Video: Dream Builds - A Classy Chrome Commencal Meta TR 29

Mar 17, 2022 at 11:05
by Beta MTB  


Our first Dream Build wasn’t on YouTube. It was on paper. Beta Gear Editor (and former World Cup mechanic) Ryan Palmer, whose corrugated aluminum lair you’re about to step into, first made fantasy into reality on the printed page back in 2013, where a few lucky, probably undeserving magazine editors got to build their perfect bikes. But Dream Builds are about the journey as much as the destination, so the whole process is artfully documented by our Video Editor, Satchel Cronk. Please have a seat, relax and settle in for Beta’s Dream Builds.

Photo Satchel Cronk
Photos: Satchel Cronk

For most of us, choosing the parts for our Dream Builds was a surprisingly easy process. There’s an endless world of options out there, but once you have a vision, everything kinda falls into place. We have a goal in mind, and we’re familiar enough with that endless world of options that we know immediately which rear shock will achieve that goal. Or which tires or which handlebar. But the thing is, the bike we end up with on the other side is often a bit of a mess. You buy a bike out of the box, and the carpet will match the drapes, as you might say. But we’re spending all this time getting custom stickers, black spoke nipples, or the XO1 group with the red accents, not the gray accents. It takes some effort to make a Dream Build look like all of its pieces belong together.

And then, there’s Anthony Smith's Commencal Meta TR. Beta’s photo director put together this mirrored masterpiece to represent the ultimate in high-impact mid-travel fun, and it looks like it was carved out of platinum. No stickers, no accents, just raw, polished perfection. Not all dreams have to be in color.

And of course, Ryan Palmer was there to make it into a reality. Palmer’s workshop, as always, is as carefully thought-out, painstakingly organized, and as full of Apple products as a Genius Bar. If you borrow a 4mm, make sure you put it back.

Photo Anthony Smith
Photo: Anthony Smith








137 Comments

  • 99 4
 Commencal just makes some of the cleanest frames on the market. People always talk about body lines on cars, the frame lines on the Meta are one hunnit. I love me a good Meta build
  • 33 15
 Too bad they eat coil shocks for dinner.
  • 10 4
 @nubstorm: Good thing is has the right shock for the job
  • 6 107
flag pinkerclone (Mar 17, 2022 at 14:19) (Below Threshold)
 yea dont let that deceive you, there made of aluminum so they brake easy. Carbon is way better, a lighter bike is a faster bike
  • 29 0
 @pinkerclone: Two non-senses in the same sentence; anything else?
  • 1 69
flag pinkerclone (Mar 17, 2022 at 14:41) (Below Threshold)
 @danstonQ: why am i downvoted, this is proven engineering
  • 2 1
 @nubstorm: expand???
  • 6 22
flag Boxmtb (Mar 17, 2022 at 15:12) (Below Threshold)
 @pinkerclone: Maybe people would take you seriously if you even knew correct grammar.
  • 2 0
 @pinkerclone: the bike may slow down effortlessly, but does it have trouble staying in one peice?
  • 5 34
flag pinkerclone (Mar 17, 2022 at 16:29) (Below Threshold)
 @Boxmtb: teacher pet
  • 20 1
 @dualcrownstrider: This bike, stumpjumper EVOs and a couple other bikes with strut style yolks add a bunch of leverage to the damper shaft which causes them to snap shafts, wear out glide rings prematurely or come undone. This is why PUSH will spec a big fat steel shaft for these bikes. I've seen this frame eat an EXT in a matter of weeks. The e-bike version is a much better option of this frame.

Fox is the only one to officially talk about it, but i've seen problems with all coil shocks on these bikes.

