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I'm in search of a new bike, as my Santa Cruz Blur is too small for me. I have been looking the Quality book at work (bike shop) and had never heard of them. Has anyone here heard of them? How are they? The Fourstroke models have a version of the VPP, but name it something different. Any input? I searched here in the manufaturer forums, but found nothing. Thanks.
 

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If you follow road racing at all or road cycling in general you may be aware that BMC manufacture a very fine (And somewhat expensive) road bike, that has received nothing but positive comment.

I personally have had no experience with the bikes at all, but the reviews and comments I have read would lead to me to the conclusion that they do not disappoint at all.

Notwithstanding the fact you are asking about mountain bikes, it may be worth while asking the folks over at road bike review how they feel about the road bikes. Since they probably come from the same factory you may be able to get some idea as to build, reliability etc.

European bike companies tend to be brilliant.
 

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Chad, nevermind VPP, the BMC Fourstroke appears to be a dw-link, as found on the Iron Horse Hollowpoint, MkIII & Azure, and the Indy Fab Tungsten Electrode. I noticed these bikes at Sea Otter last weekend, but can't get the low-down. I've found no reference to Dave Weagle's linkage design anywhere, but the layout is unmistakable (at least to my eye).

https://www.bmc-racing.com/bikes.cfm?lang=eng&catID=1&modID=2

 

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Thanks for the quick responses. I'll go check out the road bike site and ask. The Iron Horse site had a link to a DW-link website, but it's "undergoing some changes." And yes, the are expensive, but my boss is going to get me "a good deal" if I get one out of the Quality book. Hopefully it will be a very good deal ;-). If anyone else has any riding experience on them, please speak up!
 

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chadmeeh said:
Thanks for the quick responses. I'll go check out the road bike site and ask. The Iron Horse site had a link to a DW-link website, but it's "undergoing some changes." And yes, the are expensive, but my boss is going to get me "a good deal" if I get one out of the Quality book. Hopefully it will be a very good deal ;-). If anyone else has any riding experience on them, please speak up!
Saw them for the first time at Sea Otter Classic. Had a chance to ride one but it wasn't setup correctly and felt pretty harsh. Apparently the week before they had just "resolved" the issues with Santa Cruz over the VPP patent.
 

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I checked on them a while back and really couldn't find out too much about them. What I did find out though was if you are going to buy one through QBP you have to order three BMC frames on your first purchase. Makes it sort of tough to try one out.
 

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LowCel said:
I checked on them a while back and really couldn't find out too much about them. What I did find out though was if you are going to buy one through QBP you have to order three BMC frames on your first purchase. Makes it sort of tough to try one out.
Yeah, I asked about that, and you have to be an authorized dealer (buying at least 3 bikes at a time) to sell them. And he didn't want to do that. Don't blame him I guess. They make good looking bikes, and I'm sure they perform just as well, but they probably wouldn't sell real well. O'well, I went ahead and got a different bike, a Cannondale Prophet. Thanks for all the info everyone.
 

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chadmeeh said:
I'm in search of a new bike, as my Santa Cruz Blur is too small for me. I have been looking the Quality book at work (bike shop) and had never heard of them. Has anyone here heard of them? How are they? The Fourstroke models have a version of the VPP, but name it something different. Any input? I searched here in the manufaturer forums, but found nothing. Thanks.
The BMC Bike company is owned by the Phonak co-founder Andy Rihs.
They are located in Biel, Switzerland (Europe). BMC is providing all the bikes to the Phonak Cycling team where Tyler Hamilton was member last year. But not only the road bikes, also the MTB are worth to look at it. Some of my buddies riding BMCs, these are high quality bikes, but not cheap. Hope this helps.

www.bmc-racing.com
www.phonak.com
www.phonak-cycling.ch
 
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