Commencal Bicycles Meta 5.xx All Mountain Full Suspension

  • Marzocchi AM 2 130mm front shock
  • Fox Float R rear shock
  • Truvative Fire SX Giga X-Pipe Crank
  • 130mm (5 Inch) front and rear travel
  • "Contact System" concept (connecting rod and rocker link) for the best grip in all conditions
  • PST Concept : different tube thickness and diameter on each size giving maximum performance and comfort
  • 4 sizes available (S,M, L and XL)

  • User Reviews (57)

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    gvs_nz   Weekend Warrior [Mar 16, 2013]
    Strength:

    Great geometry
    Low BB
    With the right shock great suspension design
    Carbon version has klller looks

    Weakness:

    The carbon front end on mine has a bit of wind up more than I would describe as flex.

    I gave it 5 stars in value as I got the carbon version, frame only on special. Got a bunch of shocks and a meta 6 frame to try at the same time. The meat 5 is more progressive than the Meta 6 and needs a large volume air can and about 35% sag to use all it's travel. Saying that it has over 100% antisquat that does not drop away with more sag. So it climbs well if not a little floaty rather than bob at 35% sag. I've settled on a high volume low tune RT3 with a stiff 140mm fork like a XMM 140 as a good trail bike set up. The RT3 is higher damped than a Fox shock so needs low tune to stop it chopping on sharp hits. The RT3 is more linear so you get to use more travel. The carbon Meta 55 can run the 200 x 56 shock to get 150mm travel. So for AM use I have found that a pre boost valve mid tune rp23 with xlarge XV2 can and mid size travel spacer gives really good results. have also tried post boost valve Low tune rt3 and High volume RT3. The post boost valve shock pulled up to short and the RT3 was a bit soggy even with volume reducton kit.
    This frame needs a good stiff fork to keep it accurate. it has a bit of wind up so loose the cut and thrust with a flexy for. I've found the XMM 150 excellent and also run the Bomber 55 Cr reduced to 150 off my Meta 6. nice gold bling as well to match the gold accents on my 10 frame. Suspension has an amazing floaty feel when seated. Not as good as my Wolf ridge descending on sharp edge hits, but then what is. It's a fun versatile ride with great geometry. I think mines about 67 degrees with a rev 150mm fork, dips under 67 with the 55CR. i can race this bike in marathons with the 140mm set up and go AM with the 150/ 160mm set up. Only give it 4 chillis as most carbon bikes are slightly lighter.

    Similar Products Used: Reign
    Meta 6
    Wolf ridge
    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    redtil   [Oct 22, 2012]
    Strength:

    Angles,Suspension design,option to have a bolt thru on the rear

    Weakness:

    The super low BB can be a pain on certain trails........pedal strike

    I bought my 5.5 back in the early part of 2008 & it's the 140mm OG shape with the rear triangle.This has been a beast of a bike which I've ridden all over the UK & taken on trips to the alps.The frames still intact & still looks in great condition(helicopter tape)One of the best things u can do to this bike is upgrade the front & back to bolt thru & then you can hit those rock gardens way quicker.Also a shock tune makes an already excellent suspension action even better.The meta was way before it's time for what we in the UK were calling trail bikes back in 08,but considering these were designed by people who's back yard was the Alps (Andorra) you can understand why things were designed the way they were,especially giving you the option to add bolt thru drop outs & stiffen the back end up.As you can imagine there have been the regular wear & tear replacements which have been replaced by better bits of kit & I've added a dropper,replaced the 9mm fork lower's with 15mm Bolt Thru lower's,replaced the stem with a 70mm one, added wider 760mm bars & have just converted to tubeless.Next on the list is a 2x10 Shadow + drive train.All in all I love the way this meta rides........point it up & up it goes............point it down & it rips.The low BB & slack angles are golden.I've also had the 09 meta with the swingarm & didn't like the changes to the geometry & sold it quite quickly..........good thing as well as that model year had a lot of issues with cracking.On this occasion newer was definately not better,.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Trevor Hutton   All Mountain Rider [Apr 25, 2012]
    Strength:

