7 Custom World Champs Commencal Supremes

Aug 26, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  
With four teams and a whole bunch of privateers using their Supreme bikes, it's no surprise that Commencal has arrived to Val di Sole with a substantial fleet of custom bikes. Here are seven examples from across their teams including Camille Balanche's Rainbow bike, a Spanish-themed ride for Angel Suarez and a sunset-inspired colour scheme for Myriam Nicole:



Camille Balanche






Myriam Nicole






Thibaut Daprela






Angel Suarez






Amaury Pierron






Greg Williamson




Pau Menoyo






66 Comments

  • 84 0
 Congratulations on being the gold standard of DH Commencal
  • 13 0
 Best bikes going
  • 7 0
 Seriously each bike so insanely gorgeous in its own way
  • 45 1
 I need Magic Titi tires in my life, for reasons
  • 12 1
 In case he wins, the Black Snake will be renamed to Titi Twister.
  • 35 0
 Kinda weird that Williamson's nickname is ass guy...
  • 6 0
 Weird that Paul's is Mary as well
  • 1 2
 Rainbow?
  • 9 0
 Assegai has a really low trolling resistance.
  • 1 0
 @lubb1: that comment is gold.
  • 23 0
 I think commencal wins this round for custom jobs. The custom tyre names is the icing on the cake.
  • 16 1
 Great to see Amaury back!
  • 17 1
 His top tube doesn't say say Stay Woke, however. Missed oppo.
  • 14 0
 Stay Wild is the new live laugh love
  • 11 0
 Those rotors on Myriam and Thibaut’s bike’s
  • 2 0
 They look so good!
  • 1 0
 Beautiful. Commencal's own brand apparently, according to the etchings:
www.pinkbike.com/photo/21196604
  • 1 0
 @vhdh666: its a prototype from Galfer i think. I saw something on bikerumor about them.
  • 5 0
 Does anyone know if there is a video of the new prototype’s linkage in action ? I just can’t wrap my head around what that the dog link does.
  • 5 0
 Or if only pink bike had made an article about it... m.pinkbike.com/news/commencal-unveils-the-2021-supreme-race-bike.html
  • 2 0
 @juliopedro: easiest way to visualize it is to start with the light green rocker link (in the picture). If that link moves (compresses the shock), it pulls the dark green link forward, and the purple one up. The light blue link rotates arounds its upper pivot. And when the purple link pulls on the light blue link, the yellow link gets pushed backwards.
  • 1 0
 @Blablablup123: Yup, but if the suspension compresses, I just don’t get if the purple one is pulled or compressed. Adjusting it’s length seems to allow to lengthen/shorten the chainstays, but all in all it just looks hyperstatic. Well, obviously it’s not since the bike seems to work, but eh, this armchair engineer wants to know more...
  • 1 0
 @juliopedro: the purple link is pulled straight up by the light green link.
  • 5 0
 Angels bike is killer. Love when the fork is more than just color flopped decals.
  • 4 0
 These are the best looking colour schemes this year, hands down! Myriam's and Camille's are the best of the best!
  • 1 0
 Can anyone explain why some are using lower idlers and some aren't (same with the Sessions)? As they're high pivot idler bikes, there's not much chain wrap on the ring, plus having a lower idler reduces the lower span chain growth. So why not use one? Are the teams short of SRAM chains like the rest of us, so don't have enough links?!
  • 1 0
 Dunno, but I wonder the same thing. Maybe to improve pedaling efficiency.
I dont run a lower idler on my bike because it hit a rock and broke off. Now I just have the upper chain retainer and bash guard. Big Grin
  • 1 0
 I am guessing they just didn't get given the new model.
  • 1 0
 To improve suspension movement. It's a problem with some dh bikes. Chain wrap should increase under sag anyway and the clutch derailer should manage the tension
  • 2 1
 They are two diff bikes. The new one has the idler a bit lower and further back. Not all their riders are on it yet since its a prototype.
  • 1 0
 @wilsonians: angel and peirron have the same bike. One uses a guide, one doesn't
  • 1 0
 @makripper: Oooh yeah, see what you mean. Yeah no idea. Prob just personal preference on how it feels with the chain.
  • 1 0
 @wilsonians: now in other pics angel has one on. Maybe they forgot to install it haha
  • 1 0
 I'd say you don't need it with the small DH cassette, but with the huge enduro one you don't have enough spare chain for chain growth so you need the lower guide to have more spare chain/less chain growth, the new Norco Range doesn't have one though, I'll have to check in Linkage how they do it with the huge cassette.
So I'd say personal preference in the present case.
  • 1 0
 @Will-narayan: I don't have a lower guide and never had issues on my Enduro. I took it off as soon as I bought the bike
  • 1 0
 @makripper: Woops, I maybe wasn't precise enough, I meant high pivot with big cassette. With a high pivot you usually have more chain growth than a normal pivot because the wheel is moving away from the BB, so while the derailleur cage has enough spare chain for a high pivot with small DH cassette or a normal pivot with big cassette, it's usually not enough for a high pivot with big +50T cassette.
I checked the Range in Linkage and it seems to have a bit of negative pedal kickback (-5°, though I drew it with a side picture so not precise), so the chain may be growing up to a point and then shrinking a bit towards the end of travel. Speaking from memory there as I don't have linkage on this computer.
  • 4 0
 Man every racer getting a new frame just for the paint on it makes you think they have a surplus of frames
  • 4 0
 Muc-off logos on Amaury's bike
  • 1 0
 shit you're right. crazy
  • 1 1
 is it just me who misses the glory days of over the top colour schemes in the riders national flag? I'm thinking Peaty's V10 from 2009.

Even Gee's GT fury from like 2016 was sick!

The days of ausi riders flying down on bright green and gold machinery seems to be long gone.
  • 2 0
 Linkages, sprockets and bolts. Reminds me of the juicy DH prototypes of old.
  • 1 0
 has anyone got an idea why Greg Williamson's and Paul Menoyo's bikes are different from the others (shock attachment and linkage)?
  • 1 0
 prototype bike that the top riders are using
  • 2 0
 Love the bars matched to the frame.
  • 3 0
 First time a fat bar actually matches with the frame color
  • 1 0
 I really need to find one to demo(so cal) next year or so!
Obviously best dh bike designed to date.
  • 3 0
 Magic Titi for the win !
  • 1 0
 Has to be the greatest DH bike of all time at this point? Everyone wants to ride it, so many wins and podiums.
  • 2 0
 These are nowhere near as custom as Jannick Lange's Supreme!
  • 2 0
 Those are some amazing looking machines Drool
  • 1 0
 Looks like Commencal Supremes
  • 1 0
 Is Myriam a big Smashing Pumpkins fan?
  • 1 0
 What company makes the rotors on Thibaut's sled?
  • 1 0
 Galfer
  • 1 0
 drool drool drool drool drool drool drool
  • 1 0
 Those rotors though! Holy shit those are cool
  • 1 0
 Funny that all bikes are different & not just the paint job?
  • 1 0
 Those look amazing They barely look like commencals
  • 1 0
 Xt brakes for Amaury Pierron. No wonder he goes so fast!!
  • 1 0
 daaaaaaaaaaaaang
  • 1 1
 Not a good looking bike IMO
  • 1 0
 very nice bikes
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