Designed in Andora, Commencal
is a company that is known for building bikes that win races. Max Commencal has always had the fastest racers on his crews and now that he is running his own ship at Commencal bikes, things are getting quicker and the podiums are stacking up. With the likes of Anne Caro, Cedric the Entertainer and the Atherton Dynasty to name a few of their big hitters, 2007 is proving to be a great year for the small Andoran bike company. So enough about the riders, let me introduce you to the Supreme DH V.I.P. edition frameset. Enter Jazminder
Jazminder as the bike has been dubbed looks really bloody good. They say looks do not make the bike, but in this case the looks sure as heck help the bike look quick and full of bling.
The Supreme DH frame is a single pivot bike that uses a rocker link system to manipulate the progressivity of the spring rate. Meaning the folks at Commencal did their home work first and figured out the ride feel that they wanted in a DH rig. The primary design and intent of the Supreme DH frame is just that DH racing and pinning ski resorts.
The Supreme DH's main pivot is located to best work with a 42T front chain ring. Since the only ski hill that was open while Jazminder was being ridden was Whistler, we chose to run a smaller 36T front ring in order to be more pedaling friendly.(trips to Whistler aren't always an option for testing) By going to a smaller front ring we did lose a little pedalling efficiency, but by making a few adjustments to our rear shock, we were able to tune it to suit our smaller ring. The Supreme DH also comes with its own chain guide system comprising of an upper guide and a lower set of pulley wheels. While the guide did its job and kept the chain on, it did lack any form of bash ring. Well I'm not sure how many of you live where there are no sticks, logs, stumps, rocks or general debris on your trails, but in the end a log ended the life of the lower pulley system. After digging around I managed to mount my old SMT guide on to the frame and keep on riding. (Commencal, Cedric Gracia and E-13 have devised a new chain guide system with bash ring for 200
The main triangle features a hydro-formed sloping top tube that allows for great stand over clearance. The rest of the main triangle is make of a monocoque bottom bracket area that is mated to a single CNC piece that houses the bottom bracket and main pivot location, which eliminates stress between these two areas. A very unique head tube design allows the user to adjust their head angle by inserting various sleeves. You can select 3 different positions: +/- 1 degree and 0 degree (stock). This helps you find the perfect setup for various courses or simply personal preference. Just loosen the 5mm bolt and remove the insert-your headset presses into the inserts.
lower headset cup
The 12 x 150 mm rear end of the Supreme DH is simple at first glance, but upon closer inspection you'll notice the oversized main pivot, and the adjustable chainstays. You can shorten or lengthen the overall wheelbase of the Supreme DH by 16mm. Just watch your tire clearance when shortening it up. The rear brake mount adjusts accordingly with a 5mm allen bolt to where ever you set the rear axle position. The adjustable wheelbase really comes into play when setting up for different race courses.
Between the front and rear triangles you'll find one massive pivot that hosts 4 massive, sealed bearings. An over-sized axle runs on the 4 bearings (2 on each side) and provides a solid point for the smooth travel to rotate around. To make maintenance even sweeter Commencal installed stainless steel pinch bolts (never strip a pinch bolt again!) and stainless steel bearing inserts (never gouge a frame again trying to extract bearings). The connecting rod and rocker link are there to ensure the desired progressivity of the rear shock as it travels through its stroke.
Jazminder may be a great frame but you need parts to hang on her in order to rock n' roll. Here's a look at the bits that were strapped on to make the Supreme DH go:
The cock pit controls come from Chromag for the bar and stem, while a Woodman Saturn headset lets it all turn smoothly. Attached to a Marzocchi 888 WC fork for bump eating duties. The whole set up rolls on Alex Supra D rims and Hutchinson Bulldog tires.
Magura Louise brakes stop the beast when she gets up to speed. Staying with the gold theme, a Connex 909 chain was installed to add that touch of class. SRAMs rear cassettes, X.0 rear derailleurs along with X.0 shift pods are like staples on the test bikes these days. STATS
: White front triangle with Black rear triangleSizes
: Short and LongWeight
: 10.8 lbs with ROCOSeat Angle
: 72.3 degreesHead Angle
: 67.5 degrees (short) and 66.5 degrees (long)
|Frame and Size||Commencal Supreme DH VIP - Long|
|Rear Shock||Marzocchi ROCO WC Coil|
• 8.5”x2.75” stroke
|Fork||2007 Marzocchi 888 World Cup|
•20 mm Axle
•Adjustable High/Low speed compression
•35mm Nickel Coated Alloy Stanchions
|Headset||Woodman Saturn 1 1/8"|
|Crankarms||Shimano Hone, 170 mm in Black|
|Chainrings||Envy 36T DH|
|Bottom Bracket||Race Face X Type 68/73mm|
|Pedals||Old School Shimano DX SPDs-grey|
|Chain||Wippermann Connex 909|
|Cassette||SRAM PG-990 11-32T 9 speed|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM X.0|
|Shifter Pod||SRAM X.0|
|Handlebar||Chromag Fubar OS Riser|
|Stem||Chromag 88 Direct Mount Stem|
|Grips||ODI Ruffian Lock Ons|
|Brakes||Magura Louise with 8" rotors|
|Front Wheel||Alex Supra V Rim with Formula Hub - 20mm TA|
|Rear Wheel||Alex Supra V Rim with Ringle Hub - 150x12mm Thru axle|
|Tires||Hutchinson 2.5 Bulldogs|
|Saddle||WTB Pure V with Ti rails|
|Seatpost||Sixty - 2 bolt (31.6)|
If the Supreme DH VIP has caught your eye or you are interested in learning more about Commencal bikes, please visit www.commencal.com
. In North America they are distributed by Kempter Marketing Inc. (www.kmi.ca
), so go have a look and see the rest of the Commencal line up, everything from dirt jumpers and 4X bikes to All mountain and XC race steeds.