Bold Cycles Linkin LT
Bold have added a longer travel frame to their existing 130mm travel Linkin that was released last year
. At 154mm travel, it joins the growing crop of longer travel 29ers. To supplement the extra travel, the head angle has been reduced to 67º for more aggressive riding and the bottom bracket is only 4mm higher (-30mm drop) than the 130mm bike to keep things low and stable, while the chainstays stay the same at 437mm. New gloss colourways add some spice to the previous raw carbon finishes, the shock has been upgraded and there's now a provision for a stealth dropper which couldn't squeeze past the internal shock on the first edition.
The new 414 shock from DT Swiss has a much higher volume than previously specced damper which should work better with the longer travel frame, along with an improved damping tune that should help improve the small bump sensitivity.
Bold work closely with DT Swiss being based a few kilometers from one another. This is the first time we have seen their new and nifty quick release lever that can be removed for a flush finish and doubles as a 5mm or T25 Torx wrench.EXT Suspension
EXT Suspension has a heavy motorsport heritage in Italy, but the last three years has seen their focus turn to bike shocks. Two coil models are available and there is an air shock project in the works. The ARMA downhill shock and the Storia enduro shock are both made from a mixture of 7075 T6 alloy and titanium, use a 29mm main piston and a CVSS 'Compression Valve Spool System.' Both shocks cost a whopping €725 but are custom tuned to bike, riding style, weight and wheel size, along with including two lightweight Super Alloy Springs.
The Storia enduro shock has external high and low-speed compression adjustment, rebound adjust and a two position lockout lever. It is also claimed to be the lightest coil shock for enduro riding; a 200x57mm unit weighs in at 620 grams with spring.
The Arma shock is the brand's downhill offering and the first shock to offer an externally adjustable hydraulic bottom out circuit alongside high and low-speed compression and rebound adjustment. A 241x76mm stroke unit weighs 690 grams with spring.Commencal Meta AM CRMO
Commencal have introduced this new cromoly framed hardtail for 2016. Aggressive angles paired with interesting tube profiles and structure to keep things smooth at the back, absorb vibrations and keep the maintenance:stoke ratio low. The bike in question is currently discounted on their direct sale web shop at €2499, instead of the €2799 MSRP.
The chainstays and seat stays are profiled with large flat oval sections to allow more flex. The seat stay isn't welded to the seat tube as we would expect, instead bypassing it and is welded to the top tube.
The AM CRMO's prime numbers include a 65º head angle, 420mm chainstay and a -45mm bottom bracket drop. Judging by the geo chart, numbers are on the shorter side with a medium frame having a 391mm reach and an 1130mm wheelbase. There are four sizes to choose from and they are all currently in stock,