BMC takes tips from an Olympic champ to create a carbon masterpiece.
BMC rider Julien Absalon piled up five world cup titles, four world championships and an Olympic gold medal, all on a hardtail. He was the dominant cross-country mountain bike racer through the first 10 years of this century. Then along came a younger, more aggressive rider on a full-suspension machine. Nino Schurter started snagging the hardware by dusting the elder statesman on the downhill sections. Absalon reacted by hopping on this radical machine, BMC’s Four Stroke 01, and promptly reassumed his position on top of the podium. The FS01 impressed us both on steep, loose uphill kickers and choppy, twisty, fast descents. We also loved the zippy electronic cockpit that allowed lots of quick shifts, and suspension adjustments on the fly. The carbon bars could be a little wider to counter the fast steering created by the short stem, but this is a minor point in what is otherwise a supreme racing machine.