Julien Absalon and
his BMC Fourstroke
In the world of mountain biking, there is no racer who can match the win record of Julien Absalon. The French superstar
has racked up 30 World Cup wins, six
World Cup titles, five World Championships
and two Olympic gold medals.
This summer, Absalon, 35, will try to win
his third Olympic gold medal in mountain
biking in Rio De Janeiro.
But what is the world’s most accom-
plished racer riding this year? “My favorite
race bike is the Fourstroke,”
Julien told us. It’s the one profiled on the
following pages—his full-suspension,
carbon, 29-inch-wheeled BMC.
Like most top pros, Julien takes backup
bikes to his biggest races. Julien’s second
choice is his BMC TeamElite01—a lightweight, 29-inch, carbon softtail.
With Julien’s experience racing all over
the world, he will likely know which bike he
wants to ride before he even takes one lap
around a course.
Julien started using 29-inch wheels in
some non-World Cup races in 2011. He
began using 29-inch wheels in the World