2015 Commencal Meta AM V4

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This is the new commencal Meta AM V4

Regarding of up-market products, there are two schools. The one of Carbon and the one of Aluminum. As for us, we keep trusting Aluminum for the following reasons: consistency of production, durability when it comes to hard treatments and intensive use, as well as resistance to shocks on your everyday rides. The META AM version 4 is built in Aluminum 6066, pushing the limits of Aluminum without altering the reliability of the frame. The top of the top. Without giving up on durability and security.

All tubes are triple-butted with optimized shapes for better reliability. Frame geometry with a “right‚ÄĚ saddle angle for optimum comfort at pedaling and 66¬į head angle to face the gnarliest trails more serenely. Tuned up kinematic offering a better curve of progressiveness for more grip and responsiveness. Better accessibility to the shock. Low bottom bracket for a unique feeling. Machines tests pushed at the extreme. As always. This is how we built our new All-mountain weapon.

A true pedaling killer. Always great in downhill with its 150mm travel. Without forgetting what made a name for COMMENCAL: pleasure, performance, and aestheticism. We built up our reputation and identity on this. We don’t want to stop when things are going so well.

“At COMMENCAL, a bike never aroused so many controversies and interests. For a very long time, we thought all-round bikes (Trail, Enduro, Bike Park) weren’t existing. Yet…”, Max COMMENCAL.



Spec Sheet

FRAME / NEW 2015 META AM 650b, Travel 150mm, 6066 Triple Butted hydroformed, Integrated Postmount, Top tube channel, integrated housing

SHOCK /¬†ROCKSHOX Monarch RT3, 200×57, Travel 150mm, 3 positions Lock/Platform/Open
FORK / ROCKSHOX Pike RCT3 Solo Air 160mm, 15mm axle, Tapered

HEADSET / Semi integrated,tapered ZS44/56, 1.5 crown race, sealed bearing, alloy cups
STEM¬†/¬†ALPHA, Alloy 2014 Forged, 60mm, O¬į rise, √ė31,8mm
BAR¬†/¬†ALPHA, Alloy 7075 double butted, 20mm rise, 750mm, √ė31,8mm
GRIPS¬†/¬†COMMENCAL lock on, √ė30mm, soft compound, Neon Yellow logo
BRAKES / SRAM Guide RS 180mm/180mm, with matchmaker
SHIFTERS¬†/ SRAM X1 1×11 spd

REAR MECH / SRAM X1 11 spd Type II
BOTTOM BRACKET / RACE FACE BB92, sealed bearings
CRANKS / RACE FACE Turbine Cinch, Narrow wide 32t direct mount ring, 170mm on S, 175mm on M/L/XL
CHAIN / KMC X11L, silver
CASSETTE / SRAM XG1180 10-42 t, black
RIMS / ALPHA 650B, 32H, 28mm, handbuilt, Tubeless ready
TIRES / Front : MAXXIS High Roller II 2.3, 60 Tpi, Kevlar Bead, EXO, Tubeless ready

Rear : MAXXIS Ardent 2.25, 60 Tpi, Kevlar Bead, Exo
SEATPOST¬†/¬†KINDSHOCK Lev integra, 125mm travel, √ė31,6mm, 385mm, Southpaw lever
SADDLE / COMMENCAL Meta AM by Velo, Crmo rails
ACCESSORIES / Chainstay protector
COLOUR / Yellow Neon/Black, Matt finish
BIKE WEIGHT(kg/lbs) / 12,9 kg
FRAME WEIGHT(kg/lbs) / nc

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Yeti Switch Infinity Overview

As the heart of the SB-66, SB-75, and SB-95, Yeti’s Switch Link has earned a devoted following, but our friends in Golden knew that they could still do better. Enter the carbon fiber SB5C, featuring Yeti’s all-new Switch Infinity suspension platform. Before it hit the market, we sat down with some of Yeti’s key players to discuss the development of Switch Infinity, and what it means for the next generation of the Yeti SuperBike.


