2016 Comencal meta AM Race, rockshox red, title pic

When it comes to racing, we all know the pros get to ride the best quality parts and latest technology their sponsors can provide, but from a marketing perspective aesthetics are just as important. Bikes and components get a lot of visibility at big events, and Commencal blatantly states that their flashy Race models are meant to be a showcase of their brand, and the company’s sponsors and partners.

Following in the footsteps of 2015’s Rockshox inspired black colorway, the 2016 Meta AM V4 Race’s paint sports an eye-popping red and black scheme, matched to Rockshox’s Pike fork and Monarch rear shock. The Meta AM V4 was built with enduro racing in mind, and accordingly sports a nice selection of suitable componentry with front and rear suspension that’s specifically tuned for the Race model. Read on for more details on Commencal’s first bike from the 2016 model year…

2016 Comencal meta AM Race, rockshox red, angle

The Meta AM V4’s frame is made from 6066 triple-butted aluminum, which Commencal prefers over carbon for durability reasons. The Meta AM rides on 650B wheels and 150mm of rear travel. It also features a tapered head tube with semi-integrated headset, BB92 press fit bottom bracket with ISCG 05 chain guide mount, and 142x12mm rear axle spacing. This frame is specifically built to accommodate 1x drivetrains only, and does not have any mounts for a front derailleur.

Head angle is a reasonably slack 66º, with a fairly steep 72º seat tube for good climbing efficiency. The rear end isn’t long, but not ultra-short with its 437mm chainstays, and top tube measures 591mm on the medium sized frame.

Commencal Meta HPP prototype

One curious thing about the 2016 frame is that Commencal has not pursued the high-pivot point design we saw on the Meta SX HPP prototype pictured above. This concept bike inspired the radical changes in their current Supreme DH V4, and Commencal seemed quite pleased with the Meta HPP’s ability to carry speed. The new Meta AM V4’s rear suspension design remains unchanged from 2015, leaving us to wonder if the HPP concept is in consideration for the AM’s future, or is simply better suited to gravity riding…

2016 Comencal meta AM Race, rockshox red, side

The Meta AM V4 Race boasts a high-end build spec including a tunable suspension set up from Rockshox with a 160mm Pike RCT3 Solo Air fork up front and a Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair shock in the rear. Rockshox also supplies the 125mm Reverb stealth dropper post. The bike rolls on E-thirteen TRS+ tubeless ready rims mounted with downhill-friendly Maxxis Minion DHR II tires. SRAM takes care of the 1×11 drivetrain with an X1 shifter and X01 rear derailleur, and brings you to a halt with Guide RS brakes on 200/180mm rotors.

Commencal Meta AM V4 geometry chart

According to Commencal’s website, the complete Meta AM V4 Race weighs in at 29.3lbs (without pedals, frame size not given). The bike comes in sizes S-XL, and is now available for pre-order to North American customers at $3,799 USD, delivery expected in August.

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Nice
Nice
6 years ago

Once again Commencal produce an awesome looking bike.

gee
gee
6 years ago

Awesome bike – but E13 hubs simply aren’t up to the task. The seals are utterly hopeless, everyone I know who’s tried them has ended up with rusty, failed freehubs. Shame – the rims are very light and very tough – but until they start testing their product in conditions other than california sunshine I’d steer clear.

Glenn
Glenn
6 years ago

These bikes are a steal. If they build a slack, 29″, 120-140 heavy duty trail bike like the Following, Remedy or the Riot I have on order, I would have grabbed one. This bike was close but just a little too ‘enduro-y’ for me…I wanted less travel and bigger wheels.

Padraig Hennessey
Padraig Hennessey
6 years ago

Perhaps the writer of this entry is stuck in 1973, but in 2015 a 72deg STA is not “fairly steep,” it’s very slack; it tends to make climbing a chore and extended crossland pedaling becomes a test of will in which you try to mitigate fatigue of the quadriceps heads.

Might be workable to someone whose femurs are as long as those of people 6″ taller than he or she is, but whose tib/fib length is statistically average. In other words, a statistical niche mutant.

chris
chris
6 years ago

its a 74 degree STA, right where it should be in 2015 😉

chris
chris
6 years ago

well maybe its still 72? that geo chart right up there says 74, and after it was complained about so much last year i figured they changed it. Since they aren’t “stuck” with carbon molds they have to pay for they ought to just change up the frame between model years if they are going to stick with aluminum!!!

But the geo chart on there website still says 72? I wonder…

Tek
Tek
6 years ago

Rims are E13 hubs are not. The hubs are most likely private labeled Novatec due to the “Synergy Cantilever” design which is Novatec’s. The hub they are using looks nothing like an E13 and just like the Novatec. Which are solid hubs.