BMC GranFondo GF02 Shimano 105 review

Rob Hoyles gets to grips with an endurance offering from BMC

Cycling Weekly Verdict

While the GF02 boasts little in the way of headline-grabbing statistics, it was still our first choice when it came to picking a real world, sub-£2,000 bike to tackle the Etape du Dales. Reliability is something that’s pretty much taken for granted these days, such is the quality of the vast majority of bikes currently on the market. But it seems BMC is able to offer that little bit extra. Our test bike endured all weathers with not so much as a creak from the bottom bracket or a missed gear shift. Indeed, barely a barrel adjuster has been tweaked during the test period. There’s little doubt that the GF02 is built to last. If you’re a keen sportive rider, or simply a leisure rider looking for a bike that will help you to achieve big things, then the GF02’s back-saving geometry and overall ability should put it firmly on your list of bikes to consider

Reasons to buy
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    Top quality frame set

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    No deviations from the 105 groupset

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    Superb long-range comfort

Reasons to avoid
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    Wheelset is very heavy

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    Saddle is a bit too soft

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    Wide 28mm tyres are overkill 90 per cent of the time

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.