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    Good job! Commençal Owners Club

    Me, first founding member



    Balboa Park, Florida Canyon. Newbie, begginer ride.
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    Bella, con besos de Francia
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    haha, I guess I'll join

    No pics but i have an '06 commencal meta 5 with...

    '07 marzocchi xc 700 sl
    thomson elite x4 70mm
    fsa xtreme pro headset
    fsa xc-190 handlebars
    sram x.0 twist shifters
    hayes hfx-9
    leader carbon post
    wtb rocket v stealth ti saddle
    fsa xc-300 wheelset
    fsa afterburner isis
    fsa megaquad ti
    xt front d
    x9 rear d

    yup.

    I love your '07 meta 4. dead sexy.

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    Lets bring the pics fetchface

    Took me a while but it's finally tuned, pumped and adjusted
    This machine loves speed, the faster you go, the more control and stability you get.



    Lots'a coyotes at the Grasslands of Mission Gorge www.mtrp.org AAAhuuuuuuuh!!!!

    Sorry for the quality of the pictures, but my Sony T1 stopped working
    So you get crappy Motorola Pebl VGA pictures instead

    Vive La Différence!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fetchface
    haha, I guess I'll join

    No pics but i have an '06 commencal meta 5 with...

    '07 marzocchi xc 700 sl
    thomson elite x4 70mm
    fsa xtreme pro headset
    fsa xc-190 handlebars
    sram x.0 twist shifters
    hayes hfx-9
    leader carbon post
    wtb rocket v stealth ti saddle
    fsa xc-300 wheelset
    fsa afterburner isis
    fsa megaquad ti
    xt front d
    x9 rear d
    I've got a 06 Meta 5 with Marz XC700's on its way to me at the moment. How are you finding the combination??

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    I have a Commencal Combi Disc, Hardtail! I take the pain Its great, Light and as you guys said the faster you go the more traction, they do love speed.
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    Exquisite "Je ne sais quoi"

    Quote Originally Posted by motormonkeyr6
    I have a Commencal Combi Disc, Hardtail! I take the pain Its great, Light and as you guys said the faster you go the more traction, they do love speed.


    I'm gonna try a Thudbuster ST on a Combi VB next week. I'll come back to share the experience.
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    Hey thats my bike I dont know I chose the hard tail because I'd rather have light than a rear shock, My logic might be off a tad but hey. Its a great bike! For me atleast I like not having rear suspension, I like the feeling of diging into a corner. The bike being a hardtail isnt a problem at all. The from suspension isnt the best but it soaks up the little stuff really really well. I've never thought about a Thudbuster and probably never will
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    Enjoy

    Quote Originally Posted by motormonkeyr6
    I've never thought about a Thudbuster and probably never will
    Just be patient and wait until you hit your thirties, then we'll talk
    Nice ride man, good upgrade those pedals, I see the wellgos with the reflective thingy as complimentary pedals.
    I agree, its not the best but the Suntour XCR LO 100mm does the job, I used to have an XCT which is the very entry level and it was just like an old matress http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/2006_fro...t_127386.shtml Seems to me like a later in life possible upgrade...
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    I dont agree with those reviews. My forks are like butter, the smooth everything out just dandily. And there has been no knob stukage. I <3 them
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    I agree. My XCR is also top notch. But my XCT while it held together, still squeaks

    Some Commencal links I fished:

    How familiar are you with the Commencal range?
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    yup :P so does mine. I just wanted to let you guys know I dont know what I would do without my Commencal ah ha no really!
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    Cool-blue Rhythm Beauty

    Insanely beautiful.
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    Are you comparing the dancer to the car and the bike to the car? just kidding
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    I'm In!

    I just recently bought an 06 5.2 and am amazed every time I take it out. I was leaning toward a Heckler but my buddy at the shop (which sells Santa Cruz) let me ride his 5.2 and I was sold.

    Ride On!!

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    Hope Having fun has a price...

    Cleaning this mess
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    My Borneo TrailHunter Meta 5

    This is my riding rig for the Borneo Rain Forrest.

