Always a favourite here at Dirt, Commencal’s Meta range just seems to get better with age. With two entries in the 2017 Dirt 100, here we take a look at their longer legged enduro racer, the AM V4.2.
Back in the summer of 2016, we packed our bags and took a trip out to see Max Commencal and his crew at their HQ in Andorra. The reason? To sample the latest evolution of their all mountain and enduro racer, the Meta AM V4.2.
Hard hitting long travel bikes, with single crown forks, have been a big part of Commencal’s line up for years, sitting in just under their Supreme range of DH bikes. With Trail and SX versions of the long lived Meta series, we were there to take a look at the 160mm travel AM, a bike that was a hit for us last year. The AM and Trail bikes share similar frame layouts (with further tweaks for 2017) whereas the single SX model carries on with the pierced seat tube design.
It’s all aluminium and no carbon for Commencal and it’s been this way for five years now. It is a decision they made and have stuck with and we’re more than happy with that. Some of our favourite bikes of the last year are those with metal frames – Radon, YT, Nicolai and Orange are all producing premium long travel bikes with only carbon showing up as handlebar or rim choices.