This All Mountain offering from Commencal is the evolution of the Ramones. With an Enduro position, 650b wheels and 140mm of Front travel, it's a great climber and a blast on the way back down. They say that MTB doesn't follow fashion, it matures..the HT is surely proof.
Geometries adapted to 650b
Low center of gravity for maximum stability
Can accomodate up to 150mm of front travel
66° headtube angle for an agressive riding position
High-end frame in Aluminium 6066
Super strong, 5 year warranty
Stealth cable routing under the top-tube
Frame: New 2014 META Hardtail AM 650b, alloy 6061 triple butted, top tube hiden cable path
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ryan Fantastic bike for the price, and a stupid amount of fun.
I have wanted an All Mountain Hard Tail for some time now, however what was available as complete bikes didn't appeal to me, and building my own was considered to be too expensive.
Then I came across this. The Meta HT1 has all the requirements that I had been looking for, 150mm travel, dropper post, type 2 rear derailleur, and 650B wheels. The rest of the parts were pretty spot on too. 750mm wide bars with a 60mm stem is perfect for this bike, the grips are great too. The seat is comfortable and the KS Eten has outperformed my expectations so far. On top of all this they have spec'd top of the line tyres, high roller 2 on the front with 3C, EXO, MaxTerra, and TR, and an Ardent on the rear with EXO. A perfect combination.
My only issues with the bike have to do with the rims and brakes. Given the high quality tyres I would have preferred rims with tubeless capability, let alone being presta instead of schrader. They are however seemingly strong and have not been untrued or dented yet, despite some serious riding. They also converted to tubeless using a Stans standard 26" tubeless kit easily enough, though they did fire sealant out of the rim weld before sealing up.
The Formula C1 Brakes take some getting used to. They have an abnormally long lever pull, which when set to the right position for my fingers results in pulling the lever almost to the bars to lock up the wheel. The lack of contact point adjust means that there isn't really anything that can be done about this. Initially I had thought that the brakes were under powered, however after becoming used to the long lever pull, and the modulation (no complaints here) they work just fine and haven't come up short yet.
Overall I think the bike is great, I have a massive smile on my face every time I ride it, and it hasn't let me down yet. Solid components and attention to detail for a great price is what you'll get for your money, and it's totally worth it. Plus its so yellow it hurts to look at, I love it.
08 February 2014