Video: Slapping Corners on Commencal's New Meta TR 29 British Edition

Jul 2, 2018 at 8:44
by COMMENCAL bicycles  

PRESS RELEASE: Commencal

Why Do We Call It The Trail?

Simply because it’s a bike for real mountain bike trails, not necessarily just for high alpine rides or ski resort lifts. The goal is to enjoy the efficient climbing capabilities, to be able to ride to wherever you’re going to have the most fun and then descend safely with maximum smiles!

In 2019, this TR platform has been completely rethought and redesigned. The larger wheels bring more comfort and combined with longer travel suspension plus a new frame geometry, unmatched riding pleasure. Nimble, playful and fast, it’s available to pre-order from today; we present the META TR 29 British Edition!

These colours remind us of the best memories of British motorsport success and our riders from the British Isles are so talented and endearing, we couldn't resist dedicating this limited edition to them. Here’s a teaser edit featuring Reece below, on holiday in Morzine, the most British of Alpine resorts​… We can’t wait to see him and the TR in their natural habitat of the UK next!



29’’ for the META

Not only did we want to change the geometry for our 2019 frames, we also redesigned our flagship platform to enable big wheels. The structure of the frame has been revised to increase its stiffness due to
the greater constraints brought by these bigger wheels. This structural modification has also allowed us to fine-tune the geometry. Let’s just be clear, this increase in stiffness does not work to the detriment of the META’s legendary tolerance.


New Rear Triangle
This allows us to use a shorter chain stay than on our 27.5. The construction means maximized clearance for the tyre and an increase in stiffness via a forged yoke.

New Seat Stay
Increased tube thickness for better control of rear triangle stiffness.

New Rocker
Bigger bearings for more stiffness and reliability.

New U-Link
Improved junction with the shock for better overall reliability.

The dynamic aspect has not been forgotten. The position of the main pivot point changes, with it now positioned lower and further back, it’s better suited to the chain rings used on a 29. Its location also diminishes kickback during suspension travel.

The result?
A bike that does not tire its rider on long rides and has more grip. The kinematics have been reworked to accept air and coil shocks, both FOX and RockShox models.

Travel: 130mm back





The RANGE

META TR 29 British Edition

Fork:
FOX 36 FACTORY, 150mm, High / Low Speed Compression,High / Low speed Rebound, boost

Shock:
FOX FACTORY DPX2, 210x50, lockout, rebound, compression

Brakes:
SHIMANO XT, 200mm/180mm

Transmission:
SRAM DESCENDANT EAGLE 7K X-Sync, 32t, boost 170mm on S/M, 175mm on L/XL
SRAM GX EAGLE 1230, 10-50, 12sp

Wheels:
E13 TRS WHEELSET, 28 holes, 30mm inner width, tubeless ready

Seatpost:
KS Lev integra, 31.6 mm, Southpaw alloy lever

Prices:
3,999 USD / 3.999 € / 5,199 CAD / 5,799 AUD / 6,399 NZD



META TR 29 Race

Fork:
ROCKSHOX PIKE RC 140mm, compression, rebound, boost

Shock:
ROCKSHOX SUPER DELUXE RCT, 210x50, rebound, compression, open/lock

Brakes:
SRAM Guide R, 200mm/180mm

Transmission:
SRAM DESCENDANT EAGLE 6K X-Sync, 32t, boost 170mm on S/M, 175mm on L/XL
SRAM NX EAGLE 1230, 10-50, 12sp

Wheels:
SPANK OOZY 350 WHEELSET, 32 holes, 30mm inner width

Seatpost:
KS Lev integra, 31.6 mm, Southpaw alloy lever

Prices:
3,599 USD / 3.499 € / 4,699 CAD / 4,999 AUD



META TR 29 Essential

Fork:
ROCKSHOX REVELATION RC 140mm, solo air, boost

Shock:
ROCKSHOX DELUXE RT, 210x50, 2 positions

Brakes:
SRAM LEVEL T, 200mm/180mm

Transmission:
SRAM DESCENDANT EAGLE 6K X-Sync, 32t, boost 170mm on S/M, 175mm on L/XL
SRAM NX EAGLE 1230, 10-50, 12sp

Seatpost:
KS e20i, 31.6 mm, Southpaw alloy lever

Prices:
2,799 USD / 2.699 € / 3,599 CAD / 3,999 AUD / 4,499 NZD



68 Comments

  • + 40
 Honestly, $3,999 for a "top spec" build with fox factory at both ends, full gx eagle train and xt brakes is an amazing deal in today's market. You can argue the authenticity of the B.E. but it is a welcome sight for me - also that color just looks amazing. Call it whatever you want Commencal that's a stunning bike and a sweet deal.

