Not only have Commencal launched an all-new Meta AM trail bike for 2012, but we've also found out that they're reviving the Supernormal hardtail. The carbon fibre Skin will continue its reign as the Andorran company's flagship cross-country bike, with the alloy Supernormal – now available in both 26in- and 29in-wheeled versions – slotting in a notch below.
At this stage details are scant – the only images we have are these technical drawings – but Commencal are promising a bike that's "super-competent but super-fun". Apparently, "particular attention has been paid to the liveliness of the frame", which will be made from heat treated, triple-butted 7005 alloy.
All the current on-trend frame features are present and correct: BB30 bottom bracket shell, internal cable routing, post mount disc tabs (in this case, tucked inside the seatstay) and, on the 29er, a direct-mount front derailleur. We've seen conflicting information as to whether it'll have a tapered or regular 1-1/8in head tube. The chain- and seatstays have been designed to flex vertically for improved comfort and climbing traction.
The Supernormal will use Commencal's trademark progressive (for a cross-country bike) geometry, with a low bottom bracket and slack head angle (69° on the 26in bike, 70° on the 29er, medium size). You can check out the full details in our image gallery.
Why the 29er version? "Because 29in wheels provide comfort, traction, cornering grip, easy handling and increased obstacle-clearing capabilities," say Commencal. "We strongly believe in this new standard. Far from marketing considerations, the Supernormal 29 is a very capable frame, both comfortable and accessible to all."