IB13: Commencal Introduces a Bike For Every Wheelsize

Commencal Ramones Push Strider BikeAs some companies have started to dip their toes in 650B waters, while others have been quick to immerse themselves, Commencal has adopted a different approach. They’re building bikes with handling characteristics designed specifically around the performance advantages of each wheel size.

Standing tall at the toddler end of that design ethos is the Ramones. Sure, the rear 160mm rotor is nearly as large at the 12″ wheels but at least your kid will be pulling the largest skids on the block! The frame is also available in a pretty pale pink and ships without a rear disc brake for 189 Euro.

Check out the grown up toys after the break…

Commencal Meta Hardtail HT AMLong travel hardtails will always appeal to a certain crowd and after throwing your leg over one you’ll understand. The Commencal Meta HT touts 140mm of travel in the front and sports 650B wheels. The bike pictured has everything you need to get out there and retails for $2,699.
Commencal Meta Hip Hop

All new in the lineup this year is this 26″ play bike. Dubbed the Meta Hip Hop, this 120mm travel toy bike is a carefully crafted pocket rocket. With a little more travel than a traditional slope bike and better pedaling characteristics, this seems like a great bike for someone with a strong BMX or dirt jumping background.

Retail is $5,149 and includes a stealth routed dropper.

Commencal Meta SXThe Meta SX is another 26″ frame with a fun loving nature. At 160mm of travel it’s intended to be rowdy enough for hucking freeride lines but well mannered enough for the trails. This top of the line model Factory edition retails for $6,599 and is finished with their housebranded wheels and cockpit.

You can’t currently squeeze a more aggressive shock like the Float X in to this frame unless you specially order the frame a la carte. This option will be available beginning November.

Commencal Meta AMStepping into 650B territory, the Meta AM Factory delivers new halfsize wheel goodness in hi-viz yellow. This bike retails also retails ¬†for $6,599 in it’s priciest trim (pictured) but steps down the travel to 150mm. The reduced travel is offset by the larger wheels and redesigned geometry to make it a capable enduro racing machine.
Commencal Supreme DHThe Commencal Supreme seen here is a 26″ model but the company soon be offering a 650B version. The tweener model utilizes a different linkage, lower BB, and steeper headtube model.

 

Commencal Supreme DH Mud GaurdNew for this year on the DH Supreme frames is this new shock protector. The well executed design should help keep the low slung shock from picking up mud and debris over the winter months.

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Comments

A Willi - 10/24/13 - 9:43am

That rotor on the kids bike is a horrible idea.

Tom Servo - 10/24/13 - 10:18am

My child already has the largest skids on the block…

Ghost Rider - 10/24/13 - 10:37am

That Commencal kids bike was one of the coolest things I saw in the entire show…the rest of their bikes were stunning, too.

Out for a Ride - 10/24/13 - 11:36am

I agree Willi. Kids should ride bicycles with pool noodles for wheels in a pillow lined basement because any element of danger they are exposed to will surely kill them and not prepare them to think for themselves and take responsibility as they grow up.

Bayard - 10/24/13 - 11:43am

No pedals on any of their bikes. I would like to try.

Joe - 10/24/13 - 11:58am

As soon as I can get one of those kids bikes, my niece will have one. Not only will she skip training wheels, she will skip coaster brakes, and go straight to the ER. I will be the coolest uncle in the world.

Iowa Cyclist - 10/24/13 - 12:43pm

I want to know the price on the push bike with the rear rotor!

Dockboy - 10/24/13 - 1:07pm

I’ve been a bike mechanic for more than half my life. I’ve also been a preschool teacher. I’ve never heard a story of a child putting their fingers in a wheel when wiping out (I’m sure it’s happened), so how is the presence of a rotor going to add substantial danger?

Charlie Best - 10/24/13 - 1:12pm

Out for a Ride, there is plenty of gory photographic evidence on the internet showing what can happen when a trained adult mechanic catches a finger in a spinning brake rotor. A 40lb child can lock the back brake on a run bike with a centre mount caliper. It’s not about being over-protective, it’s just common sense. 4 year old kids shouldn’t have to worry about taking responsibility for anything, least of all their parents bike snobbery. Carrying a disability your whole life ’cause your parents put cool over clever would really suck.

professor - 10/24/13 - 2:32pm

I love the kids bike with the rear rotor. You can dial back the brake so that even with a full grab it is subtle. I would rather teach my kids to use brakes vs dragging their feet. That doesn’t work well on a pedal bike.

If you are too scared of your kid getting hurt, take the brake off.

Out for a Ride - 10/24/13 - 3:30pm

I withdraw my comment. While I still think you should be able to tell a kid “don’t put your fingers here, or they will hurt” in a situation where it would be fairly difficult to get into that scenario in the first place (it’s not like it has pedals or will be in a bike stand) I do get the point that there is an age where you give a child a knife and teach them about safety, and that’s probably later than pusbike age…

Brian - 10/24/13 - 4:01pm

The safety of the rear disc is not the first problem I thought of. I give that bike one ride before being tossed down on it’s side as the little grom skampers off leaving behind a lovely bent rotor. If you want brakes on your push bike, get the one with a rear drum brake. Plenty of stopping power, no exposed parts to brake or get curious fingers stuck in. The only problem is you can’t brag about the bling on your kids bike at the park.

DerHoggz - 10/24/13 - 8:46pm

I thought all bikes were obsolete without discs? We all know not having disc brakes is a set upo for sure death!

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