BMC’s 150mm Carbon Trailfox TF01
Stiff light and ready to rip.
BMC first launched its Trailfox line in 2007. Since then, the company has been tweaking and refining the Trailfox giving it more modern geometries and refining its suspension. For 2012 BMC is using carbon for its Trailfox, and further refining its geometry and suspension. There are a lot of well thought-out details incorporated into the BMC. It sports a 12×142 rear through axle configuration, post-style rear brake mounts with replaceable inserts, clean cable routing and a rock protector on the downtube.
The Trailfox TF01 will come with two parts kit options:
1 – An X0 group, which will retail for $6,700, and come SRAM X0 brakes and drivetrain with Easton’s Haven cockpit, Haven aluminum wheels, RockShox Reverb seatpost and Fox’s Talas Performance FIT RL fork and Float Performance RP2 BV shock. BMC claims the X0 weighs in at 25.6 pounds.
2 – An XTR group, which will retail for $8,600, and come with XTR brakes and drivetrain, Easton Haven cockpit, Haven Carbon wheels and Fox’s Talas Factory Kashima FIT RL and Float Factory RP23 BV. BMC claims the XTR weighs in at 25 pounds.
Bike magazine recently got a chance to ride the Trailfox on some of Santa Cruz best trails. First impressions were quite good. Pointed down, the bike handled predictably, the frame was surprisingly stiff and the suspension action felt great–even while braking hard through rough sections of trail. Climbing was good too, due to the BMC’s light weight, and its active-yet-efficient suspension design. Really, based on first impressions, the only thing slightly scary about this bike is the price. That’s what you get when you sprinkle a carbon frame with no-compromise parts, though.
The new, 150 millimeter carbon BMC Trailfox.
The upper link is made of two pieces of forged aluminum welded together.
BMC’s APS linkage.
The tapered headtube allows allows BMC to use a massive and stiff downtube.
Routing for the dropper post is nice and clean thanks to a shaped top tube.
In the details. The chainstays and downtube have metal inserts to prevent damage from dropped chains and chainsuck.
Even though the Trailfox comes with a dropper post, it is also equipped with an easy to use, glove friendly seatpost clamp.