PRESS RELEASE: Commencal Bikes
It’s all go for the second season of the Commencal Enduro Project structure. Building on the efforts made in 2022, with a magnificent victory at the EWS in Loudenvielle, the team has been rewarded for their work. On one side, new partners have come onboard to support them, and on the other, the development of the Meta platform that is fast approaching the finish line.
From the efforts made during numerous prototype phases, this new bike benefits from the valuable lessons of our riders and a full season of racing at Enduro World Series events.
Close in terms of aesthetics to the rest of the series, this Meta Team model remains adaptable. The team intends to take full advantage of the coming races to test and confirm various setting options developed throughout the winter.
At the heart of the project are Arthur Quet and Alex Rudeau.
|For this new platform we wanted to offer a bike that is as efficient as it is pleasant to ride, across as many situations as possible and in the hands of a majority of riders.|
The racing environment and the diversity of scenarios and terrain that we encounter are the best tools for achieving this versatility and developing our future production bikes.
We worked hard to get here. To give you an idea of the work already done, we’ve created three different frame versions, tried out different linkages and suspension settings etc. We ride with the 28th evolution of our frame with a virtual pivot point kinematic and Fox suspension.— Arthur Quet, Commencal Technical Manager for Race Programs
|The past year of development has allowed us to validate many points on the bike. We worked hard on the frame to achieve the best balance between comfort and dynamism. The new kinematics bring a lot in this sense.— Alex Rudeau, Commencal Enduro Project rider|
At the team sponsorship level, this new year sees a new official relationship between the Commencal Enduro Project and TRP. In addition to brakes, TRP will also take care of the drivetrain thanks to the brand new enduro dedicated groupset.
Other great news is the arrival of Bosch among the team's partners. The team will take advantage of the race support and know-how of the German brand to develop further.
Alex Rudeau, Louis Jeandel and Guillaume Labeyrou will be behind the handlebars of the Meta Team from the end of March for the two inaugural rounds of the Enduro World Cup in Tasmania. Mathieu Ruffray begins his season 20-21 May, in Monaco, for the opening round of the World E-Bike Series.
The Commencal Enduro Project is pleased to continue collaborating with Schwalbe, Fox, and Crankbrothers, who are brands that like us, put product development at the heart of their projects.
On another note, what the heck dooes Bosch bring to them?! Commencal ebikes switching to Bosch motors?
Cable routing (check)
World hunger ( )
World peace. ( )
Fantastic clean frame design and space to carry all you need on a ride. Defo I'm interested.
Would you consider making a shorter, non reality based competition on trail building? You could make it a three to five episode series, give each contestant either a piece of land to work on or a trail to fix up, and judge them on how good they did, how much they changed, and how much the trail improved/kept its style/feel. The winner could get a bike trailer and a full set of those modular tools.
I'd love to watch something like this, but agree, the less like PBA the better. Could even just be a series following and helping new trail builders getting into it with real world trail builder mentors.
Pink Bike Racing's approach was worlds ahead of PB Academy.
Ride the good trails while they still exist, folks.
It doesn't proclaim any sense of righteousness and is the correct word to use. You can join an MTB organization so they can advocate (publicly support a specific cause) on your behalf as they have the time/resources/knowledge/relationships to do so better than you could on your own.
Whether this advocacy takes the right approach or has the desired outcome is a completely different question but the term is correct. I think you are reading something into it that isn't there, I'm guessing based on negative outcomes you have experienced
Its in a cool spot of an aggresive XC or an even sportier trail bike, Seems similar to a Norco Optic but feels a bit more capable.
However, they shipped mine with a cross threaded bolt into the upper link and immediately pointed the finger at me BUT opted to send me a replacement upper link and bolt. It was quite difficult to install the new upper link and bolt (fairly seasoned self mechanic) and you really need two people to do it. The rear triangle had to be "stretched" to do it and none of the bolt holes lined up requiring us to aggressively flex components in that area of the frame to get everything line up. They even made a video for me to install it which I followed, finally got it back together but WOOF, it was rough.
Customer service through COMMENCAL was excellent but R&D has still not gotten back to me (after repeated attempts) if my experience is normal and if there's a warranty issue at stake.... I've never experienced linkage so difficult to take apart and put back together, seemed like alignment of the frame was off.
If anyone is interested I have pictures of the issue I had with my TEMPO
Otherwise, looks great! Commencal have been killing it for a while.
Makes perfect sense in an era where top-level enduro racers are usually downsizing frames for racing. Why not keep the longer reach of modern bike geo but have a more versatile head angle? After all enduro racing is a lot jankier than it looks, I'd much rather be able to get over my front wheel a bit on a sudden mid-stage uphill sprint.
Seemed like an interesting model when it was announced, but nothing but radio silence when it comes to reviews or any other media coverage since then
Just goes to show that the Atherton design process - which has many more iteration possible in much shorter time-spans - had a lot going for it in this respect.
Having ridden one (150), it seems to have worked too.
It's a new tire
It won't be Larry because Lazy Larry is their ebike tire that will be launched next month.
This one looks more trail oriented, without any coil shock option, obviously :-(
On this one, TT has much deeper slope, falls steeply and upper shock mount is placed higher, closer to the TT.
My 4 month old 2022 Mondraker foxy RR frame decided to full to peace’s after a fairly miner crash, and would to sell the frame once replaced by warranty (when they decide to get back to me) and replace with this Absolute Rig!!