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Spotted: Prototype Commencal META AM at EWS Tweed Valley

Spotted: Prototype Commencal META AM at EWS Tweed Valley

Commencal Enduro Project athletes, Alex Rudeau, Guillaume Labeyrou, Louis Jeandel, will be racing EWS Tweed Valley this coming weekend aboard a prototype Commencal META AM…

Wednesday, Jun 01

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Commencal Enduro Project athletes, Alex Rudeau, Guillaume Labeyrou, Louis Jeandel, will be racing EWS Tweed Valley this coming weekend aboard a prototype Commencal META AM with a new four-bar linkage suspension platform. The bike is a grand departure from the link-driven single-pivot seen on the current META AM and META SX, now boasting a rather unique-looking interpretation of a four-bar linkage design they are calling the “Virtual Contact System”. The team’s mechanics kindly allowed us into their tent to get some close up photographs of most, but not all, of the frame details. Commencal Enduro Project META AM Prototype at EWS Tweed Valley

We hypothesize that the two links co-rotate in a clockwise direction as the rear wheel is pushed through its travel.

We did pester the Commencal team mechanics for a video of the prototype META AM, so that we could show you guys exactly how the two links pivoting about the seat tube rotate as the bike is pushed through its rear wheel travel. Unfortunately, they declined. The upper rocker drives the top tube-mounted shock, while the lower link that attaches the rear triangle to the front triangle pivots in front of the seat tube, rather than behind it.

The bike is a result of the Commencal Enduro Project, a 3 year development program inspire by their DH development model, that will look to help Commencal “improve, firstly in racing and then for everyone”. They say it has allowed their engineers to confirm new kinematics and geometry principles.

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