As 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…
Long 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.
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.
The 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.
Stepping 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.
The 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.
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