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Commencal Adds Flat Bar Road Bikes for Training, Commuting

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2013 Commencal Le Route flat bar road bike for fitness training and commuting

Commencal’s Le Route is the brand’s new entry into road bikes, and it takes a different tack.

Frame geometry and build kits are mostly road bike, but with a 560mm-wide flat bar and slightly slacker (71.5º) head angle. Their aiming it at folks that want the speed of a road bike but more for fitness or commuting.

Frames are triple butted 6061 alloy with internal cable routing, a straight 1-1/8″ head tube and use a 27.2 seatpost. Four models are offered ranging from €999 up to €1,999 for the top level model (shown) with SRAM Force and Schwalbe tires.

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Doug B
Doug B
10 years ago

No rack or fender mounts on a commuter bike? kinda limits its appeal.

pmurf
pmurf
10 years ago

I’m crazy about electric green. I wonder how this would look/perform built up as a traditional racer with drops?

@DougB agreed – even with the target audience of “commuters who want to go fast” they’re probably alienating quite a few potential buyers with the exclusion of mounts. They could have tried something like Trek’s vanishing fender mounts for a slick look.

JonDanger FTW
JonDanger FTW
10 years ago

With road geometry, flat bars, and a >90mm stem that thing is gonna fit no one but T-rex.

dale
dale
10 years ago

I don’t get the flat bar, is it supposed to be for MTB dudes to feel right at home? I don’t get it. I ride both road and mtb and feel gimped with a flat bar on the road. The green is hot tho.

notapro
notapro
10 years ago

knowing commencal’s pedigree, it probably has longer tts than normal and adjusted fork rake. that would explain the flat bar set up. the t-rex is always an issue cause they have small brains..

notapro
notapro
10 years ago

71.5 deg ha, right? that’s a skinny wheeled 29er with a rigid fork is all that is. just like most high end 29 xc race bikes.

Cam
Cam
10 years ago

I’m digging it! I bet it’s a blast to ride. i would add a 110mm stem though.

Mindless
Mindless
10 years ago

Needs disk brakes.

Drew
Drew
10 years ago

@dale Few MTB guys are gonna feel at home on a 560mm bar….agree with Mindless that this thing needs disc brakes (and 720mm bars)

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