EWS Bike Check: Cecile Ravanel's Commencal Meta AM V4

Apr 2, 2016 at 21:53
by Richard Cunningham  
Ceciles Race Bike


After a win at the first round of the EWS in Valdevia, Chile, and a sweep of the first day of round two at Bariloche, Argentina, Commencal's Cecile Ravanel has made a convincing argument that the French rider is the successor to the throne, abdicated last season by Tracy Moseley. Pinkbike's Matt Wragg caught up with Ravanel in Bariloche for a bike check of her Meta AM V4, and a few words about her setup.


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KS LEV dropper post has a 150mm stroke.
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Multi-adjustable KS Remote just reaches Ravanel's thumb.


Matt Wragg: What size frame do you ride?

Cecile Ravanel: Medium, I am 172 centimeters.

Wragg: The suspension, do you know your pressures?

Ravanel: Sixty psi on the front, with two tokens and 20-percent of sag, and one eighty on the rear shock with six spacers and 30-percent of sag.

Wragg: What pressure in your tires?

Ravanel: In BARs, one point five, front and one point nine rear.

Wragg: Do you have any special parts on your bike?

Ravanel: No.

Wragg: (pushes on suspension) Quite slow on the rebound. Have you changed your setup, moving from Marzocchi to RockShox?

Ravanel: I ride more slower on rebound. Yeah, I changed a lot. It is totally different. Marzocchi was more harder and you need more rebound, and RockShox is softer, and I think I ride cleaner with RockShox.


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Hutchinson Toro tires on both ends
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American Classic AM wheelset.

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Ravanel's chain guide is "blacked out" with carefully cut tape. She runs a 32-tooth chainring.

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Shift and brake levers are set well inboard of the grips.
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No 12 speed here. SRAM XX1 11-speed, front to back.

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RockShox Lyrik fork with two Bottomless Tokens
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RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 shock with six volume spacers.


Cecile's component selection is a mixture of crowd favorites like its KS LEV dropper, SRAM XX1 drivetrain and RockShox suspension, with lesser known bits like her KS handlebar and stem, and injection-molded plastic Tioga Spyder saddle. Ravanel says she runs Hutchinson Toro tires for every type of race course.


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Tioga Spyder Outland Saddle.
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KS 50mm Ether stem - 20mm spacers.
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Crankbrothers Mallet E pedals
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Only one finger needed - SRAM Guide Ultimate brakes.





59 Comments

  • 47 2
 Lets face it, we all know what chainguide that is...
  • 135 1
 A schwalbe magic mary?
  • 9 0
 @dragonaut: Damn you're good...
  • 5 0
 @kudlaty0592: what can I say. Nothing escapes my trained bike nerd eye.
  • 21 0
 Chester? is that you?
  • 7 0
 @AMGoran: Chester doesn't need a guide, he never drops a chain. And even if he did, it wouldn't matter because he never pedals.
  • 2 9
flag Downhill1Enduro1James1 (Apr 4, 2016 at 2:35) (Below Threshold)
 It's the e*thirteen lg1 chainguide....
  • 2 9
flag Downhill1Enduro1James1 (Apr 4, 2016 at 2:36) (Below Threshold)
 @AMGoran: e*thirteen lg1
  • 3 0
 @Downhill1Enduro1James1: You dont understand the joke do you...
  • 25 1
 Here we go again, getting my shock pump now.
  • 17 1
 Holy crap those levers are so far inboard!!!
  • 2 1
 Yea but did you see the length of her fingers in the interview....I'm guessing that this stage is heavily focused on down...so, get them outta the way..... Boom
  • 1 0
 Wish I could run mine that close, but the occasional shift in bite point could be deadly in the steeps. She must really trust the set up
  • 1 0
 I run mine line that...
  • 1 0
 @trialsracer: what brakes do you use? I have saints but the bite point doesn't stay super consistent
  • 1 0
 When you run matchmaker X in the "recommended" way, it puts the shifters so far outboard of the clamp(just like in the photo) that you have no choice but to run the brake levers that far in, unless you like the feeling of shift paddles rubbing the back of your thumb.

I ran it this way one ride before flipping the mounts(they work on both sides.) It's the way SRAM labels them(meaning, she has the "left" matchmaker on the left, & the "right" matchmaker on the right, according to the labels on the box) but I'll never figure out how it's comfortable for anybody.
  • 8 0
 Actually, i'm really impressed she's running the Toro Enduros, I've got the same one up front and everyone takes the piss for having a Motorbike tyre on.....it's an impressing tyre which i've run winter and summer in the woods....and that's the only comparison I can make tho this world class racer....
  • 2 0
 I like the Toros, I used them for years.
  • 2 0
 High end Hutchinsons will last forever! I had Bulldog's that lasted a few thousand km's of commuting and trail riding-year round! I just wish that they weren't like $100+ each at the LBS Frown
  • 8 0
 Them Toro Enduro rubber great on DH tech but sweet Jesus you need some power&endurance if it's long distance pedal stage
  • 20 0
 She was Junior XC World champ after all Wink
  • 3 0
 I rode with Cecile and Cedric at a Crankbrothers ride in Laguna. She's very strong. Out of the saddle and on the throttle on all the climbs on her fourth loop of the day.
  • 1 0
 Not unlike any other tires one would think as being (the E word)
  • 10 6
 Don't take it wrong and stay cool. It is just a comment.
Those bike checks (at least the majority of them) is all about the Sram group.
Apart the brand of the bike it is all about Sram, Maxxis, Renthal etc.
Just a though, if you don't agree, read the next comment.
  • 6 0
 hahaha I like your disclaimer, "...stay cool. It is just a comment."