Video didn't do much for me, though. Skidding around some berms is fun but most people probably do that on any given weekend ride.
  • + 1
 Commencal are really floating my boat this year. First a 29 dh. Now this!!!
  • + 4
 Cuttys, not skids.
  • + 1
 It is a great spec for the money, they have a distinct advantage over many companies being based in Andorra. Corporate tax is like very low, and the owners wont pay any income tax.
  • + 23
 Surely to call it a ‘British’ edition it should have at least a few British made components on it?
  • + 21
 Yeah a hope build would be mint. Am British, am wants it!
  • + 22
 thats French humour for ya !
  • + 25
 @tonkatruck: Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time!
  • + 13
 Or at least show the price in GBP
  • + 22
 @veero: "I drain my nose on you! I fart in your general direction!"
  • + 3
 @cartoon: ...... am wondering how many heads thats going to woosh over
  • + 1
 @forkbrayker: Lots, kids of today eh!
  • + 5
 @tonkatruck: that emerald green is `kind of british`, but nøthing more... forthcoming: a spanish version in red, a dutch version in orange, a transparent swiss version, a yellow/brown italian version, and a brown/brown hungarian version with svastikas painted on it.
  • + 5
 @veero: Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelled.... of Elderberries! Now go away before I taunt you a second time!
  • + 1
 The one in the video has Renthal grips... that's about it
  • + 1
 Considering they make most of finishing kit components themselves there's no point buying more components(of the same quality) from other British brands like hope, dmr or renthal
  • + 4
 @Franzzz: emerald green is Irish, royal racing green is British
  • + 6
 @Franzzz:
The colours come from car racing.
British green
Italian red
German silver
French blue
...
  • + 3
 @Franzzz: in motorsports (F1 in particular) that British Racing Green is very famous, sported by Lotus, BRM just to mention two.
The last one to use it was Jaguar.
  • + 3
 and have a vid on British trails
  • + 5
 even the teeth of the chainring are to symmetrical to be british teeth
  • + 2
 @K1maxX: don't worry, give em a month and they will soon look like a burnt out fuse box
  • + 1
 @hobbnobs: You know your currency is screwed when they quote AUD and NZD and the pound doesnt even get a mention for British edition bike.
  • + 1
 @Brightside: Thanks for clarifying this before I needed to.
  • + 1
 @felimocl: That Alpha stuff works
  • + 0
 @700Pirate: I know it's great value and performance stuff. Hence the reason why there's no reason for commencal to use components from many other brands
  • + 20
 Ah Morzine. Sure it's practically British.
  • + 12
 Also - no price in GBP.
  • + 2
 top spec is £3500
  • + 9
 Lol, made for trails, not alpine lift assisted riding. Video definitely shot at a French alpine ski resort...
  • + 3
 Has anybody else noticed that the geometry numbers for the TR29 are exactly the same as the TR27? Like they are the same down to the millimetre. Surely this is a publishing error made by commencal. Because I cannot figure out how else that is possible.
  • + 3
 Using archive footage of the late Jim Clark, the most sublime driver of a generation and cutting it into shaky cam from super Morzine is sacrilege. Commencal, you are better than this. Bike looks great though.
  • + 6
 I would buy it for the green colo(u)r alone.
  • + 4
 just looking at the tilt angle on the saddles makes my junk numb. i know it can be adjusted, but c'mon...
  • + 3
 That bike is looking good. I just hope that it wont be as heavy as the meta 29 am.
  • + 3
 That British Racing Green is beautiful!
  • + 1
 British edition? Yet they still havent solved the issue of all the dirt getting inside the top tube!!
  • + 2
 loving the crossed valves while wheel building...
  • + 0
 If its "British edition" why has it been fitted with SRAM gearing? Thats not mud friendly...fine for the summer, but not proper British weather....
  • + 1
 To right
  • + 0
 Why didn't they just use flex pivot on this aren't bearings to heavy thats what everyones been telling me on here that and flex pivot will never break lmao.
  • + 2
 Quite literally the only British thing about it is the colour!!
  • + 3
 Why is it press fit...Frown
  • + 2
 Your fazzer was an 'amster and your muzzer smells of elderberries
  • + 1
 Loving the British Edition colours Big Grin
  • + 2
 long seat tube
  • + 0
 Thank goodness! As a tall guy I have not been the biggest fan of the short seat tubes as of late...good job Commencal for making a bike I can actually ride! Big Grin
  • + 4
 @pedalhound: They make 200mm dropper posts, surely you can ride most frames with a dropper than long...
  • + 1
 @stiingya: yeah but they only make them for rich people
  • - 2
 520mm on a XL??? Are you kidding me? That renders the bike unrideable. The maximum STL for an XL should be 460mm. Too bad since it’s a beautiful bike and killer value. Back to the drawing board Commençal...
  • + 0
 @Golden-G: For you maybe...for me anything smaller is stupid. This is what a demo bike that I rode looks like with a 500mm ST.
imgur.com/2RHUiUi

