Commencal's New 2017 Absolut SX Kyle Strait Edition

Mar 18, 2016
by COMMENCAL bicycles  
ABSOLUT SX Kyle Strait edition
This is what I wanted, it's made for me - Kyle Strait

The eagle eyed among you may have noticed Kyle Strait riding something new and as yet unseen at Crankworx, Rotorua, but the cat is finally out of the bag... He was riding a brand new Commencal (naturally) that as of right now, is not even available for sale. Yet! The new version of the Absolut SX - part of the 2017 range - will surely pick up the mantle from its fun loving and smile inducing predecessors.

The request came directly from Kyle Strait, which was simple - he needed a single bike capable of riding 4X, Dual Slalom and Slopestyle. The suspension was developed especially with this bike in mind, delivering a very progressive suspension curve to accommodate big impacts. The shape of the curve helps keep the first strokes of the suspension sensitive and responsive. This is because during 4X or Dual Slalom for example, the level of grip must be optimised without the bike becoming twitchy and in Slopestyle, the suspension is simply stiffened to cushion the big hits.

ABSOLUT SX Kyle Strait edition

bigquotesI'm so happy to finally have a frame that fits all of my needs and that I am so stoked to put my name on. Working with the Commencal team on this frame has been a breeze and I cannot thank them enough. Man, we thought of it all on this thing; everything from the strength of the frame, the sizing, all the way to setting up the suspension platform to fit the needs of such a specific frame type. From the first time I hopped on the bike I knew it was exactly what we needed and not to mention, the color and graphics are bit chin! - Kyle Strait

ABSOLUT SX Kyle Strait edition

ABSOLUT SX Kyle Strait edition
The Facts:

- 26" wheels
- 150x12mm rear axle to maximise strength, stiffness and clearance of the rear wheel
- 100mm rear travel
- Designed for the use with 120mm forks
- Lower ratio so as not to exceed the pressure recommendations for air shocks
- Short 395mm chainstays
- Frame designed to facilitate tricks
- Highly rigid frame design for better accuracy and maximum efficiency
- International standard brake mount/rear hanger compatible with the Supreme Park
- Planned in sizes S/M and L/XL
- 1x Drivetrain

ABSOLUT SX Kyle Strait edition



  • 120 2
 Love the look of this. Now to go and get the necessary skills to justify owning one when it's released....or buy one anyway
  • 13 0
 Burly and flickable...perfect.
  • 27 0
 Buy one anyway, have an awesome time on little jumps.
  • 7 1
 Exactly what I said to my buds when I saw it the other day. I love me some jumps but I would look like such a spanner riding this next to some killer dirt jump guys on hardtails!
  • 9 0
 Thanks @Patrick9-32 that's all the justification I needed.
All about having a great time
  • 5 0
 So solid looking prob performs almost like a hardtail. Berm destroyer for sure.
  • 2 1
 Another bottle rocket but kyle could ride anything and get awesme results. The big question is how he adapt to the dh Comm. Surely that will be rowdy as usual.
  • 69 2
 There was a time when companies actually made 4x and dual slalom specific frames......those were good times indeed. Nice work Commencal.
  • 45 0
 I've always wanted a bike that can stand up on its own like that
  • 24 2
 That is the best looking slopestyle bike I've ever seen!
  • 20 26
flag aoneal (Mar 18, 2016 at 7:25) (Below Threshold)
 Agree. Strait up, this is 100% eye candy. And that's the Strait truth.
  • 8 12
flag Skewt (Mar 18, 2016 at 17:30) (Below Threshold)
 Nah, ticket s
  • 1 7
flag devanish (Mar 19, 2016 at 10:43) (Below Threshold)
 my SS2 still looks sick
  • 20 1
 Do I need one? No. Do I want one? Absolut
  • 16 1
 That's a very new looking Monarch rear shock with blackbox label... looks like a high-volume eyelet, just like Fox has been using as of late.
  • 13 3
 New standards are coming....
  • 16 1
 26 inch wheels? They do exist!
  • 9 1
 Last I checked commencal still has some 2012 slopestyle frames for sale on their website for super cheap. Just in case you guys are too impatient to wait for this.
  • 2 0
 Last few days the commencalusa website has been down with issues.
  • 9 2
 Commencal is a great company ..... absolutely taking over they gave me co factory sponsorship for 2015 2016 and the support they give is awesome keep up the great work guys ......and bikes for every thing and everyone
  • 5 0
 I just came here to call Commencal bast*rds!!! Owned a supreme in '08, then a Absolut hard tail (both ali and Chromo), then a Meta4x and then an Absolut SX. Loved them all but found 140mm a bit big for the jumps I was riding. I would never have left them if they continued to offer a slope style bike- but I went and bought a Specialised Pslope. I like it, but I was the Commencal kid and had to give up my identity for nothing... and now I'm too skint to buy the bike I was always meant to have. You cruel heartless buggers!
  • 9 1
 my OCD needs the stay and shock to align
  • 9 0
 well, i hope you're not going to buy a Scott Gambler any time soon!
  • 7 0
 I like it. I like it a lot.
  • 7 0
 Glad to see some new slopestyle-bikes appearing in the market!
  • 6 0
 Damn that looks solidly sweet!
  • 7 1
 That shock mount is far out man....
  • 5 1
 Yeah looks like an after thought
  • 4 0
 Finally!! A slope,4X rig available in more than one size fits all! Wink

