François Bailly-Maître and the BMC Trailfox TF01 get Shimano XTR Di2

Feb 17, 2015
by ridebmc  
The BMC Trailfox TF01 was the first 150mm travel full-carbon 29er on the Enduro World Series circuit. Now, another first has been added to its Palmarés, it is now the first Enduro bike to be equipped with Shimano’s XTR Di2 electronic drivetrain.

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Shimano’s XTR Di2 was revealed last year at the Albstadt UCI MTB World Cup. BMC MTB Racing Team’s Julien Absalon was one of the prominent riders testing and validating this new piece of cycling hardware in the lead-up to its launch. Now it is time for the BMC Factory Trailcrew to benefit from the advantages of riding with the latest cutting-edge technology. This was delivered by Shimano to the BMC Factory Trailcrew training camp last week in Finale Ligure in the form of the electronic upgrade of Francois Bailly-Maitre’s BMC Trailfox TF01 to XTR Di2.

The initial feedback from François Bailly-Maître has been really positive. According to the French BMC Factory Trailcrew team captain “The XTR Di2 is really fast and precise and the cool thing is, it can be easily programmed to accommodate different riding styles. Once you’ve entered your data in the E-tube software it is really easy to fine-tune your bike for the kind of training, race, or transitions you’d like to do. The group set is really light and it even offers different assets such as a display on the handlebar and a “click” letting the rider know when the shifter is pushed. The Syncro shift system allows you to control both the back and front with only one shifter. And the space between both levers can be modified as much as you want. It is also aesthetically simple because everything is integrated into the frame.” added François Bailly-Maître.

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Also present at the training camp and outfitting the Trailfox together with Shimano was BMC’s Mountain Bike Engineer Guillaume Farin who commented "François has a ton of race experience at the highest level and, in multiple disciplines. He is, simply put, an amazing all-round mountain biker. BMC Switzerland and Shimano are technology-driven companies operating at the cutting edge, and we really see a lot of value in doing early testing with athletes like François. XTR Di2 offers Enduro riders unique benefits by combining the extended gear range of a double chainring setup, with the intuitive function of only one shifter in a tidy package. François was quick to note he could program different modes with the Syncro shift technology: one mode for paced transition climbs favoring easy gears, and tougher modes for raced stages with preselected, bigger gears. The tuneable chain retention and the silence of the whole system impressed us all, and could not be faulted over the first few days of testing."

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François added “I am really happy and extremely proud to be chosen as the first ever Enduro pilot to ride with Di2. It is great to see that a company like Shimano is supporting us 200%. It gives me an extra motivation to train hard and get ready for the first round of the EWS and the rest of the season”.

François Bailly-Maître will leave for New Zealand at the beginning of March and get ready for the first round of the EWS that takes place in Rotorua on the 27th and 28th of March.

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MENTIONS: @shimano




58 Comments

  • 20 0
 I want XTR that shifts via wifi.
  • 4 0
 blue tooth and satellite radio
  • 3 0
 What no sat nav?
  • 2 0
 thats only on the shadow plus ultra ninja XTR Di2
  • 2 0
 Soon my friend soon
  • 1 0
 sram has a wireless electronic groupset coming for road.... so just you wait
  • 26 15
 I'm not real interested in electronic shifting or anything electronic on my mtb. One reason to ride bikes is to get away from electronics. Looks like Shimano still doesn't have anything to compete with Sram in the drivetrain department. Give us a 10-42 XTR 11 speed that works at least as good as the XTR 10 speed Shimano!!!!
  • 8 2
 not looking to start an argument here, but out of curiosity, why do you think that the 11 speed stuff is worse than the 10 speed stuff? Razz
  • 7 4
 I have to say one thing I love about my Shimano (10speed) is the ability to grab 2 gears with one full push of either lever. Also sram stuff wears out faster and is expensive to replace. I'll take a 40T 11speed xtr all day because of these reasons. Sure the xtr is expensive as well but I'd rather go through 1 drivetrain a year vs 4.
  • 7 0
 Just run a shimano 11sp der and shifter on a sram 10-42 cassette.
  • 3 0
 I'm so sorry Di2 upsets you Frown @dualsuspensiondave
  • 9 1
 I wouldnt classify electronic shifting the same thing as "getting away from electronics". its not like you're looking at your computer screen or receiving emails. All it does is shift and show you what gear you are in. Its almost like you already have something like that on your bike...
  • 2 2
 If a wire & battery is more reliable than a cable & housing, bring it on! I could care less if it's electronic, has a screen, can check email, KOM my Strava, Strava my KOM, if it works, it works.
  • 3 2
 While Shimano's 11sp cassette doesn't offer the ratio's that SRAM has, the thing that gives Shimano the leg up is the ability to run a double or triple ring. This gives a much wider range of gearing than SRAM, and the weight penalty is minimal. When I chose SRAM over Shimano for my 11sp, I went with SRAM specifically for the 10/42 option. If i had known then what I know now, I would have gone Shimano...2x may not be accepted by all the kool enduro kids, but Im not super human and I need as much gear as I can get!

On a side note, I saw Di2 on Kyle Warner's Marin 'enduro' bike three weeks ago.
  • 2 0
 Running Di2 on my road bike and it is brilliant. Flawless shifting and the auto front derailleur trim is a nice feature. Would be a bit reluctant to run it on the mtb given the environment I ride in. Would hate to go through several $600 derailleurs a year vs. the $55 Zees
  • 1 0
 No doubt Shimano dropped the ball w/the 11-40 cassette.. I ran shimano's double/triple ring last year(forget if it was a double or triple) on a demo bike and I still dropped a chain on a short demo, def. not going back to a traditional 2x/3x system again. If adding electronics/di2 can stop chain drops on a 2x/3x I'm all for it(auto front derailleur w/no front derailleur shifter sounds really cool also).
  • 1 0
 @Xyphota- I like the range with a 10-42 11 speed. I use the whole range.

