Commencal Bicycles Meta Trail HT 29er Hardtail

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[Jun 29, 2015]
gerryl
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Value

Weakness:

None at this time

I got this bike in late June 2015 for two reasons. One to replace my current xc 29er hardtail with slacker geometry and something that did not break the bank. I searched for a bunch of new or used bikes (transam, yelli screamy, stache, newer jamis dragon, etc), a couple of frame only options, but settled on the essential commencal for about $1,100 delivered to my door.

There are two different builds in 2015 the race and essential. Frames are the same just different components. I purchased the essential. The essential has a lot of Alpha components (commencal house brand I think), sram x-5 derailleur's and shifters (2x up front), avid db1 drakes, and a suntour raidon xc lo r29 120mm fork. Front axle is 9mm and rear is 10 by135mm.

Basic frame geo - headtube angle is 68 degrees with a 100mm fork. The bike came with a 120mm fork, so the headtube angle is a bit less than 68 degrees. Chainstay is 440mm or approx. 17.3 inches. Standover is 785mm or 30.9 inches.

First impression on two days or so of mostly trail riding. Going from my Jamis Exile 1 (head tube angle of 72 degrees and chainstays of 450mm) the commencal is a blast. I am sold on the slacker geometry. This bike was super fun on rollers, smaller table tops, and just blasting down trails. I did not get to climb as much as I usually do on my old jamis, but will report on that later once I am able to log more ride time.

I intend this to be an ongoing update as the summer rolls on.

I would recommend this bike to someone looking for a non xc bike or all - mountain ride.

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