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Commencal Crank Brothers Black/Gold AM Build

Commencal Meta 5.5 Black/Gold Crank Brothers
XTR Build


This bike was designed for the hardcore trail rider that wants to keep climbing in mind but still tackle the most technical of descents with ease. At first, the aluminum model was our choice but after much debate (and a slight budget increase) we decided that the lighter, full carbon frame was the way to go. The XTR Trail kit was the next step up. The 180mm rotor in the front and the 160mm in the rear ensures maximum braking on any trail.

Crank Brothers has an awesome reputation for making great looking durable products. Our first choice was to go with
the Cobalt wheels in the black and gold color scheme because of their durability, relatively light weight, tubeless rim and
15mm compatibility. We then continued matching things up with their super comfy grips, strong carbon bars and world
famous pedals. The Joplin 4 drop post was the obvious choice given the bike's aggressive trail riding personality and the
Fizik Gobi XM saddle matched perfectly. It should be noted that the carbon rails were a tight fit with the stock clamp but
Crank Brothers is coming out with a new carbon specific clamp that should be out in May of 2011. 

Given the type of riding this bike was built for, we opted to go with the FOX Talas 150mm with Kashima coating. We
spoke with Commencal and although this bike is normally spec'd with a 140mm fork the 150mm Talas works perfectly
with the frame's geometry and allows for better climbing and descending than the stock fork.  The job of getting grip
went to the Schwalbe Rocket Rons in 26”X2.25”. Ride time is soon approaching on this rig so if you are interested in
purchasing this one of kind performance machine and work of art please email us for details! Stay trail thirsty friends!

Build Specs:


2010 Commencal META 5.5 VIP Medium Frameset

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2011 Shimano XTR 10-Speed Mountain Groupset:
Shimano XTR M980 2x10 26-38T 175mm Crankset
Shimano XTR M980 RapidFire-Plus 10sp Shifters
Shimano XTR-M988 Trail Lever/Caliper Disc Brakes
Shimano XTR M985 2x10 Low Clamp Top/Bottom Pull Uni-Band (34.9/31.8/28.6mm) Front Derailleur
Shimano XTR M980 10sp GS Medium Cage Rear Derailleur
Shimano XTR M980 10sp Chain
Shimano XTR M980 11-36t 10sp Cassette

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2011 Shimano 6-Bolt International Standard Rotors and Adapters:
Shimano XT 180mm Front Rotor
Shimano XT 160mm Rear Rotor
XTR Post Mount 180mm Front Adapter
XTR IS-QR 160mm Rear Adapter

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Crank Brothers Cobalt 26" XC Race Black/Gold Wheelset
With Crank Brothers 15mm Cobalt Thru Axle Adapter Kit

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2011 Fox Talas 150mm RLC FIT DISC 15QR 1-1/8" KASHIMA Fork

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2011 Fox Float RP23 Boost Valve [7.875,2.000] Shock

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Fizik Gobi XM Wing Flex/Tail Flex Mountain Saddle

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Crank Brothers Joplin 4 Remote Adjustable 31.6mm Seatpost

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2011 Thomson Elite X4 Mountain 1-1/8", 0°
 , 80mm, 31.8mm Stem

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2011 Crank Brothers Iodine 11 Riser Carbon Handlebar

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Schwalbe Rocket Ron Tubeless Ready 26" x 2.25" Tires

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FSA Orbit I Integrated 1-1/8" Black Headset

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Crank Brothers Cobalt XC Mountain Gold Grips

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Crank Brothers Candy 11 Pedals

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