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2017 BMC Sportelite APS Deore Bike


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2017 BMC Sportelite APS Deore Bike

BMC puts out their Sportelite APS Deore Bike as a gateway drug. They’ve built this entry-level full-suspension has the same rear-end design as their Fourstroke, Speedfox, and Trailfox platforms. It’s their Advanced Pivot System (APS) with 100mm of travel. And it’s combined with a 100mm suspension upfront and 650b wheels.

The wheels are smaller than you’ll find on most of the BMC line for a reason. They fear 29er wheels might be a bit intimidating for new mountain bikers. It’s easier to feel in control and on top of the bike with the smaller wheels and that’s what they want you to sense.

The frame is welded and formed aluminum, both for the front and rear triangles. Light, durable, and inexpensive to fabricate. The fork is the RockShox Recon, a 32mm-stanchioned bump controller with both lockout and external rebound controls. It accepts traditional quick-release front wheels. For that matter, so does the rear end.

Most of the component spec comes from Shimano. A XT rear derailleur is the high-zoot offering, while the less-expensive Deore is pretty much everywhere else. That includes the 38/24 double-ring crank, the front derailleur, the shifters, and the 11-36 ten-speed cassette. Deore hydraulic brakes stop 160mm rotors.

The wheels are built by BMC, with Deore hubs and Alex 32-hole rims. The Alex MD19 is both eyeleted and double-walled for maximum pounding resistance. They’re built for abuse, for the kind of people who don’t necessarily know how to ride over rocks and roots and rubble. The rims are covered in Continental Tires, with the Race King up front, X-King Performance in the rear, both 2.2” wide.

When you’re looking for your first full-suspension mountain bike, take advantage of the fact BMC wants you to get hooked. This Sportelite APS Deore Bike has the manners of a carbon-fiber full-suspension XC race rig for a song.


Bottom Bracket Shimano

Brake Calipers Shimano M445

Brake Levers Shimano M445

Cassette Shimano HG50, 11-36

Chain KMC X-10

Crankset Shimano Deore M615, 38/24

Fork RockShox Recon Silver, 100mm

Frame Material Alloy, APS

Front Derailleur Shimano Deore M616-D

Handlebar BMC MFB 03, 720mm

Headset Integrated

Pedals Not Included

Rear Derailleur Shimano XT M786

Rear Suspension BMC AF-2 Rebound & Lockout

Rotors Shimano M445, 160mm (F), 160mm (R)

Saddle Selle Royal Seta

Seatpost BMC MSP 03

Shifters Shimano M610

Stem BMC MSM 03

Tires Continental Race King, X-King Performance 27.5×2.2

Wheel – Front Shimano Deore M618 Hub, Alex MD19 Rim

Wheel – Rear Shimano Deore M618 Hub, Alex MD19 Rim


Size Seat Tube (c-c) Seat Tube (c-t) Top Tube Length Head Tube Length Chain Stay Length Seat Tube Angle Head Tube Angle Stand Over Height Wheel Size Stack Reach
XS 380 569 100 435 73.5 69.0 27.5″ 573 395
S 400 590 110 435 73.5 69.0 27.5″ 583 415
M 430 610 117 435 73.5 69.0 27.5″ 590 435
L 480 635 125 435 73.5 69.0 27.5″ 598 460


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