2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 Review | Thought you were fast? Wait till you ride this!

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The 2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 is a proven speed demon, with sorted geo and kinematics for reduced fatigue and impressive climbing. This is a full-on EWS weapon!

Let's cut to the chase, the MY21 Commencal Meta AM is nothing like the outgoing model, sure they're both alloy enduro bikes with the same amount of front and rear travel and the same 29in wheels, but that's where the similarities end.

The Frame

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Though the new frame is clearly a Commencal, a lot of changes have been made to the 2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 to improve upon the original design. First of all the geometry has been totally transformed, Commencal hasn't gone for a nip here and a tuck there but a full-on transformation.

Let's look at the standover for a start. The previous bike was about as tall as it was long (in reach) which wasn't a major issue but hardly ideal. The 2021 bike sees reach seriously jump up while standover and seat tube lengths drop. This large bike with a reach of 495mm has a seat tube length of only 440mm, around 20+mm less than the older bike. That's not as short as some models, but too short a seat tube can make sizing for taller riders tricky. At 178cm the sizing for me feels great, I'm sure taller riders will let us know in the comments section if the changes work for them.

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