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Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal META HT AM Essential 2018
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal META HT AM Essential 2018
Commencal META HT AM Essential

Commencal has long been of the belief that “it’s better to have a good hardtail than a bad full suspension bike.” The Commencal META HT has very similar numbers to the full bounce version and even sports a similarly aggressive looking silhouette. As hardtails go, this one looked from the off like it was going to be fun. The AM…

Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta AM V4.2 Race 2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta AM V4.2 Race 2017
Commencal Meta AM V4.2 Race

The Commencal Meta range has a pedigree that seems to go back to the dawn of time almost, it’s been a hugely popular bike for the brand. In the early days it was defining All Mountain and these days is synonymous with enduro. Available in various guises we were big fans of the new Meta 4 when it was launched…

Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta HT AM Race 2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta HT AM Race 2017
Commencal Meta HT AM Race

Hardtails are still very much commonplace around the world, but there are only a few countries in the world that produce the type of bike we have here. The UK, Canada, they've been at it for years, but the Andorran brand have also been on the same page for some time. What I'm referring to is the idea of a hardtail,…

Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta AM V4 Ride 650B Edition Black 2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta AM V4 Ride 650B Edition Black 2016
Commencal Meta AM V4 Ride 650B Edition Black

Andorra based Commencal have already created an impressive Meta V4 line up, and not ones to rest on their laurels have added two new limited edition versions to the mix. The ‘Race Brushed’ model sports higher spec, and, of course, price tag. The ‘Ride’ edition we have here, still comes dressed in some fine attire though! It features the same…

Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta HT AM 650B Race  2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta HT AM 650B Race  2016
Commencal Meta HT AM 650B Race

Everyone needs a hardtail in their life, fact. Not only do they teach you how to ride properly, but they also provide endless amounts of fun and excitement, at any speed. With the recent, frenzied developments in full suspension bikes, an opportunity has risen for bike manufacturers to take a seat back at the drawing board and create a modern…

Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Supreme DH V4  2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Supreme DH V4  2016
Commencal Supreme DH V4

The standout feature of the new Commencal Supreme DH V4 is the obvious deviation from the established norm in suspension design. There’s method in their madness, though, which has created one of the most exciting and fun downhill bikes in recent years. The foundation to their idea is simple: short bikes are fun and great to ride on technical terrain,…

Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta AM V4  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta AM V4  2015
Commencal Meta AM V4

One bike to do it all! I wonder if the Hobbits were as sceptical when they heard a similar phrase! For years my stable of bikes has increased, with each individual bike having a very specific and narrowed use, a downhill bike, a trail bike, an XC bike, a jump bike, and so the list goes on. Try and throw…

Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta Trail Race 650  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta Trail Race 650  2015
Commencal Meta Trail Race 650

The Meta V4 Trail Race from Commencal is a 120mm travel bike designed to be fast and nimble on a wide variety of terrain. It utilises the same Contact System suspension set-up as its bigger brother that we reviewed a few issues ago. The system has been fine-tuned for the type of terrain this bike is aimed for and the…

Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta V4 Race  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta V4 Race  2015
Commencal Meta V4 Race

The Meta V4 line up is an impressive one; it features four levels of bike, the Origin, Essential, Race Plus and the World Cup. All of the models feature the same 6066 Aluminium Triple Butted hydroformed frame based around the new Contact System suspension platform. The new design mounts the shock on the top tube and uses a simple two-stage…

Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta AM 3  2014
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta AM 3  2014
Commencal Meta AM 3

Commencal have always had a logical approach to designing and building mountain bikes and that is set to continue. Rather than come down heavily on one side or another in the great wheel size debate they have released the Meta in all three. Pick the one that best suits the way you ride and the trails you ride. Simple. On…

Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta AM Girly 27.5  2014
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta AM Girly 27.5  2014
Commencal Meta AM Girly 27.5

Intro I must admit to being slightly adverse to anything with names such as ‘Flower/Bliss/ Diva’ when it comes to female specific products in the extreme sports world, so when it came to the women’s Commencal Meta AM Girly you can imagine my scrunched-up nose response. However, I confess I have eaten humble pie in a BIG way this time.…

Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta SL 4  2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta SL 4  2013
Commencal Meta SL 4

Commencal are a brand that have done things very much their own way and have built a great reputation for bomber bikes that are an out and out joy to ride gravity assisted. The Meta SL has been developed to fill the gap in their range at the 120mm trail bike spot. Our Meta SL 4 sported the same lovely…

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To push as much as you can, always on your limit and trying to go as fast as you can. But most of the time…

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BTB is fresh from the oven and straight to your screen! Another awesome production from the Commencal Fam! The bicycle has a huge place in…

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Join Kilian Bron and his film crew to discover the highest peaks of Switzerland in all their glory! Like with all their latest projects around the world,…

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Can anyone possibly overdose on air time and loam splashes? Don't think so... A few weeks ago, dig crews worked the land in Utah to…

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I don't normally POV, but when I do... GoPro Family member Antoni Villoni drops in on another stellar line in the French Utah. Would you…

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New video alert! INBOUND showcases Brendan Howey’s impeccable riding style and Rupert Walker’s intricate cuts and attention to detail. I'm always excited to work with…

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Over the past few years, Red Bull Hardline has made a name for itself as the toughest DH race in the world. Monstrous jumps, ultra…

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Discover Mexico and its magnificent mix of backdrops with Kilian Bron and his team. This is a melting pot of unusual images captured in the…

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To own a CLASH is to feel like part of a team. Whether it’s the adult version or the Kids model, the CLASH is playful…

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The fifth and final day of the 2021 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Val di Sole (Italy) saved some of the best drama for…

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This super fresh edit from Commencal is out to feature what happens when you combine a badass local rider and a killer bike on an…

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Dry, loose and seriously FAST - the return of the Maribor downhill was a breath of dusty air for the 2021 Downhill World Cup. Watch…

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Bikeparks have been around for a few decades now. Where did they come from, how did they develop and what has changed over the years?

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An institution in their own rights, Sven and Boris are two of the best photographers in the business and have produced countless iconic images. Samantha Dugon finds out more about this dynamic duo.

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Issue 58

Win some great IMB merchandise this issue as we launch our new shop!

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Issue 57

Having dreamed of this trip for years, Michael Overbeck heads to the Yukon for some true mountain bike adventures. Remote and beautiful, the Yukon offers unrivalled wilderness for those motivated enough to seek it out and discover what's on offer.

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Issue 56

We catch up with Alastair Beckett, bike designer extraordinaire, and responsible for some of the most successful bikes on the race circuit. Alistair talks about bike design, the rise of the high pivot bike and what the future may hold for mountain bikes.

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Issue 55

Editor Rou Chater laments on the art of crashing and how we as mountain bikers are never far away from that next off. He’s speaking from experience after crashing in Les Arcs recently and managing to break three bones in his leg and ankle and snap all the ligaments too.

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More images with no particular place to call home this issue!

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Issue 53

We’re giving away a GoPro Hero6 camera to one lucky subscriber. The only way to win this amazing prize is to enter the competition.

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Issue 52

Rou and the IMB Team head to Les Arcs in the Savoie region of the Alps to rediscover one of the best mountain bike locations in Europe. With runs from the top of the mountain to the valley floor and a hugely improved bike park they make new friends, ride amazing trails and discover somewhere they might try and call home.

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