@maxlombardy- That may be an option. I've thought about it, but it would be better if Shimano made what I'm looking for.

@Darkstar63- I'm not upset at all. Calmer than you are.


@tmackstab- I agree, but I really like the 10t.

@captainspaulding- I've definitely ridden di2 before and it shifts well, but I can't be missing a ride because of electrical issues. There's been issues with di2, and I'm sure Shimano has worked on resolutions but things happen with electronics.

And the 2x and 3x stuff... I haven't ran a front derailleur since I started riding mtb in 2007. I have no need for anymore gearing just like most people don't, yet fail to realize it.
  • 2 0
 Sram's XX1 cassette is still only 2/3 the weight of XTR and has a bigger range. No brainer.
  • 1 0
 @dualsuspensiondave Agreed things happen with electronics, in the same way things happen with cable & housing.. having your derailleur cable snap and getting stuck in the hardest gear for the rest of the ride is not fun(granted you can adjust the limit out so you can get an easier gear)
  • 1 0
 I'm calm dude ... I don't think it will ever replace mechanical shifting. Not while I'm alive at least - but I do think its cool. It has some clear advantages, and some potential disadvantages. I think it worthwhile to produce and refine. I give credit to Shimano for all the time and effort they put into developing these products. It's not for everyone but that's not the point. @dualsuspensiondave
  • 1 0
 @maxlombardy
It may be worth noting that the XTR cassette will last alot longer, as 6 of the cogs are titanium. You can also order each individual cog cluster, as opposed to buying a whole new cassette, so theres that too....

Im not picking either side here, but the XX1 cassette costs an additional 100-150$ depending where you get it from, and you have to replace chains like a mofo, if you want to keep the life of the cassette going.
But one piece of solid aluminum cnc'd (plus chromoly big cog) is way cooler than cogs on a carbon spider in my opinion Wink
  • 1 0
 @xyphota it's 1 piece of billet steel. It will last a LONG time. I've used an XX cassette for 2 years with almost no signs of wear. It's the big cog that's aluminum, you got it bass-ackwards
  • 1 0
 You are correct! my bad... however, I am disagreeing to the longevity, the XX1 cassettes do not last very long, they are very dependant on using a chain that has minimal 'stretch'.
  • 1 0
 i heard you can run xo/xx/x1 cassette with shimano, kmc chain and your blingin, id rather gave 10 spd xtr tho
  • 1 0
 You can run a 11 spd sram mountain cassette with 11spd XTR der. and shifter.
  • 14 5
 Electronic shifting...but no internally routed dropper post. Nice combo
  • 2 1
 Took the words right outta my mouth!
  • 3 0
 One of the reasons is that it makes travelling with your bike so much easier as you can take the post out without a care in the world. Just like it used to be.
  • 2 1
 Eh, with a dropper you should be able to lower the seat enough to fit the bike in a box without having to remove the entire post.
  • 2 1
 Look at the picture again. Internal routing present
  • 3 1
 Running the cable through the top tube does not internal routing make.
  • 1 0
 By definition that is internal routing. I assume through the downtube up the seat stay would make more sense? That would be fun to thread,
  • 4 0
 It's internal routing, but it's not stealth routing.
  • 1 0
 ^^
  • 2 0
 Would stealth be running no cable? Or hook it up to the Di2 system?
  • 1 0
 Stealth routing means that the cable attaches at the base of the seat post.
  • 2 0
 6 inches or so of reduced cable is hardly something to get excited about.
  • 2 1
 The point is that with a stealth post, the cable doesn't lower with the head when you drop the post. On most frames, the cable can interfere with the suspension or rear wheel when it is lowered.
  • 5 0
 The first? Rene Wildhaber has it on his bike too, and raced on it last weekend?
  • 6 0
 "Shimano is supporting us 200%" whilst breaking mathematics
  • 3 0
 Its 82% more than 110%. Thats better clearly
  • 2 0
 73% of statistics are made up.
  • 2 0
 Trek and Rene giggles.
  • 5 0
 "The Syncro shift system allows you to control both the back and front with only one shifter" . . . . .single ring?
  • 2 0
 Still a true statement.
  • 1 0
 "Di2 offers Enduro riders unique benefits by combining the extended gear range of a double chainring setup"
...so the advantage of using the REDUCED range of a SINGLE ring D12 setup is .......erm.... help,
  • 4 0
 nice ...looks like Rene Wildhaber was as fast :-)
www.mtb-mag.com/en/lets-plug-our-bikes-into-our-computers
  • 4 0
 Why is this big news? Crc has all this xtr in stock so whats so special?
  • 4 0
 I'm more interested in when I can get a Continental Baron Projekt 2.4!!
  • 2 0
 nice first picture and general view of bike..
  • 4 6
 I love di2 I think its good where seeing it on mtbs
  • 1 0
 Graves is also running Di2 so this guy is not the first or only one to be running Di2
  • 2 0
 you can't polish a turd :-) please can we move on to DI2 gearbox's
  • 1 0
 beauty if you have money no talk shit on it buy it Smile if no money a lot of critics on it hehehehehe just saying
  • 1 0
 Wow... investor-speak much?
  • 2 2
 A cable-less bike... what is this? Its sick, thats what it is!
  • 1 0
 Unholiness!!!

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