BMC Launches Two 29ers, Carbon-Alloy Fourstroke & TimeMachine 2 Aero Bike
While BMC’s biggest buzz on the inter webs might be the two new 29ers, they had a few other new things to show, too.
The 2012 TimeMachine 2 is a completely new frame with 32 different positions possible on each frame thanks to the stem design. TM01 is the top model and gets an integrated front brake, and a TM02 drops down a bit to be more affordable. The real trick feature is the hidden Di2 compartment…
This new TimeMachine bike was unofficially debuted with Cadel’s final stage, race winning performance at the Tour de France and Andreas Raelert’s world record setting Ironman at Roth. Note how closely the fork crown hugs the tire from the side view, and that there’s no ugly brake cable “U” noodle looping into the frame to ruin the aesthetics and aerodynamics. Devin from BMC USA says it’s like a modified mini V-brake, small enough to hide behind the front cap that’s directly above the brake arms.
On Di2 equipped models, the battery hides in a sealed compartment within the seat tube. Rear brakes are tucked under the chainstays.
2012 BMC MOUNTAIN BIKES
Only partially new, BMC called attention to the 150mm travel Trailfox Carbon, but we saw and weighed it at Sea Otter. What was really new were the two new 29ers: The 100mm travel full suspension Speedfox and hardtail Team Elite. Both are alloy framed, and there are SLX or X0 builds available on both.
The Speedfox is based very nearly identically on the 26″ version. Both 29er bikes have the characteristic BMC seat tube junction at the top to add a bit of stiffness.
The new Fourstroke 02 is based on the full carbon 01 with the same front triangle bit an alloy rear triangle to drop the price point. It’s designed as a 100mm XC race bike. XT or XT/SLX mixes available.
BMC puts a handy sag meter on the top of it’s rocker arm with a corresponding line on the seat tube. Two marks help you quickly set sag for either plush or firm performance.