Andorran super-brand Commencal has rolled out a completely revamped Meta Power range with a suspension redesign, integrated battery and geometry shakeup.
The 2020 Commencal Meta Power 29
THE DETAILS – Meta Power 29
The all-new Commencal Meta Power 29 is a 160 rear, 170 front (Team edition) go anywhere do anything bike. Totally redesigned, the Power 29 has a neater appearance thanks to the introduction of an integrated battery but that’s by no means the only evolution. As you guessed, it’s an all 29er wheel affair here. The Alloy 6066 triple butted frame, has been re-designed to improve weight distribution, increase rear end lateral stiffness and to lower the center of gravity. Naturally, the geometry has also been tweaked to improve rider fit and performance on the trail. The suspension leverage ratio has also been tweaked to improve handling and the bike runs a slightly longer shock which brings many advantages to both performance and the ability to fine-tune the progressivity.
The tried and tested Shimano E8000 motor (which is not brand new) delivers 250 W and 70 Nm and is powered by the Shimano E8035 500Wh battery. The RockShox Lyrik Ultimate, with Charger 2 damper offers 170mm of travel up front and the SuperDeluxe 230 x 60mm rear shock takes care of the party out back. SRAM GX Eagle 1 click shifter, SRAM XO1 rear mech, Shimano XT 165mm cranks, SRAM Code RSC brakes, DT Swiss wheelset with Schwalbe Magic Mary in Super Gravity variety are the spec highlights. By all accounts, the build kit looks absolutely spot on.
GEOMETRY – Meta Power 29
THE TECH – both models
Meta Power SX version
THE DETAILS – Meta Power SX
The SX version of the 2020 Meta is the bigger hitting (Supercross style) almost E-Downhill E-Bike. The bike has full 170mm rear end damped by a RockShox SuperDeluxe Coil Ultimate shock, in a 230 x 60 size. Upfront a 180mm Lyrik Ultimate with Charger 2 is on duty for the gnar. Commencal have gone with 27,5 wheels front and rear here. This a lap bike.
The SX is built for riders who are predominantly keen on back to back laps. Again, the spec is on point with SRAM GX Eagle shifter and mech, Shimano 165mm cranks, DT Swiss wheels, Maxxis Assegai rubber and SRAM Code R brakes. The Meta Power SX runs the same Shimano battery and motor platform as the Meta Power 29 and has all the same tech refinements built into the frame.
The SX essentially runs on smaller wheels, with a 9mm shorter chainstay, 10mm more travel front and rear with a coil shock. What I really like is that both the Power SX and Power 29 accommodate a 220mm rear rotor and that the SX geometry is such that the bike can be converted to a mullet, or ‘279er’ wheel size bike without adversely impacting the geometry. Obviously, the bike is not designed with this in mind – but I think it would work if you wanted to go that route. The magnets have been moved to the disc brakes for both bikes.