Bike Check: Mille Johnset's Commencal Supreme DH

May 12, 2022 at 5:24
by Nick Bentley  

We took a look at Mille Johnset's brand new Commencal Supreme DH bike at Round 2 of the UK National Downhill Series at Fort William. Mille took home 5th place in a field stacked full of World Cup riders.

This is the not-yet-available V5 of the legendary Commencal Supreme that has been pretty dominant in World Cup racing over recent years. The new V5 model uses new kinematics around its virtual high pivot design and a beautiful 6 bar linkage that has some stunning machined aluminium parts.

The idler has moved slightly higher with a 3D-printed guard on Mille's bike, and there is also some more 3D printing on the cable clamps on the non-drive side of the bike too. Commencal says that the result of the changes they have made in V5 have significantly improved the balance, shock absorption and overall liveliness of the bike.

Mille Johnset // Commencal 100%
Sponsors: Commencal, Geocycling, 100Percent, Maxxis, TRP, e*thirteen, Fox Suspensions, Fizik, Tannus Armour, Joystick, Odi, All Mountain Style, Crankbrothers, Burgtec, Dakine.
Age: 21
Hometown: Oslo
Height: 175cm
Weight: 69kg
Instagram: @millejohnset

Commencal Supreme DH
Frame: Commencal Supreme V5
Shock: Fox Float X2 250x75mm 200mm travel
Fork: Fox 40 Factory 200mm
Wheels: e*thirteen LG1 Race carbon 29" front 27.5" Rear
Hub: e*thirteen LG1
Rim: e*thirteen LG1 Race carbon DH
Tires: Maxxis DHRII 2.5 27.5" rear 29" front
Cassette: e*thirteen 7sp
Derailleur: TRP DH Gen2 7sp
Shifter: TRP DH Gen2 7sp
Cranks: e*thirteen LG1 Race carbon
Chainring: e*thirteen 32T
Brakes: TRP Evo DH
Rotors: TRP 223mm
Handlebar: Joystick
Stem: Joystick Direct Mount
Grips: ODI Elite
Size: Medium

Mille is running the ever-popular Fox 40 factory fork up front set to run a 29" wheel. Inside the fork, there are 3 tokens and 74psi of air. In the rear, it's an air shock for Mille with a DHX2 250x75mm metric shock fitted with 2 tokens and 225-235psi of air depending on the track.

With regards to rebound, Mille runs her suspension pretty soft and it's also worth noting that the X2 has been specifically tuned for her by the team at Fox.

Controls wise it's a Joystick handlebar and stem for Mille, with her bars cut to 760mm. The Joystick 8-bit ally handlebar has 20mm of rise with a 9 degree back sweep and a 6-degree upsweep. The bars are mounted to the Fox 40's top crown with a direct mount Joystick Binary stem.

For brakes, Mille is using the Evo DH model from TRP. If the 4 pot TRP brakes were not powerful enough on their own they are matched with some huge TRP 223mm 2.3mm thick rotors that are sure to bring you to a stop pretty fast.

The drivetrain is taken care of by a mix of TRP parts with their DH Gen2 7 speed derailleur and shifter fitted with e*thirteen supplying the 7sp cassette. e*thirteen also provides the cranks with Mille using their LG1 Race carbon cranks that are 165mm long with a direct mount E*thirteen 32T chainring fitted. Like the majority of riders racing at the World Cup who run clipped in, Mille uses Crankbrother DH mallet pedals.

Mille runs Maxxis DHRII 2.5" inch wide tires pretty much all the time as her bike is set up mullet. There is a 29" on the front and a 27.5" on the rear. Inside the tire's there is a set of Tannus Armour inserts and Joe's No Flats Podium sealant for race day then swapping to Joe's No Flats Race sealant for training. Interestingly Mille's rear tire also has wheel weights fitted to the E*thirteen LG1 Race carbon DH 32h 30mm wide rims to get them perfectly balanced with the weight of the valve and the inserts. The rims are laced to E*thirteen LG1 hubs.

Right now Mille is running a Cane Creek Forty headset but the team will swap in a Works components reach adjust headset depending on the track.


