While most brands seem to focus on eeking out every minor performance advantage by tweaking wheel size and axle width, Commencal is taking a wider view. The French company has a range of high end performance bikes that compete at the highest levels of the sport, but they also offer affordable bikes that rip.
For the 2017 model year they’ve taken the unusual step of re-introducing several older models and giving them updated geometry and parts spec. This move allows them to offer bikes that shred at prices that are hard to belive.
Commencal Meta SX V3
The Meta line is Commencal’s answer to the Enduro scene. The brand’s flagship is now on its 4th iteration, but they’ve decided to re-release the V3 version. This allows them to hit a more affordable price point, while still offering consumers a killer deal.
For just $2,199, you get a complete that’s spec’d with a RockShox Lyric fork, a RockShox Monarch Plus shock, and a SRAM NX 1x drivetrain. The best part? They haven’t “updated” it with boost spec, so your “old” parts will play nice.
- Rear travel: 160mm
- Fork: RockShox Lyrik RC Solo Air 170mm
- Shock: RockShox Monarch R PLUS
- Brakes: SRAM LEVEL T 200mm/180mm
- Transmission: SRAM NX 1×11
- Price: $2,199 US
Commencal Meta TR V3
The new Meta TR V3 follows the same formula as the Meta SX V3. Take a great frame that was first sold a couple of years ago, update the geometry, and make it affordable.
The original Meta was more of an XC/trail bike and had 120mm of travel front and rear. The revised Meta TR now boasts a 140mm fork and 130 mm of rear travel. They’ve also tweaked the suspension kinematics to work better for beginner/intermediate riders and slackened out the headtube from 68 degrees to 66.5.
Completes start $1,599 US.
- Rear travel: 130mm
- Fork: RockShox SEKTOR RL 140mm Silver
- Shock: RockShox Monarch R
- Brakes: Tektro HD M-285 180mm/180mm
- Transmission: SRAM 2×10 X5
- Price: $1,599 US
Mega HT Junior
Commencal boasts one of the widest ranges of kid-specific mountain bikes on the market. For 2017, they’ve revised the suspension, refined the geometry, and improved the ergonomics across their entire range.
They’ve also introduced a new hardtail, the Meta HT JR. It’s targeted towards kids and teens between 4’9” and 5’5”, which also makes it ideal for shorter riders. The frame comes equipped with a 120mm Rockshox Recon air fork, 27.5” wheels, and a 2×11 drivetrain for just under a thousand dollars.
- Fork : RockShox RECON Silver RL SOLO AIR, 120mm
- Brakes : Tektro HD-M 286, 180mm/160mm
- Transmission : SRAM NX 1×11
- Price : $949 US
For more info, visit www.commencal-store.co.uk.