BMC’s Prototype 29er Aluminum Hardtail

While BMC’s 29er is still in prototype form, the bike made an appearance at Sea Otter in order for the bikes to be handed off to their U23 development team. The 29er hints at what’s to come from the Swiss manufacturer, as well as word that a 100mm travel full suspension bike will follow.

For now, details are short, and all we have to show you are some close up detail shots after the break!

Clearly, at least in prototype form, the BMC is going with a standard threaded bottom bracket for their new 29er. Tire clearance looks decent considering the impressively short 430mm chainstays thanks to the sculpted seat tube.

Drive side shows the integration of a direct mount front derailleur.

The prototype sports the newer post mount rear brake standard, along with a standard 135mm spaced quick release rear wheel.

The tapered head tube is fairly short, which coupled with the typical BMC T-shaped top tube, should keep the front end very stiff, while allowing riders to slam their bars.

Being that this is the U23 team bike, it is fairly interesting that even with BMC’s connection with Easton, they opted for a full Stan’s ZTR wheelset. Cockpit and seat post are still handled by Easton, though.

No word on weight, or price yet, but expect the final product by Eurobike. Currently, BMC has plans for two build kits, one being Sram XO and the other Shimano. More on this hard tail, and the upcoming full suspension bike when we have it!

Comments

Andy - 04/29/11 - 2:28pm

Interesting…kinda.

Too bad it’s hideous looking.

topmounter - 04/29/11 - 2:46pm

It has a little GT Triple-triangle action going on there.

Gillis - 04/30/11 - 2:37am

this is a totally separate comment related to the handlebars:

I love how 15+ years ago when I started riding flat bars were the norm. Then risers came along. Those got bigger and higher, to the point DH’ers were using cross braces. Now handlebars are flat again, even on Dh bikes.

el~rio - 04/30/11 - 7:36am

That’s how the bike industry goes, it just does big circles. Look at all the anodized parts now.

ZachOverholt - 04/30/11 - 12:10pm

That’s how a lot of fashion related things go. A lot of trends come back around, but with flat handlebars, they sure are a lot wider now than they used to be. Also, don’t forget that the front ends on bikes have gotten a lot taller since the old days, especially with 29ers.

Robert - 05/01/11 - 6:22am

Hideous? Nawww. I like it. Good to see a 29er in alu instead of carbon for a change. It might even be in my price range.

Machine - 05/02/11 - 3:48pm

Mud/tyre clearance looks a bit tight for the UK. Otherwise, I think it looks really sweet. Deore version with a decent fork (Reba?) would be a great choice for me.

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