Commencal’s new Meta AM 29er borrows the recently introduced 26″ bike’s design for 130mm (5″) of travel.
It will launch with one model in a SRAM X9/X0 build with Fox 34 fork and shock, Fulcrum wheels, Formula brakes and Reverb post. Price will be around $5,000 USD, not totally finalized yet. It’ll also come with commuter-strength lights, something we’ve seen from several European brands.
It’s aimed at the enduro market, which shows the French heritage. Enduro is a popular format there. Here, we’d call it all-day trail riding or a marathon race, except that enduro races tend to be a multiple Super-D format. Thus, the bike is designed to climb as well as it descends.
This bike was plucked directly off the production line and is the only one in the U.S. More pics below…
It has full internal cable routing for both brakes and shifters, which keeps the frame very clean.
The suspension looks unique. In reality, it’s not that different from many other
four faux bar bikes except for the lower shock mount placement…on the chainstays. Puts a new spin on full floating systems and Commencal says it was done to give them the suspension feel they wanted when used with 2×10 drivetrains.
A 142×12 rear axle and really tall post mount brake tabs suggest this bike’s intended usage.