BMC Speedfox 01
Words by Nic Hall | Photos By Samson Hatae & Drew Rohde
Swiss bicycle manufacturer BMC has been at the forefront of bike design since 1994. Early on, they were putting bikes under the fastest riders on the road, pioneering unique designs that helped them stay on the top step. In 2007, they stepped into the mountain bike scene and soon after, had an XC World Championship title under their belt with the help of Julien Absalon. BMC believes in the do it yourself motto, with design, prototyping, testing and a full R&D lab all under their roof in Grenchen, Switzerland. We’ve spent lots of time aboard various Trailfox and eBikes from BMC, but were excited to throw a leg over the type of bike they’re more known for, pinner XC and trail bikes. The Speedfox 01, showed up on our doorstep as we were leaving for a backcountry trip to Idaho.
The moment I grabbed the bike, I could tell the Speedfox 01 was light. It tips the scales at just 26.4lbs, with pedals. With 130mm front travel and 120mm rear, that is a feat in itself, but the real performance is hidden throughout the bike. The linkage is hidden right above the bottom bracket with a neat cover that reduces contamination and debris accumulation. Cables are internally routed with integrated guide tubes to prevent rattle. The most impressive feature however, is what BMC calls Trailsync. It is an integrated dropper that also actuates the rear shock lever. The system is completely mechanical and works effortlessly. When your seatpost is dropped, the shock is wide open. Lift the post to a middle/climb position and the shock stiffens up all the way to the fully extended post height, offering the most pedaling platform possible.
Geometry is on par with a 450mm reach, 68-degree head tube, 445mm chainstays, and 74 degree seat angle. The design numbers may not be radically biased to one direction or another, but they leave the bike in a sweet spot for a balance of pedaling efficiency without robbing you of all your downhill confidence. Standover is impressively low and the whole bike seems to be built around the bottom bracket. As a result, it definitely rides beyond what the numbers would indicate.
It’s nice to see a blend on the build spec that shows the engineers were looking for maximum performance at a competitive price. The fork is a Rock Shox Pike RC while the rear shock is a Fox Float DPS Performance Elite, Evol with remote lockout. BMC employs their APS or Advanced Pivot System suspension design.
Drivetrain duties are handled by a SRAM GX Eagle 1×12 while stopping duties are covered by Shimano XT brakes and they both worked without issue. I didn’t love the grips however and swapped them out with the 760mm bars, as I prefer a 775mm bar. The wheelset is a DT Swiss Spline One setup wrapped in Forekaster tires from Maxxis. They were definitely fast rolling and excelled in certain conditions but left testers wanting a bit more traction in some terrain.