recent Roadmachine ride through the cobbled streets of Bo-Kaap, along the hustle & bustle of CBD and out into the famous winelands surrounding Cape Town. The Roadmachine is the perfect bike for taking on mixed terrain… Watch this video to find out why, and let there be no doubts about where you should take your Roadmachine for its next holiday! Click here to view the article
  23. Our test model is the BMC Fourstroke 02 which features a full carbon front triangle and aluminum rear triangle. Full carbon is available at the top of the Fourstroke range with the 01. Underpinning the Fourstroke platform are two concepts from BMC: first is their Advanced Pivot System (APS) - a suspension design which aims to optimise pedalling efficiency while still soaking up bumps; the second is their Big Wheel Concept (BWC) - simply put, it’s an approach to geometry said to improve the stability and agility of a 29 inch bike through subtle, purposeful tweaks. The frame carries the signature BMC look of oversized angular tubing and smooth junctions. Cables run externally below the down tube keeping the top half of the frame uncluttered and keeping maintenance easy. The head tube across the size curve is significantly shorter than most in this class (110mm on the Large), allowing riders to get the bars super low without the need for negative drop stems. BMC also pay attention to the chainstay length, keeping these short (445mm) and the bottom bracket low (40mm drop) to improve traction and stability. The Build The BMC Fourstroke 02 as tested is built up with a solid component specification. It features Shimano XT throughout with a 2x11 drivetrain. A Fox Float 32 Performance fork and Fox Float DPS EVOL shock provide 100mm travel front and rear, both featuring remote lockout levers. For my tastes and preference, the remote lockouts are an unnecessary addition, only adding clutter to the cockpit.The build is rounded off with a set of DT Swiss X1700 Spline Two wheels with a Continental X-King on the front and Race King (2.2) on the rear (our test model featured Onza Canis front and rear). The finishing kit comprises of BMC’s house brand alloy stem, handlebar (720mm), and seatpost paired with a Fizik Tundra M7 saddle. The model, as tested, is the 2016 specification with the 2017 lineup offering a very similar spec with some subtle updates: notably a mix of Shimano XT and the new SLX and the new Fox Float SC fork. See the full specification here. FrameFourstroke 02 - Advanced Pivot SystemForkFox 32 Float Performance Series FIT4 Remote (100mm)ShockFox Float EVOL Performance Series DPS Remote (100mm)CranksetShimano XT, 36-26TRear DerailleurShimano XT Shadow PlusShiftersShimano XTCasetteShimano XT, 11-40TChainShimano XTBrakesShimano XT (160/160mm)SeatpostBMC MSP 02, 31.6mmSaddleFizik Tundra M7StemBMC MSM 02HandlebarBMC MFB 02 720mmWheelsetDT Swiss X1700 Spline TwoTyresContinental: X-King [F] / RaceKing [R], 2.2PriceRRP R 65,999.00 (Available from R55k at the time of publishing) On the trail Curious to see how the Advanced Pivot System (APS) works in the wild, my first port of call was to see just how well the Fourstroke pedals. The suspension is designed to counteract the inertial force generated when you accelerate which would ordinarily compress the shock creating inefficiency. This system combined with a stiff frame and one-piece rear triangle create an overwhelmingly sturdy ride with no noticeable flex in the frame nor any significant pedal bob under acceleration. Thanks to these qualities, despite a little extra weight in the rear, the Fourstroke 02 thrives on climbs and punchy accelerations. When it comes to handling, the Fourstroke surprised me. Expecting a highly strung and skittish racer, the subtle geometry tweaks, which BMC dub their “Big Wheel Concept (BWC)”, make for a surprisingly comfortable and confident ride given the category. In corners, it’s impressively agile, yet not too twitchy or skittish. Only on very steep descents did I find the bike occasionally wanting to tip me over the bars as a result of the shorter headtube and low handlebar position. Here a dropper would help to get weight further back, behind the saddle (or a simple raise of the bar height). Overall, though, the shorter stem, wide bars and longer top tube (635mm on the Large tested) result in a secure riding position and sharp yet reliable handling.On rougher terrain, the 100mm front and rear provide a healthy capability for typical South African trails. The sturdy frame and suspension design leave the shock and fork to do the hard work soaking up the bumps. Although the suspension tune and design appear to favour efficiency over comfort, the Fourstroke is confident and stable through bumpy terrain. Here the stiff and reliable DT Swiss X1700 wheelset help to keep things headed in the right direction. Verdict Sharing the same winning platform as its better specced older brother, the BMC Fourstroke 02 is an out and out race bike. While this second tier model could shave off some weight around the edges, the platform delivers an ultra efficient and highly capable ride. In true Swiss style, BMC has most delicately balanced the efficiency and comfort required of a cross-country/marathon race bike. All that attention to detail does all come with a price tag, but with the 2017 spec on the way, there are plenty great deals available on this particular model.Pros Incredibly stiff & efficient Solid component specification It’s Swiss Cons Hefty price tag Limited frame sizing (S, M, L)
  24. Swiss bicycling manufacturer BMC was born out of a passion for racing, first on the road and later moving into mountain bikes. The BMC Fourstroke is their full suspension cross-country/marathon contender which, in the hands of French super-star Julien Absalon, has claimed numerous XCO World Cup titles and XCO World Champs win. Click here to view the article
  25. Hi everyone, I need some advice on comparing the following two bikes: 1) Merida One-Twenty 900 D (2012) Fork Manitou Minute TS 120Rear shock X-Fusion O2RLWheels Alex Rim TD17Front derailleur Shimano XTRear derailleur Shimano XTShifters Shimano SLXBrakes Shimano BR-M505Crankset Shimano SLXTyres Kenda Slant Six 2) BMC Speedfox SF02 (2011) Fork Fox F-Series 120mmRear shock Fox Float RP2Wheels DT SwissFront derailleur Shimano XTRear derailleur Shimano XTShifters Shimano SLXBrakes Avid ElixirCrankset Shimano SLXTyres Onza Canis (x1) Not sure about the other Both are in good condition but Merida the mintest of the two. All opinions welcome and appreciated
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