Commencal has released the TEMPO, a short-travel trail bike said to be a “playful powerhouse”. Its 125mm of rear wheel travel is delivered via a VPP linkage wherein the front triangle is connected to a one-piece swingarm via two short links that co-rotate in a clockwise fashion while the uppermost one drives the shock. It rolls on a 29″ wheelset and sports a 140mm travel fork. We have the need-to-knows right here, but first, allow Professional World Cup Downhill Racer, Hugo Frixtalon, to change your perception of what a 125mm trail bike is capable of. Commencal TEMPO
The Commencal TEMPO formally introduces the Andorran brand’s new Virtual Contact System, a version of which we saw on the Prototype Commencal Meta AM earlier this year. It’s a virtual pivot suspension platform wherein the two short links connecting the front and rear triangles are positioned in front of the seat tube, as opposed to behind it as is more commonly seen. The new dual-link suspension design is said to be super-efficient when pedalling, while remaining lively on descents and comfortable on bigger impacts.
In true Commencal fashion, the TEMPO is fabricated from aluminum, and aluminum only. It is available in Sizes S-XL with reach figures of 430mm, 450mm, 470mm and 490mm. It has a 65.5° head tube angle, 76.6° effective seat tube angle and a BB drop of 35mm. The chainstays comes in at 435mm on the Small and Medium frames, lengthening to 440mm on the Large and XL frames for a […]
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