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BMC TrailFox 02 XC Full Suspension

4.71/5 (7 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Frame : X4ee 03 (Rear Travel 120 mm)
  • Fork : Rock Shox Revelation 409 U-turn, 100 -130 mm
  • Rear Shock : DT Swiss 190L
  • Groupset : Shimano XT, 27-Speed
  • Brakes : Shimano XT Disc, 180 mm Rotor F&R
  • Handlebar : Scor Gorillah Stick, 620 mm
  • Stem : Scor Race
  • Wheelset : DT Swiss X430 Disc

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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ScabFace a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2011

Strengths:    Soft rear suspension. Light frame Aluminum 2010

Weaknesses:    Paint chips easy.

Bottom Line:   
Suspension just works. Even with the shock way over filled the shock feels soft over the bumps. I don't notice any power loss under power. Very stable over the rocky. Even with a heavy build (deore) bike still @ 30 lbs. Awesome all arounder bike. Decends with confidance, I don't get that over the bars feeling when hitting a root at the bottom of a dip. This frame is best in class at any price.

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Favorite Trail:   Gooseberry mesa

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2600.00

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale rize 130, Yeti 575

Bike Setup:   Shimano Deore. Float R. Weak build for such a nice frame.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JackC a Cross Country Rider from Sturbridge, Massachusetts

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2011

Strengths:    Climbs nicely, light, looks good, handles nicely, stock DT Swiss is efficient when climbing and has lockout for the road

Weaknesses:    Bit squirrely at high speed, wouldn't recommend it for larger drops

Bottom Line:   
Scored it for cheap because I knew the guy who owned the bike shop and had the frame laying around, but apparently it would've cost a couple grand. 5 Chili value. I'd recommend it for anyone that wants a nice, light frame for some serious XC, but nothing else.

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Favorite Trail:   Mega Loop: Sturbridge, MA

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Inventory of closed

Bike Setup:   2008 BMC Trailfox 02 aluminum frame, Truvativ Firex Team cranks, Sram X7 f+r derailleurs, Magura 130AM fork, DT Swiss XM180 shock, Avid bb7 mech. brakes, Sette bars, FSA headset, Sunringle rims with Deore XT hubs

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jon a Cross Country Rider from Tulsa, OK, USA

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2009

Strengths:    Good all rounder. Not too heavy, but still stiff. Handles and climbs well, works the technical comfortably. Price is right. Suspension is just active enough to work well, but not overactive where it affects the efficiency of your pedaling.

Weaknesses:    BB is a little low compared to what I rode previously. Seatpost clamp is kinda funky but it still works. May upgrade the rear shock to something a bit more adjustable over time, but for the price it's working just fine... lockout is not needed on this bike.

Bottom Line:   
I'm coming off several years of riding nothing but a Giant AC air which was basically a trail-bike with free-ride leanings. I wanted something that still had all mountain capability but was a little more on the XC side... and that's exactly what I got.

The BMC is a good all round trail bike. It can be built up fairly light, has trail-bikeish travel (5"). It handles and turns in like an XC bike but still has the capability to bomb through technical sections without being too twitchy or rough. Climbs fine, suspension does not compress very much at all from pedaling even the steepest stuff. Very impressed with the efficiency of the suspension under power.

I'm 6' tall pretty average build guy 175lbs. 19" frame fits really well with a 100-110mm stem. Head angle is just right with a 130mm fork. Any less and it'd be too twitchy, and more and it wouldn't turn in as well.

For the money I cant imagine finding a better frame so value = highest.
If seatpost clamp was not integrated (thus replaceable) or at least functioned better as a QR clamp I'd give it the highest rating overall, but they integrated it and you have to crank the bolts down to eliminate slippage thus negating the fact that it's has a QR lever.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   Jamis Dakar (99-2002), Giant AC Air (2002-2008). Also demo'd and ridden. SC Bullit, Specialized Enduro, and Trek Top Fuel SSL.

