As an American, finding a tent in the pits laden with BOS equipped Commencal bikes was unprecedented. This was my first time seeing the product in real life and putting it through a rigorous parking lot test.
The company had their entire existing line up on display as well as a few new things for everyone’s two favorite buzz words- 27.5″ and enduro racing.
Fresh for the next set of tweener bikes that will be introduces this year is a new 27.5″ DeVille. The only ones on display at the show were mounted on Commencal’s brand new, top of the line, Meta AM. That story is coming soon.
The major difference between the 26″ and 27.5″ iterations is the uppers. It’s hard to tell in the image above, but the offset has been adjusted to fit the wheel size.
The all new Deville AM is an enduro focused product which utilizes a new cartridge. A three position compression switch at the top lets riders make adjustments on the fly. This particular model on display was a preproduction unit and the adjustment dials weren’t finalized.
Also aimed exclusively at the burgeoning enduro market is the new Kirk shock. This shock features a piggy back reservoir, unlike the Vip’R, which will help mitigate heat build up and provide additional damping.
The shock offers external high and low speed compression adjustments, rebound, and a on/off pedal platform switch.
The BOS Deville TRC 160mm Fork tipped the scale at 4 lbs, 11 0z.
The Kirk weighed a scant 13 oz while it’s DH oriented counterpart, the Void, was 1 lb, 04 oz.
According to the big man himself, Olivier Bossard, a new XC 29er forks is in the late stages of development. Featuring between 80-120mm of travel, the fork will have that famed supple BOS character but at a very competitive weight.