by Marc Basiliere
July 7, 2014
Not too pro, not too bro…
After a brief hiatus, BMC’s Speedfox is back- and it’s had quite the makeover. Filling the (large) gap between the 150mm Trailfox and the 100mm Fourstroke 29ers, the updated model sports 130mm of travel and more of an all-around personality. For riders looking to cover everything from backcountry epics to lift-supported days to the odd 24hr race with one bike, the Speedfox could be just the ticket.
BMC is known as the premium, Swiss performance, cycling manufacturer that supplies the world’s fastest cyclists with the world’s fastest bikes. However, a new exciting addition to the brand’s line-up for 2015 meets the needs of mountain bikers who are not, by definition, racers. Enter the BMC Speedfox – a cunning new mountain bike that packs all the vital features required by those seeking high quality, the latest technology and most important of all, pure enjoyment.
Great things come in great packages: For nimble mountain goats and downhill junkies alike, the new Speedfox does it all, guaranteeing that the adventurous element to mountain biking remains the focus of every ride. Efficient and light, this mountain bike is capable of handling the most demanding trails. It is uncomplicated to maintain and ideal for riders who want to make the most of the time available to simply enjoy the ride.
Seeing as the enduro-oriented Trailfox is one of the better climbers in its category and the race-oriented Speedfox is one of the better descenders in its segment (especially in 120mm-fork’d Trailcrew guise), the Speedfox should be plenty capable both uphill and down. Despite the rising popularity of 27.5 wheels, BMC remains committed to 29ers: internal testing shows that the big wheels give virtually all riders a speed and efficiency edge. To make the most of those wheels, BMC’s Big Wheel Concept employs short 435mm chainstays, a nimble 68.5° head angle and increased-offset fork, long top tubes, and stubby stems.
The 2015 Speedfox will come in three models and five sizes (XS-XL). The flagship SF01, with XTR or XX1 builds, sports a full-carbon frame. The happy medium SF02, in X.0, XT, or XT/SLX builds, has a carbon front triangle and alloy rear end. The SF03, with its all-alloy frame, comes built with XT/SLX or Deore builds. All include internal cable routing and BMC’s chainstay-mounted chain guide. More details should be available at Eurobike and Interbike this autumn.