BMC Fourstroke 03 XC Full Suspension

  • Crankset: Shimano XT, 175 mm
  • Seatpost: Scor Race, 350mm
  • Hubs: Shimano Deore Disc, 32H
  • Spokes: DT Swiss Super Comp, 15G
  • Shifters: Shimano LX Rapid Fire SL
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano LX

User Reviews (28)

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Jay   All Mountain Rider [May 23, 2014]
Strength:

It took 3 months for the first frame to break

Weakness:

I am on my second frame, which just broke. Both frames broke in half where the stays connect to the seat post....apparently a chronic problem and still no recall. Do not buy - I am selling my replacement 3rd frame and going to a different company

I am on my second frame, which just broke. Both frames broke in half where the stays connect to the seat post....apparently a chronic problem and still no recall. Do not buy - I am selling my replacement 3rd frame and going to a different company

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
cyclohead   Cross Country Rider [Dec 29, 2009]
Strength:

Build quality, dual link suspension resist bobbing, nice size headtube, stiff frame.

Weakness:

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.

Similar Products Used: Cannondale Rush, Gary Fisher Cake 2,
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Andy0912   Weekend Warrior [Oct 28, 2009]
Strength:

Good looking frame, good build quality, nice geometry, very good linkage with minimal to non existence bobbing.

Weakness:

So far so good, matte finish chips easier, which is a norm.

Integrated seatpost clamp? Which means that if it somehow fails or cracks, that's it. No issue with the clamp thus far though, works like a charm, tight and doesn't slip.

If you're looking at a xc bike, the fourstroke will not disappoint you.

Confident inspiring in trail rides, that is when you get the ideal settings for your shock, very good linkage with minimal bobbing, ride feels sturdy.

I do road rides with lowest rebound setting(I don't use lockout) and it rides just fine comparing to my previous hardtail.

Slack riding position(maybe because I downsized from 21-22" to my current 19" fourstroke and my thomson's too short to go any higher), short top tube.

Considering this frame? Go test ride if possible, doubt you'll regret getting it! Got my at a special price so yeah, loving every moment of it.

Similar Products Used: My first full susser.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
TheIceman1969   Cross Country Rider [Apr 29, 2009]
Strength:

Awesome looking, excellent build quality.

Weakness:

None so far.

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.

Similar Products Used: BMC Team Elite 02, Giant Anthem 1, GT 1.0, Giant NRS1
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Master Yoda   Weekend Warrior [Feb 18, 2009]
Strength:

Great frameset, made me a much more daring rider, feels lighter than it's registered wheight, climbs very efficiently without having to leave the saddle. looks great!

Weakness:

paint scratches off a bit too easily...

i would only betray my fourstroke for a W.F.O Niner
(my next project. main obstacle: wife...)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
cphaas   Weekend Warrior [Dec 05, 2008]
Strength:

Virtual Pivot System, strong, stiff, excellent Swiss design

Weakness:

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.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
tallandy   Cross Country Rider [Nov 05, 2008]
Strength:

Strong and stiff frame for it's weight superb quality excellent design

Weakness:

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
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
lmckee   Weekend Warrior [Oct 26, 2008]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
pfoxbike   Cross Country Rider [Jun 17, 2008]
Strength:

Climbs greats, bombs on the downs and has nice flow on the flats. Light weight with bomb proof build.

Weakness:

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.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Meyrick   Cross Country Rider [May 16, 2008]
Strength:

Weight, the pivot (they designed this for those uphill trails and likewise when bombing DH) its smooth.
That's Swiss tech at work.

Weakness:

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
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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