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    Frame: 2006 Commencal Meta 5 VIP (m)
    Fork: Fox 36 Talas R
    Wheel Set: 2.35" Kenda Nevegal DTC on DT Swiss EX5.1d with DT Swiss Competition Spokes
    Draintrain: X.O. grip shift with x.9 rear d and xtr front d
    Crank: Truvativ Stylo with E-Thirteen BashGuard
    Handle bar: Ritchey WCS Low Rizer 660mm
    Stem: Specialised 65mm 5 deg. rise
    Seat Post: Bontrager X lite Carbon
    Saddle: Fizik Pave
    Break: Avid Juicy 7 with 185mm front rotor and 160mm rerar rotor

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    After a job well done...

    A short break and a well deserved rest




    A Zefal water bottle for the ride (but of course) and my old and trusted Rocket V
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    My ride

    Hello everyone,
    Got another ride in before Winter sets in here. It was 8 C (46F) in Montreal today. Great weather for the end of November. Here are some pics of my ride. Not the best (had my head cut off, guess my gf doesn't like me much)!
    I have a stock Meta 5.2 and am having a blast. Hope everyone else enjoys their Commencal's as much as I do.
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    Yeah I just got back from San Diego... that wa sooo much fun, but now my bike is covered in red sand and dust... and Im going riding tomarow. And I just thought I would let you guys know that when 20+ horses gallop by you its scarry
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    Good job! Neat Garage

    I still got that red dust from Cali in my bike. Six thousand miles away under friday's puertorican mud
    Worry not. It will be cleaned right after this message. My chain really needs to be cleaned thouroughly

    Share a pic from S.D. America's finest city

    The only thing I remember about horses, is that everyone has to yield to them cuz if not they get quite pissed



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    Thats preaty sweet. Why are there no disc brakes???? Hows that thud buster working out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by motormonkeyr6
    Thats preaty sweet. Why are there no disc brakes????
    Mmm... good question... I guess I wasn't as sneaky as you during negotiations

    That's my g/f's bike with a Terry seat and the Thudbuster I told you about. It's mainly for comfort, trails, and parks. I doubt it will see too much hardcore stuff in its lifetime. I shipped the fork separately from the mainland and it was scratched beyond recognition, looks good with some new paint on*, still I'm thinking about a '06 Marzocchi fork for the bling now that they are on closeout in e-shops. I'll need to work on my sneakyness to get a good deal.

    Cheers.



    *The Normal has the scratched fork on.
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    Pics from last ride.

    Sorry about the size but I didnt want to resize them
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    Its alot higher than it looks, and my friend took the picture late
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    There was a puddle we jumped over, well its more than a puddle, its a 3 foot deep hole filled with water.
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    20 mins after these pictures were takin there was a downpoor and we all got soaked... It didnt help that it was 37F out side, But it doesnt matter we ride all year round ( but we help with trail clean up )
    Don't you guys love the old "vintage" mt.dew jersey I do!!!
    That wasnt San Diego... I didnt get any pictures, but I did get some cactus thorns in the head! Wiped out on a sweet single track and boom head shot, 5 or 6 monsterous thorns in the head. Had to be drivin out by the rangers on an ATV. The doctors said the thorns where up againts my skull. Preaty sweet eh?
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    we always love and welcome Commencal riders at our team sponsors site www.dropmachine.com, between the 8 of us on the team we have every aspect of cycling covered from XC/DH/4X/Street/cyclocross/road etc
    we'd love to help answer any questions on the forums

    heres a couple pics





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    Wink

    Drop by

    Meta 4. Peace, Love and Singletrack
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    NOT North America - North Britain :-)

    Finally, finally, finally - got my new Meta 5 out for a ride. In work a bit early today, so skipped off at lunchtime for a wee blast around some local trails.

    What I've learnt so far:

    Stepping up a frame size from my old FSR 120 has worked. I definitely don't feel so cramped. (I still don't understand this propensity for using a bike that's too small and trying to make it fit with huge seatposts, stems etc.)