Review Time on Five Ten Freerider’s

Team MoCo Rider Sean Walsh gave BikingDirty.Com his review and honest opinion on the Charcoal 5 Ten Freerider’s.

5 Ten Charcoal Freerider


Here is what he had to say…

“I got these handed to me the morning of the Djouce Gravity Enduro and decided to give them a lash on the spot. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? Taking them out of the box I was surprised how firm the sole felt- I honestly expected the rubber to feel more tacky to the touch considering their legendary grip. Checking them over they looked well made and had a very understated styling to them. Size -wise they were substantial enough that I didn’t have any worries about their potential longevity issues but were still a lot less bulky than my old Sombrios. No issues there then. Formalities finished I laced them up and off I went.

My first ride wearing the Freeriders really impressed in that I almost completely forgot I was wearing them, even after reminding myself to take a few mental notes about how they performed. My feet felt comfortable all day whether walking or pedaling, despite the slop and the wet. The only time they made themselves apparent was during a near off on the second stage. I expected to slip off the pedals given the sloppy conditions yet these things just bit in harder and I rode away, much to my surprise. I’m sure aggressive riders who like to ride more on the raggedy edge will appreciate the levels of grip even more than I did in that moment. This is a quality pair of flat pedal shoes, no doubt about it.”

2012 Crankworx Whistler Dual Speed & Style

by KillingTimeWithUTUBE

BY: Crankworx
Presented BY: AVID
On August 11, 2012 the Dual Speed & Style presented by AVID had it’s Whistler debut. Britain’s Brendan Fairclough, a rider widely recognized as one of the most well-rounded racers on the DH circuit, ended up in the final with Spain’s Andreu Lacondeguy, one of the world’s best known freeriders. Lacondeguy, who actually has history battling the clock as a DH racer, gave Fairclough a run for his money but in the end pushed too hard and ended his race in a spectacular cloud of dust while the British World Cup racer sailed over the finish line.

In the battle for third place two freeriders were pit against each other; American Kyle Strait who qualified first yesterday, and Sweden’s Martin Soderstrom. Soderstrom was pulling out Joyride-worthy tricks in every heat but in the small final was bucked on a roller and fell, giving an easy finish to Strait.

A stage win, an overall win and a podium finish

On the final weekend of the Transschwarzwald stage race, Jochen K√§√ü and Hannes Genze of the ¬ęMultivan Merida Biking Team¬Ľ won a stage each. K√§√ü managed to win the race‚Äôs overall as well, and Andreas Kugler crossed the finish line at the Stattegg Marathon in Graz in second.

This weekend saw not only a heat wave all over Europe but also a wave of success for the ¬ęMultivan Merida Biking Team¬Ľ: Within two days this resulted in two stage wins and the overall victory at a stage race and second-place finish at one of Austria‚Äôs biggest marathon races. But first things first: At the five-day Transschwarzwald stage race Hannes Genze and even more so Jochen K√§√ü were in an excellent position.

After three stages, K√§√ü was placed in second only 0.4 seconds behind the overall leader and Hannes Genze was in third, covering his back. This set the course for a spectacular finale at the Transschwarzwald. And indeed on Saturday the same four riders rode away from the rest as on the previous days: Overall leader Markus Kaufmann was joined by his teammate Matthias Bettinger and the two ¬ęMultivan Merida Biking Team¬Ľ athletes Hannes Genze and Jochen K√§√ü. But Bettinger and Genze had to let the other two go on the longest climb of the say. K√§√ü managed to pull away from Kaufmann by a small margin on a technical ascent, but he felt it was too early to attack full-on.

