BMC Trailfox TF01/SRAM X0 Complete Bike

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BMC Trailfox TF01/SRAM X0 Complete Bike
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Instead of having a can opener, tweezers, file, screwdriver and knife bouncing around in your pocket, you carry them neatly packaged together in a nice, red pocket knife. Consider the BMC Trailfox TF01 Sram X0 Complete Bike your nicely packaged, Swiss trail tool. Long legged at 150mm of APS suspension travel, utilizing BMC's impressive carbon know-how, and dressed with top-tier brands like SRAM, Fox, and Easton, the Trailfox possesses versatility ranging from XC efficiency to extremely-technical trail aptitude .

BMC carefully calculated the position of the pivot points on the APS (Advanced Pivot System), so the Trailfox TF01 gets an efficient ride that doesn't affect suspension plushness. All pedal power is transformed to forward motion and not into compressing the rear shock. This suspension design also promotes awesome traction when climbing on uneven surfaces. Controlling the movement is Fox's venerable Float RP2. The APS suspension system is so efficient there's no need for a complicated rear shock. The Float PR2 offers rebound adjustment and a ProPedal switch for added stiffness when mashing pedals during the climb. BMC equips the Trailfox TF01 with its initial load indicator for simple and straight forward sag setting -- ensuring maximum suspension performance.

The Trailfox's carbon frame reaps the benefits of a decade long refinement of the iSC (integrated Skeleton Concept). Using the latest computer-aided finite elements methods, BMC tailors each unidirectional carbon tube to distribute forces throughout the frame. They've also optimized strength and stiffness where it's needed most; the bottom bracket junction, the tapered head tube, and at the shock mount. What this means for you is a light and lively ride mixed with mountain-bike durability. The rear axle is a 142x12mm thru axle for spot-on tracking, and the frame features BMC's natural born post mount for the rear brake. This mount doesn't require an adapter, which keeps weight down and strength up.

Up front we've spec'd an adjustable travel 150mm Fox Talas FIT RL fork with the deflection fighting 15QR. The SRAM XO 3x10 drivetrain covers everything from cranks and, shifters to derailleurs, and brakes. Steering duties are handled by the lightweight, carbon Easton Haven bars, and the Trailfox rides on Easton's light-but-burly Haven wheelset. The wheels are shod in Onza Ibex and Canis 26 x 2.25 inch tires. Adding to the Trailfox's all mountain capabilities is a RockShox Reverb seat dropper. Perched on top of it is a Fizik Tundra2 saddle.

If a noodly XC bike with toasted suspension bushings is keeping you from joining in on backcountry epics and a freeride rig with the weight of hucking's glory years is firmly hung up in your garage, then the highly capable BMC Trailfox TF01/Sram X0 Complete Bike might be your new tool for off-road adventures. The Trailfox TF01 comes in White or Naked. It is available in Small, Medium, and Large.

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Once you sit on the BMC Trailfox TF01/SRAM X0 Complete Bike, the plushness hits you like a temperpedic and you know that you're in for some fun and fast descents. The initial setup is best for all mountain riding where you spend 75% going down the hill as I found that it was a bit too plushy for anywhere near XC riding. One can get pretty detailed with the suspension setup to get the Trailfox close to that. But, after feeling its great out of the box downhill feel, you may not want to.

Wally Phillips at Backcountry.com on 07/09/2012