I do happen to agree. I like seeing how each rider changes things to personal preference, but yeah, go find the lesser known rider on a homebrew bike or the guy who's not on the podium but on a prototype or whoever is running something different (like a gearbox!)
  • 7 0
 Wheres the saddle?
  • 22 0
 They swapped it out for a cheese grater.
  • 3 1
 Tested this bike in laguna last week(same model). The suspension design felt great, was super playful and held great traction(dhr2 both). Only issue was the slack seat angle, which for me required stickn the nose of a terribly hard seat(forget specd seat) where it hurts-often. Not bad if msrp @$4k ish; kona53' lil btr
  • 3 0
 slack seat angle was bothering me as well, untill i mounted specialized dropper reversed it got the saddle right were i wanted .
  • 1 0
 @KankleGnar: interesting
  • 1 0
 I did the same too on a different bike. The only thing it depends on the seatpost wether you can run your saddle angle correctly or not when your post is mounted backwards.
  • 1 0
 @KankleGnar: Not to be that guy, but I hope it doesn't break on you. most every setback post has a warning to not run it "set forward" because it's dangerous(as in, it can snap the head off.) The only one I know of approved to be run set forward is the non-dropper Thompson, because it doesn't have a setback head, but a bend in the post instead.
  • 2 0
 @groghunter: not worried about it with the seat slammed all the way back my weight is directly over the post 90% of the time. Forces have to be less than with a reg post and saddle slammed forward and ridding the nose 90% of the time
  • 1 1
 "over priced"

Shimano Zee M640 Disc Brakes - Front & Rear Set - £180 at Merlin

Sram Guide R Disc Brake set - £140 at Merlin


"no better than zee"

Even the most basic Guides have tool free reach adjustment whereas Zee needs an allen key and one model only so that option is never available for Zee

My Guide Rs are significantly more powerful than my M820 Saints


"pretty ugly"

Can't say they look any better or worse than any brake
  • 1 0
 okay. but these v4s make a lot of clanking with the housings in the internal routing. i want to know how they stop that bc its really annoying.
  • 4 1
 Just put a foam tube in your frame and pass the cables inside it.
  • 2 0
 Never had an issue with that, honestly. Weird that you mention it... cos that shit annoys me and this bike is quiet
  • 1 0
 @yonibois: what v4 do you have? i feel like they might be doing something different on the higher end ones. I don't really want to put a bunch of foam in bc that will collect a lot of dirt and moisture in the down tube. there mist be like a different cable out there or something like that.
  • 1 0
 @trek6700slr: hey, sliding into these comments haha, Im running the purple edition, with the stock guide r breaks and i haven't pulled the housing yet from the bike. I haven't heard any noise from the bike either which version are you on? also maybe tightening the cable by pulling the slack out of the frame could help.
  • 1 0
 @ZiggyRibetto: i have a 2015 yellow origin plus with just sram db3s ill try tightening it up. thats a good idea. the foam just seems like too much a dirt collecter to me.
  • 2 1
 How much did sram give you for saying you actually like rockshox more than marzocchi's lol




Just kidding people settle down:p
  • 1 0
 What is the tape on the frame above the shock? www.pinkbike.com/photo/13336481
  • 1 0
 I'd say simple transparent tape to save your frame some cuts and bruises.
  • 2 0
 Looks like standard helitape, have a look at the invisiframe kits, they're cut to suit frames, very easy to get a more professional finish
  • 2 0
 I spy a Quarq Qollector
  • 1 0
 Anyone can tell me what "blacked out" means?
  • 3 0
 The brand is hidden because she isn't sponsored by them.
  • 1 0
 @groghunter: ohh that makes sense. Is it something that's frowned upon tho? I imagine the meetings with her sponsors would be kinda awkward.
  • 2 0
 It's actually super common, most often in tires. when one brand comes up with a new tire that destroys the competition, it doesn't take long for most riders to be riding that tire, just blacked out. In most of the '00s, riders were using Maxxis tires, regardless of who sponsored them. A few years ago everybody was running Shwalbe.
  • 1 0
 @groghunter: Very interesting, thanks!
  • 1 0
 tioga spider??? WTH my ass :v
  • 1 0
 Wheels???
  • 5 0
 Are in the article.
  • 1 0
 Err nvm I'm blind..
  • 1 2
 Porn
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