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We’ve been out riding the BMC Speedfox AMP Two. E-Trailbikes are the latest and greatest thing and rightly so, because this breed of eMTB is lots of fun to ride. For this test, we gave the brightly coloured BMC with 130 mm travel, carbon frame, Shimano Steps E8000 motor and large 29” wheels a thorough test on diverse trails. Read on to find out what we thought.
On Test: BMC Speedfox AMP Two
“Looks like a primo trail machine”
BMC hails from Switzerland, just like the useful, durable red pocket knife you carry with you everywhere. The BMC Speedfox AMP Two is an E-Trailbike with a shapely carbon frame offering 130 mm travel and fitted with 29” wheels. Power is provided by a Shimano Steps E8000 which is found in an increasing number of E-Bikes thanks to its compact volume and impeccable quality. BMC has chosen a geometry that makes this E-Bikes suited to active and engaged riding. If you’re after a relaxed cruiser you might be better off looking somewhere else.
Along with the Shimano Steps E8000 motor with integrated battery, you’ll notice that the E-Bike is equipped with a full Shimano XT groupset. Braking, shifting, chain and cassette — everything except for the 200 mm brake rotors is Shimano XT. The suspension with its 130 mm travel is a mix of families, with a RockShox Revelation RC fork and a Fox Float DPS shock. Both are high-quality items and should provide the BMC Speedfox AMP Two with very capable suspension.
More information: www.bmc-switzerland.com
This E-Bike costs € 7.499
Available sizes: S, M, L
Measured standover: 770 mm (Size L)
Weight: 21,9 kg (Size L)
You can find the geometry below
|Fahrergröße||< 170 cm||170-185 cm||> 180 cm|
|Stack||598 mm||605 mm||618 mm|
|Reach||401 mm||445 mm||472 mm|
|Sitzrohr||400 mm||440 mm||480 mm|
|Oberrohr||572 mm||619 mm||648 mm|
|Steuerrohr||92 mm||103 mm||118 mm|
|Kettenstrebe||450 mm||450 mm||450 mm|
|Radstand||1159 mm||1202 mm||1233 mm|
|Tretlagerabsenkung||33 mm||35 mm||35 mm|
|Überstandshöhe||760 mm||765 mm||770 mm|
|Frame||Rahmen||Speedfox AMP - Advanced Pivot System / Carbon (F), Al-13 Triple-butted aluminum (R)|
|Fork||Gabel||RockShox Revelation RC (130mm)|
|Shock||Dämpfer||Fox Float DPS, Performance, Evol, (130mm)|
|Shifter||Schalthebel||Shimano XT 11fach|
|Derailleur||Schaltwerk||Shimano XT, Shadow Plus|
|Cassette||Kassette||Shimano XT, 11-46T|
|Cranks||Kurbel||Shimano FC-E8000, 34T|
|Brakes||Bremse||Shimano XT / 200 mm Bremsscheiben vorne und hinten|
|Tires||Reifen||Maxxis Forekaster EXO, 29" x 2.35|
|Rims||Felgen||RaceFace Aeffect -R 30|
|Hubs||Naben||RaceFace Aeffect -R|
|Seat||Sattel||WTB Volt Race|
|Seatpost||Sattelstütze||RaceFace Aeffect Dropper / 125 mm|
|Bar||Lenker||BMC MFB 02 / 750 mm|
|Stem||Vorbau||BMC MSM 02 / 50 mm|
|Motor||Motor||Shimano STEPS MTB E-8000, 250 W, 70 Nm|
|Battery||Akku||Shimano BT-E 8020 / 500 Wh|
|Price (RRP)||Preis (UVP)||7.499 € (UVP)|
Motor & Battery
The Shimano Steps E8000 motor was introduced in 2016 and since then has started popping up on more and more E-Bikes. The 2.8kg motor is definitely one of the lighter systems available and together with the ergonomic controls, it’s an intuitive system to use. Along with its stellar performance, the popularity of the Shimano motor is likely also due to its small volume. The compact dimensions free up the design of the frame allowing agile geometries and kinematics to be engineered. Chainstays don’t have to be excessively long because cranks are mounted fairly centrally in the motor unit, meaning that the dimensions are usually similar to a non-motorised bike. Finally, the 175mm Q-factor is narrower than many competitors on the market.
