Commencal Signs Pro BMX Racer Sylvain André

Jan 20, 2022 at 8:53
by COMMENCAL bicycles  

Press Release: Commencal

The opportunity was too good.

Before meeting Sylvain, there had never been any question of returning to BMX, but within a few days everything had changed. We chatted, shared our stories, and decided it was on, let’s go! It's not complicated, it's just real life. "One where nothing is ever set in stone, where our job is to dream and make people dream."
- Max

When we offered Sylvain to race the 4X World Championships in Val di Sole in 2021 aboard a Commencal, his response and his motivation should have alerted us about his personality. We should have understood that this meeting could not be a coincidence.

How could we say no to such an opportunity, associating Sylvain André and Commencal!
Much more than an announcement effect, this project is motivated by what has always driven us forward, the quest for performance and victories.

For those who would like to understand, this project can easily be summarized by:

-Provide the necessary support to Sylvain André.
-The arrival of Commencal in this Olympic sport.

Through this project, we also want to participate in the evolution of BMX while remaining faithful to our principles, the use of aluminum and respect for the environment.


  • 45 4
 R w rlly dng ths gn.
  • 18 1
 fck ths sht
  • 38 1
 We need more riders with a BMX background
  • 31 1
 We need more BMX riders with a MTB foreground.
  • 10 0
 We need MTB background in BMX playgrounds
  • 6 0
 We need more common ground in MTB and BMX playground.
  • 6 0
 We background need more BMX in MTB tv tower.
  • 2 0
 @danstonQ: what about foreplay?
  • 1 1
 Bmx racers are closer to MTBers than the freestyle bmxers though. There’s a few who overlap
  • 2 0
 We need Moir riders with 90% foreskin.
  • 2 0
 @lehott: my english's too poor to be that subtle, even if the tongue has something to do with forplays, doesn't it? Wink
  • 2 0
 Web need MTB as mucho as BMX
  • 30 1
 Can we please bring vowels back to mtb
  • 14 0
 Yes, and let's start by not calling it mtb in shorthand anymore, and change our abbreviation to ouaiii! Vowels rule!
  • 7 0
 Emteebee! Wyn seems like a fun guy... Perhaps we can enroll him in the vowel fight and help rename their team to Gee Tea Emteebee Racing
  • 12 0
 Prices are high enough and now you want to buy a vowel?!
  • 1 0
 Dirt cycles
  • 1 0
 We could go old school and bring back the ATB ...
  • 4 0
 Arent most of those dudes on carbon rigs? I don't know much (anything) about BMX really but in that case given the power needed, wouldn't weight make quite a bit of difference here?
  • 5 0
 most bmx racers have carbon frames fork and wheels nowadays. That being said, some racers still prefer the feel of chromoly or aluminium as it has a softer feel than stiff carbon
  • 6 4
 Carbon frames are hardly lighter than aluminum. I went from carbon back to aluminum and really preferred the feel of alloy.
  • 1 0
 They are but there are still a shit ton of riders in open and pro am classes on aluminum frames. My Supercross Enve is not much heavier than a carbon of the same build.
  • 2 0
 some EWS rider (mainly commecal I guess) also ride alloy frames although most rides Carbons
  • 1 0
 Did you consider that commencal is THE alloy bike brand before you thought.... "why not carbon"..... when commencal has been thinking.... "never carbon"
  • 1 0
 @The-mnt-life365: It wasn't really 'why not carbon' it was more a curiosity of if carbon gives a noticeable advantage in this race format, similar to XC. I don't care either way, was just wondering.
  • 1 0
 Commencal tubing is thick as hell. No worries, even under a power from a dude who possibly deadlifts 300kg and pumps out 2200W or something like this.
  • 1 0
 Wouldn't steel or titanium make sense here? On a BMX race track you don't have sharp rocks or roots to dent the tubes, so you can work with thin walled steel or titanium. I don't know whether there would actually be more flex in those frames (compared to aluminium) for a similar weight frame under a similar load. Dan Atherton used to race a titanium Commencal in 4X. Of course the damping in the material there may have been helpful on the rougher 4X track. But yeah, curious how it compares.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: Cromo has a load of flex on a race bike and similar can be said for Ti mainly around areas that can effect how power is transferred (ie Bottom Bracket). Awesome for those who want to ride them everywhere, but not purely for racing. Alloy is the middle ground as they are cheaper but fatigue over time and begin to flex more but are light and strong. Carbon is just solid, pure transfer of power with no flex yet youll feel everything in feedback.
I race on cromo as i enjoy the feel, but also ride that bike everywhere.
  • 4 0
 So what happened exactly when Anne-Caro said Commençal she wanted to be at the olympics in BMX? What made them change their mind?
  • 4 0
 It's official: after signing all the DH riders, Commencal are looking for any kind of cyclists.
  • 1 0
 Friend of mine had one the first commencal BMX back in like 1999 or 2000ish. I remember taking turns with a file to turn the drops from 10to14mm!!
  • 9 11
 Usually, I couldn't be bothered to care, but the volume of typos/translation-oddities in this short press release are... impressive:
- three quote (") characters in Max's quote...
- "We could have understood that this meeting could not be a coincidence.": I have to imagine that "could" was meant to be "should".
-"How to say no to such an opportunity": rather "How could we say no to such an opportunity". as written it sounds like they are wondering what the right way to say no is.
- "Much more than an announcement effect": perhaps "We aren't just doing this to generate headlines"
- "For those who like to understand": not sure what to do with this, it just sounds... unnatural.
  • 16 0
 Most, if not all, Commencal press releases sound like this, clearly because they are written by people with english as a second language. Not a mystery, nothing notable really. I always read them in what I imagine an Andorran accent might sound like. Or like Cedric Gracia is speaking.
  • 1 0
 I had to chuckle at this. Thanks.
  • 1 0
 if you read it using Max's voice it makes sense. German press releases translated into English are also atrocious at times.
  • 4 4
 That my comment has gotten a fair amount of down votes is amusing to me. I own a Commencal, I love it, it’s a really rad bike and a really rad company. I realize and acknowledged that it’s more than likely a translation issue, but apparently pointing out actual errors (most of which have actually been used/updated in the article) is apparently beyond the pale for some folks. I suppose it’s “best” to just ignore obvious errors when you see them… next time you’re on the trail and you see someone with a really low tire, or an open backpack, or drop something out of their pocket… do the “best” thing: don’t say anything, just ignore it.
  • 3 1
 @BoiseLogan: all of these cause of 8 down votes? they need to chill but you need to chill too Smile
  • 1 0
 @BoiseLogan: Just saying you think it is notable, when it is not, because all of these releases are the same.

That's all.
  • 2 0
 Has anyone confirmed whether this guy has a BMX background?
  • 3 0
 Me and few others dads are skeptical. Particularly Rob who also has MX background.
  • 1 0
 I hope sponsoring a BMX racer motivates Commencal into making a lightweight xc style bike in the future.
  • 1 0
 4 dudes less on the track, smaller jumps, bigger bikes - what's not to like?
  • 1 0
 Is this bike going to probably be a 2023 Commencal? If so I might just have to get one.
  • 2 0
 20in Commencals a commin
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  • 1 0
 They make skis why not BMX's?
  • 1 0
 Wow. Great Marketing move and strategy! Bien vu Max
  • 1 0
 Italian Henry Cavill
  • 1 0
 great rider. kudos

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