Commencal Bicycles Supreme DH Downhill Full Suspension

4.69/5 (13 Reviews)
MSRP : $5378.49


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Product Description

Resolutely oriented towards competition, the Supreme DHv3 harbours the latest technology in geometry, suspension settings and new component standards. Much more than just the flagship of the 2011 Commencal range, it is a new benchmark in downhill performance. After extensive testing, we are able to offer up a bike that is well balanced throughout, reliable and extremely efficient, ready to face the toughest DH tracks out there.


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Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by AAAustin a Racer from Kelowna

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2011

Strengths:    Everything

Weaknesses:    Nothing

Bottom Line:   
Buy the v3 atherton if you have 9 grand if not the dh is still great

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Favorite Trail:   Mountains

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $9100.00

Purchased At:   Commencial.com

Similar Products Used:   Nothing compared

Bike Setup:   Stalk

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Engineer a Weekend Warrior from Sweden

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2010

Strengths:    A very versatile DH bike, a bit too heavy for freeriding, but amazing when it comes to downhill. Even though it "only" has 7" of rear wheel travel, it is a nimble yet powerful downhill bike who can tackle everything from smooth beginner tracks to the most advanced technical track.

The suspension is suberb and the fork was a happy surprise.
A very dialed bike, with a very good spec.


Weaknesses:    Since it's not a "plow bike" it doesnt fare to well on very rough tracks, you have to choose your lines. This shouldn't really be a weakness, since this bike is not intended for the beginners, one should always try to pick a line on the track.

Three real weaknesses are the Formula brakes, they are AM-brakes so they fade rather quick when it comes to downhill riding.

The other thing is the position of the pivot, and since the rear triangle haven't got too much clearance between the tyre and frame they fill up quickly with dirt from the track. Also loads of duest easily gets into the bushes and mounting hardware, so you'll have to change these quite frequently, but it can be avoided by building some sort of protection around the rear mounting of the suspension.

The third problem are the rims, they are very light, so they'll dent very quick on rocky tracks.

Though, I've switched to 09 Saint brakes for stopping power and still went for the Sun EQ 31 rims. They're light and do their work.


Bottom Line:   
It's an amazing bike, a lot "bang for the buck". Some people might be frightened just because it "only" has 7" of rear travel, but those who actually can ride downhill won't see this as a problem. A 7" downhill bike will demand more of the rider, instead of one just leaning back and trying to make the bike do the work.

There are still some problems, like rear wheel clearance, dust getting inside the mounting hardware and the weak brakes. But all in all it's still a bike in the WC-class. Let me put it like this, it won't be the bike that will hold you down.

I wouldn't put the weight (20,4kg) on the weakness side, since I myself weighs a bit over 200lbs (90kg) and I like burlier bikes. Although, with some major tweaks it wouldn't

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Bike Setup:   Stock, except for a white Reverse XXL Fli bar (760mm wide, 20mm rise), heavier nuke proof spring, White EQ31 rims, 09 Saint brakes, crankbros 50/50XX pedals, pz-racing carbon seat clamp.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by commencal07 a Downhiller from Atlanta GA, USA

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2009

Strengths:    rides great through rockgardens and pedals efficiently enough

Weaknesses:    -bad service from commencal as far as getting parts (derailour hangers)
-hangers were weak and broke alot


Bottom Line:   
Its a great bike but doesn't live up to it's potential with stock build and takes some tweaking and playing around with to find the best set up. I recommend building up a frame(supreme dh world cup) with whatever stetup suits the rider best and have had the best results with the boxxer/vivid set up. I only had trouble with finding a chain guide that works and breaking the rear derailour hanger (alot!- i fabricated my own to solve that problem) but otherwise it's a flawless bike and rides like butter!

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Favorite Trail:   any thing fast and technical

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   pinkbike

Bike Setup:   boxxer world cups with vivid rear shock and saint drive train on hope pro 2s

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cantil3v3r a Downhiller from Northern California, USA

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2009

Strengths:    This bike is fantastic in its adjustability to tweak it exactly to your riding style as well as to the trail/race you are riding. There is a head tube sleeve that will change the HTA from 64 degrees to +/- 1 degree. You can also purchase a +/- 1/2 degree sleeve as well. There is an adjustment to lengthen or shorten the wheelbase, as well as an adjustment for where the brakes lock onto the disc when braking to increase or reduce the amount of brake jack while riding. The suspension design and geometry of the bike make it very fluid on the trail and on races. I have taken the bike over rock gardens, through kickers, step ups and a muriad of other stuff and its been fantastic!

