After some serious deliberating, debating, discussing, and plain ol' arguing, I settled on buying the new Commencal Meta 5.5 numero 3 and building my Shimano XT drivetrain and disc brakes across. The buildup was finished last week and I was fitted on Saturday and took my new baby home.
What a rush! I was worried at 14.4kg that she'd feel heavy. But when I bike fits you correctly, it saves many woes. I couldn't believe how this new bike cornered and how stable it felt in sand and rolling over rocks and stuff. The geometry is definitely DH bred and I was a bit further back than is advisable (knee not squarely over pedal axle) but even with this she climbs beautifully. But the proof was of course in the descents. I tackled a short rocky descent that usually has me braking fairly aggressively. No more! Hands barely touching the brakes, I found myself involuntarily letting off a "WOO HOO!" as I sped down the hill!!
I'll try attach a pic of my beauty
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