- Commencal Meta 5.5 VIP
A mate of mine is moving back to the UK and wants to get rid of his bike rather than ship back.
It’s a 2009 model but I know it’s not been hammered (I’ve seen him ride).
2010 Sektor forks solo air, RP23 rear shock, mix of SLX sram 7 and 9. The only downside is it’s running Juicy 3’s but I could upgrade.
He wants $1100 but I reckon I could push to 950 ish (That’s about 650 quid). Really tempted just wanted to see wha the consensus was and anything to look out for?Posted 5 years ago
From memory and not being an owner i think in 2010 Commencal changed the factory the frames were manufactured in and quality went up. Hopefully Hora will notice this thread soon as he just bought a meta 5 and he will have done his research recently so should know good from bad years.
 looks like someone else above has also confirmed my thoughts [/edit]Posted 5 years ago
Does the frame number include the year of manufacture? I’ve had a quick look over it and a wee blast and all felt fine but I wasn’t in the “hmm, shall I buy this?” mode so it wasn’t a full on inspection. No grindy mud or wetness over here that much and by all accounts if there’s a hint of rain he doesn’t off road. I’ll pop up and see him after my stint of nights. Doing a double shift on Easter Monday which will more or less pay for it. Yay for overtime!Posted 5 years ago
On top of the top tube by the head and under the down tube? That’s an affirmative. It’s a medium. Casual eye, good nick. But as I said, not cast a careful eye over it yet. 650GBP feels like a good deal to me.
That 2011 has a Float and the one I’m looking at has an RP23. Much difference, real world?
I’ll have a look at the Commy and re-evaluate.Posted 5 years agoiain1775Subscriber
Tbh for an ’09 £650 is a bit pricey given their history and also Commencal’s aggressive pricing strategy that almost always sees around 40% knocked off new bikes mid season, it really devalues the brand in my opinionPosted 5 years ago
It’s a VIP so been built up from frame only so difficult to compare to a Meta 1,2 or 3 spec but with sectors and slx it’s probably between the 3 and 2 (nearer a 3 – mid range) – to help you get an idea what they go for on eBay
I would say the ’11 someone mentioned above with a shock upgrade if you really wanted would be a better buy
And you would be playing Russian roulette with a frame that could crack, yes you know the history but it was a manufacturing issue they didn’t need to be riden hard to fail
It’s important to stress the vast majority of failures where not sudden or complete and several people I know carried on riding cracked frames for ages, nearly a year in one case, without the crack getting worse
I wouldn’t let the shock be the deciding factor though, the 2011 frame is so much better in a lot of ways, even forgetting about the cracking issue/non issue
The meta doesn’t really need the shock locked out, you won’t notice much difference
Worth also pointing out though ’11 sizing is a bit different to ’09
Pop over to http://www.commencalownersclub.com if you need any more advise
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