increased cornering traction due
to its separately
controlled high- and
keeping the bike high
in its travel through fast
berms and rewarding riders
with fast exit speeds and a lively
pop out of corners. The BMC’s wide, 780-millimeter handlebars
also boosted confidence when pushing hard through a turn.
Descending: The Speedfox Trailcrew sports a much more
aggressive geometry than the cross-country race rockets BMC
is known for building. The Trailcrew has a slack 66.5-degree
head tube angle, lengthened top tube, short chainstays and a
150-millimeter dropper post. All of these things, combined with
150 millimeters of suspension travel, gave this BMC a get-out-of-my-way attitude. The Trailcrew could easily be called the
“Trailslayer,” as this bike has an aggressive plan to get down the
on the trails.
coupled with a DB Inline
shock, offered a great pedaling
platform that held traction well and allowed our testers to leave the
shock in the open position. Climbing in or out of the saddle caused
very little suspension movement and rewarded the rider with
forward momentum. The BMC’s slack head tube angle gave the
front wheel sort of a floppy feel during slow technical climbs, but
that is to be expected from a more aggressive bike. The Trailcrew
is far from a cross-country race rig, but it’s clear that BMC took
some time to put a little pep in its step.
Cornering: The Speedfox Trailcrew offered a sporty feel when
blasting through corners, thanks to its ground-hugging Maxxis tires
and aggressive geometry. The highly adjustable Cane Creek shock
Trail-ready: BMC is known for making fast
cross-country rigs with pinner tires and
short-travel forks; however, the Speedfox
Trailcrew sets itself apart with its beefy
Maxxis tires and long-travel RockShox Pike.
Big stopping power: BMC spec’d oversized rotors with Shimano’s XT brakes to
help bring this steed to a stop.