Bike Setup:   05 Marz AM3 AIR (130) fork, Raceface Deus Crank, Cane Creek Zonos Wheels, Avid Elixir brakes, Nevegal Tires, Speedplay Frogs, Sram Shifting... Everything else is Titec Hellbent Prolite.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ramrod a Weekend Warrior from florida

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2008

Strengths:    bikes tracks awesome!no flex,able to take on any trail i throw it to,specially singletrack...

Weaknesses:    paint chip to easy,rear shock need to upgrade to rp23,after the upgrade on rear shock,bikes rides much better than stock xm180

Bottom Line:   
bike is worth spending all the money,no cheap component like other bike,you have to pay $5000.00 to get a decent component

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Favorite Trail:   santos trailhead

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2900.00

Purchased At:   cycle shop germany

Similar Products Used:   giant trance x1,stumpy,weyless xp,yeti 575

Bike Setup:   2008 fox f32 rlc,xt driveline,dt swiss wheelset,rp23,magura marta brakes,carbon handlebar and seatpost

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric Foltz a Cross Country Rider from Lake Forest, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2008

Strengths:    Light (frame & shock, 6 lbs), great climber, stable descender.

Weaknesses:    Haven't found any yet.

Bottom Line:   
I demo'd a bunch of bikes before trying this one and have to say that this is exactly what I was looking for. A 5" bike that is light and fast like a XC racer but sturdy enough for long epic trail rides. The relaxed head angle and ability to take a 140mm fork make this a dream bike for technical singletrack. It is an extemely efficient pedaler making me wonder if I wasted money upgrading to the RP23. On my first ride, I took 4 minutes off my best time on one of my regular 23 mile rides and I wasn't even trying. Handled the technical downhills great and climbs even better.

Who should buy: Riders looking for an efficient all-day trailbike.

Who Shouldn't buy: Rider's looking for something to take to a bike park.

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Favorite Trail:   Gooseberry Mesa

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Adrenaline

Similar Products Used:   Mongoose Super Teocali (2006 & 2007), Chumba XCL, Yeti 575, Turner 5 Spot

Bike Setup:   5" version, Fox RP23, Rock Shock Pike 454, Race Face Deus Crankset, X9 Twist Shift, RD: X9, FD: XT, FW: Ringle Abbas/Sun SOS, RW: DT Swiss 340/Mavic 321, Bar/Stem: TruVativ, Seat/Post: Kore Enduro/SDG I-Beam

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Darin a Racer from La Canada, CA U.S.A.

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2007

Strengths:    This bike is amazingly fast uphill and squirrely but surprisingly controllable on the trail. This bike is light, looks good, and climbs like a beast.

Weaknesses:    Not the best bike for drops, better suited for fast XC trails and climbs. Not as solid during drops as the Foes FXR.

Bottom Line:   
Grea bike for XC trails with not many drops. Sram shifters annoying but those are changeable so it doesn tmatter. Overall this bike is light, fast on the hills, steers perfectly and is a great XC bike. It is not my choice since I enjoy drops and hate climbing but it is an excellent choice.

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Favorite Trail:   El Prieto

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Purchased At:   Pasadena Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert, Trek Remedy, Foes FXR, Gary Fisher Fat Possum

Bike Setup:   X-7 shifters/derailleurs, FSA crank

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doug a Racer from Pittsburgh

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2007

Strengths:    light bike, quick in and out of turns, rear suspension was better than the blur and other bikes. comfortable seat positions, adjustable rear shock, super wheels, disc brakes and tires!

Weaknesses:    2.5 maxxis tires unneccessary, handle bars too wide for set up- single track. would be even better if stocked with lock out fork up front.

Bottom Line:   
a great singletrack speedster and climber, smooth feel from front fork, no "BOB" from rear suspension, take the bigger hits and still climb back up hill to repeat and roost downhill again and again! it will be my all mountain bike so i can get rid of extra cross country bike since is light enough to do both.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   santa cruz blur, kona, cannondale prophet, gary fisher fat possum, and giant reign

Bike Setup:   all stock, except maxxis 2.5 tires.

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