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Commencal, Are They Any Good?

Discussion in 'Mountain Biking, Trials and BMX' started by Mr Pig, 10 May 2008.

  1. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig New Member

    Location:
    North Lanarkshire
    I was in a shop called Magic Cycles today who stock bikes by a French company called Commencal. I've never heard of them, are they any good?
     
  2. Yes. Quite good.
     
  3. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig New Member

    Location:
    North Lanarkshire
    The bikes I looked at had good brakes for the money but the transmission and forks were not as good as you'd get on a Specialized at the same price. So why would you want a Commencal over say a Specialized?
     
  4. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    Why would you want say an Audi over a Ford?

    With MTBs the spec list isn't everything. Having the right geometry / setup will more than make up for having a lower spec transmission. There's no substitue for actually trying them.
     
  5. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig New Member

    Location:
    North Lanarkshire
    Absolutely. The only problem is that the shop that stocks them has hardly any bikes in stock and doesn't have the bike I'm interested! I phoned them today and they said they could get my size from another bike then order one in for me, but that's no use to me. I wouldn't buy a bike unless I'd tried the actually bike I wanted in my size. It's a pity, they look interesting.
     
  6. MichaelM

    MichaelM Veteran

    Location:
    Tayside
  7. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig New Member

    Location:
    North Lanarkshire
    Too far away. I wouldn't buy a bike without trying it first. A Specialized RockHopper is top of my list now.
     
  8. ransos

    ransos Legendary Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    They love 'em on singletrackworld.co.uk
     
  9. GaryA

    GaryA Subversive Sage

    Location:
    High Shields
    Arnt they french?... if so...watch out for the front-brake-on-the-LHS syndrome a MTB i hired in mallorca a few years ago had this feature and its surprisingly difficult to adapt to -more difficult than LHDrive cars
     
  10. 02GF74

    02GF74 Über Member

    Be careful with French and especially Italian bikes. They will surrender at the first sign of trouble.
     
  11. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig New Member

    Location:
    North Lanarkshire
    If the brakes were on the wrong side I'd just swap them round. Looking at them, I don't think the spec is that great for the money anyway. If I could try one it might be different but I'm not knocking myself out just to get a bike no one has heard of. I'm sure the RockHopper's just as good a bike, and better in many ways.
     
  12. martylaa

    martylaa New Member

  13. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig New Member

    Location:
    North Lanarkshire
    Have you ridden them? I saw Commencal and Genesis in a similar bracket, they seem to be coming from the same place as far as design philosophy. In the price bracket I'm looking at the Genesis bikes seem to offer better value. That and the fact that there are far more Genesis (Ridgback) dealers swung me towards Genesis.

    I have no doubt that the likes of Specialized offer great bikes and service but I think it's a great idea to look at less well known brands. I'm hoping I can find a bike a love rather than one that just gets the job done.
     
  14. KINGCUTTER

    KINGCUTTER Well-Known Member

    And the winner of the gold medal downhill won on one so i read in cycling weekly in Tesco today.
     
  15. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig New Member

    Location:
    North Lanarkshire
    Gota love the underdog eh? :0)