Seriously tho, so hot for this
Want one bad
  • 4 0
 Kyle Strait is such a legend, any bike good enough for him is probably tenfold good enough.
  • 3 0
 This bike, Transition's new Triple, few others out there. Maybe, just maybe, we can get Slalom back at a national and international level??!!
  • 12 8
 looks like 26+ size
  • 5 11
flag Parkbuilder72 (Mar 18, 2016 at 3:17) (Below Threshold)
 stoopid first!
  • 67 2
 Hey nvidia, I have a gtx 660 graphics card in my pc that keeps crashing. I've tried everything: updating drivers, clean driver install, even taken the damn thing apart and given it a good clean with an airbrush. Any help would be appreciated as I would love to avoid having to call the fire service because I got my dick caught in the ceiling fan again Smile
  • 3 0
 i love every bit of this bike
  • 3 0
 2017 already ??? wtf we just arrived in 2016
  • 2 0
 Is Kyle huge? He makes that look like a BMX bike.
  • 2 0
 6' i believe.
  • 3 0
 Slope and DJ bikes are short. I mostly follow DH/FR stuff so all slope/DJ bikes look BMXy to my eyes.
  • 2 0
 Nice lookin' bike. The world needs more candy apple red.
  • 2 0
 Spot on! I suggested such a color to evil but they opted for the slime ball green...folks still eatn up the flouro but i love these f1 style colors...candy apple green is gtg2(cateram)
  • 1 0
 I'm not sure if you can get that candy effect on carbon, though.
  • 1 0
 his chain ring is massive!
  • 1 0
 stoked they brought this back!!
  • 3 2
 old dartmoor wish in smaller version
  • 1 0
 What? No water bottle bosses? Smile
  • 1 0
 Yep thats sic and i want one
  • 1 0
 My previous question has been answered haha.
  • 1 1
 Very nice bike, with a practical design)
there are similarities with the dartmoor shine)))
  • 1 0
 Is this what George Brannigan was on for the Air DH in Rotorua?
  • 2 0
 150x12mm rear axle?!
  • 1 0
 What wheelset is on this bike
  • 1 0
 Looks flexy...

Does it come in rootbeer?
  • 1 0
 Now. Who wants to talk about NEEDING more than 120mm to jam?
  • 1 0
 Are those carbon rims? LOL
  • 1 0
 I need this bike
  • 1 0
 395mm chainstays whaaa
  • 1 0
 Gorgeous. So cool.
  • 1 0
 Looks awesome!
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