by Marc Basiliere
March 11, 2014
With short wings and a nasty temper to boot…
“Wheel size, geometry, suspension system, everything varies and multiplies; in the end, it’s a real mess.”
Perhaps in response to last week’s nice, normal hardtail, Commencal has been in touch with news about their latest release. Filled to bursting with interesting translations and non sequiturs, the press release and website have plenty to keep the reader entertained. Behind the interesting copy the bike itself is pretty compelling: a mid-priced, laid-back hardtail built for having fun on. And it’s hot pink.
“A very unique bike, with a lot of character and style,” the 6066 aluminum Meta HT SX is built around 26in wheels (and the short, 420mm chainstays those allow). Shipping direct for 999€ (£835) with a 140mm XFusion Velvet RL suspension fork, Tektro discs, and a 1×9 SRAM X5 drivetrain, the bike is meant to be an entry point for newer riders or a playful addition for more experienced cyclists. To that end, the fork is raked out to 66.5° and the bottom bracket sits low: 30mm below the already-low 26in wheels’ axles.
We believe that the “short wings” of the title refers to the chainstays and can’t argue with the company’s claim that they’ve “put some fun into it, according to ’26 for ever.'” Erm, yes. While the syntax could use a bit of massaging, it’s hard not to admire Commencal’s enthusiasm- and hard not to want to give the newest Meta a go.