Commencal's Meta AM V4 series
|An enduro bike is a downhill bike that knows how to climb. - Commencal|
is intended to be the Andorra-based brand's most capable trail bike, and last year's version was one of the best descenders in its class. Today, Commencal is releasing the new version - the Meta AM V4-2 - with an extra helping of everything we raved about in that previous review. The suspension is more capable, with RockShox's new Super Deluxe RC3 reservoir shocks on the top models, backed up with 170-millimeter Lyrik RCT3 forks. The rear suspension's rate is slightly more progressive to increase bottom-out resistance, rear-wheel travel is increased to 160 millimeters (up from 150), and the geometry is pumped up with a steeper, 74-degree seat angle and a slacker, 65.5-degree head angle. The reach, which is contemporary by today's standards, is retained from last season's Meta V4. With those numbers, one can understand why Commencal strongly suggests that their latest Meta V4-2 is intended for enduro racing.
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Components have also been chosen to ensure that the dash-two V4 can handle anything a world class rider could dish out. Rims are wide (30mm ID Spank Oozy for the World Cup level bike), every model sports a one-by SRAM transmission, with 12-speed Eagle for the top models and the cockpit pays homage to the current wide bar/short stem mandate and the top three bikes have 150mm RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper posts. Tires? Can't argue with Maxxis HR II and DHR II 2.3-inch in the EXO casings. Commencal finishes off all of its range with its house-brand Alpha components, which helps trim the asking prices of the new Meta AM V4-2 to only $2199 USD for the entry-level Origin, $2499 for the Ride, $2999 for the Essential, $3499 for the 11-speed Race, $4099 for the 12-speed Race Eagle, and $4599 for the 12-speed World Cup model. Delivery is slated for November, and you can buy one directly from Commencal