Video: Party Shirts & Double Flips on the New Commencal Meta TR SX

Feb 13, 2020
by COMMENCAL bicycles  


In a world where performance and racing are of the upmost importance to many, here at Commencal we just want to carry on having fun!

When designing this new Meta TR SX, we decided to put everything aside in order to make a bike that really represents us and this spirit that we believe is so important.

We love to go out and pedal on our days off but what we're really after is a mega ride back down the hill too! So, we're not talking about a race model here, just a lively responsive bike where everything has taken a step up! It's the perfect bike for everyday riding.

Jumps, freeride, street, dirt or enduro... For those who want to ride harder and stronger and who think that enjoying oneself is most important, our new all-purpose TR is the one!


- Shock length 55mm instead of 50mm. We go from 130mm of travel to 140mm.

- Coil shock for more liveliness and responsiveness when jumping.

- RockShox Lyrik Ultimate fork 150mm of travel, 35mm stanchions. Low speed compression adjustment.

- Shimano XT 203mm brakes front/rear with 4 pistons.

- Reinforced E13 LG1+ wheels with old-school skinwall tyres inspired by the ABSOLUT, much like the paintwork of this model.

- 12-speed transmission; robust, simple and efficient. No carbon parts.

- The Fabri Magic saddle allows you to hold the bike well during tricks thanks to its shape. It may also help with dodgy landings...

- Fabric grips, larger than average diameter for more comfort thanks to the flexible and comfortable strips.

- 40mm vs 50mm stem featured on our other Meta TR. Shorter and more acute handling.

Why 29-inch wheels and why not the same with the CLASH?

Because 29er wheels mean the bike rolls and jumps really well. The shorter travel on this TR model adds a massively playful element and it makes a super dynamic base for many smiles in the future!

Riders: Tim Bringer & Pierrick Lannes

Video: Gaetan Clary
Photos: Nico Brizin


  • 97 9
 So they make a 29er for the "slopetrail" riders, almost all of whom prefer 27.5? The bike industry is so full of shit their sidewalls are turning brown.
  • 5 3
 They've literally just made this same bike with like 3 or 4 different travel options. New acronym so this one is SO MUCH different.
  • 13 3
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: to be honest, I like that about Commencal. I just think it's silly to push a 29er to a crowd that almost exclusively rides smaller wheels.
  • 2 3
 @BobbyHillbomb: thanks for making me laugh out loud in real time.
  • 4 2
 Despite how they’ve chosen to market it, isn’t it just a trail bike with a coil shock?
  • 3 0
 Looks like a playful, fun, bike! But what Commencal needs to remember is that they just got lacondeguy on their team and if they go making the clash into a 29er they are going to have geometry issues when he goes to swap on his 26" wheels.... also the clash is already such a fun bike! please don't f*ck it up. just keep the big wheels on the race bikes
  • 1 0
 @redhookstastenice: i would doubt the clash is going 29. the meta is now their bread and butter 29er bike.
  • 1 0
 Agreed! Well said!
  • 2 0
 @tobiusmaximum: yes. Basically it was "Hey lets put a coil shock on this bike!" Of course I'm sold so job done Commencal.
  • 56 1
 ”Coil shock for more liveliness and responsiveness when jumping”

