Commençal Meta Power Race 650B Bike Review

Commençal Meta Power Race 650B Bike

If you want your own personal uplift, then look no further than the Commençal Meta Power Race. With Fox Factory suspension, 160mm of travel and burly 2.5in tyres, this bike is tailor-made for smashing out runs, hitting jumps and packing in the fun.

The bike is built around the current Meta AM V4, but is powered by a Shimano STEPS 250W motor, hooked up to a 504W Shimano battery. It’s a semi-integrated design, whereby the battery neatly blends into the down tube, yet it’s still really quick and easy to detach for indoor charging. And, just like the bike itself, spare batteries can even be bought online from the Commençal store.

The Shimano STEPS system boasts a compact display and under-bar control lever with three color-coded ride settings — Eco, Trail and Boost — along with a walk mode, which propels the bike along if you are forced to get off and push.

While Boost mode is seriously addictive, Trail actually gives the best bang for your buck, constantly jiggling the power according to your needs. If you pedal hard and fast it can offer a similar level of assistance as Boost, but it’s also a lot more economical, so you can ride further.

No expense has been spared with the build of this bike. The Meta Power Race uses a Shimano crank married to a SRAM EX1 e-bike-specific drivetrain. You also get powerful, four-piston, Code R disc brakes, heavy-duty Double Down Maxxis tyres, and e-bike-specific E13 TRS wheels with 35mm wide rims.

Commençal’s direct-to-consumer business model means the Meta Power Race gives you a lot of bike for the money. But even the stuff that doesn’t cost anything to get right is dialled. Important stuff, such as the geometry. Indeed, the Meta Power Race is roomy, with the steep seat angle and long chainstays putting you in the perfect position for climbing, while the long wheelbase and slack head angle make it a super confident descender.

Commençal set out to make a bike that rode just like a Meta but with assistance, rather than one with handling dominated by the motor. So whether you’re exploring big mountain terrain or just smashing out downhill runs, the Meta Power takes your riding to the next level.

Specification

Frame: Aluminium, 150mm travel

Shock: Fox Factory DPX2

Fork: Fox Factory 36 Float, 160mm travel

Battery: Shimano E8010

Motor: ShimanoSTEPS E8000

Display: Shimano STEPS E8000

Wheels: E13 TRS wheelset, Maxxis High Roller II/Aggressor 27.5×2.5in tyres

Drivetrain: Shimano E8050 chainset, SRAM EX1 r-mech and shifter

Brakes: SRAM Code R, 200/200mm

Components: Commençal Ride Alpha 50mm stem and 780mm handlebar, WTB Volt Race saddle, KS Lev150mm dropper post

Sizes: S, M, L, XL

Weight: 21.82kg (48.10lb)

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