    Fast when you point it down hill
    Climbs amazingly with propedal on
    handles anything you throw at it
    Durability
    wieght

    Weakness:

    cant keep that white paint job clean

    Just buy it

    Similar Products Used: S -Works Epic
    Trek Fuel
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Allen   Downhiller [Apr 15, 2012]
    Strength:

    Everything. This bike feels amazing. I live in Utah, and just rode it for 2 days in the rain. I have to say I was shocked! I bought the bike expecting a durable XC bike. But it's not... It is a super nimble, responsive, fast as all hell frame that still feels bottomless on the downhill. I have the 2010 carbon fiber Meta 55, so maybe it is different than the alloy frame. That being said, it is the sickest AM bike I have ever ridden. Keep in mind I come from a DH background. I have a Banshee Legend MKII, and it and the Meta 55 compliment each other perfectly.

    Weakness:

    None yet.

    Just buy one. You can still find some really good deals on the 2010 carbon fiber models. Seriously, buy one now.

    Similar Products Used: DB Mission, Specialized Rockhopper, Specialized FSR xc comp, Morewood Ndiza, Gary Fisher Cake, Felt, Intense, Giant, Ellsworth, I have basically ridden everything...
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    mtnbikerb   Weekend Warrior [Feb 01, 2012]
    Strength:

    Climbing, Value

    Weakness:

    Short Wheelbase, High Stand-over

    After breaking my Giant Reign 3 frame, I was looking for minimal investment in something new by swapping out the parts from the giant. It was a fairly easy build especially with the non pressed headset provided; however, had some complications with the front derailleur (limited space). Cable routing was a bit tricky as well. The Commencal Meta 5.5 seems to be well worth the money. It's slightly more xc than all mountain in my opinion but therefore climbs very well. Minimal pedal bob compared to what I experienced with the Reign. It does pretty well when pointed down also, and the suspension seems to be more engage when standing up on the pedals. Doesn't soak up small bumps that much but is plush when it needs to be, the design is a bit stiff but handles well. The cockpit seems a bit tight on the large but has high stand-over. I'm 6'2'' and purchased the large. It seems pretty fair in weight. I had never heard of the brand but after doing a bit of research was pleased. Eventually, led me to the "Atherton Project" videos, good show but looks like they are switching to GT sponsorship, bummer, nevertheless it's cool having something like no one else has around town.

    Similar Products Used: 2005 Giant Reign 3
    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    COMeta5   Weekend Warrior [Feb 01, 2011]
    Strength:

    NOTE: review on 2011 Meta 5.5 Team
    This bike climbs like a mountain goat with the ProPedal on. Very light! (29lbs) Outstanding downhill capability. Very agile. Smooth shifter (Shimano SLX). Stops well with the Formula RX brakes. I love the Fox Float fork. It absorbs all the impact of a downhill descent on rocks or harsh trails and can lock for climbing. The tires (Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2,25 Front, Rocket Ron 2.25 Rear) are better for mud in my opinion. They slip a little on sand and dirt. Still great tires.

    Weakness:

    None as of yet.

    I would recommend this bike to anyone who is an all mountain rider. The bike is perfect for climbing and descending. I have done a lot of biking in Colorado but not with this bike yet. I’m riding it in Nepal and so far, it’s impressive! I think this bike will do outstanding on all sorts of trails including downhill riding. The bike outperforms the competition and is at a competitive price. If anyone finds themselves in Nepal, check out Epic Mountain Bike Adventure in Kathmandu. They are very knowledgeable and friendly. Buying the bike there was an experience all on its own.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    ErikHo   Cross Country Rider [Dec 18, 2010]
    Strength:

    Contactsystem works, ok geometry, ok climber, efficent pedaller, fun to ride.

    Weakness:

    Some flex in the rear can be bothersome if you ride hard, not so dialled as others, standover is high on L and XL sizes, tubing to week on s and m sizes. Weight is not low on L and XL, HA should be slacker, its not so lively due to the contactsys.

    It has shortcomings, the meta 5 is more of a pure trailbike than allmountain in my book, im not shore this bike could handle occasional bikeparkvisits. A stiffer/stronger rear, lower standover, a slacker HA and maybe little more progressive suspensionsystem, then it would the perfect allmountain/trailframe.

