2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 gets revamped with new frame and features

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Following on from the release of the radical new Meta TR, Commencal has announced the 2021 Meta AM with all-new frame, geometry and features.

Commencal’s boffins have done it again and totally redesigned the 2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 to bring the design and features in line with the recently announced TR model.

The AM 29 was always the bigger bother of the TR with similar-looking frame design and features, that this continues for the 2021 model which now benefits from a shorter seat tube, more standover and longer reach. In fact, the 2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 boasts the longest reach of any bike in the Commencal range, it’s looooonnnnggg.

Reach on a size large 2021 Meta AM 29 is now a valley spanning 495mm, in comparison, the 2019 Meta AM 29 which I ride has a reach of just 468mm. As we saw with the TR though, Commencal has been smart with these reach updates making the seat angle a much steeper 78.6 degrees vs the original 76.5 degrees. This translates to an effective top tube length that’s only 7mm longer than the previous frame.

At the same time as increasing reach and adjusting the rider’s body position, Commencal has reduced the standover and seat tube length, which is now optimised for longer travel dropper posts. Again this is a pretty radical change with the 2021 bike receiving a 25mm reduction in height on a size large frame.

The 2020 Meta AM 29 has been seriously slackened too, the new bike boasts a 63.5 degree head angle, the 2019 bike had a 65.5 degree HA, and is now designed around a shorter offset fork and 40mm stem.

2021 commencal meta am 29
Flagship bikes feature Fox 38 forks.

Updates continue along the same lines as those we found on the new Meta TR with changes to the suspension kinematics, updated cable and hose routing, new double-row Enduro Bearings, and a more compact rear triangle for improved clearance.

But there is one area that the 2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 hasn’t seen a change and that’s the amount of travel the bike offers. Just like the previous generation Meta AM, the 2021 bike sports 170mm of front wheel travel and 160mm of rear-wheel travel.

2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 Geometry

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1 – Seat Tube Length380 mm420 mm440 mm460 mm
2 – Seat Tube Angle78,5°78,5°78,5°78,5°
3 – Head Tube Angle63,6°63,6°63,6°63,6°
4 – Head Tube Length115 mm120 mm125 mm130 mm
5 – Wheel Base1231 mm1258 mm1285 mm1312 mm
6 – Top Tube Length573 mm600 mm626 mm652 mm
7 – Chainstay Length433 mm433 mm433 mm433 mm
8 – BB drop-21 mm-21 mm-21 mm-21 mm
9 – Fork Length586 mm586 mm586 mm586 mm
10 – Reach445 mm470 mm495 mm520 mm

Commencal has released details of 4 builds for the new bike, with more on the way. If the complete bikes don’t take your fancy then frame only options are also available.

2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 Signature

2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 Signature
2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 Signature
  • Frame: 2021 Meta AM 160mm travel
  • Shock: Fox Float X2 Factory
  • Fork: Fox 38 Factory Grip 2, 170mm
  • Brakes: Shimano XT 4 pot
  • Bar: Ride Alpha 27mm rise, 780mm wide
  • Stem: Ride Alpha Freeride 40mm
  • Grips: Ride Alpha DH lock-on
  • Shifter: Shimano XT, 12 speed
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano XT, 12 Speed
  • Chainset: Shimano XT, 32t
  • Cassette: Shimano XT, 12 speed
  • Wheels: DT Swiss EX511 rims with 350 hubs
  • Tyres: Front Maxxis Assegai 29 x 2.5in, rear Maxxis Dissector 29 x 2.4in
  • Dropper: Kindshock Lev Integra
  • Saddle: WTB Silverado Narrow
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Colours: Pearl White / Eletroplate Lagoon
  • Price: €5,299

2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 Ohlins

2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 Ohlins
2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 Ohlins
  • Frame: 2021 Meta AM 160mm travel
  • Shock: Öhlins TTX 22M
  • Fork: Öhlins RXF 36 M 2 AIR, 170mm
  • Brakes: Shimano XT 4 pot
  • Bar: Ride Alpha 27mm rise, 780mm wide
  • Stem: Ride Alpha Freeride 40mm
  • Grips: Ride Alpha DH lock-on
  • Shifter: Shimano XT, 12 speed
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano XT, 12 Speed
  • Chainset: Shimano XT, 32t
  • Cassette: Shimano XT, 12 speed
  • Wheels: DT Swiss EX511 rims with 350 hubs
  • Tyres: Schwalbe Magic Mary 29 x 2.4in
  • Dropper: Kindshock Lev Integra
  • Saddle: WTB Silverado Narrow
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Colours: Heritage Green / Dark Green
  • Price: €5,299

2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 Essential

2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 Essential
2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 Essential
  • Frame: 2021 Meta AM 160mm travel
  • Shock: Fox Float DPX2
  • Fork: Fox 38 Performance Grip, 170mm
  • Brakes: Shimano SLX 4 pot
  • Bar: Ride Alpha 27mm rise, 780mm wide
  • Stem: Ride Alpha Freeride 40mm
  • Grips: Ride Alpha DH lock-on
  • Shifter: Shimano SLX, 12 speed
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano SLX, 12 Speed
  • Chainset: Shimano SLX, 32t
  • Cassette: Shimano SLX, 12 speed
  • Wheels: DT Swiss E532 rims with Formula hubs
  • Tyres: Front Maxxis Assegai 29 x 2.5in, rear Maxxis Dissector 29 x 2.4in
  • Dropper: Kindshock Ragei
  • Saddle: WTB Silverado Narrow
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Colours: Heritage Green
  • Price: €3,699

2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 Origin

2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 Origin
2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 Origin
  • Frame: 2021 Meta AM 160mm travel
  • Shock: RockShox Deluxe Select
  • Fork: RockShox Yari RC, 170mm
  • Brakes: Shimano MT501 2 pot
  • Bar: Ride Alpha 27mm rise, 780mm wide
  • Stem: Ride Alpha Freeride 40mm
  • Grips: Ride Alpha DH lock-on
  • Shifter: Shimano Deore 11-speed
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Deore 11-speed
  • Chainset: Shimano Deore 11-speed
  • Cassette: Shimano Deore 11-speed
  • Wheels: E13 LG1 rims with Formula hubs
  • Tyres: Front Vee Tire Flow Snap 29 x 2.35, rear Vee Tire Snap Trail 29 x 2.35
  • Saddle: Fabric Scoop Flat Sport V2
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Colours: Graphite Blue
  • Price: €2,499

2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 Frame Options

Head over to the Commencal website for more details of each bike.


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