- Commencal Meta 3 SL, anybody got one? Any good?
As title, thinking of getting back in the game after nearly a year without a mountain bike. Fancy a short travel full bouncer.
This looks good and appears to be well specced for the money, anybody got one or ridden one?Posted 4 years ago
I’ve got a 2012 version and love it. The only thing is I wished I brought just a frame as i’ve swapped most of the things such as wheels and fork.
Spent a week in Spain on it and done most of the trail centres and local stuff and it nevers fails to put a smile on my face.
They do have a low bb height but I run a X-Fusion Slant mainly set at 130mm and have occasionaly used it on 150mm for rock descents. I know this voids any warranty but the bike seems to cope with it very well. The Fox 120mm RL that came with mine was shite.Posted 4 years ago
I picked up a 2013 frame only direct from commencal for £850, really loving it so far.
It’s not a light weight xc bike, once you understand that it all makes sense.
120mm forks don’t do it justice imo. Stick some 140s up front, big brakes, 1×10, wide bars and some chunky tyres and it comes alive!
the geometry just feels really sorted for riding fast, I was surprised by just how stable it was at high speed and over rough terrain.
Couple of downsides… it needs bottle mounts, I’m going to see if I can get some drilled and fitted. The frame tubes can easily take a couple of holes. The shock blows through it’s travel too easily. This is a common complaint and can be fixed with a volume reducer spacer from mojo. £35. This sorted the issue completely. The frame is a little weighty but its all low down and if being ridden for its intended purpose it’s reassuringly sturdy, if you ride hard then you’ll appreciate it. Replacement bottom brackets need a minor mod with a hacksaw, very simple to do so don’t let this put you off. The shock is in the line of fire from the rear tyres, commencal do a neoprene guard that protects it well from the filth.
if you’re looking for something to pootle around on then this isn’t the bike for you. If your looking for a short travel bike to shred, then go ahead!Posted 4 years agodoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
I went to the product launch, loved that bike. As the commencal designer said, it is still focused on going down. It’s a short(er) travel bike that is designed to be fun going down. I thought it was great because of that. I ended up getting a 29 am to test but I had asked for the sl. Get what you are given! The 29er is way faster but I loved the sl’s on the edge, fun descending.Posted 4 years ago
Thanks for all the input guys, I was riding Cotic Soul’s for the last 2 or 3 years which I really liked. I’d have one again but just fancy a change, I had an Orange St4 which I liked so though I’d go down the short travel route again.. Better on the back aswell.
Always liked the look of them and they are at a more acceptable price now IMO.Posted 4 years ago
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