    Similar Products Used: reign and reign x, nerve am, stinky.
    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    416to212   Weekend Warrior [May 11, 2010]
    Strength:

    With the right sag set up at 20% the rear tracks the terrain transparently and feels endless in trail riding and semi crazy freeride sessions including jumps, berms, and technical single track. The 5.5.1 is spec'd beautifully, love the X.0 RD and the Formula brakes. The custom Superteam SDG Saddle is stunning.

    Weakness:

    Torque specs for the rear suspension have to be spot on for a nice quiet ride - over tightening causes squeaks. The sexy neon team green makes you look like a poser if you don't ride it hard and fast!

    Commencal isn't all that well known in my neck of the woods and I'm liking the exclusivity. The fact that this bike only weights 28 lbs but can still bomb freerides and rip single track makes it the best all around machine I have ever ridden. The rear suspension is plush and bottomless on drops even though it actually has only 5.5" of travel. The Contact System, and low center of gravity on this frame has also helped me increase my speed in the corners. I pump trannys more than pedal nowdays! The cockpit sets you dead center on the bike so it's nice to jump (whips are easy) and ride on skinnies and ladders. I'd absolutely recommend this bike to someone looking for an all-mountain rig that can do everything. Turn on the Pro-Pedal and lower/shorten the Fox Talas fork to 110mm and pump track and DJ the thing. Set everything to full travel (140mm) and bomb DH runs with some of the best brakes in the biz. It's a really fun bike and if you're the type of rider who plays with every obstacle in his way, this bike will make you very happy - like me!

    Similar Products Used: Kona Kula, Kona Bear, Ellsworth Moment.
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    MeAlex   Weekend Warrior [Apr 10, 2010]
    Strength:

    Does a damn good impression of being a DH bike yet assuming your not out to win is still light enough to race xc without totally imbarising yourself

    Weakness:

    09 and earlier frames break, i killed 1 within a week and the replacement a few months after that, still despite some pretty heavy use and very sketchy landings my current 2010 frame seems fine so they seem to have this sorted with the 2010 frames.

    sure its not the lightest or sharpest thing out there if your into racing xc and if you hit a gnarly world cup down hill course you very quickly realise that its a whole lot more twichy than a proper full fat dh bike and you invent a new brown difficulty for the biggest features but unless your getting really silly its not going to be totally out of its depth and you will struggle to find a trail where you really just have to say no. and for the vast majority of riding in between, be it non competitive xc, am or light fr where most of us like to shred this bike is as close to perfection as i have found and will probably run out of ability long after i do, always daring you to go a bit faster until your upside down, in a puddle with your mates laughing at you. if you just want to go out and hit some trails your not going to find anything more fun than this without an uplift or hookers.

    Similar Products Used: Scott aspect 45, played on other peoples stumpjumpers and played on a commencal mini dh
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    CraftyTimofHobart   Weekend Warrior [Apr 05, 2010]
    Strength:

    The short frame/wheelbase means it is super nimble, fun to jump and combined with the contact point suspension system corners like a demon.
    2009 model frame is the business, well built and apparently strong.

    Weakness:

    2008 frame broke at shock mount under top tube. As said below the replacement 2009 frames ARE made in a DIFFERENT factory and don't have the same tubing or the same construction problems (ie. all gussets were closed on 2008 models, shock mount less robust than 2009).

    Lateral flex in rear end with 2008 swingarm (typical of single pivot), can be fixed runnin ga through-axle with dropouts provided but through-axle dropouts (135mm x 12mm) makes it hard/impossible to find a QR through axle.

    Cable routing prone to crud, front derailer cable routing can't be easily modified for continuous cable housing.

    Really fun bike, ride up the mountains and then bomb-it down (as much as possible with 140mm travel forks :).
    The 2009 model frames ARE the business, the 2008 frames were NOT the business.

    Similar Products Used: Craftworks FRM125, Specialized SX trail, kona stinky, GT Ruckus (2003 model), Commencal Meta 4, Santacruz Blur, Iron Horse 7 point
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
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