Bags of attitude but more pumped-up trail bike than enduro rig

Product Overview

BMC Speedfox SF02 Trailcrew


  • Nimble, chuckable frame with really playful character. Rides lighter than scales suggest


  • Not as stable and planted as some tougher enduro bikes. Can feel edgy on steep tracks and jagged, rocky terrain


BMC Speedfox SF02 Trailcrew (2016) first ride


Price as reviewed:


Need to know

  • Redesigned around 27.5in wheels, rather than 29in
  • Trailcrew name points to shorter stems, fatter tyres and bigger rotors for a more aggressive attitude
  • 150mm travel at both ends with a twin-link APS suspension and swanky Cane Creek DB InLine Airshock
  • Carbon/alloy frame gets slacker angles and more

BMC’s Speedfox usually has 29in wheels and comes tuned for all-out pace across a variety of terrain.

Going fast isn’t everything though, and there are two new ‘Trailcrew’ versions that aim to inject fun into every berm and trail feature and shed some of that Swiss seriousness.

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With 27.5in wheels, shorter chainstays, extra suspension travel and lower/slacker geometry, the ‘Trailcrew’ tag brings a fresh attitude to the Speedfox.

This pricier, carbon front-triangle SF02 model reinforces the image change with a max-power 200mm front rotor, bash guard, grippy 2.4in Onza tyres and a ripe-for-tweaking Cane Creek Inline Airshock.

The frame shares BMC’s familiar short, twin-link APS suspension design, but is tuned for a livelier feel that sacrifices some pedal-stiffening anti-squat in favour of more grip and fluidity.

Getting to the top of the fun stuff, the SF02 rides light with a zip and eagerness, but the plusher suspension means flicking the stabilising Climb Switch is recommended. This helps keep the back end from sagging too much on steeper pitches.

The 150mm-travel bike has the playfulness BMC aimed for in spades; it’s very manoeuvrable and fast, but can feel a little too active when cranking really hard along flowy singletrack with the recommended shock settings.

Pushing hard, flex from the own-brand 750mm carbon handlebar, and a step back in terms of high-speed damping composure from the cheaper Pike RC fork (we’re used to the RCT3 version) took the edge off performance.

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But with two Bottomless Tokens fitted to the fork and a wider, stiffer bar bolted on, I was soon having a real blast bombing steep and loamy local tracks.

Even while braking, rear suspension tracking and traction over repeated hits proved great, and the low bottom bracket let me really chuck the bike in and out of the corners.

BMC’s slack geometry and 150mm travel points to an Alpine-ready rig, but the 27.5in Speedfox wouldn’t be my first choice for a tough week in the mountains.

Essentially, it’s a pumped-up trail bike rather than a full-on enduro rig, and compared with some burly 160mm bikes, it feels just a bit more twangy and unsettled on the roughest terrain.

Still, that doesn’t take any shine off how much fun it generates and how much I enjoyed razzing it around the woods.


Frame:BMC carbon, PF92, triple-butted aluminium rear stays
Shock:Cane Creek DB inLine, 150mm travel
Fork:RockShox Pike RC3 Solo Air, 150mm travel
Wheels:DT Swiss E 1700 Spline One, Onza Ibex 27.5x2.4in tyres
Drivetrain:SRAM X01 1x11-speed
Brakes:Shimano XT, 203/180mm
Components:BMC MRB 01 Carbon bar 750mm, BMC AMSM 45mm stem, RockShox Reverb Stealth Post, Fizik Gobi saddle
Sizes:XS, S, M, L, XL
Weight:13.14 kg (29lb)
Size ridden:Large
Rider height:5ft 9in
Head angle:66.1°
Seat angle:69.6°
BB height:331mm
Front centre:763mm
Down tube:720mm
Top tube:632mm