    Climbs really well - as reported. Dunno how (back end looks uncomplicated) but great traction over rooty climbs where my FSR would be skipping about a bit. Front end wasn't wandering about either - despite climbing on max travel setting.

    Some tweaking of bars needed - probably less rise.


    XT brakes really are better than LX. I debated this when I was speccing it and I'm glad I went XT. Seems to be bother better feel and better stopping. I'm too stoopid to work out why.

    Marzocchi XC700s are gonna take some bedding in.

    Cinders seem to be a lot faster rolling than Fire XCs.

    Gotta get used to that weird 2-gear downshift thing.


    Hope hubs make a lot of noise


    Whole plot seems a lot more stable, induces more confidence and makes me feel I can go faster. Here's hoping it stays like that!



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    Good job! Commençal Owners Club

    Commençal Owners Club

    Sorry druidh. Me bad.
    I did try to fix it. But MTBR kept it as Northamerica
    If it is any consolation, I am not in northamerica either

    Dunno about you, but the Meta does seat you a bit behind to assume a more relaxed racing position and balance the center of gravity in your favor for our riding style
    Some like it, some love it, some have never tried it
    Your shifters and levers' angle may be cuz neither the stem nor the bar rise has given me any problems. But all that tweaking is so personal. I spent over a week trying to get the seat just right and ended up replacing it with my Rocket V. Even now I still climb, ride and stop to fine tune it

    Traction while climbing and confidence going faster.

    skipped off at lunchtime for a wee blast around some local trails
    That's my line

    Great build. Enjoy.
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    That is an awsome picture!! My new backround
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    Cool-blue Rhythm 2007 Meta 4 Numero 2

    She is quite photogenic
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    Some of my local trails. . http://www.scotroutes.com/images/Bikes/Pentlands.kmz

    (You need Google Earth to view it.)

    These are the hills accessible direct from my house. I'm still exploring and adding new tracks to the GE file.

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    Can I join

    Not many of these down here in New Zealand, Supreme 6.30 upgraded with a rockshock Lyric 2-step fork, avid code 4 pot brakes, husselfelt cranks with howitzer bb with external bearings, atom lab sealed bearing hubs with mavic 521 rims and a set of kenda nevagals. Just finished it this morning and can't wait to hit the trails with it. Also a big factor in buying this bike was meeting Cedric Gracia when he was here in NZ for the worlds, great guy and seemed very down to earth. Will post some action pics up as they come to hand.


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    wow... thats b e a u tiful
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    Good job!

    But of course!!! Welcome!!! Beautiful machine!!!

    I saw this one on the net, kindda nice for the discipline.


    But I stay true to my Meta 4
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    finally decided to take a pic of my bike.


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    Lunchtime


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    Thats a nice triple suspension bike you got there wennie

    Just kidding
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    gravity dropper you turd slinging fart knocker. weenie brain.

    any way, druidh, sorry i never posted back, how do you like your xc700? i freakin love mine. most excellent. where'd you take that pic btw?

    Quote Originally Posted by motormonkeyr6
    Thats a nice triple suspension bike you got there wennie

    Just kidding

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    Flamé

    Has anyone read a review, heard anything about it or test-ridden one ?

    Anyone knows why Commencal is not pursuing XC this comming year ?

    I wanna know !!!

    Sorry, I have an anxiety dissorder


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    Quote Originally Posted by fetchface
    gravity dropper you turd slinging fart knocker. weenie brain.

    any way, druidh, sorry i never posted back, how do you like your xc700? i freakin love mine. most excellent. where'd you take that pic btw?
    Hi - yep, XC700s are just starting to bed in a bit. I was a bit concerned at first that I wasn't getting all the travel from them - perhaps too much oil? (Marz have a reputation for this), but I think it just takes a while until they are fully ready. Only downside is the 3D lettering which looks like it might peel off after a decent winter!!