??? I thought an air shock with tokens would be more poppy and lively?
  • 12 0
 Marketing - How do we spice this up a bit?
  • 11 1
 "the added weight of the coil shock improves stability through the rough stuff."
  • 21 0
 @savagelake: plow through jumps
  • 14 2
 Nah mate. Need super good small bump sensitivity to feel thems air molecules mid-jump. Hence coil.
  • 1 0
  • 2 0
 Dude it's more DYNAMIC. Can't you read.
  • 2 0
 Just catering to the senseless coil hype...
  • 24 3
 Maybe I just suck, but its way more fun and much easier for me doing whips and spins on 27.5 bike vs. a 29er... not to mention a 26
  • 16 0
 Hallucination or he just double flipped his 29" trail bike !?
  • 4 0
 he did and if you should believe the video he did it twice
  • 3 4
 @kmoter: Nope, I would say only once. BTW, the bike and the video are great, but I'm sick of watching drone footage in forbiden places. Damn, if you wanna do it, then do it right.
  • 6 1
 @pepper8: are you the misery who made that same complaint on the youtube video?
  • 3 6
 @tobiusmaximum: Sure thing. Sensing your despise, i'm probably right guessingt drones aren't your field. But the shit gets real when it affects your work, sir.
  • 2 0
 @pepper8: va besten a mejar el moc
  • 2 1
 @pepper8: okay so my honest gut reaction is that there are bigger things to be concerned about. but how about you explain the concern to me? i work in an industry that is regulated to the back teeth, so i'm sure i will be able to understand your irritation.
  • 13 0
 The white with Commencals font looks so damn good. Would love to have this, an FCB and an Absolut in the stable all beside eachother.
  • 2 0
 I know man. I'm waiting for a Meta AM 29 with this paint scheme.
  • 1 0
 don't forget the Meta AM HT!
  • 1 0
 @tobiusmaximum: Not the same colour/font scheme unfortunately.
  • 3 0
 @Ryan2949: ah, yes, you're right. its only the same colour.
  • 2 1
 Luckily it's available in a frame only option, without shock so I could set it up at 130 or 140mm. Thinking this'll look pretty good next to my supreme sx.
  • 12 1
 Gotta hand it to Commencal for the videos and good looking bikes
  • 4 0
 Thought it was pretty cool until the "29's for great jumping" part. I would way rather have 27.5 or 26 for jumping, I'm not against 29's at all they just feel more glued to the ground and less maneuverable to me. If the bike industry really wanted to make "slopeduro" bikes or whatever they want to call it, why not just mod proper 26" slopestyle bikes to somewhat peddle up a hill?
  • 3 0
 and also why does wearing a "party shirt" like 80% of the other enduro bros out there mean the bike is going to be anything different haha
  • 6 0
 Is this the same frame as the meta tr? If so can you just slam a longer stroke shock in the current tr frame?
  • 1 1
 Agreed, i compared the Geos in their website, TR vs TR SX, only difference i found what Seat tube Angle, everything else, identical. Thoughts anyone?
When they say they designed this bike to make it more playful, the only real difference i see is the seat tube and changed from 66 in the SX vs 75.5 in the TR. was there a lot of designing involved in the frame really? Aside from changing components on the bike to make it more responsive for jumping?
  • 5 0
 @alebikes: I don't know where you see these numbers. All the models on the Commencal website have the exact same geo. You mixed up the seat tube and head tube angle. HT is 66.5 and ST is 76.5.

Since both shocks have the same eye-eye length, the geo will not change at idle, but since there is 10mm more travel, the bottom bracket will be lower at full compression on the SX.

So I can't see why you couldn't run a 55mm stroke on a regular Meta TR @ljohnst88
  • 1 0
 @ljohnst88 Yes sir. Did it to a friends brand new Meta TR. His came with a fox dpx2 so just snip the internal shaft spacer out with some dike pliers and you've got more travel.
  • 1 0
 yes. i long shocked my meta TR last summer, shortly after buying it. Commencal USA gave it the thumbs up, no problem. Fox DPX2 50mm stroke, to 55mm stroke. not easy though, i had Fox Canada service center do it, as they have to take apart the damper and recharge after. they say it gives 143mm rear travel. i love it, it's a great bike.
  • 1 0
 Yup, I checked. 100% exactly the same geometry.
  • 4 1
 I love my 2019 Meta TR 29, but this doesn't impress me. I mean all they really did is remove a travel spacer from the rear shock and give it some heavier wheels. For its price of nearly $4000 it doesn't just seem a touch expensive for what it is, but the value-for-money aspect kinda gets lost aswell once you approach this kinda price region.
  • 1 0
 Curious, what does your's weigh in at? Is the climbing just passable or pretty good? I have a Clash, and it is surprisingly efficient, but heavy. I wonder how the 130mm TR 29 is.
  • 2 1
 @Ron-C: heavy and suspension is active on the climbs. Good for traction but lots of lost energy
  • 2 1
 @Ron-C: They are all 33.5-34lbs. Considering the Clash is 165mm/180mm and the TR is 130/150 and they're the same weight +/- half a pound, I'd say that's more impressive on the Clash.

