Commencal Meta SX 2014
The Meta SX is the aggro brother to the AM, with 160mm suspension travel, slack-at-65º head angle, beefy bearings and a generally solid build. It’s a bike that has been designed for fun and shredding but also getting about on. It’s beefy by trail bike standards but if you live and ride in serious mountains then it may well be your future best friend. It certainly won a few fans at the Commencal press camp let’s put it that way. The wheels are ‘old school’ 26” – that didn’t seem to be slowing anyone down on the Vallnord Bike Park singletracks though.
We won’t go as far as ‘mini DH’ – that’s the territory of the very able Supreme FR – but this bike is punchy and ready to take on the worst terrain you can throw at it.
It’s categorised as an ‘enduro’ bike in Commencal’s range, and some sponsored riders (namely Nico Quere) have chosen this as their race weapon, but in honesty we would rate the AM higher in versatility/enduro stakes than this. If you have uplift assist or are simply a bike punisher then this is your machine, if you pedal more and ride a wide variety of terrain then the AM or indeed AM 29 are more likely to be your cuppa.
- Fast, capable and built for pure fun
- Almost at the level of ‘mini DH’ – for that reason we would sooner take it on an uplift assisted ride than other similar bikes, but the AM will see you through a wider variety of terrain
What Commencal say about the 2014 Meta SX:
“’The more you push it around, the more it likes it.’ What do you think of that? To a Meta SX, of course. In addition to excelling in downhill, it proves to be a good climber. Pleasant pedalling downhill and aggressive, the ideal weapon for your enduros.”