Admittedly lacking a true big mountain freeride bike in it’s lineup, Commencal is looking to fill that void with the new Supreme 8. Not to be confused with the current Supreme, which is basically the Supreme DH with a single crown fork, the Supreme 8 boast all new freeride oriented geometry. Smaller and tighter than the current Supremes, theÂ Supreme 8 is aimed squarely at more technical big North shore riding than all out downhill speed.
In addition to the new geometry, the 8 also forgoes the adjustable head angle head tube found on the current Supremes in favor of a longer (read: stronger?) standard head tube. Since riders won’t be setting up this bike as a race bike to suit different courses, I’m guessing the less is more philosophy goes into play here in regards to the extra parts and bolts the adjustable head tube involves.
The 8 also comes equipped with a much more modest part spec than that of the current Supremes. This indicates that Commencal is either targeting this bike towards newer riders or realizes that free riders break a lot of parts and would rather have something cheap and strong, rather than a lightweight part that will have to be replaced rapidly.
Details are relatively sketchy as a lot of the release info is in French only, but I would guess that the Supreme 8 has 8 inches of travel or 200mm in the rear, with a 180 mm travel Marzocchi 66 RCV up front. Rear suspension is handled by the current Commencal designed Contact System.
Check out the geometry of the new bike after the break!
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