Edit: I checked, last years Meta TR 29 is actually lighter than this years (closer to 32-33lbs)
  • 3 0
 @Ron-C: I actually never bothered to weigh mine. To me at least it doesn't feel overly heavy, but I also couldn't say that weight would have ever bothered me that much in the first place. For what it is I think it performs pretty ok on climbs. Not super efficient and there definitley is movement in the rear while pedaling, but personally I like my suspension super firm anyways, so for my setup the bounce is mostly absent.
I think its a great sturdy allrounder and I mean the best bike is the bike you have, right?

Edit: For climbing and pedaling, I'd say right in between "pretty good" and "just passable". Maybe like "quite ok - but not great".
  • 1 0
 @benmoosmann: Depends on how you look at it.. I hardly consider the TR and trail bike since it's so much more capable than a typical 130mm trail bike. I think it pedals pretty good for such a burly bike, , wayyyyy better than my Meta 4.0 did. Funny that they slap a coil on there and it's suddenly a slope bike. It jumps pretty good with an air shock already, the coil might be nice for chunky trails though. PS. I long shocked my 2019 out of the box, and definitely wouldn't go with the shorter option for any reason.
  • 5 0
 Ive been running running my Meta for a season now and I can honestly say it's the best bike I've ever owned. I'm fully on board with what Commencal is up to. Love the brand!
  • 4 0
 This is exactly how I set mine up. Fox 36 up front. CaneCreek DBil Air in back. Magura Mt5 brakes with 203/180.
Super fun bike. Just have to get more time jumping it.
  • 7 1
 Stop force feeding us bigger wheels! 27 options please and thank you
  • 5 0
 Guess I know what bike I want now.
  • 6 0
 This thing is sick.
  • 2 0
 I like that the SX moniker shows up on quite different bikes and yet maintains the same vibe. This one seems kind of a strange choice but who am I to argue with a double flip!?
  • 2 1
 I always surprised when they show rider doing bearspin on trail bike and then you need to reroute cable to make this possible since they are to short and not routed through the headset;

Cmon, not only pro do barspins, and buying new likes for brake out of the box is not something people want to see
  • 1 0
 no doubt. Set the bike up for what you are advertising it as.
  • 5 2
 "Because 29er wheels mean the bike rolls and jumps really well." GTFO ! pure lies at this point.

I ride a meta v4.2 27.5 btw
  • 4 0
 What category is this even for? Is it having an identity crisis?
  • 5 0
 Not sure what “category”, but as someone who mainly rides dirt jumps and slopestyle and is looking for a trail bike that can handle anything, this has piqued my interest, and I think that’s the market they are after.
  • 4 0
 Pinkbike please I'd love a test of that bike Smile
  • 2 1
 With the clash having the concentric real axle pivot I keep hoping the meta will come with this suspension design, guess I will continue to wait
  • 1 0
 I’m waiting for the Furious to have that as well.
  • 3 0

  • 3 1
 This looks like the Bike that would be forced upon 50to01 by Cannondale.
  • 1 0
 if that bike vibe same good as that track must be awesome on trail Smile

Well done Commencal !!
  • 2 0
 Unreal riding!
  • 1 0
 That hub sounds sweet . Great video !
  • 2 0
 he took a pill in ibiza
  • 1 1
 so its the meta tr 29 with a longer stroke shock? cmon i thought SX was 27.5
  • 1 0
 Best promo video ever. Bike looks sick too.
  • 1 0
 ok this is one of my favorite bikes ever. 100% beautiful
  • 1 0
 So sick... really like the paint scheme with them whitewallers.
  • 1 0
 If this came as a 27.5 I would buy it today.
  • 1 0
 Que Loco tio!
  • 1 1
 Next thing slopestyle riders will be running mixed wheel sizes,
  • 1 0
 no I don't think so. This could not be called anything close to a full suspension dirt jump bike.
  • 6 8
 Tires ruin it for me 100%
  • 5 8
 Looks like a session (;

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