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.
a Weekend Warrior
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.
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
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.
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
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!
Bike Setup: boxxer world cups with vivid rear shock and saint drive train on hope pro 2s
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.
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.
Bike Setup: Mostly stock with MRP chainguide, Deity Dirty Thirty bars, Thompson seatpost
a Weekend Warrior
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.
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.
Strengths: Grips, handles and plays in the air well
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
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
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.
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
Similar Products Used: a supercycle.....durability wise
Bike Setup: Sram, Race face, Sun ringle
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
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
Bike Setup: 888s 05 ones baby saints e 13 hope motos ya know the staples of DH
Date Reviewed: May 15, 2007
Strengths: cornering, jumping, everything!
Weaknesses: It hasn't got any
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.
Strengths: corners like it is on rails, jumps effortlessly, is really light and strong frame
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.
Bike Setup: fox 40's, SRAM x0, truvativ cranks and bb
from Herts, England
Date Reviewed: November 10, 2006
Strengths: Grip is amazing and it corners very well.
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!
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
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
Any experiences here with a Vivid coil in a Supreme V3 instead of the stock Fox RC4?
- does it fit?
- good match with the bike?
- any experiences with the various tunes for the Vivid?
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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?
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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 »