Europe, it’s every second and third word at the moment it seems; in the news, social media feeds… and in the bike world. Andorran brand Commencal made the switch to web-only sales a few years back and as such has some incredibly keenly priced trail and enduro bikes that simply can’t be ignored.
Commencal is a brand rich with race history and pedigree – Absalon, Gracia, Chausson and the Athertons are among a long list of riders who’ve been aboard this brands bikes over the years. The Supreme and Meta bikes have been benchmark machines and are truly evolved designs, with their roots back to the brand’s beginnings in the year 2000.
So, with Commencal’s decision to go ‘no carbon’ in 2012, this re-focussed range has a strong emphasis on durability and longevity as well as a great ride. The Meta Trail V4.2 is the latest shorter travel trail bike from Commencal and rolling on 27.5” wheels compares well against bikes like the Orange Four, a brand with similar values albeit with a different approach to suspension design and visual presentation.