    Pic is taken about 3km from my house. That's the Pentland Hills just South of Edinburgh (Scotland!). One of the great things about working at home occasionally is the opportunity for a nice ride at lunchtime. It's been pretty wet and windy here for the last couple of weeks, but this turned out to be completely calm and dry (apart from the trails!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by druidh
    Hi - yep, XC700s are just starting to bed in a bit. I was a bit concerned at first that I wasn't getting all the travel from them - perhaps too much oil? (Marz have a reputation for this), but I think it just takes a while until they are fully ready. Only downside is the 3D lettering which looks like it might peel off after a decent winter!!

    Pic is taken about 3km from my house. That's the Pentland Hills just South of Edinburgh (Scotland!). One of the great things about working at home occasionally is the opportunity for a nice ride at lunchtime. It's been pretty wet and windy here for the last couple of weeks, but this turned out to be completely calm and dry (apart from the trails!).
    I've been working very hard at breaking in my XC700s (bumpging around all over southern utah). Overall, I'm very happy with them. The adjustments make them very versatile for all the different crap I'm riding. And before I put them on, I weighed them on the scale at 3.6 lbs, which is quite impressive. It's too bad that they're so pretty.

    Hooray for Marzocchi and Commencal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fetchface
    gravity dropper you turd slinging fart knocker. weenie brain.
    Now now, be nice and behave... sorry I can not play this game... I get pissed and insults come out in spanish only... like Ricky Ricardo

    Bloody weekend.


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    Over the weekend I went riding, Right after the heaviest rain of the season so far. I got stuck in the mud with my two friends. The mud was so thick, and I was riding on my Kenda Karma tires (lets just say they done shed mud) and going back down the hill was a bad experiance multiple crashes. Then I had the joyful experiance of doing a two hour cleaning session!
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    For those difficult days... buy this one and have it as a spare



    I love my bike, and it gets muddy, but I see it as washing my cat. Not fun. The worst part is when I clean it up neatly and find a new scratch, or worst, a chip!!! It takes a lot of courage to wash the bike

    But it needs it to stay healthy and keep me happy. O.K. Too much preaching... I'll remove the weeken' blood stains tomorrow

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    Wink Look Ma. No discs.

    Notice anything different?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arbuz
    Notice anything different?

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    New fork? its forsale?! O NO good bye commencal....
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    Nah, Its not for sale. Someone left the sign next to my truck and I took the picture for fun

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    I was about to say! scared me!
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    sorry so soon

    i'm afraid that i've got to bow out of our little club so soon. gotta sell the bike.

    so... if anyone else is interested in joining, i thought i'd put a notice on here first. '06 Commencal Meta 5.30 frame for $750 O.B.O.


    sorry.

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    noooooo... why are you selling
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    Quote Originally Posted by motormonkeyr6
    noooooo... why are you selling
    Haha, well I'm sort of a bike whore. So I find really good deals on frames and parts (I got my Commencal at Interbike), try them out for a while, and them sell them after I get a good feel for them. I work at an online retailer and one of our goals is to use as many of our own products as we can so we can give feedback based on our own experiences and observations, not some magazine or website.

    So I'm done with the Meta for now. Probably going for a Brodie Dissident, which is a slightly overbuilt Canadian four-cross bike. I'll go with a Coil Pike on there, and a Spinergy Enduro wheelset that looks really cool. The Dissident has a really short wheel base, and is relatively short travel (130mm front/117mm rear). One of Brodie's female DH riders actually competes with it. Looks like a fun romp.



    My last thoughts on the Commencal Meta 5?

    A great all around bike. Very versatile. I felt very comfortable doing everything on this bike. It climbed surprisingly well. It felt like an XC bike, but handled very well coming down the hill and over obstacles. I enjoyed the BB clearance, my last frame kept me on the ground. It's not the lightest 5" travel bike intended for XC, but I'll take peace of mind over weight any day. Commencal does some very innovative things with the rear suspension, positioning the pivots to increase pedal efficiency. Their design also puts the center of gravity where it should be.

    Overall, if someone were to own one bike, this would be a bike that I would recommend. I found that having a travel adjustable fork (07 Marzocchi XC 700 SL) increased it's versatility.

