First look: 2020 Commencal Meta Power 29 & Meta Power SX

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

Commencal Meta Power 29 e-Bike 2020.
The 2020 Meta Power 29 complete with integrated battery is a stunner.

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.

Commencal Meta Power 29 e-Bike 2020.

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

A quarter turn of a 4mm Allen key releases the battery from a clamshell housing but there is no need to remove the battery to charge it. Internal cable housing can be accessed through the battery housing which is super convenient.
The cable routing is revised for easier installation and the sensor is integrated into the hanger with the magnet bolted to the disc which improves reliability.
A charging port sits on the side of the seat tube and the power button is on the top of the downtube.
Commencal used a dual density injected plastic guard for the battery with a soft inner lining which sits on the battery. The motor has a solid ‘slider’ guard underneath it to protect it. Commencal has placed additional plastic housing for a better motor fit too.
Oversized bearings and a redesigned linkage boost the lateral stiffness of the rear end. The bike has a more linear kinematic than it’s predecessor.

ON TRACK

Commencal Meta Power 29 e-Bike 2020.
The Power 29 is an all day all trail shredder.


Meta Power SX version

Commencal Meta Power SX 2020
DT Swiss wheels, RockShox suspension, SRAM GX Eagle, Shimano XT cranks and a Shimano E8035 battery / E8000 motor wrapped into big enduro geometry is going to yield many an exciting ride.

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.

Commencal Meta Power SX 2020
Meta Power SX with 27,5 wheels front and rear is the bigger hitter of the two new bikes.

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.

GEOMETRY – Meta Power SX

ON TRACK

Commencal Meta Power SX 2020
The Meta Power SX looks to be one rad machine.

PRICING

  • Commencal Meta Power 29, Team edition: R109 999
  • Commencal Meta Power SX: R88 451
  • Available from late August 2019

For more: https://www.commencal-store.co.za/



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