Weaknesses: Seat tube is not continuous to the bottom bracket. Cannot get the seat post to go down far enough without cutting the seatpost.
This bike is fabulous. Efficient pedaling, and quick to maneuver along the trail with the proper set up. The suspension has a nice and progressive feel, and continues to work while braking. Climbs like a hardtail bike without the harshness and loss of traction. It feels well balanced and stable at slow speeds. Going down on this bike makes you want to go faster, but wishing you had a few more inches of travel when you hit those rock gardens. For a cross country bike it is wonderful. Don't ride it like you would an all mountain bike. I got a great deal on this frame and for a cross country frame it is outstanding.
Haven't ridden it much but build quality and head turning appeal. VPP system is awesome. bike climbs like a hardtail and decends like a demon. Need to get used to bike abit more but its like handing a surgeon a sharp scalpel.
Weaknesses: Top tube a tad short, funky seat clamp on original model
I love this bike. It does everything well, climbs, descends, corners. Works well on fireroards as well as singletrack. The suspension is superb on this. It does not bob going uphill and soaks up bumps well.
As mentioned above, the top tube is a tad short and the original design had no seat tube collar an insted used a funky clamp mechanism that required an additional $50 to buy the quick release adapter, which was only made by BMC.
This bike turns heads and I constantly get asked about it. I like the fact that it is rare (I've only ever seen one other). If anybody ever stole this, I could spot it quickly.
Anyone who buys this bike should not be disappointed.
Bike Setup: Float 100RLC, X9 drivetrain, Juicy 5's, Mavic Crosstrail
a Cross Country Rider
from Queens NY
Date Reviewed: November 5, 2008
Strengths: Strong and stiff frame for it's weight superb quality excellent design
Weaknesses: they need to build this in a 29er version! the paint wears off easily
I don't write too many reviews but I think this bike deserves it a light efficient solid frame (I am 6'4" and 270#) and this bike has no noticeable flex at all. For a big guy the frame is well balanced and handles great. I had bikes that were heavy and harder to climb and lighter bikes that flexed and not as well balanced and cracked the frame this does it all I would defiantly get another if they made a 29er version. Forget about the big brand hype this bike is on the money
Similar Products Used: spec enduro, spec stumpy, giant yukon, salsa el santo
Bike Setup: all the good stuff Magura Laurin 100mm
a Weekend Warrior
from Newark, DE
Date Reviewed: October 26, 2008
Strengths: Decent frame weight, very stiff and solid, well thought out geometry, suspension design is second to none, quality and craftsmanship are excellent, very good looking frame, dt xm 180 shock doesn't miss a beat.
Weaknesses: Geometry may not be for everyone (short top tube), there are lighter frames out there (but thats what the fs02 and fs01 are for).
This really is an excellent frameset, I've never had to second guess it it any situation. The thing climbs better than a hardtail, descends wonderfully, and I can stand up and hammer on it with no bob. This frame is light, beautiful, and confidence inspiring. It's everything I look for in a frame.
Similar Products Used: Specialized fsr xc, numerous other fs bikes but none for more than a few minutes.
Bike Setup: 09 sid team, x.0/xtr mechs w/ x.0 triggers, xt crank and cassette, avid elixir r brakes, thomson post, selle flite saddle, pro plt stem w/ pro xc-r risers, hope pro 2/mavic 717 disc/dt comp wheelset.
a Cross Country Rider
from San Francisco, Ca
Date Reviewed: June 17, 2008
Strengths: Climbs greats, bombs on the downs and has nice flow on the flats. Light weight with bomb proof build.
Weaknesses: PAINT! It chips. I'm not sure why BMC didn't put a good coat of paint on the bike?
Since my first ride on my BMC, I haven't touched my hardtail. It rides great for cross country, all-mountain, and xc racing.
Similar Products Used: Any bike with the VPP suspension design.
Bike Setup: Fox 32 100mm, Sram x9, Thomson post and stem, king hubs with 718s.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: May 16, 2008
Strengths: Weight, the pivot (they designed this for those uphill trails and likewise when bombing DH) its smooth. That's Swiss tech at work.