¬ęBut when I managed to put ten to fifteen seconds on the leader in a descent after about 55 kilometres, I tried my best to increase that lead¬Ľ, K√§√ü commented. That worked out perfectly and he built up a lead of 1min35 at the finish line, enough to take the leader‚Äôs jersey heading into the final stage. Hannes Genze crossed the line in third, adding to what was a very satisfying day for the team. On the last day, there were no more dramas: The top riders in the overall standings marked each other throughout the stage, so after 94.5 kilometres a sprint had to decide about the final stage win.

This led to two celebrating riders of the ¬ęMultivan Merida Biking Team¬Ľ on the finish line, as Hannes Genze won the sprint ahead of Markus Kaufmann. Jochen K√§√ü clocked the same time crossing the line in third, thus winning the race‚Äôs overall. ¬ęWinning the overall here is very nice¬Ľ, a delighted Jochen K√§√ü commented. ¬ęAnd this was also a high-quality training for the next couple of races ahead, namely the Bundesliga races in Saalhausen and Albstadt and of course the world championships in Saalfelden. Markus was a formidable opponent all week, I had to give my best to beat him.¬Ľ With Hannes Genze in third, the ¬ęMultivan Merida Biking Team¬Ľ had another rider on the overall podium.

At the traditional Stattegg Marathon in Graz, Andreas Kugler made it to the podium as well: ¬ęI felt really good throughout the first three hours, and accordingly I had no problems to keep my place in the lead trio. But then the heat got the better of me, so I had to let Christoph Soukup go on the longest climb that led to the highest point of the course. But at least I managed to keep the chasers at bay and finally crossed the line in second¬Ľ, Andreas Kugler commented on his race

Fighting for the lead in the Black Forest

On Wednesday, the Transschwarzwald stage race started in Donaueschingen. At the start: Jochen K√§√ü and Hannes Genze from the ¬ęMultivan Merida Biking Team¬Ľ. After three stages, the two are in the mix at the front of the race. K√§√ü won the third stage after two second-place finishes in the initial two stages, Hannes Genze is in third in the overall.

After the first three stages of the Transschwarzwald, a clear pecking order has materialized: Markus Kaufmann and Jochen K√§√ü are battling for the overall victory. Kaufmann managed to win the first two stages, K√§√ü was the faster rider at the end of the third stage. Ranked in third in the overall, Hannes Genze is ready at all times to help his partner from the ¬ęMultivan Merida Biking Team¬Ľ if need be. Due to a tendon inflammation, the team’s third rider Andreas Kugler could not participate.

On the first two days, Jochen K√§√ü was the only rider who could follow the pace of Markus Kaufmann. ¬ęMarkus worked much harder in the lead and was the stronger man on the trail. On the first day I chose not to take part in setting the pace as I had no idea where Hannes Genze was placed in the race. So I decided not to contest the sprint for the stage win and let Kaufmann take it on the first two days¬Ľ, Jochen K√§√ü commented.

In the third stage, K√§√ü did things differently: First he thinned down the lead group with an acceleration, then he kept the speed up in the lead trio, attacked repeatedly on the last ten kilometres and finally beat Kaufmann in the sprint for the stage win. ¬ęKaufmann has improved a lot in technical sections. We’re separated by less than half a second, and he finds just as little a way to drop me as the other way round. Let’s see what is going to happen tomorrow¬Ľ, K√§√ü says after his stage win.

Hannes Genze had a hard time to follow the speed of the fastest riders in the first stage. So he ended up in sixth, which was decidedly less than what he would have liked. On the second day, he fared way better, taking the lead in the race at times. At the end of the day, a third place in the stage put him in the same position in the overall standings. ¬ęDespite cutting the sidewall of the front tire, I managed to solidify this third position in the third stage. And as I feel better now than I did at the start of the race, I might well go for a stage victory on the last two days¬Ľ, Genze looks forward.

