Swiss company BMC’s TrailFox has been given a major update for 2012, as the company offers a full carbon fibre version of the 150mm full suspension bike.
It’s touted as a true all-rounder, capable of enduro, freeride and/or marathon riding and is demonstrated as such in this short video by BMC rider Roger Rinderknecht.
The TrailFox was first launched in 2007 and has been gradually tweaked as riding styles and standards have changed, this latest iteration gets updates like a 12×142 bolt-thru rear axle, post-style rear brake mounts, cleaner cable routing, a tapered headtube and provision for a dropper seatpost, something we’re seeing increasingly on 2012 bikes.
At its heart is BMC’s own Advanced Pivot System (APS) linkage system, a virtual pivot suspension configuration that allows BMC designers to tailor the suspension feel and performance. The rear triangle attaches to the mainframe via a short linkage just above the bottom bracket and two-piece forged aluminium upper link drives the Fox shock. BMC say this approach reduces braking and pedalling forces from adversely affecting the suspension.
Both the main frame and rear triangle have been moulded in carbon fibre, and the tube profiles follow the company’s distinctive Integrated Skeleton shape, with a lot of standover clearance and space inside the front triangle for a water bottle. Other details include metal inserts to prevent damage from dropped chains and chainsuck around the chainstays and downtube.
BMC claim the TrailFox is the bike to have if you want just one bike in your stable. “We want to have one bike that fits for long uphills, technical trails and demanding downhills. Consequently, we kept refining the frame design, geometry and suspension performance with each generation of the TrailFox.”
Anyway, enough talking, hit play on the above video and you can see the bike in action.