The effortlessly cool Swiss brand had their range beautifully displayed in all its glory. The star of the show was the new concept e-bike, but the rest of the range was looking prime too allongside a couple of race bikes from some pretty special riders.

Working round with stand we have the Speedfox, a bike for which very few riders wouldn’t be able to swing a leg over and have a good time. With 130mm of travel balanced front and rear it comes in the 3 versions as with the rest of the range, the 01 is full carbon, the 02 carbon with alu rear end and 03 is full aluminium. Also available in the Trailcrew option, which makes things more exciting with some aggressive geometry and 650b wheels rather than the classic 29er.

Keeping things exciting in the 29er size is the Trailfox, with 150mm travel and a long front centre this is bike which you can get your enduro on if you like, or merely hit some trails hard. Originally designed for the enduro team, high level performance is pretty much guaranteed, and as the rest of the world finally catch up with 29ers, BMC sit firmly ahead of the curve.

Next up on the stand were too exciting rides in the form of Julien Absalons Fourstroke and the hardest name to spell when tired- Francois Bailly-Maitre’s Speedfox. Both of these bikes were looking quick, even standing still, but represent the breadth of talent on the BMC team, from XC to Enduro.

As mentioned the concept e-bike was the star of the show, looking like the ‘bike of the future’ this was more than just a mock-up, and production can’t be far down the line. Plus tires feature for the first time for BMC and Shimano motor provides the grunt, but it’s all based on classic BMC geometry and suspension. What makes this e-bike great is that it doesn’t look too much like an e-bike, with clean lines and no rattling battery simply bolted onto the frame, this could be the prettiest of the bunch…

Wed 7th Sep, 2016 @ 12:30 pm

By Ewen Turner
Ewen Turner is a self-confessed bike geek from Kendal in the Lake District of England. He runs a coaching and guiding business up there and has a plethora of knowledge about bikes with an analytical approach to testing. His passion for bicycles is infectious, and he’s a ripper on the trails who prefers to fit his working life around his time on the bike.

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