Commencal Meta 5.5.2

Trail

    Photo: Photograph by Shana Novak

The white-and-lime graphics—which practically scream "I'm from the Continent!"—were not a big hit with most of our Arizona test crew. But paint doesn't affect performance, and this aluminum, 5.5-inch-travel sled scored well for comfort and stability. On the other side of the ledger, it's simply not as fast as other bikes here, and testers found themselves falling behind on the flats. "Felt sluggish," wrote one. Takeaway: With its steep, stable front end and active travel, this bike is intended for all-day bashers looking for the best route downhill. $3,499; 30.4 lbs (medium); commencal.com

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