On Test: BMC TE02 29 Carbon Hard Tail-by Grannygear
A couple of years ago now, jeffj and I were invited to Monterey, Ca, to see and ride the ‘fresh out of the Swiss EZ Bake Oven’ carbon hard tail 29″er from BMC, the TE01 29 and we gave our impressions here. I was intrigued by the geometry and the way they approached the construction of the frame to fall in line with their goal of tuned carbon for stiffness and compliance, all in the right places. For the next few months we will be on a size LG TE02 29, the next step down from the top-o-the-heap TE01 29, and will be running it around the hills and dales of SoCal. Hang around for the forthcoming Out Of the Box post where we poke, prod, and weigh the beast, but in the meantime, here are some words from the BMC website for the TE02 29:
We used a more economic carbon construction to create a more affordable version of our ultra-light TE01, but TE02 is still one of the lightest hard tail 29″er frames out there. Torsional and lateral stiffness are kept at a very high level to provide superior responsiveness and steering precision.
The geometry is built around the BWC (Big Wheel Concept). A longer top tube and slacker head angle, in combination with wide handlebars, make the handling stable and comfortable. Short chain stays, low bottom bracket and a short stem complete the concept by keeping the bike lively.
Vertical compliance and comfort are the results of our TCC (Tuned Compliance Concept). Shapes and materials have been carefully selected so the frame and seat post work together to filter bumps and vibrations, while maximizing lateral stiffness at the same time. A low stack height allows for a race oriented position, more efficient than the typical 29er fit.
Note: BMC sent over the TE02 29 for test and review at no charge to Twenty Nine Inches. We are not being paid, nor bribed for this review and we will strive to give our honest thoughts and opinions throughout.