Pro Bike Gallery: Cecile Ravanel’s Commencal Meta AM V4

The bike beneath the fastest woman on the 2016 Enduro World Series circuit

27.5 Enduro Race Coverage
Ravanel claimed that the less technical, high-speed tracks in Colorado didn’t suit her, but she still handily won five out of five stages. Photo by Eddie Clark

Ravanel claimed that the less technical, high-speed tracks in Colorado didn’t suit her, but she still handily won five out of five stages. Photo by Eddie Clark

Cecile Ravanel is the unquestioned queen of the Enduro World Series this year. Through the first five EWS races of the 2016 season, the 35-year-old Frenchwoman has four wins and one second place, earning her a commanding lead in the overall standings. Going into this weekend’s single day event in Whistler, British Columbia, the Commençal Vallnord Enduro Team rider has a 320-point lead over second placed Isabeau Courdurier (SUNN). Aiding in this demolition of the competition is Ravanel’s Commencal Meta V4. Mtbr caught up with rider and bike after her win at round No. 5 in Aspen-Snowmass, Colorado. Here’s a closer look.

The first thing you notice about this size medium 27.5 bike? It’s aluminum. Who says you need the latest and greatest frame material to be the best in the world.

The first thing you notice about this size medium 27.5 bike? It’s aluminum. Who says you need the latest and greatest frame material to be the best in the world.

Ravanel is among the numerous EWS riders that’s made the recent switch from SRAM’s 1x11 to new 1x12 Eagle drivetrain.

Ravanel is among the numerous EWS riders that’s made the recent switch from SRAM’s 1×11 to new 1×12 Eagle drivetrain.

When it comes to saddle choice, clearly Ravanel values low weight over comfort. Meet the minimalist Tioga Spyder Outland.

When it comes to saddle choice, clearly Ravanel values low weight over comfort. Meet the minimalist Tioga Spyder Outland.

Ravanel was once among France’s most promising cross-country racers, winning a junior world title in 1998. But today her focus is all about going downhill fast.

Ravanel was once among France’s most promising cross-country racers, winning a junior world title in 1998. But today her focus is all about going downhill fast.

Front suspension is provided by a 170mm RockShox Lyric. She typically uses a pair of bottomless tokens and sets the pressure to about 60 psi.

Front suspension is provided by a 170mm RockShox Lyric. She typically uses a pair of bottomless tokens and sets the pressure to about 60 psi.

Rear suspension is also courtesy of RockShox, including a remote lock-out for climbing.

Rear suspension is also courtesy of RockShox, including a remote lock-out for climbing.

On the left side of the cockpit is a grip shifter to lock-out the rear shock and a well-placed KS Lev dropper post lever.

On the left side of the cockpit is a grip shifter to lock-out the rear shock and a well-placed KS Lev dropper post lever.

Ravanel’s cockpit mates a 760mm KS bar with a 50mm KS Ether stem equipped with 20mm in spacers. Due to the Colorado course’s less technical nature, Ravanel dropped her position slightly. Expect to see both those spacers underneath the stem in Whistler.

Ravanel’s cockpit mates a 760mm KS bar with a 50mm KS Ether stem equipped with 20mm in spacers. Due to the Colorado course’s less technical nature, Ravanel dropped her position slightly. Expect to see both those spacers underneath the stem in Whistler.

Some good looking welds on this alloy enduro trail taming machine.

Some good looking welds on this alloy enduro trail taming machine.

Wheels are American Classic All Mountain wrapped with Hutchinson Toro rubber. Typically she specs a 2.35” tire up front and 2.25” in the rear.

Wheels are American Classic All Mountain wrapped with Hutchinson Toro rubber. Typically she specs a 2.35” tire up front and 2.25” in the rear.

French rubber is mated with American-made alloy wheels.

French rubber is mated with American-made alloy wheels.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympics, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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