  • 140 11
 "X2 has a Fox tune inside that has been tuned by the team at Fox." Great bit of writing there...
  • 50 2
 Haha, the author changed it after my comment. Why all the down votes?
  • 22 0
 ...DHRII 2.5" inch wide tires pretty much all the time as her bike is set up mullet. There is a 29" on the front and a 27.5" on the rear. There is also a 27.5" on the rear and a 29" on the front. It sounds like they are interchangeable but they are not because the sizes are different and one is on the front and one is on the rear, and the one on the rear is smaller than the one on the front, and the one on the front is larger than the one on the rear, and the rims are also different sizes. Since Mille runs DHRII 2.5" pretty much all the time, she sometimes uses other tires except when manufactured by another manfacturer, not including Fox Racing or Fox, which do not make tires
  • 3 0
 Fox tune is Foxy
  • 13 0
 "rotors that are sure to bring you to a stop pretty fast."

Truly a masterpiece of an article written minutes before deadline.
  • 29 1
 Just somethin about those gold TRP's...
  • 3 0
 Best brakes money can buy!
  • 1 1
 @Jordmackay: Nah Hayes are better
  • 1 0
 @healthy-not-sick-biker: that's why no one in dh runs them...
  • 2 0
 well trickstuff...
  • 19 1
 Is it me or the head tube angle seems steeper than previous Supreme version?
  • 53 0
 Does look a bit odd. What I can say for sure is that it has a head angle that's been angled by the team at Commencal.
  • 2 0
 line up the tires in your browser... the photo isn't level. Checked because I was thinking that the wheels seemed the same size
  • 15 0
 Looks like I've found my next downhill bike
  • 14 0
 Love the green.
  • 10 0
 That’s a good lookin bike
  • 8 0
 hmmm, what to complain about? No video?
  • 3 1
 Terrible cable routing? Check the bends to get around the shock.
  • 2 0
 how about that hideous black cover thing over the idler? It hurts my eyes
  • 1 0
 @SIZ: yep, tragedy
  • 6 0
 When will Maxxis make the dhr II 2.5 available to the public? There’s been rumors for a couple years now, but still n/a so I run the Kenda AG Pinners.
  • 7 0
 So the 2.4 is a little too cold, and the 2.6 is a little too hot, and you’re looking for you’re “just right” in the middle.
  • 3 0
 I'll keep saying it in every new Supreme article, I love the oversized chain guide/guard. Looks like a sci-fi space fighter panel. I don't know why such a small, borderline unnecessary part tickles me so much...
  • 1 0
 Yep, with ya.
Willing to bet it’s a twofold design,
Allows them to tweak the idler position without too much reveal, and makes us want to know what’s going on under there…
  • 5 0
 So interesting to hear you say that. I think it looks horrible as almost ruins the whole frame for me.
  • 1 0
 @BiNARYBiKE: Well I presume it's a simple removable piece so bit of hyperbole to say it ruins the whole frame appearance. I love hiding complex things and simplifying appearances.

What's your opinion on the modern Scott Sparks?
  • 3 0
 @lepigpen: The Scott sparks have been done very elegantly. This looks like they cut out an icecream lid and whacked it in there.
  • 1 0
 Am I the only one that was briefly (but very) confused by the part about the Joystick cockpit ?
That thing just looks Fast
I don’t think ive ever seen a Furious I didn’t like they allways look lean n mean and kinda stealthy especially the SS setups
  • 2 0
 Do I need to get better to feel the weight of a valve stem on my wheels, or are we picking nits a bit much here and just trying to add more components to our bikes?
  • 2 0
 Probably unbalanced wheels are more annoying when you're hitting motorway jumps at a million mph at Fort Bill vs. your average trail ride
  • 1 0
 @TEAM-ROBOT: So no need for more annodized bling then.... lol.
  • 3 2
 Usually I'm not one for an over-complex suspension design. But if you're going to have a million pivots, this is the way to do it
  • 3 4
 Starting to wonder what the point is in having a back end on a bike. The back wheel is now a problem, the rear suspension is a problem, gears are a problem. Let's get rid of the whole back end and race unicycles. No back end, no issues!
  • 1 0
 Aie chamber on top of the fork has had a tuning!!
  • 1 0
 Really beautiful bicycle. Looks amazing.
  • 2 1
 Why is the chainstay so thin?
  • 1 0
 Appreciate them letting the high school interns a chance to post articles.
  • 1 2
 Rear linkages are getting closer every year to moto.
  • 1 0
 still missing a pivot concentric to the bottom bracket
  • 2 0
 @SickEdit: Hum, no, not still missing, but already missing yes, after Rotec's DH bike from 1998 and others.
  • 1 2
 Looks like a GT lol.
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