www.ridefox.com/fox17/help.php?m=bike&id=1138
  • 4 0
 @z-man: Many thanks. Currently considering this frame and will likely run an air can.
  • 4 0
 @pinkerclone: lol this dude coming with the 1950's insults. Pump the breaks homie
  • 1 0
 @nubstorm: Really? I haven’t had a problem with mine.
  • 1 0
 @z-man: I have heard people where getting sent the ebike link when they had problems
  • 3 0
 @z-man: I would not put Meta and ST into one basket, Meta is literally 2x stiffer in the rear. I run RS coil for the 3rd season right now on a Meta and have zero problems with it. Recently did a complete shock rebuild and bushings were like new. Maybe it is a problem for heavy riders.
  • 4 3
 @pinkerclone: is that you Waki?
  • 2 0
 @z-man:
I run a CC dbIL Coil on this frame. To be ahead of potential issues, is this considered to be a shock warranty case?
  • 6 0
 @nubstorm: I've had 4 Meta AM frames all different years. Not a single issue with shocks.
  • 1 0
 @lkubica: Thanks, for a moment I was worried.
  • 73 17
 Cool to see where beta subscribers money is going
  • 26 1
 One would think that an employee can user their salary as they see fit eh?
  • 12 0
 @Caiokv: Think he insinuating beta paid for the build, not the employee.
  • 7 0
 Pretty sure the parts are either free or if they paid for it...it was at cost. All they got to do is to contact the part/frame manufacturer and propose that they want to do a build for their publication.
  • 3 0
 Since the polished signature edition of the Meta is in stock in their store since yesterday, I’d guess at least the frame for this very timely released video wasn’t too expensive…
  • 2 0
 @FuzzyL: The video was made 3 months ago. Though you are correct on the article. I give the Commencals advertising team credit though. Better than buying a lame add and spamming it everywhere. I would much rather see cool shit like this.
  • 54 4
 I know it's not big or clever to make a whole deal out of someone's name so apologies in advance, but Satchel Cronk really sounds like something @henryquinney would come up with in one of his "Things That Didn't Happen This Month" articles.
  • 11 0
 You know it's in the bag when he's involved.
  • 1 0
 In the Satchel@commental:
  • 3 0
 I think I wrestled him in high school
  • 41 0
 They should make a parody video showing a guy putting a Walmart bike together in the same style
  • 8 0
 @mikelevy and @mikekazimer, here's your chance!
  • 4 0
 And he needs to use that weird metal-plate multi tool with all the hexagonal cutouts that comes with those cheap bikes.
  • 3 0
 All for this. The fork would have to be installed backwards of course. Complete build done with an adjustable wrench as well.
  • 28 3
 I bet it's awesome for climbing fire roads.
  • 9 1
 And monitoring one’s power output while doing so
  • 27 5
 North Americans and their chrome....
  • 18 2
 truck nutz
  • 2 1
 @dresenhttp://www.balls.bike/store/bike-ballsdsit:
  • 4 1
 Not chrome.
  • 21 4
 It’s not chrome. Its brushed aluminum and it’s spectacular.
  • 3 0
 When I pull up to yo city bling bling
  • 5 0
 I somehow hate chrome, but love polished metal.
  • 1 0
 @pinkerclone: I think you need to learn your metals.
  • 2 0
 @PHX77: The article title and URL say "chrome". Clickbait for North Americans, only to find out it is just spectacular brushed aluminum?
  • 24 2
 Speed Grip in the front and Soft in the rear......
  • 3 3
 I know - what was he thinking?. Maybe doesn't know the difference. I thought a few of his 'methods' were questionable as well.
  • 2 0
 Looks like Super Ground up front and Super Trail out back which makes a bit more sense.
Initially only trail was available in Soft but I think Soft/Ground is now working its way onto the market
  • 23 3
 Amazing look! Polish the linkage and switch to black seat and grips
  • 7 3
 supply chain issues, will take 6 months
  • 13 2
 I'll have some polished aluminum to go with my polished aluminum and a side of polished aluminum.
m.pinkbike.com/photo/21868356
m.pinkbike.com/photo/20240703
  • 6 6
 Eww.
  • 7 0
 Looks cool!
  • 4 1
 @nozes: yeah I thought the same but i cant figure out why so many people compliment it and want to look at it closer or snap a picture. It's so eww though I agree.
  • 1 0
 @therook1110: I love polished metals, I dont need to take a picture, but I would probably check it out.
  • 1 0
 @therook1110: It's the gold on chrome that doesn't do it for me,but to which their own,I guess.
I would change the gold for purple or orange and it would be way better. For me.
  • 1 0
 @nozes: I already have a bike with ano purple and blue so I had to go a different route. Plus I have a DJ that's got orange ano parts, a dh bike that's green and red, a road bike that's red and black, and an enduro that's sunset red and blue. I had nothing left other than customizing a bike by polishing the heck out of it. I see you're about coordination of colors too so I figured youd appreciate it but I cant please everyone.
  • 1 0
 @therook1110: Well it seems we're on the same page,many bikes with different color schemes is my scene also.
I've got 7 bikes,4 have colored components:
Titanium hardtail with anodized red
Steel HT teal color with anodized orange
Aluminum black HT with anodized purple
And aluminum black FS with mate green.
Make it your own, that's the way!
  • 2 0
 @nozes: m.pinkbike.com/photo/22235286
This is my lot
That Ti bike you have is flawless and extremely drool worthy. I hope to add a Ti bike to my lineup
