Bermstyle’s own Inga Beck is a BMC brand ambassador again for 2017, and her new year is starting off right with the arrival of the BMC Speedfox 01. The Speedfox is a trail bike shod with 29″ wheels, armed with 130mm (5″) of Fox-powered suspension travel in both front and back. Designed as a do-all trail machine, the Speedfox is built around a full carbon frame with internal cable routing, with a Shimano XT 11 speed 1x drivetrain handling gear changing duties and stoppers.
The spec of the Speedfox is absolutely dialed, adorned with a solid spec that hits a sweet spot of value and top level performance.
Features & Highlights
- Full carbon BMC frame with internal cable routing
- Fox Float 34 FIT 4 Kashima fork w/ 130mm of Travel
- Fox Float DPS Factory Rear Shock with Kashima provides 130 mm of rear wheel travel
- Shimano 11 speed 1x XT Drivetrain with XTR rear derailleur
- DT Swiss XM 1501 Spline ONE 30 wheels
- Carbon BMC Flatbar, 750mm wide (listed on BMC’s site as 720mm)
- BMC MSM 70mm stem
- Rockshock Reverb Stealth Dropper post with 150mm of adjustment
- RaceFace Next Carbon DM Crankset, 28T ring (175mm)
- Press fit BB
- Listed frame weight: 2210g (M)
- $6,499 MSRP
Size Medium Geometry Highlights
- 435mm Reach
- 609mm Top Tube Length
- 435mm Chainstay/ rear center
- 1149mm Wheelbase
- 68º HA
- 74º SA
- 12x 142mm rear axle spacing
The chassis rolls on DT Swiss XM 1501 Spline ONE 30 wheels. These all mountain rated wheels feature an inner width of 30mm to provide voluminous grip paired with the Onza Ibex and Canis treads. (2.35″ in the front with a 2.25″ rear) There’s also room for larger rubber if downhill capability is prioritized over nimbleness.
Assembling the Speedfox
Not that it matters to most, as your local dealer does the assembly, but out of the box the Speedfox is practically ready to roll. All that was required to get this thing trail ready was adding some tubeless sealant, center the brake calipers, adjust the rear derailleur and dial in the suspension.
We changed out the cockpit from the start, swapping out the stock 70mm stem with a Thomson 50mm unit, as well as the grips and saddle for Inga’s favorite go-to models from SDG.
The chainstay features integrated frame protection as well as a mounting point for an optional chain catcher.
First Rides… soon
The best part about riding the same size frames as your significant other is being able to hop on and sample new flavors of bikes with just a change in suspension settings. My mid travel trail bike currently is an Evil Following, which falls lies in the same category as the Speedfox, and should allow for head to head comparisons… as soon as some of this snow goes away, that is.
She certainly is a beautiful beast. Fancy the thought of throwing a leg over a BMC and trying one out? If you’re in Portland, Western Bikeworks has a demo fleet available.
Check it out at BMC-Switzerland.com.