Weaknesses:    They only have 2 sizes: S/M and L/XL. I am right in between the two and would have loved a size accordingly.

Bottom Line:   
This is a fantastic bike with plenty of suspension and tuning capabilities to be your favorite DH/FR bike. You can slack the headtube out to 63 degrees and lengthen the wheelbase for super fast races or tighten it up to 65 with a shorter wheelbase and do some more tight techy freeride with it. I run a 38 tooth up front with a 11-32 cassette out back and it actually climbs pretty well. I won't be doing any marathon XC stuff but I am more than happy to take it to trails I need to climb when the DH is nice. It is a super fluid bike with everything that I could ask for.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Second Hand

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Nomad

Bike Setup:   Mostly stock with MRP chainguide, Deity Dirty Thirty bars, Thompson seatpost

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ked0r a Weekend Warrior from Sweden

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2009

Strengths:    Strong, fast, agile, eats small stuff and kills bigger stuff

Weaknesses:    None, if it's used for what it is intended for.

Bottom Line:   
Most impressive bike, I usually ride "light DH" with those ocassional rock gardens and really rough stuff. At our local trails it has performed way beyond my imagination, it's truly amazing. As other has mentioned, you won't feel that it has "only" 7" of travel, it feels more like 10" thank to the amazing contact system. It sticks to the ground and pedals really easy through stuff.

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Favorite Trail:   Åre

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stinky 07

Bike Setup:   Commencal Supreme DH Team Replica, stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by COMMENCALguy a Downhiller from Canada, ontario

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2009

Strengths:    Grips, handles and plays in the air well

Weaknesses:    nothing

Bottom Line:   
this bike handles perfectly grips supurbly. with ths bike ou can do anything you want to. i strongly recomend it. all you need to do is save up money for 2 weeks and you can get one of these beautiful machines

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Favorite Trail:   whistler

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   local shop

Similar Products Used:   none as good do they shall not be mentioned

Bike Setup:   high end fox vanilas, got this chain guide i forget what brand and a bash ring i forget the brand also

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by atown420 a Downhiller from braeside, ontario, canada

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2008

Strengths:    Light, nimble, great in the air.

Weaknesses:    Several to say the least.
The frame cracked in not one, not two. but three places, Poorly welded frame.
Extremely unimpressive warranty service.
You can only run the factory chainguide comfortably.


Bottom Line:   
If you want a light nimble race ready bike, that you intend on only racing it twice a month and wont change anything from factory. Then go for it, But not too tough, I ride narmal dh very well, I dont crash or abuse bikes. This is just poorly welded

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Favorite Trail:   calabogie, local ones

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   ....second hand

Similar Products Used:   a supercycle.....durability wise

Bike Setup:   Sram, Race face, Sun ringle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by colin a Downhiller from dublin ireland

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2008

Strengths:    got this boy after my cove second hand wanted an ironhorse from england but this came up on one of the forums decinded to go for it well thank god an amazing bike amazing handling one of the nicest bikes in the air just floats

Weaknesses:    not great mud room so dont stop in the muddy sections u wont stop by the way ull be pinned on this bike

Bottom Line:   
ill admit i thought i made a mistake the first week i bought it i was fallin of every were this isnt a begginers bike you need to know basic skills and beyond to get the best out of it
its defo one of the best tho and the 09 is said to be better

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Favorite Trail:   boneshacker carrick mont genevre

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   second hand

Similar Products Used:   cove ih sunday 222 socom

Bike Setup:   888s 05 ones baby saints e 13 hope motos ya know the staples of DH

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jhon a Downhiller from sheffield

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2007

Strengths:    cornering, jumping, everything!

