Commencal HT AM Essential
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Price $1,599 List$2,150 List$1,899 List$2,579 List$2,100 List
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Pros Excellent descender, high-end fork, excellent pop out of cornersHigh value, fun on a wide range of terrain, dialed geometryAggressive geometry, built to last, killer tiresSwift climbing, sharp handling, excellent valueEasy-going geometry, exceptionally versatile, killer drivetrain
Cons No dropper post, weak tire specificationPoor fork specification, less compliant frame compared to outgoing modelMay be overkill for riders/trails, sluggish in tight spacesNot as fun on rough trails, 11-speed drivetrainHeavy, weak tire specification
Bottom Line Aggressive hardtail with a burly fork and an appetite for high speedsA well-rounded hardtail that blends solid value with stellar performance in most situationsA mean and aggressive hardtail with an appetite for high speedsA slick-climbing hardtail mountain bike that is ready for a cross country race but is happy thrashing flow trailsA versatile bikepacking rig that has the ability to rip trails
Rating Categories Meta HT AM Essential Specialized Fuse Expert 29 Rocky Mountain Growler 50 Ibis DV9 NX Marin Pine Mountain 2
Fun Factor (25%)
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9
8
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7
Downhill (30%)
9
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Climbing (30%)
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Build (15%)
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Specs Meta HT AM Essential Specialized Fuse... Rocky Mountain... Ibis DV9 NX Marin Pine...
Wheel Size 27.5'+ 29" 29" 29" 29"
Weight (w/o pedals) 29 lbs 8 oz 29 lbs 14 oz 31 lbs 3 oz 26 lbs 8 oz 33 lbs 15 oz
Frame Material Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Carbon Steel
Frame Size Tested Medium Large Large Large Large
Available Sizes S, M, L, XL XS, S, M, L, XL S, M, L, XL S, M, L, XL S, M, L, XL
Fork RockShox Yari RC, 160mm, 35mm stanchons RockShox 35 Gold RL, 130mm RockShox 35 Gold RL Fox Float Rhythm 34 RockShox FS 35 120mm
Wheelset E*Thirteen TRS, w/ Formula Hubs, 35mm ID Specialized Stout Alloy SL, 29mm ID WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0 rims with Shimano MT400 hubs Ibis Hubs, Ibis 938 Alloy rims Alloy Doublewall rims w/ Shimano and Alloy hubs, 32mm ID
Front Tire Vee Tire Co Flow Snap 27.5 x 2.6 Specialized Butcher Grid, Gripton, 2.6" WTB Vigilante TCS Light High Grip 2.6" Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.6" Vee Tire Flow Snap 2.6"
Rear Tire Vee Tire Co Flow Snap 27.5 x 2.6 Specialized Purgatory Grid, Gripton, 2.6" WTB TrailBoss TCS Light Fast Rolling 2.6" Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.6" Vee Tire Co Flow Snap 2.6"
Shifters SRAM NX 11-Speed SRAM NX Eagle SRAM NX Eagle SRAM NX 11-speed Shimano SLX 12-speed
Rear Derailleur SRAM NX 11-Speed SRAM NX Eagle SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed SRAM NX 11-Speed Shimano SLX 12-speed
Crankset SRAM NX 32T SRAM NX Eagle DUB SRAM SX Eagle 30T SRAM NX 30T FSA Grid 32T
Bottom Bracket Press Fit SRAM DUB Threaded SRAM BSA DUB SRAM GXP XR FSA Outboard
Cassette SRAM PG-1130 11-42t SRAM NX 11-50T SRAM PG-1210 11-50T SRAM PG 1130 11-42T Shimano SLX M7100 12-speed, 10-51T
Saddle Ride Alpha Specialized Bridge Comp WTB Volt Race 142 WTB Silverado 142 Marin Pine Mountain Trail
Seatpost Ride Alpha Rigid TranzX dropper 150mm travel 34.9mm diameter Rocky Mountain Toonie Drop KS E30i Dropper TranzX Dropper, 150mm
Handlebar Ride Alpha 780mm, 31.8 clamp Specialized Stout Riser 780mm Rocky Mountain AM 780mm Ibis 780mm Alloy Marin Pine Mountain Trail Bar, 50mm rise, 780mm width
Stem Ride Alpha 40mm Specialized Stout Rocky Mountain 35 AM Ibis Marin 3D Forged Alloy
Brakes SRAM Level SRAM Level TRL Shimano MT420 4-piston front, MT400 2-piston rear SRAM Level Shimano MT520 4-piston front/MT500 2-piston rear
Grips Ride Alpha Specialized Trail Rocky Mountain Lock-on Light Lizard Skins Charger Evo Marin Bear Paw Locking
Warranty Five Years Lifetime Five Years Seven Years Lifetime
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