Weaknesses: I must say the paint job...but whose MTB doesnt get scratched when it goes trailing
The Swiss designed the VPS to a tee and they are known for it precision. Powerful on climbs and pedaling is very efficient besides it looks like a Swiss Army Knife ( I got the red one). I never regretted getting this frame. A must for those doing agressive XC biking and I heard that the bike when properly setup is good to use for those endurance races.
Similar Products Used: Giant Anthem 3, Giant Yukon
Bike Setup: DT Swiss (rear), SID Team (front), Am Classic MTB 26 wheelsets, full Shimano XT
a Cross Country Rider
from Nagoya, Japan
Date Reviewed: December 25, 2007
Strengths: versatile, good looking , stiff, comfortable yet fast
Weaknesses: difficult to dial in , agility at low speed .
I have been studying and testing for 6 months on which FS bike I was going to spend my hard earned money. The BMC was an easy choice after I test rode it. This bike can handle serious terrain obstacles . It is designed in Switserland, they have Alps there remember! It is fast but may not be the fastest bike in rolling terrain or the fireroad hillclimb. It is very good at steep , rocky and rooted stuff, the more the better . Downhill it stays nice and stable , may a bit light but I consider that a good thing for my reflexes and the occasional adrenalin shot you get from riding it. Even though generally I spin quite nicely I did put a platform Fox FP23 on it to increase its' efficiency when blasting away on rolling terrain. My buddy rides an Epic and even though the suspension is from a different world , the bikes stay nicely together on rollin g terrain . When the going' gets rough the BMC just takes over. The ground clearance is phenomenal, you also feel seated high , that limits the turning in slow and tight forest a bit. The good point is that I hardly ever hit stuff with the chainrings or pedals . With the propedal on, this bike flies over the small rough. The stock wheels are really bad IMHO ( Sun CR18 ) , may depend on export region. I am used to a basic Mavic crossride on my HT and these wheels just don't take forces they get. When braking I feel the spokes cringe . ( Xmas upgrade coming up ) But I wanted the frame. The Giant Anthem was in the same price range and I liked it too , but here was little to upgrade from without spending heaps of cash on really high end stuff componentry . The comfort was a bit less too on the Giant and I like to ride for at least 3 hours. Closest contender was the GT , but that bike was a bit too slow in rolling terrain. Overall the BMC has nice abilities and a pretty face. Engineers must love to look at the details . Why are we all bending those tubes suddenly? Don't get fooled by marketing... Back to the BMC: Set it up with little sag, a flat bar, flashy wheels: you got yourself a rolling terrain fast bike, put on the riser and some more sag, and you can almost go climb trees. It is bit difficult to find the right sus settings but I am not sure it that is me or the suspension . The fourstroke will perform well on most events except may be the fast short XC race on easy terrain. I ride about 5000 Km offroad per year and I truly believe this bike makes me a better rider . On my previous HT I have found the bikes'limits , this bike has found my limits. The FS03 is a versatile machine and where it really shines is on a marathon race in high mountain type technical and aggressive terrain. No fives because I want better/cheaper bikes 10 years from now . most important: do you know what kind of riding you want to do? Answer that, then choose a steed.
Weaknesses: Paint chips easily, watch out for rocks!! Seatpost lock lever is awkward.
This bike absolutely rocks! I bought the frame from eBay ($750) and built it up. THE best bike I've ridden so far. It climbs just as quick as my hardtail. Setup your suspension (20% sag) just right and you have a rocket. This bike is just as quick as my NRS on singletrack but with better input from the Ario 2.2 going uphill. APS kicks butt! Do not put crap components on this bike or it won't look right. Highly recommend for any mid-level biker or entry level racer! My only gripe you will not sustain the pretty paint job because it chips but hey it's a mtb.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 17, 2007
Strengths: The product itself looks awesome. Brought it to the local bike shop to have it fitted and it certainly turned everybody's heads. Handles the trails quite well and is very responsive... although I'm not sure whether its just because my setup on the bike is more XC oriented now. Mine is fitted with fox f80 rlt, its an excellent ride and I don't think I'll be changing bikes anytime soon.
Weaknesses: The finish looks too flash to be ruined. I find myself thinking about the frame whenever I hit the trail. The suspension appears firmer than that of the ellsworth given the same shock settings.
