Bike Check: Finley Davies' Commencal Absolut 24"

Oct 19, 2020
by Nick Bentley  

During DMR Dirtwars UK Round 4 at Redhill Extreme, we got hold of the young ripper Finley Davies' Commencal Absolut 24" slopestyle bike to have a look at.

Finley may only be 11 years old (yeah, you read that right, 11!) but he was charging as hard as anyone else all weekend, sending every feature of the massive Dirtwars course at Redhill. His Commencal Absolut 24" is actually the prototype that was used to develop the current bike that's for sale. With its 24" wheels and light aluminum frame it's perfect for someone of Finley's size to use for slopestyle. This, however, is not a standard Commencal Absolut, with parts coming from Finley's various sponsors to produce a custom build specially for the young man from Milton Keynes.

There is a one of a kind gyro set up hiding under the top tube of this Commencal Absolut, with a lot of time being taken to get the gyro cables to be neatly fed back into the internal cable routing on the frame to produce a really clean looking bike.

Rider Name Finley Davies
Age: 11
Hometown: Milton Keynes
Height: 150cm
Weight: 52.5Kg
Instagram: @finley2012davies

bigquotesMy super slick tires make my bike super fast and fun.Finley Davies

With its 'Sand' paintwork and black components, the Absolut 24" is classy and sleek.
Commencal Absolut
Frame: Prototype Commencal Absolut 24" 2021
Shock: N/A
Fork: Rockshox Pike DJ 100mm
Wheels: Halo T2 24" rims on Halo SuperDrive hubs.
Tires: Tioaga PowerBlocks
Drivetrain: Halo single speed, Gusset Chain
Brakes: Title MTB gyro.
Cockpit: Gusset handlebar and stem
Size:24" wheel
More info:Commencal Absolut

The Commencal Absolut 24" has built-in chain tensioners keeping Finley's gusset chain from dropping while keeping the side of the bike clean. You can also see the internal cable routing coming out of the seat stay.

Finley's seatpost clamp and seat come from UK brand Gusset.

The gyro on Finley's bike comes from Title MTB and is mounted from the headset cups.

The Commencal Absolut frames allow for internal cable routing, and Finley's Absolut has the gyro cable splitter hidden inside the top tube of the bike.

It's good to see a set of 24" wheels again. This set comes from Halo with matching Halo hubs, wrapped in super smooth Tioaga PowerBlock tires - an old school set up for such a young guy and with the Powerblocks being so slick a brave choice for the Redhill course.


  • 23 0
 24 ain’t dead!!
  • 5 0
 I’ve got a 24” street trials bike that agrees
  • 4 0
 ain't dead cause of the youngsters riding it!

same for mtn scooter!
Givin' some meat to the haters here ahahahha
  • 1 0
 Been looking for a Powerblock for my rear on my street bike?????
  • 1 1
 @audric: Would definitely be easier to carry up too top of a mountain than a free ride bike?

Going to build one too save having to walk back down mountains?
  • 1 0
 @aljoburr: just a bit more comfortable to carry due to the step thru frame that goes well around your shoulders!

You can find different option on the french market> Globe3T is probably the best one of all!
  • 10 1
 The internal cable routing with the gyro splitter in the top tube is so clean! Other DJ hardtails should take note.
  • 2 2
 Trickstuff hydro gyro > anything else
  • 1 0
 Don't those leak?
  • 1 0
 Very cool, this kid is unreal. We picked up one of these from Commencal. The sick part is that it comes stock with a new 24" Manitou Circus Expert (jump spring/Tune and ABS+ damper). Newer Billy Bonkers tire are really light too and come stock and aren't as wide as my Table Tops (nice). This is a sick ride for kiddos.
  • 2 0
 Ok so pinkbike is calling this a slopestyle bike. I thought the differentiation was in the suspension. Hard tail a DJ, full suspension is a slopestyle. Or is it more ambiguously based on what you use it for?
  • 6 0
 Based on what you use it for... the individual riders will set it up for their own use but there is a good mix of full suspension and hardtails at the top level.
  • 3 0
 Power blocks are the tits. Wish they were done in a 26 and they’d be in my current bike!
  • 2 0
 I ran those powerblocks on my 24 a few years ago. Absolute death traps. So slidey. I now run Maxis DTH's on my 26 in jumpbike which are just as slick but stock like glue.
  • 2 0
 This 11-year-old rides better than I ever will and has a nicer bike than I ever will
  • 3 0
 Tioaga Power Blocks, Knock off Tioga?
  • 2 0
 I really want to know if these things are strong enough for adults, because it looks like a right laugh.
  • 1 0
 Well is one way to find out?
Give it a go?
  • 1 0
 @aljoburr: just established that its 11.1kg for the 26 version and 9.9kg for this 24 version. so, can that be attributed to the smaller wheels and general size difference? i'm not sure, sounds like they've built it for lighter people. if i wasn't 200lbs i might be tempted Smile maybe i still am.

