Meta AM get’s longer travel…
The new 2017 Commencal Meta AM v4.2 may sound like the next minor firmware update to some piece of electronics, but the new bike takes ther long-standing all-mountain platform and extends it into a more capable enduro ride. At first, the Commencal appears similar to the current fourth generation of the bike, but by stretching the rear end out to 160mm of travel with a revised shock and suspension movement, the 650b/27.5″ trail bike gets more capable for hitting the rough stuff while retaining the versatility to pedal to the top of the mountain. Get a good look at the bike hitting the trails, plus all the new details and updated tech below.
They feel an enduro bike is just a DH bike that knows how to climb, so that’s where the Meta seems to be headed. In Meta’s latest update they revised the movement of the new metric shock to give it both more travel and a more directly progressive suspension curve.
While the previous Commencal came with a detailed chart highlighting which shocks could be used with it, the revised 2-piece toptube design created clearance and compatibility for all shocks on the market. While that change is also said to add a bit more space inside the main triangle for a water bottle.
With longer travel out back, the Commencal Meta AM sticks with a 170mm fork, but slackens the head angle by 0.5° (and slightly grows the wheelbase as a result) to better suit the more aggressive riding to come. Otherwise geometry is said to stay the same (seat angle, toptube length, BB height, chainstay length), although the XL bike does stretch out a tiny bit and frame stack increases about 5mm across the range to get the bars up a bit to match the longer travel.
The updated Meta builds in a new integrated downtube protector at the bottom bracket. It also gets a revised cable guide there to transition the internally routed rear derailleur and brake lines into the chainstays.
The Meta also follows the movement to Boost 148 spacing out back, while the updated model gets a new forged non-drive side dropout that also opens up more space around the chainstay-mounted brake for less interference with larger caliper designs. With wider Boosted Formula hubs, the Meta also has a spec with wider rims, for a wider tire contact patch.
The new ride will come in three paint colors, depending on each of the six spec levels on offer. Plus, the top two bike builds will also have the option to go with a lighter brushed alloy finish with just a clear coat over the pared back graphics.
The Meta Origin is the most affordable bike in the lineup is the yellow-only $2200/2200€ Origin spec with a Sram NX1 11 speed group, Level brakes, WTB STP i25 rims, RockShox Deluxe RT shock, and a Yari RC fork. Step up to the orange-only Ride model for $2500€ and you get a Lyrik RC fork upgrade and Guide R brakes, plus a GX1 shifter.
The next two bikes come only in matte black with the more subtle graphics look. The $3000€ Meta Essential gets the same Deluxe RT, Lyrik RC & Guide R brakes, but goes up to a full GX1 drivetrain and 27mm internal width Mavic rims. It also is the first to add a dropper post with the Reverb Stealth, which carries through on all of the more pricey models.
With its race-ready designation, the $3500€ Race Model gets more tune-able suspension by way of the top-of-the-line Deluxe RC3 & Lyrik RCT3, that also carry through as the prices go up. The Race also goes to Guide RS brakes, a Cane Creek headset, stickier 3C Maxxis rubber, and adds in an X01 derailleur.
The Race Eagle is the first in the line to offer a choice of color, available in the matte black or gloss yellow for $3999€, or brushed aluminum for $100€ more. As the name suggests, it goes to 12 speed with a new X01 Eagle setup with the 10-50 cassette and an X1 crankset.
The top Meta World Cup gets a full X01 Eagle 12 speed drivetrain, and throws in a set of Spank Oozy Trail tubeless wheels with 30.5mm inner width rims. The World Cup will come in either $4500€ matte black or $4600€ brushed alloy versions.
All of the new AM bikes share the same hydroformed aluminum frame and come in sizes of: S-XL. This AM will be available from November 2016, and can be pre-ordered now.
// 29erCafe Retail Partners