  • 1 0
 @therook1110: That Shiver DC with the direct mount stem is the bees knees...
  • 1 0
 sweet bike
  • 13 0
 A 64 HTA, a coil shock, and nobby nics??
  • 13 1
 Shining and chrome. Witness me brother!!
  • 13 0
 Whatever touchhole downvoted this isn't riding to Valhalla!!
  • 12 2
 Im drooling over his tools.
  • 6 0
 that abbey stuff is xxx rated for sure ... works of art
  • 1 0
 @funkzander: and Knipex and Wera and a nice tool box with drawers
  • 1 0
 @vhdh666: knipex and wera i have myself in the toolbox but i dont think i ever can/will justify the prices of the abbey tools
  • 1 0
 Yeah i came to comments to ask about that headset press
  • 5 1
 Perfect timing, just got an email from Commencal today to say my TR29 is on its way. Went for a quick after work XC loop and cleared some fallen trees and branches and come home to this. My build is not so flashy but for sure I have some stuff to add and swap out waiting in my workshop and I will upgrade it as it needs. I honestly prefer it that way.
  • 3 0
 You’ll love it
  • 4 0
 ...And on this day, we the PBers, commented on the BikeMag/Beta dream build... May ye component spec and polished raw material selection henceforth spread joy and light across the comments section...
  • 6 1
 dang, I knew there would be some shared topics between Beta/Outside/Pinkbike but I didn't think they'd literally recycle content they're already listing.
  • 2 0
 I love the bike and the build video(i have a polished one myself).
Only thing is it would be much cleaner with a black seat and grips! The grips and seat dont really color match.
  • 1 0
 Nice!!! I’ve had a couple Commencals. Last oneI had was a Meta. Turned out to be a total lemon but Commencal weren’t interested in fixing the problems that came new with the bike so never again for me. Lovely build there though.
  • 6 2
 My one and only gripe is using a seat post shim on a dream build...
  • 5 1
 I noted that. Also a reverb on a dream build? Tho those stem spacers are dope. And have to bow down to using calipers to space the brakes from the end of the handlebars!
  • 4 1
 ee-wings install instructions say ti-prep for for basically everything I saw him put grease on.
  • 1 0
 Why would you ever run a coil shock on a bike with less than 150mm travel? Only because the color was (kind of) a match and EXT does not make an air shock but was kind enough to sponsor the build?
  • 4 2
 The attention to detail is awesome and the finish is mega, but it’s not chrome.
  • 2 0
 is it the ryan from the bible of bike test videos? always wearing flannel shirts and drinking a can of beer?
  • 1 0
 yep
  • 1 0
 I always wanted to take the nice picture of the components but I was never patient enough. As soon as I got two pieces that go together, I put them together.
  • 1 0
 does anyone lnow, why he would put the parts in a drawer? I mean, once you have the parts, you unbox them, and immediately start assembling the whip. innit?
  • 3 1
 I like it, but the video is already 3 months old...rewormed now on PB...
  • 2 0
 That Chromag seat must be made forever.
  • 2 0
 Who makes that cup/bearing press?
  • 6 0
 Abbey Tools - it's expensive, but so, so nice: www.abbeybiketools.com/products/modular-bearing-press.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: That is not the standard quick nut though right?
  • 1 0
 Overall nice bike. Some top components. Some others....well, I guess supply issues are hitting everybody.
  • 2 0
 Could we get a tour of Palmer's shop? Dream shop vibes
  • 1 0
 First it's on Beta for subscribers then they post it here ... but most folks just come to here comment or read comments Wink
  • 1 0
 Love that Chromag saddle. Had one a few bikes ago. Should probably buy one in case they ever stop making it.
  • 1 0
 yeah but if nothing was wireless the soundtrack would be a whole lot different.
  • 1 0
 Can anyone tell me what cranks they are please? The only build spec I can find seems to be behind a paywall.
  • 2 0
 cane creek eewings
  • 1 0
 @riderseventy7: Thanks! Probably be sticking with what I've got after googling the price hahaha
  • 3 1
 Be a man...set those headset and BB cups with a 2x4 and hammer.
  • 2 0
 satchel cronk?!
  • 2 1
 Nice work Palmer. Already seen it but stoked to see it again!
  • 2 0
 Spanking!
  • 2 1
 there goes the warranty on your cranks...
  • 1 0
 Terrence Malick’s dream build.
  • 1 0
 I just built this frame up! Such a rad bike!
  • 1 0
 Chrome, polished, shiny bits---never get old.
  • 2 1
 I thought I turned off Beta content...
  • 1 0
 Beta is pinkbike and Pinkbike is beta.
  • 1 0
 Glad im able to watch this without having to pay
  • 1 0
 does anyone lnow, why he would put the parts in a drawer? I mean, once you have the parts, you unbox them, and immediately start assembling the whip. innit?
  • 1 0
 @vhdh666: ….for the drama, it makes the producer happy and makes the show interesting, or different, to the other builds on line
  • 1 0
 "You shall ride eternal, shiny and chrome"
  • 3 2
 Bling Bling!!
  • 1 1
 What part of this bike is actually chrome—the cable housing ends.
  • 1 0
 Terminator vibes
  • 1 0
 So nice! Class!
  • 1 0
 Nobby Nics??
  • 1 0
 with firm compound in the front and soft in the back, must be the new thing...
  • 1 0
 Due coglioni!
  • 2 3
 Lol is this just a Flex for the YouTube channel?
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