edit: thinking about it, two and a half pounds lighter for smaller wheels, tyres and frame. that might actually be legitimate.
  • 1 0
 Surely you mean "hidden inside the top tube of the bike" since we can clearly see the cable housing entering the top tube.
  • 1 0
 anyone got any recommendations for an adult proof 24 choice. this gives me hope.
  • 2 0
 NS Bikes has the Capital. They have 24 and 26 models, geared more for street.
  • 1 0
 @dc40: pretty sure the cap is 26 specific now.
  • 2 0
 Lol, DMR who is sponsoring this event...sells a 24" DJ
  • 1 0
 @Svinyard: euro bottom bracket. kinda aweful they die fast and idk how easy it is to source euro 22mm bottom brackets anymore. they should update that, spanish mid or something with larger bearings minimum. ive literally seen a person blow like 5 bottom brackets in a season in canada with euro bbs..... our season isnt long.

otherwise yes the sect 24 looks dope. only real other issue is lack of gyro tabs but i can add those myself. removable 990 posts would be cool too, would make it useful for street riders who wanna run a brake and pegs.
  • 2 0
 @core-macneil-rider: NS Bikes specs still showing 26" and 24" under GEO.,113,pl.html

You could check:
- Dartmoor used to make one too
- BlackMarket has lil monster... not sure if he is still in business.
  • 1 0
 @dc40: specs show if you put 24's on a 26 frame "for 2019 available in 26” version only"

checked dartmoor already they discontinued their frames in 24 inch other then junior frames.
i wanted the mommy's lil monster as it can be for adults or juniors but unfortunately blkmrkt bikes doesnt seem to be in business any longer. few people had frames on order to never hear back and also never have charges on their accounts reached out and still no replies. think its been like 2 years or so.

think i found an option. mutant bikes imperador 24 inch. but they dont give you the best geo lay out and i cant figure out if its suitable for a suspension fork. thinking i might have to hit up S&M as they used to make blk mrkt's usa made frames, could also maybe hit up mike laird or marino for a custom frame. and i heard union street bikes doesnt make frames anymore either so a molly maguire doesnt work.
  • 2 0
 @core-macneil-rider: Meekboys makes a 24" Titanium DJ lol. The cost is...up there tho.
  • 2 0
 I've got a 24" Dartmoor and I love it!
  • 2 0
 @core-macneil-rider: have you looked at commonground... bmx frame design around MTB DJ geo, making the fit/feel the same. Built around 24"
  • 1 0
 @Svinyard: meek boys makes kids stuff. literally their bikes even with those retarded price tags are all literally meant for junior riders. weight limit and size constraints. i already asked them,,,,,
  • 1 0
 @dc40: yeah common ground looks sick. however pretty sure they are designed around rigid. and putting a suspension fork on it even if i drop the bars to shorter rise bars will still probably f*ck up the geo. or at the least make the thing waaaay too slack.

guess imma have to go custom or weld mounts to a brakeless frame.
  • 2 0
 Super proud of this guy. Big up Finley!
  • 1 0
 Especially not if you’re 11...keep ripping Finley !
  • 1 0
 I wanna know where he gets those tyres from ????
  • 3 1
 typical BMX cruiser (24") race tires. Most BMX race shops should be able to pick them up for you
  • 1 3
 @bman33: don't do it. Terrible tyre.
  • 1 0
 Super sweet little ride there
  • 1 0
 i prefer this to one they have released.
  • 1 0
 What a lad

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