Here it is our Commencal Supreme FR test with our opinions and the one from the rider: Rubén Pascual.
At first sight of the Commencal Supreme FR Marzocchi, the first thing that highlights over his clean lines are its oversized bearings, giving the assembly formed by the Commencal Supreme SystemContac EVO matte light green frame and fork Marzocchi 66 RCV matching a consistent and attractive look. One can imagine a bike designed to withstand bikepark trot. Its 180 mm of travel in both axes and geometry somewhat less radical than the Supreme DH confirmed our thoughts.
Geometry and Frame
The soul of the Commencal Supreme is the Supreme Fr frame that shares with the entire freeride 2013 range. A frame made of triple butted 7005 aluminum with Commencal's NEC and Ultra XTRM technologies. Thankfully, all anchors are commensurate with the current Standart industry: ISG05 system leads to the chain guide, a width of 83mm bottom bracket and 150x12 rear axle. The headset is tapered in 1 "1/8/1.5".
The geometry is more relaxed than its big brother the Commencal Supreme DH. The steering angle remains at 64 ° versus 63 ° of the DH version. The length of the upper tube remains in 581mm in size M while the wheelbase length is 1162mm and chain stay length is 437mm. These dimensions make the Supreme FR a bike very agile, in the words of our tester rider Rubén Pascual "this bike is a real machine at curvy trails."
The Commencal Supreme FR Marzocchi implements the Contact System EVO
suspension system. We had the pleasure of testing on the Commencal Meta SX and is nice to see this system adapting to other models of the brand.
The front fork
is provided by Marzocchi with the 66 RCV
with 180mm travel and carries a special setup made based on the desires of Commencal for this model. We love to see a Marzocchi (some started the orange BomberZ1 DH) in the first line again. The fork has settings for controlling the spring compression, rebound and air and coil preload. It's easy to achieve a setup that suits or riding style. On the negative side, the weight of 3183 gr makes it hard to pull it when maneuvering, but this aspect is offset by its high stiffness
and showing poise at high speeds despite being a single plate fork .
The Responsible for managing the rear suspension is a Marzocchi Rocco R coil damper
that we did not like at all. This shock doesn't seem to arrive to exploit all the qualities of the Contact System that we were able to enjoy the Meta SX or riding the Supreme DH.
We had to open all the rebound to make its rebound faster and adapt it to our style of riding. This aspect left us with no more room to maneuver in terms of changing the settings. No doubt we would have liked to use a damper with more setting possibilities. In return, the bike shows pedaling exceptional qualities.Components
The Commencal Supreme FR Marzocchi comes mounted with Commencal stem, handlebar, seatpost and saddle, offering a good balance in terms of quality. Puts brakes with Formula RX with 203mm discs, though shot gave no problem. Sram X7 shifters, while the rear mech is given by Sram X9. In this respect, this is one of the best group sets available out there and its operation is reliable and unquestionable. Alex Rim Tires mounted on bushings Commencal make a solid set topped by Maxxis Minion 2ply covers. The assembly weights around 19 kg with pedals.
The first feeling on the bike was little sensitivity compared with a downhill bike, somehow caused by the Marzocchi Rocco shock. However, its excellent chassis
provides greater control on bends and jumps, facilitating acquire inertia and pick up speed fast by pumping or squeezing the bike on the berms.
We believe that a very positive aspect that we wanted to reflect on these lines is that all Commencal bikes are very balanced in all its components and their behavior. The Commencal have something special that you feel as you ride in one of them, an invisible seal that makes the difference and it's easy to recognize as you get on one of them. It's easy to find them comfortable on the first ride and quickly you are looking your limits and riding fast.
If we had to qualify the Commencal Supreme FR with an adjective, it would be explosive. Is explosive pedaling, explosive in and out of corners and berms, explosive in his concept of fun and Freeride bike.
The Commencal Supreme FR is a 100% bikepark bike, with great stability at high speeds but very agile, it enjoys jumps and bermed corners and if you can put a slightly larger gear, you will be surprised with its pedaling abilities.
Here's a video edit we shoot while we were testing this machine. We've been very critics with the actual financial an social crysis that we're living in Spain.