Commencal Meta AM XX is a very rare anniversary-edition 29er

Commencal Meta AM XX
A boutique aluminium 29er? This Meta AM XX is quite possibly just that (Image credit: Commencal)

Andorran bike brand, Commencal, is celebrating 20 years of aluminium frame building achievement with a limited-edition version of its 29er enduro bike.

This special production run of 29er Meta AM XX bikes will be limited to a total volume of only 100 units – and of those, Commencal is keeping one for itself. That means that with a global customer distribution of only 99 bikes, the Meta AM XX will certainly be a rare encounter on the trail.

Commencal has not alerted the mechanical design of its Meta AM for these XX anniversary bikes. The enduro 29er aluminium frame remains at 160mm of rear travel, which is enough to tame even the most technical terrain.

Commencal Meta AM XX

Oil-slick-themed graphics offset the pearly white paint quite superbly (Image credit: Commencal)

The XX anniversary build features Sram’s latest Eagle AXS electronic drivetrain and dropper post.

Rolling carbon rims from E13, with 28 spokes and an internal width of 30mm, this enduro bike is an apologetic singlecrown downhill machine. Those wheels are shod with E13’s TRS all-terrain tyres, measuring 2.35, which inflate to a substantial tread contact patch – thanks to the wide-rim measurement.

Suspension is a combination of Rockshox’s best: an Ultimate grade 170mm Lyrik up front, matched by a Superdeluxe rear shock.

Commencal Meta AM XX

The headtube badge is numbered, so you know which of the 99 limited-edition bikes you are looking at. Commencal made 100 but only 99 will be for sale (Image credit: Commencal)

Beyond the premium selection of components, the only elements which really distinguish this XX Meta AM from its frame siblings, are cosmetic. There is a headtube badge (which is numbered, so you know which of the 99 limited-edition bikes you are looking at) and oil-slick-themed graphics.

There is also only one colour option, pearl white, and true to its all-aluminium construction and enduro specification build, this is not a light bike. Despite the AXS drivetrain deleting cable weight, the Meta AM XX weighs 15kg.

Commencal has endured in its corporate philosophy of refusing to build carbon frames, due to the absence of a composite recycling supply chain. If you like that way of thinking, this is the perhaps one of the more impressive direct purchase aluminium bikes currently available.

It does not come cheap, though, priced at £6,338 / €6,999. 

Lance Branquinho
Freelance writer

Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born journalist who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. As well as Bike Perfect, Lance has written for, and Cycling News.