Three assistance modes – ECO, TRAIL and BOOST – cover all eventualities during your rides. ECO reduces the power, but you’ll get increased range. The dynamic TRAIL mode modulates the power up to 60% of the maximum power, depending on what’s required. Software analyses your pedal strokes to determine how much assistance is required at any given moment. Pedalling in this mode feels particularly natural and the mode offers a good compromise between support and range. BOOST puts the pedal to the metal and always delivers the maximum available power. The Shimano Steps E8000 delivers a maximum 70Nm torque and we have never experienced any overheating problems.
The display can only be described in one way – excellent. The unit is small, robust, well finished and mounted in a protected place just behind the bars. That’s how it should be. Wherever you’re riding the high contrast and high saturation LCD panel is easy to read and understand. The display tells you which gear you are in and colour codes the different assistance modes to let you know which you are using. Using Bluetooth and a companion smartphone app you can adjust settings to your taste. If you want to know your cadence – you can show that on the display. The combination of a compact motor, powerful assistance and the brilliant display makes the Shimano Steps system one to look out for if you’re in the market for an E-Bike.
- Motor: Shimano Steps E8000
- Battery: 500 Wh
- Power: max. 250 Watt
- Torque: 70 Nm
- Display: Shimano Steps SC-E8000
35.1 km / 959 metres vertical ascent
1 h 28 min
Quoted figures for range tend to be on the optimistic side so we like to test bikes for ourselves, draining a whole battery and seeing how far the bike will go. For this test we managed 35.1 km and 959 metres of ascending, staying in the highest power setting throughout. Please note that these values in no way represent rigorous or normalised testing, instead they should be seen as ballpark figures. Using lower assistance modes increases the range significantly too.
You can find the exact details of our test ride with the BMC Speedfox AMP Two here.
On the Trail
Steep ramps? No matter!
Let’s make one thing clear. If you’re looking for a comfortable E-Mountainbike with an upright position, then you’re barking up the wrong tree because this eMTB is anything but compact. Start riding and you’ll immediately notice the racing DNA that has informed the design of the carbon frame. It’s a design not for pootling, but for pushing it to the limit regardless of whether its uphill, on a maintained trail or going all-out downhill. The BMC Speedfox AMP Two wants you to push it and for you to hunt down your fastest times.
Going uphill, the BMC Speedfox AMP Two always comes out ahead thanks to the long 1233 mm wheelbase in Size L. This means that the front wheel never lifts and the rear wheel almost never spins out. The Maxxis Forekaster tyres with EKO casing provide lots of grip and are stellar on fast and dry trails. The Shimano Steps E8000 motor supports every pedal stroke and elicits a wild grin even in the hardest parts of the trail. We do have to add that the BMC Speedfox AMP Two requires some skill on tight corners when going uphill, as it is a rather hefty (and long) E-Bike.
Large wheels — this thing rolls over everything in its path!
29” wheels roll incredibly well everywhere and encourage us to let the BMC Speedfox AMP Two go as fast as it wants on steep terrain. We can hardly believe that the eMTB has only 130 mm travel because it maintains its composure on rooty downhill sections and keeps on going. The supportive suspension — RockShox Revelation RC fork up front and Fox Float DPS shock at the back — convinced us completely. If you’re looking for a buttery smooth steamroller, the suspension on the BMC Trailfox AMP Two will be too stiff for you. However if you’re looking for a lively and quick riding E-Mountainbike that can be ridden most anywhere you want, this lovely machine could be just right for you.