Two stages with about 165 kilometres and 4500 vertical metres of climbing are what separates the riders from the Transschwarzwald’s finish in Pforzheim. So a lot of things might still happen, and the two riders of the ¬ęMultivan Merida Biking Team¬Ľ are in an excellent position. Meanwhile, Andreas Kugler has recovered from his tendon inflammation, so he is competing at the Stattegg Marathon in Graz, which is part of the UCI World Series

MacDonald bounces back to win Lost City Challenge

Team RE-CM mountain bike racing professional, Neil MacDonald, confirmed his full recovery from a serious crash in May when he claimed a dominant win at the Best-Med Lost City Mountain Bike Challenge in the North West Province on Sunday.

The 35-year-old MacDonald completed the 56km race in just less than two hours, over three minutes ahead of RE-CM teammate, Waylon Woolcock, who outsprinted Peter Seyffert (Westvaal BMC), for second place.

MacDonald, Woolcock and Seyffert made the pace hard from the start and soon had a gap over the field. The route was run in reverse of the 2011 course, making it more free-flowing in the first half and minimising any bottleneck concerns.

                                   Neil MacDonald © Dominic Barnardt

Shortly after halfway, Woolcock put in strong surge on a steady incline, forcing Seyffert to close him down. MacDonald immediately countered on a steep climb and moved clear on his own at the 40km point. He then set off alone for the finish and his first win since his crash in May.

‚ÄúFinally! Waylon and I have been fighting for a win for a while now,‚ÄĚ explained MacDonald. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve been on podiums at almost every race we‚Äôve done recently ‚Äď quite a few seconds and thirds. But winning is always the best result. It‚Äôs also a great feeling to win again after my crash.‚ÄĚ

MacDonald broke his left collarbone and right wrist at the MTN Mabalingwe event in May and was forced to take a break from racing for a few weeks.

‚ÄúLuckily it was during the winter, which is a bit quieter from a racing perspective. The collarbone was repaired with a plate and came right quickly, but the wrist took ages. I feel fully recovered now though and am looking forward to the big spring and summer races coming up,‚ÄĚ said MacDonald.

MacDonald and Woolcock competed for stable-mate squad, Team Bonitas, in the 115km Powerade Sun City Classic road race on Saturday in support of sprinter, Tyler Day, who finished second.

‚ÄúWith such a full mountain bike racing calendar, Waylon and Neil don‚Äôt do that many road races these days, but with the entire road team, barring Tyler, racing the Tour of Portugal, they got stuck in supported Tyler,‚ÄĚ explained Malcolm Lange, of Lange Sports, the company that owns both Team RE-CM and Team Bonitas. It was good to see Tyler finish on the podium again, making it a successful weekend allround for our teams.‚ÄĚ

Woolcock and MacDonald now shift their focus to the 2012 South African Marathon Championships on Saturday at the MTN Series Gravel Travel race in Wellington, Western Cape.

By SuperSport

IDMS Round 4 Bree Results

Elite Men

Rank Bib. Name Club Run 1 Time Gap
1 4 Callaghan Greg 1:38.283 1:37.656
2 9 Doherty Ewan Plush 1:39.124 1:38.144 0.488
3 7 Cornforth Cameron 1:49.234 1:45.925 8.269
4 22 Kelly Gavin UCD CC 1:48.251 1:49.401 11.745
5 25 O Connell Gavin Epic Dh 1:54.950 1:50.781 13.125
6 5 boyd michael 2:40.797 1:51.299 13.643
7 8 Duffy Conor 1:49.296 1:52.201 14.545
8 10 Quille Darren 021 racing 1:52.836 1:52.695 15.039
9 21 Kennan David 1:52.168 2:06.989 29.333
10 2 Ross Colin 1:44.095 3:13.163 1:35.50


Full Results Here

Elite Women

Rank Bib. Name Club Run 1 Time Gap
     1          406 oboyle tara 3:13.012 3:20.511
    2        409 hughes emer 3:47.915 3:47.160 26.649
DNF – Run 2
        404 Hogg Abigail Full Cycle 2:52.833

Full Results Here

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