    So pick up an '06 complete bike if you can find them. You won't find better value for a complete bike at the moment. Or... you can buy my 2 month old frame and fork
    Both paths lead to joy.


    OK.


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    here's a link to the classified page...

    http://classifieds.mtbr.com/cgi-bin/...uery=retrieval

    ... and i'll stop advertising in here.

    have a nice day.
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    Looks like Commencal is getting into the all mountain game! The Meta 160 prototype. Notice the swingarm!


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    Those look like some flimsy discs there?idk maybe its just the shot. but yeah for commencal Im thinkni about getting an AM bike MKIII maybe?
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    where did you get that pic???? got more???
    looks like a 7ish travel freerider in the background and the DHer behind that...
    Hook it up!

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    commencal.com > goodies > pics or
    commencal.com > goodies > videos
    Sometimes, doing detective work, you realize the answer is right there under your nose..

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    looking to buy a 5.20

    Guys,

    I'm looking to purchase soon, but I hear that the TT is a bit high on these machines. I'm almost 6' tall and used to ride a M Prophet. Can you folks post up some sizing info about the Meta? Also, are any of you having fit issues?
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    The high TT thing is old. The frames changed for 2005/2006 - the top tubes are now bent in the middle (on all but the Small).

    I'm 5'7" / 31" inside leg and ride a Medium.

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    So I'm guessing a L frame would do me just fine? The Specs on the website indicate TT is about 32" on the M. I'd just hate to order it then realize it's too big.

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    I dont know about sizing problems. Just make sure you go at least sit one one. I was looking at the meta 5.4 but, its more of a AM bike and I have a Combi Disc for XC so im looking at the Supreme 6.3 or a Ibex Zone Fr-1 '05
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    Commencal list recommended sizes here http://www.commencal.com/bike/sizes/index_en.htm

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    Are the 06 and 07 Meta's the same (geometry)? The website indicates they are not. It also says that I should ride a L, but I have always felt comfortable on M frames. However, both the HA and SPA are more slack than I've ridden. I'm about 1.802 meters so that puts me right on the edge of a large.

    Anybody here about 6' tall with a 32-33" inseam? If so, what size frame do you ride.
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    The 3 Atherton's are riding Commencals

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    Does anyone have information on the standard shock size on the Meta 5?

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    meta 5 uses a 7 7/8 x 2.0 (7.875)
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    Thank you!
    Has anyone experimented with different shocks on the meta 5, like RS Pearls, Manitou Swinger Airs? A Fox DHX-air would fit, would it not? I'm just wondering...
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    Idk about that but all I know is that Im looking at getting into FR and DH and I've been looking at either

    Ibex Zone $1000
    Santa Cruz Bullit(used) $1300
    Commencal Supreme 6.3 $1700

    What do you guys think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by motormonkeyr6
    Idk about that but all I know is that Im looking at getting into FR and DH and I've been looking at either

    Ibex Zone $1000
    Santa Cruz Bullit(used) $1300
    Commencal Supreme 6.3 $1700

    What do you guys think?
    Hey what size are you? We have a 2006 Commencal Supreme 6.30 in stock and is currently listed at $1650. We could probably do better than that if you were interested.

    Haha, needless to say... that's what I think
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    this may sound silly,but wat is VIP meta 5 linkage ? i cant seem to find it anywhere on their site. also wat other benefits that comes with the frame ? like lifetime warrenty on frame,pivots and stuff..
    thanks

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    "VIP" stands for Commencals frame series (don't ask what the letters mean). When buying a Commencal frame only, you get the VIP-tagged model. They differ only in colour if my memory serves me right. There is no difference in warranty or construction of the frame, only colour. Meta is Commencals XC/trail series of bike models, including Meta 4 with 4 inches of travel and the Meta 5 with 5 inches. None of the cool names and letters above have anything to do with the linkage/suspension design on these bikes which I think is called a cool "Contact System". This, my two cents. And no, I don't think it's silly in a jungle of oh, ever so cool names for things...
    Could someone contribute some experiences on the Meta 5 suspension design? I'm thinking about getting a Meta 5 for aggressive riding. I'm sure the frame can handle it, but how progressive is the suspension actually? I'm a bit worried about bottoming out on bigger hits. Same reason I asked in a post above about experimenting with different shocks...

