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Pistons & Pivots

Genevieve Demer's “Compact & Sexy" BMW M2 & Canyon Sender MX

Words A.J. Barlas
Photos A.J. Barlas
Date Aug 2, 2021
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Take a hyperactive young lady from Lac Beauport, Quebec and introduce her to bikes. Toss in skiing from an earlier age and it’s not hard to see how Genevieve Demers ended up on Canada's West Coast, within an hour's drive of Whistler.

But there's more to Genevieve's passion for bikes and skis than simply access. Genevieve was fortunate to have school sports programs for two afternoons of the week that involved skiing in the winter and bikes in the summer. Her strong grades made it possible to take part in the programs and the passion grew from there. She remembers those sports afternoons fondly. Being able to burn some of her energy with something fun and rewarding while outside in the woods, is something we can all relate to.

Genevieve's partner introduced her to the riding at Mont Sainte Anne bike park and after that, the sport hooked its talons in firmly. Before MSA, Genevieve’s favourite riding was a muddy, technical and rocky trail behind her local hill but there was no chairlift access. The experience in MSA led her to move west, settling in Squamish in 2003 rather than Whistler because the rent was more affordable. Squamish also kept her close to the city, which she also enjoys.

But how does an active gal, always outside skiing or biking get drawn to cars? For Genevieve, the first hint of an interest in cars came from watching James Bond movies and F1 races with her father. They were also fans of shows like Top Gear, all of which explain her affection for nice fast cars, and her desire to get into an Aston Martin or Ferrari someday.


"Definitely Aston Martin and Ferrari. Everything compact and sexy.” – Genevieve when asked about other cars that interest her
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Without any modifications, the M2 Competition looks and sounds badass, just listen to the gurgle in the clip below.

Genevieve’s “Compact & Sexy" BMW M2 Competition Coupe

Genevieve’s BMW M2 Competition perfectly fits her interest in compact and sexy cars. The slender lines of the small-bodied BMW have just the right amount of edge to give the required attitude of a sports car, and it stands strong on the road, despite its relatively small size. The M2 also has more power than her previous cars, including the similar-looking M235i.

The first BMW experience came in the form of an E46 330ci that set her back $7K. Genevieve says the car was a dream to drive and she was hooked right away. Following that, the move to a BMW X5 raised her standards for interior accessories, something she’s found the sport models have fallen short on. But the X5 wasn't practical for their huskys and was switched for a truck. The desire to drive something fun remained and another car was bought, while the truck was kept for transporting bikes and dogs.


"We had an E46 330ci to start. $7K, it was a dream, I was hooked right away. I had no idea, a car could behave that way but still feel safe at the same time.” – Genevieve Demers

When BMW released the M235i Coupe, Genevieve couldn’t resist and in 2016 she jumped into one. They were more affordable but still provided the sharper driving characteristics she wanted. Genevieve kept that BMW for four years but after a test drive in the M2 – one that involved some speed and highway off-ramps to test the handling – it was traded in. There’s a fascination with BMWs beneath her cheeky grin.

Many of the previous BMWs Genevieve owned received updates to help them perform how she wanted but for the M2, everything has been left stock. Genevieve informed me that a few influential car experts she follows have suggested it may become a collector's piece in years to come, and original collector cars can be quite valuable. That also suggests that her desire to update the car may have come to an end but I wonder what would happen if something equally appealing came up? Perhaps the Tundra she shares with her partner would be swapped in favour of keeping the M2?

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The front end of the car with heaps of vents for air flow. The car is claimed to produce a max torque of 406 at 2,350 RPM and 405 horses at 5,230 RPM. Now I understand why Genevieve and her partner prefer to drive it in the dry and stick to the truck when it's wet and snowy.

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The colour is sexy as hell. It's white but not really. In some light is has a slight blue hue and in others, looks to be a semi-opaque grey. It looks great.

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Classic bagding and a not so stupidly big grill.

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Anyone else see the similarities to a storm trooper?

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Hmmmmm…

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The subtle M2 badge would be swallowed by the grill on some of the other models BMW has been releasing.

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The headlights feature BMW's "Adaptive LED" technology.

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BMW claims the technology provides better visibility and a variable light distribution from the headlights provides better light through corners.

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The rear-wheel-drive, twin-turbo inline 6 looks fun to drive just standing still. I've yet to take Genevieve up on her offer to drive it but the itch is getting stronger.

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The monstrous rotors fill much of the 19-inch rims. Gen opted not to get any flashy coloured calipers and kept the stock, metal finish.

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Smooth lines and subtle reminders that this isn't a standard Beemer.

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Sleek lines disguise the wider rear end. This car must handle like a go-kart when driven well.

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The lines are simpler at the rear of the car making it a bit of a sleeper.

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From a distance, or at a glance, viewers may have missed the subtle rear spoiler…

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It's nice to see cars that can get up and go, but don't have all the flash.

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But I wonder if at this size, it actually does anything at all.

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Looking at the rear, it almost looks like a regular grocery getter. But playing the audio clip from above while staring at the clean derriere changes that. I've put it below again, for your pleasure.

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If a BMW has these stripes, it's likely got some go.

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The interior shows off the M-series flair, but it's pretty basic compared to the X5 Genevieve had a few vehicles prior.

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A reminder as you lower yourself in.

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Leather seats with subtle badging in the back. The M-series lines on the seatbelts are a tasteful touch.

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There's plenty of carbon surface finishings throughout.

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It's been done well and the texture is nice.

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Stick-shift, off course. My understanding is it's not available with an automatic transmission.