Look how much seat post is showing...that puts an enormous amount of strain on the frame and seatpost...that's a ton of leverage with a big dude like me on it. I am going to snap that frame (I have broken every FS bike I have ridden) or the dropper post is going to die an early death. Add to the fact that my saddle just goes further back over the rear tire, making pedalling worse at the same time.

Now for a DH bike a shorter ST makes sense...you don't need to pedal that much, but for a trail bike...tall guys need longer seat tubes.

I was around during the late 90's and early 2000's when the industry was making those small freeride bikes and I had a hard time finding a bike that fit me back then too...my knees still hurt from running my saddle too low...lol.

The answer is to either make a true XL bike (believe it or not they used to be longer than 520mm) or make an XXL for us tall guys who like to have full extension when pedalling and not have to buy a new 3k frame every few years because they were trendy short ST's without thinking about the issues that their decisions will create.

Both tall and short run into issues like this...bikes are built for the average and if you are on either side of the spectrum...well...ya gotta hunt a lot more for a good bike.

Again, thank you Commencal! Big Grin
  • + 0
 @pedalhound: whatever...I just had to sell a nearly new XL Yeti SB 5.5 w/521mm STL. It made the bike unrideable on steeps, jumps & drops. I now have L Transition Sentinel with 13mm longer reach than the 5.5. The Sentinel STL is 440mm that is 8cms shorter!!!! Anyone making XL bikes with a STL longer than 475mm is out to lunch. In the era of 170-200mm dropper posts, it’s time to modernize those numbers.
  • + 1
 @Golden-G: Happy to hear you bought a properly sized bike, it makes a huge difference. A 475mm seat tube is unrideable for me...lol, different strokes for different folks.
  • - 2
 Looks awesome. Kinda wish they’d got the shorter chainstays on this like the AM 29. A shorter wheelbase, shorter travel 29er that isn’t silly slack would be more British than a daft paint job.
But no size small? Gutted.
  • + 1
 Did I miss the rear travel in there somewhere?
  • + 1
 130mm bruv
  • + 1
 130, it's just above the pictures of the different builds
  • + 2
 Thanks. So can I have this and my Jeffsy. Two 29ers, same travel, but this one goes to 12.
  • + 2
 Seatbounce Tbog was G!
  • + 1
 Thats some proper corner slapping if I've ever seen some
  • + 1
 but but 29ers can't corner!
  • + 0
 the boy Fu**** girl and suddenly stops
- are you Finish
- no i am British
Sweet bikes! they should make carbon version
  • - 1
 nice looking bike but too long a travel and too heavy for me .i wish they remade the 2013 Commencal Meta AM 29er
  • - 2
 UK edition but entire video shot in Morzine, France. Nice.
  • + 17
 I think they didn't shoot it in Nice, just Morzine.
  • + 5
 Morzine is a british enclave in France
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