Pedalling is efficient and without bobbing. The bike is quite maneuverable and weaves great around the XC trails. My setup feels light and responsive. External appearance unrivaled... IF you can maintain the finish.
Similar Products Used: Specialized Stumpjumper Hardtail, Ellsworth Moment with fox RP3. Jamis Dakar.
Bike Setup: Fourstroke 03 with Rock Shox Ario 2.2 Lockout. Fox F80 RLT. Juicy 7's, SRAM X-9. Truvative Stylo Carbon. Ritchey stem and bars and SPD pedals, SDG I-beam seatpost.
from Cable, WI
Date Reviewed: July 15, 2007
Strengths: Smoothest, most efficient riding full suspension frame that I have owned. My last 3 bikes were an 05' Ellsworth Moment, 04' Ellsworth Truth, and an 02' Giant NRS, and this one delivers the best ride by far. It soaks up all of the bumps, and allows me to power up any hill without wasting energy.
Weaknesses: Functionally, none. My only small gripe is that the top tube is a little short for me though - just personal preference, and it is easily resolved by a slightly setback seatpost.
Awesome ride that looks and performs great - can't be beat by frames that cost twice as much.
Similar Products Used: Owned a Ellsworth Truth, and a Giant NRS. Demoed a Specialized Epic (Hated it).
Bike Setup: Full XT, Crossmax Wheels, Fox 100 RLT front shock, and upgraded to a RP23 rear shock.
a Cross Country Rider
from D-town, CO, USA
Date Reviewed: June 6, 2007
Strengths: FAAAST VPP design, stiff frame, quick geometry, more travel than advertised
Weaknesses: Tall BB / standover height, seatpost clamp; pedal bob - I am a bit of a masher and still working out the sag?? Would like a RP23 shock!!
At first it felt a bit tall. I am 6'3" ~180 lbs and I felt like I was up reeel high. I don't have a huge inseam, but it is still hard to stand over the L frame with out smaking the boys around. Then I just started to ride it, dialed the fork up to ~125mm travel from 100mm... and did it get fast. I like the idea of VPP, but the Blur XC/LT/Classic was a little too upright. Then the BMC is a similar feel, but with a stiffer rear end (and who doesn't like that) and a more laid out cockpit. Now that I am used to it...it is amazing. Climbs waaay better than I could ever hope / dream. Descends better than cranked up spider monkey with his @ss on fire. I guess it could climb like that too. And no one else is riding them. Go git one and git 'er done on a BMC.
Buy it- If you're a cross-country type person with aspirations of riding bigger stuff and like to go fast up and down. Don't buy it - If you want a Nomad or a hardtail.
Weaknesses: paint chips but then again rocks will fly.
My riding went up a big notch w/ this bike. It soaks up the bumps but doesn't soak up your power. Climbs like a champ and goes down hill just as well. I'm comfortable on it for all day rides and I'm a lot more competitive racing on it too. It's been a big improvement for me on technical terrain making stuff that I used to not be able to. It also does well in the tight twisty trails esp. since I cut off 3" on the handlebar down to 24". Right now it's about 27lb but I plan on lightening it up some more over the next year. Get it, you won't regret it!
I have a 2007 BMC fourstroke 03 and I noticed the other day that my frame is missing the bolt for the seatstay pivot. Does anyone know where I can get a replacement? I have tried local bolt/machine shops as well as Hope Depot but they dont carry a bolt with such a slim head. I have also contacted a ... Read More »
I noticed they retail for around $1300 and seen a couple deals on-line for $900 but they were the wrong size and color. I need a red one in... 19" I'd say. If you are aware of any deals on red ones(or if you know someone selling one?), please point me to them.
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Whew! It took quite a while to finish this bike but it was worth the wait! :) This bike was custom built from my other bike parts with some new parts included. The only new parts were the Shimano XT crankset, SRAM X.9 triggers, and Thomson Elite stem/seatpost. The frame I got from online (Than ... Read More »
Ive read a lot of positive reviews and am hoping the 21" works for me. I am 6'3" at 195lbs with a 34" inseam.
BMC's road bikes are sized large, so large in fact that the 57 cm fits more along the lines of a 59. I did so much homework when building the SLT01, the only BMC's Ive ever seen in person a ... Read More »