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Genevieve's partner is a big audiophile and he informed me that the speakers in the M2 don't measure up to other Harmon Kardon products, unfortunately.

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For the 'basic' package, the M2 has all the bells and whistles needed without distracting the driver from the experience on the road.

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That big red start button is just begging you to jump in and drive.

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Let's go! Genevieve has put just over 11,000km on the car since driving it off the lot with only 13km on the clock.

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Another shot of the front end, because it looks so damn good.

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BMW may have helped Genevieve hold onto this model thanks to their use of ridiculously large front grills on some new models. The grill on her M2 looks just right.

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Genevieve's Canyon Sender CFR FMD

Genevieve’s Mixed-Wheel Canyon Sender

Genevieve's interest in nice vehicles that unlock speed extends to her bikes as well. After a year away from the Whistler Bike Park in 2020, she’s jumped back in but needed a new bike. After reading solid reviews, she was interested in the Canyon Sender but Genevieve didn't commit until Canyon became available in Canada. It sounds like the purchase has been a good one, with Genevieve commenting on how comfortable she immediately felt on the bike, despite a year of not riding park.

The bike has seen several updates to align it with her preferences and there are more likely to come, with room to improve the suspension to better suit her. Currently, a OneUp Carbon handlebar, Renthal 40mm stem, push-on ODI Longnecks, Maxxis Minion DHF and DHRII tires, and TRP brakes have replaced the stock parts. Genevieve is pretty excited about the bike's adjustability and after some testing, has found the reach in the middle setting perfect, with the long chainstay for the smaller 27.5 rear wheel.

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A Fox 40 removes much of the bike park chatter while keeping the 29-inch front wheel stuck to the ground.

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Genevieve is yet to find a tire she likes more than the Minion DHF and quickly replaced the stock tread with it.

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The stock valve caps have been replaced with a colour matched option, but are these even valve covers?

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The new fork features the bleed valves at the top of the lower legs. These have come in handy up in Whistler.

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OneUp's Carbon Handlebar cut to 780mm. Gen says she needs to cut them down a bit more.

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The reach adjust headset is a clever feature I wish more bikes had. Gen is happy with it in the middle setting.

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Some Chromag bling finishes off the cockpit. She runs a 40mm Renthal Integra35 stem.

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ODI push-on Longneck grips keep trail feedback to the hands at a minimum.

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TRP brakes. Gen says she likes the action and feel of the levers. These are the G-Spec. DHR.

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The TRP calipers clamp on the stock 203mm Shimano Ice-Tec rotors that the bike came with.

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The drivetrain has been left stock.

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It's a full Shimano Saint 10-speed drivetrain…

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With a 34t front ring. An e*thirteen chainguide keeps everything running smoothly.

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The Fox suspension has taken some time to get setup to Gen's satisfaction.

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But she says it's "mint" now.

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Compression and rebound adjustment.

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27.5 or 29. Pick your poison.

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Gen prefers the rear centre in the long position with the smaller rear wheel.

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The smaller rear wheel is wrapped in a Minion DHRII.

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The alloy DT FR2020 features a 30mm internal width and is built with 32 spokes front and rear.

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One of the only issues Gen has with the bike is the chainslap. She plans on getting an STFU to quiet things down.

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Genevieve and a few of her favourite friends. Dogs and bikes travel by truck though.

Genevieve seems happy with her current car but something tells me her desire to drive an Aston or a Ferrari may one day spur things beyond the M2. That's not to say she'll buy one of those, but if the chance to drive one presents itself, Gen's not going to turn it down. It's pretty impressive how nicely a stock M2 comes together, and the sound it makes, especially after the cold start, ugh, so good. It's refreshing to meet someone in my hometown of Squamish who has a passion for cars rather than simply lifted trucks. As Gen says, the Sea To Sky highway is such a nice drive, especially when you have a car like she does.

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kos
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Kos  - Aug. 2, 2021, 5:51 a.m.

Fun car. Long ago (2008) I owned the "nothing burger" version of the 128. Option 1: Sport Suspension. Option 2: Built in bike rack attachment in rear bumper -- so no turbo, just a sweet, high-revving NA I6.

Two cool features: First, the back seat folds dead flat, leaving enough room for a bike if you remove both wheels. Second, for a few years, you could order the built-in bike rack attachments. Every car had them, but either you or the dealer had to make these little body-colored cutouts to access them. Then one of the sturdiest racks I've ever seen scissor-clamped onto the mounts. The only downside was that the arms that secured the bikes had to clamp to the frame, but the jaws were super soft silicone....

Great memories. Sold it in a day to, of course, an avid road racing geek!

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kcy4130
+2 Dogl0rd AJ Barlas
kcy4130  - Aug. 2, 2021, 9:52 a.m.

I absolutely love the Pistons and Pivots series. Love the variety too. I like seeing fancy new stuff of course, but I'm more likely to rubber neck at a 40 year old truck rusting in a field, tbh. I especially enjoy seeing some of the 4x4s that we don't get here in North America.

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Dogl0rd
+1 kcy4130
Dogl0rd  - Aug. 2, 2021, 1:07 p.m.

Having a sick bike and a sick new car is gonna be beyond a lot of people's means. Tahnee's old Miata looked more attainable lol

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OLDF150
+1 AJ Barlas
Kerry Williams  - Aug. 2, 2021, 5:41 p.m.

Thanks again NSMB and AJ. Absolutely love this series. And Genevieve, congratulations on some awesome choices. Car, bike and dogs all look like a ton of fun.

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itsJS
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Johannes Schmidt  - Aug. 5, 2021, 5:48 a.m.

Now a photo of her, the dogs and the bike all packed into the car

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