BMC Fourstroke FS01 – On Test: by c_g
Editor’s Note: Earlier this year, our European contributor, c_g, attended BMC’s roll out of its all new Fourstroke 29 inch wheeled bike dubbed the FS01. You can check ou c_g’s report from that Press Launch here. Make sure to go back and read that post to learn all about the technologies and sub models announced at that launch. Furthermore; c_g was able to test ride the FS01 on some fine mountain trails and reported on his First Ride Impressions here. While this may be all that is required by some, c_g felt a longer test ride period was warranted by the Fourstroke FS01, and BMC has granted his request for a more lengthy test period. Here now is his brief re-introduction to the BMC Fourstroke FS01.
By its 100 travel front and rear the Fourstroke 01 falls square into the XC-/Race crowd, but BMC had more in mind when designing the bike. Details like the integrated mount on the chain stay for a chain guide, designing the frame ready for a Reverb stealth dropper post, equipping it stock with a SHIMANO Shadow Plus rear derailleur and 180 mm XTR discs clearly indicate that they wanted to include a more aggressive riding style and enduro racing (which we know at least one of the BMC engineers are competing in on a high level) when developing the FS01.
As our first ride impressions back then indicate – this goal had been well met, which for us has been reason enough to invite the FS01 for a full review on our home trails (and potentially some alpine rides if the opportunity arises) rather than only one day of riding.
Our test sample size M came in an (almost) complete production trim – a full XTR-drive train (like mentioned before: with a Shadow Plus derailleur) and XTR-brakes (front and rear with 180mm discs), EASTON EA90 XC wheels, high end EASTON cockpit and seat post, ONZA Canis 2.25 tires, plus a FIZIK Arione Carbon saddle. The rear shock is a production Factory Series Kashima CTD, but on the front our sample had a more simple Performance Series F32 (100 mm).
The complete bike, (in the named spec above), weighed 11.15 kg, (or 24.6 lbs, which is quite a bit heavier than the stated 10.38kg / 22.9lbs, but the spec chart states the CONTI Race-Kings as stock tires).
For the FS01´s geometry see the bike´s presentation post here.
We are already putting trail time on the BMC FS01, so stay tuned for our first ride impressions soon.
Update: We have learned that U.S. pricing for the BMC Fourstroke FS01 will be MSRP:$8499.00USD