The roughest downhills — whilst possible to ride — require you to have a strong guiding hand to keep the BMC Speedfox AMP Two under control. Here you’ll often reach the limits of the 130 mm travel. The narrow, 750 mm bars also become a limiting factor on technical and demanding terrain.
Blasting along the trail — works for us!
Where do Foxes feel most at home? That’s right, flitting around the forest free to roam. And that’s where the BMC Speedfox AMP Two belongs too, because this eMTB is made for the trails. To start with, we had a little difficulty hefting the large wheels around tight corners. The key is to brake properly, maintain your speed and to accelerate back out of the corner. The latter is achieved easily with the Shimano Steps E8000 motor, but we never felt like cornering demons on the BMC Speedfox AMP Two. That doesn’t matter though, because on every other part of the trail we felt as fast as a fox being chased through the undergrowth. Blasting trails — on the BMC Speedfox AMP Two its somehow even more fun than usual. And with that: “Good hunting!”
- Narrow bars – 750mm bars are too narrow for our tastes. We would prefer to see 780mm wide items or more.
- Soft saddle – initially the padded saddle feels comfortable, but spend extended times out riding and it becomes less so. It feels like you sink into it and the more sensitive among you could feel some pressure points develop.
eMTB-News Summary: BMC Speedfox AMP Two
Are you a sporty rider looking for a jack of all trades, or simply a fast, capable E-Trailbike for any and every terrain? The BMC Speedfox AMP Two could be just right for you. Thanks to the large wheels, the supportive suspension and the aggressive geometry it makes for a very convincing ride on the trail. Thank you, BMC — this is exactly what an E-Trailbike should be! Well done!
With a little bit of tuning, you should also be able to get this high-end E-Trailbike to around 21kg.
- Relatively light
- Stiff, high-quality carbon main frame
- High performance, aggressive geometry
- 200 mm disc rotors
- 750mm bars are too narrow
- Mix of brands for the suspension
- Grips feel cheap
What do you think of this flink fox from BMC? What wheel size are you riding on?
About the test
On our test runs we usually stay in the highest assistance mode and drain the battery completely at least once. We then publish our results on our Strava account.
Our loop has everything we need to test what our E-bikes are capable of:
- Tight uphill trails with roots, rocks and loam
- Flat trails with small climbing sections
- Fast and flowing downhills
- Long gravel trails up- and downhill
E-bikes are subjected to our route multiple times to allow us to draw our conclusions.
We tested the BMC Speedfox AMP Two here:
- On the trails around Bamberg and Bad Kreuznach, Germany. The riding provides narrow and tight trails with technical rooty, rocky sections, steep and technical uphills as well as flowing downhills.
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I ride everything: E-Enduro, E-Trailbikes, hardtails, downhill, road – I enjoy it all, whether it’s E-assisted or not. I’ll admit that I do quite like having a motor on the uphills though. There’s lots to love about flowing trails; natural or built. The only thing I hate – switchbacks.
- Fahrstil / Riding style
- Verspielt und flowig / Flowing and playful
- Ich fahre hauptsächlich / I mainly ride
- E-Enduro, E-Trailbike, aber auch XCO, DH und Road / E-Enduro, E-Trailbike but also XCO, DH and road
- Vorlieben beim Fahrwerk / Preferred suspension setup
- Straff und schnell – ich möchte wissen, was unter mir passiert / Firm and reactive – I like feedback from the trail
- Vorlieben bei der Geometrie / Preferred geometry
- Langer Reach, kurzer Vorbau, breiter Lenker / Long reach, short stem, wide bars
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Key facts for the BMC Speedfox AMP Two
BMC Speedfox AMP Two – Summary
- 0 to 120 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
- 100 to 150 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
- 120 to 150 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- 150 to 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- more than 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- Das hier angegebene Gewicht ist die Summe aus den Einzelgewichten (E-Bike, Fahrer, Rucksack usw.), welches bei unserem Reichweitentest zum Einsatz kam.
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