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    This can be found on Commencal's website.

    have a safe and productive day

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    Meta 5.20 build

    Here it is....build weight was 29lbs even (with tubeless conversion). I've ridden it twice and it seems to be of above average quality. The frame is made in Taiwan. Just thought I'd throw that out there in case anyone was wondering. The shouldn't deter one from considering this rig since the price is very competitive. Anyway, the pics.



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    Commencal Meta 5.2 here... to complement my HT 29er

    Only an hour in filthy mud on it so far, as it finally snowed and froze. But it was a fun hour.
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    Welcome, welcome, welcome.

    Lets see a photo . . .

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    it's not that clean now... and different pedals... I thought I'd give platforms a try but I felt like I was going to fall off the whole time...

    (this is its stablemate ... also not that clean now...)

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    Hey all,

    Thought I'd dive into the Commencal Club to get some direct input from knowledgeable owners. I'm really liking the Meta 5's, especially the '06 5.20 and 5.10 on closeout prices. I've read all the great reviews, problem is the only dealer in my area (San Francisco Bay Area) is an hour away and only has a large on the floor. I'm 5'9" which puts me smack in the middle of the 17" frame size according to the Commencal site. What has me wondering is that I tried an Iron Horse MKIII today- thought the 17" would be my size, but the 19" felt much better. The thing is I've got a 32" inseam- pretty long legs for my height, and slightly longer than average arms too (weight is 160lb for what it's worth). I'm not a fan of a real stretched out/XC style cockpit, but the 17" MKIII just felt cramped. Any thoughts from other owners as to what size Meta 5 would be right (or someone in the area who is open to allowing a quick test ride)?

    Other than the IH MKIII I've also tried a Titus Moto-Lite and Santa Cruz Blur LT but can't justify the huge price difference and have eliminated those 2 from the running. I can head to the dealer I mentioned to try a 19", but if it were too big it would leave me having to order a 17" w/out a test ride... I could pull the trigger and hold my breath... any thoughts? Thanks much.

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    try the 19" that might do you better.If not just keep looking around look at the santa cruz superlight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaybee
    Hey all,

    Thought I'd dive into the Commencal Club to get some direct input from knowledgeable owners. I'm really liking the Meta 5's, especially the '06 5.20 and 5.10 on closeout prices. I've read all the great reviews, problem is the only dealer in my area (San Francisco Bay Area) is an hour away and only has a large on the floor. I'm 5'9" which puts me smack in the middle of the 17" frame size according to the Commencal site. What has me wondering is that I tried an Iron Horse MKIII today- thought the 17" would be my size, but the 19" felt much better. The thing is I've got a 32" inseam- pretty long legs for my height, and slightly longer than average arms too (weight is 160lb for what it's worth). I'm not a fan of a real stretched out/XC style cockpit, but the 17" MKIII just felt cramped. Any thoughts from other owners as to what size Meta 5 would be right (or someone in the area who is open to allowing a quick test ride)?

    Other than the IH MKIII I've also tried a Titus Moto-Lite and Santa Cruz Blur LT but can't justify the huge price difference and have eliminated those 2 from the running. I can head to the dealer I mentioned to try a 19", but if it were too big it would leave me having to order a 17" w/out a test ride... I could pull the trigger and hold my breath... any thoughts? Thanks much.
    i can guarantee you (after fitting out dozens of shops with commencals) that you are a medium, the standover height will be fine, you'll have plenty of room in the cockpit
    the large is a larger bike, i would not recommend it to those 5"11" and under due to the standover
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    Interesting comment on sizing. at 5'7", what size would you reckon to be best for me?