Weaknesses:    It hasn't got any

Bottom Line:   
This bike is one of the best bikes money can buy, It is soo good at every aspect of downhilling and free-riding. since i have got this frame i haven't looked back once. My riding has improved dramatically because of it and the more i ride it even after a year the better it gets. I cannot recommend it more. Better yet buy one and see for yourself.

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Favorite Trail:   inners

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $4200.00

Similar Products Used:   Intense m3, sunday

Bike Setup:   fox 40's, Xo, hussefelt cranks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Davie a Downhiller from london

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2007

Strengths:    corners like it is on rails, jumps effortlessly, is really light and strong frame

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This bike doesn't compare to anything else i have ridden it is truly in a class of it's own, some people think that 180mm isn't enough but the way the travel is set up it feel bottomless and much better than previous bike with more suspension. I would recommend this bike or frame to anyone.

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Favorite Trail:   fort bill

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Similar Products Used:   224, intense M3

Bike Setup:   fox 40's, SRAM x0, truvativ cranks and bb

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob Hanley a Downhiller from Herts, England

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2006

Strengths:    Grip is amazing and it corners very well.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
This bike grips so well it gives the rider time to think about lines instead of fighting the trail. Alot of people might be put off by the fact that it only has 7" but this never an issue as it never feels out of its depth. If anything it is a plus point as it doenst feel wallowy. It also feels very stable in the air and it whips round corners due to the short back end. Another great Commencal product!

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Favorite Trail:   Crans Montana, Swiss Alps. Rheola!

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Bikeactive.com

Similar Products Used:   223, 224

Bike Setup:   VIP frame, 40's, Saint, Hope 6ti/M4

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sean warry a Downhiller from bristol,uk

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2006

Strengths:    grip,grip,grip..can get on to off camber with total confidence even in the wet...handles lovely in the air too..stable confidence building bike

Weaknesses:    no back up in the UK at time of writing..limited to only roox rollercoaster chain device (not that big a prob)... hubs dont seem too strong

Bottom Line:   
as i said at the beginning..GRIPS like no other...stable as hell...handles lush in the air..as gracia is finding out..very quiet... I love it despite the lack of back up by commencal in this country..can,t see me changing my mind too soon..gets better every time i swing my leg over it...get one and see your smile grow

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Favorite Trail:   gethin/stil/dirt merchant

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   team richochet

Similar Products Used:   coyote, runs on mates machines..konas,vp free,s,demo 8,s etc

Bike Setup:   2005 setup..888,s/fox dhx 5/maxxis...downhill equipment basically

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by raiden higa a Downhiller from lethbridge alberta canada

Date Reviewed: August 1, 2006

Strengths:    technology, research. weight and balance. the bike loves to go fast.

Weaknesses:    lower bottom bracket height than other bikes i have ridin

Bottom Line:   
if you like to go fast and enjoy a bike that is more technical and stable then you are, this is an awesome bike. By far the best bike i have ever owned.

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Favorite Trail:   muff

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   local shop

Similar Products Used:   vp free rockymountains cannondale

Bike Setup:   fox 40 dhx5 xo drivetrain, juicy 7 brakes diabolis crank easton bar and stem, 729 rims on hugi freeride hubs

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Snapping Mech Hanger on my Commencal DH Supreme

Hey guys. So not really anything worthwhile, just a bit of a whinge! So I am currently starting my long weekend (It's Saturday morning, have until tuesday off) and I was so keen for a weekend of shredding...get out there early this morning, landed off camber and my bloody hanger snaps!!! Did all ... Read More »

2009 Commencal Supreme DH WCS??

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2008 Commencal Supreme Mini DH - Pivot Bolts

I've recently bought a used 2008 Commencal Supreme Mini DH that has a number of its pivot bolts and conical washers / spacers missing. Does anyone know if these are still available please and or the correct name so that I can search for them online please? I've (poorly) highlighted them in the ... Read More »

Anyone ride Supreme DH in Angelfire?

Just got back from Angelfire (AWESOME)! I always come back a better rider, however, riding some of the LONG steep rocky/rooty, turning sections on the upper part of Supreme DH always messes with me. This year was better than last. How the heck do you ride that part (OR long steep rock/rooty, tu ... Read More »

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