Intended for XC/marathon applications, the BMC Agonist 01 ONE is equipped with 29″ wheels and 110mm (4.33″) of Fox-powered suspension travel in both the front and rear. The long distance backcountry machine is built around a full carbon frame with internal cable routing, SRAM GX Eagle 1×12 drivetrain and Shimano XT brakes.
An adjustable height seat post has been added to this year’s spec, improving the bike’s capability on technical terrain.
I’m excited to partner with a prestigious brand like BMC this year as an ambassador for both the mountain and road categories. Lucky for me, I was given the option of which bike to ride. Since I have a BMC Speedfox (5″ travel trail bike) and Trailfox (6″ travel enduro bike), I was on the hunt for a race-rocket.
Living in Portland, we often spend 2 hours in the car to ride. Alternatively, we get creative with local routes, heading out the door to embark on multi-surface rides that connect local green spaces on a hunt for slivers of sweet single track.
After work and during the winter months when time is limited, it’s easier to just head from your door. With the majority of the ride on pavement, a hardtail is the frequent go-to, but it’s nice to have a bit of suspension travel when we actually hit the trail. Especially when there’s almost no penalty in weight or efficiency.
Features & Highlights
- Full carbon BMC frame with internal cable routing
- Fox Float 32 FIT 4 fork w/ 110mm of Travel + Remote lockout
- Fox Float DPS Factory Rear Shock with Evol provides 110mm of rear wheel travel + Remote lockout
- SRAM GX Eagle 1×12 Drivetrain with SRAM XX1 Eagle rear derailleur
- DT Swiss XR 1501 Spline ONE 25 wheels
- Carbon BMC Flatbar, 750mm wide
- MC MSM 70mm stem
- KS LEV Integra Dropper post with 125mm of adjustment
- Truvativ Stylo Carbon Crankset, 32T ring (175mm)
- Press fit BB
- $7,499 MSRP
Size Medium Geometry Highlights
- 435mm Reach
- 611mm Top Tube Length
- 445mm Chainstay/ rear center
- 1145mm Wheelbase
- 69.5º HA
- 73.75º SA
- Boost 148mm rear axle spacing
My first impression was the bike is incredibly efficient uphill (as you might expect) – it’s light, pedals well and is very easy to control on steep and technical pitches. I really like having the option to lock out the front and rear suspension with a single remote switch, providing a boost on the flats and pavement.
I love big tires, so I swapped the front tire (Vittoria Barzo TR 29×2.25) to a Maxxis Minion DHF 29×2.4. Though it’s overkill for the race course, it makes descending wet steep trails with technical features a lot more fun. The Agonist is not afraid to get a little rowdy equipped with “real” tires.
This bike makes training fun, and is a lot more versatile than a stereotypical XC race bike. The additional comfort on long rides has been a relief from back and neck issues I was experiencing on my hardtail after several hours in the saddle – yet it pedals just as well.
Check out the BMC Agonist 01 ONE at BMC-Switzerland.com