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    Thought I'd dive into the Commencal Club to get some direct input from knowledgeable owners. I'm really liking the Meta 5's, especially the '06 5.20 and 5.10 on closeout prices. I've read all the great reviews, problem is the only dealer in my area (San Francisco Bay Area) is an hour away and only has a large on the floor. I'm 5'9" which puts me smack in the middle of the 17" frame size according to the Commencal site.
    You are a solid medium. As Sir Bikealot says the Large is a big bike and would be much too big for you.

    As for bikes, Greenfishsports has Medium 2006 Meta 5.2s on sale at $1799 w/ free shipping. Great deal... nice guys too.

    http://www.greenfishsports.com/index...OD&ProdID=1565
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    Quote Originally Posted by druidh
    Interesting comment on sizing. at 5'7", what size would you reckon to be best for me?
    it will depend on indeam and reach but likely a med will do just fine
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    Has anyone got a actual figure for the standover height on a medium? If its under 30" then the meta 5 will proberly be my next ride

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    eddiegold,

    looks like we're on the same search to see if the meta 5 is the next bike to own... check out this thread on meta 5 standover:

    Commencal Meta 5.5 standover height - please help

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    Just measured my Medium 5.0 - comes in at 29" (I'm 5'7" btw)

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    cheers for that druid Going to take a trip down to the lbs at the weekend

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddiegold
    Has anyone got a actual figure for the standover height on a medium? If its under 30" then the meta 5 will proberly be my next ride
    I measured mine once upon a time, and is about or around 30" on my Medium Meta 5.30
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    It is a hair over 30" on my Medium 2006 Meta 5.20 (just measured).
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    What forks / travel is that? My Medium is on Marzocchi 700's and I made it 29" dead on max (130mm) travel.

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    That is with a Fox 130 RL @ 130mm and a pair of Schwalbe Ice Spikers (26x2.1). I just measured again and it is definitely over 30".

    I'm measuring from the floor to the top of the top tube, halfway between the seatpost and headset.
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    Uh - OK

    I'm measuring it from the floor to the lowest part of the seat tube - I guess that's the bit I "stand over" :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddiegold
    Has anyone got a actual figure for the standover height on a medium? If its under 30" then the meta 5 will proberly be my next ride
    its is 28.75" on a medium demo i have here
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    thanks for taking the time to measure for me guys Iam hoping sirbikealots is the real measurment. Sirbikealot, what forks are you running? ANd also where did measure, middle of top tube?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddiegold
    thanks for taking the time to measure for me guys Iam hoping sirbikealots is the real measurment. Sirbikealot, what forks are you running? ANd also where did measure, middle of top tube?

    F100RLT and middle of top tube, i measured it with my own two hands
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    that's a 4" shock... the Meta 5 is specced for a 5" shock like the 130RL which accounts for the inch difference
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkheadedbug
    that's a 4" shock... the Meta 5 is specced for a 5" shock like the 130RL which accounts for the inch difference
    my mistake i meant 130, its a pretty much stock 5.1
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    I wouldn't sweat the standover. I'm sure Bikealot and I have both measured our frames accurately (I did it twice). It's quite possible we have the shocks set up differently or different headset spacings or something. If you assume it's between our two readings you wouldn't be far wrong.
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    Thanks for all the info. I bought one of the last 2 Meta 5.20's that Greenfish had on closeout. Sometime mid-next week I can become an official member of the North America Commençal Club (note that I got the accent on the 2nd "ç" in preparation). Looking forward to it. A lot.

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    Congratulations! It's a great bike.
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    Nice one!

    You might want to have a look on this forum too. . .

    http://www.mtbrider.com/mtbr/forumdisplay.php?f=32

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    My new baby!

    Hi all.

    News Flash! Meta 5s love the pow-pow!
    Great traction in the soft stuff & tracks superbly on the tight (foot-wide) packed-down single-track.

    My 1st full-sus.; waiting for a front derailleur, seatpost & stem to be determined. Doesn't Fox have a QA/QC dept.? The RP3 didn't last an hour before the "stuck-down" problem occurred, so it's off for repair & I'm back on the hardtail for a couple of weeks.

    (thanks for the link druidh)

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