The ludicrously long 2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 is rowdier than ever before

New longer and slacker geometry, as well as updated suspension kinematics

2021 Commencal Meta AM 29

The Commencal Meta AM 29 has been updated for 2021 with – no prizes for guessing – longer and slacker geometry, updated suspension kinematics, new cable and hose routing, and four build kits that reflect its enduro leanings. 


The Commencal Meta AM is the rowdier sibling of the Meta TR – a former Trail Bike of the Year winner – with more travel, a lower standover and a longer reach. 

2021 Commencal Meta AM 29
The new bike is seriously stretched out.

The 2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 now has a fashionably long (and rightly so) 470mm reach in a size medium. To put that into context, the reach of a size large 2019 Meta AM 29 was 468mm, so things have grown considerably.

To compensate for this increase in reach, 40mm stems are now equipped across the board. The seat angle has also steepened to 78.5 degrees across all sizes compared to the original 76.5 degrees.

Up front, the head angle has slackened out to 63.6 degrees from 65.5 degrees, and short offset forks are now specced on all models. 

2021 Commencal Meta AM 29
The overall shape of the frame has changed too.

The overall shape of the bike has been slightly altered, losing the distinctive kink on the top tube. The seat tube height has also been reduced considerably (25mm shorter on a size large frame), allowing riders to run the very longest dropper posts possible. 

The bike sticks with a 170mm travel fork and 160mm of travel at the rear, but the kinematics have been updated to be, Commencal claims, “both more dynamic and more comfortable during suspension travel”, resulting in less leg fatigue. 

This updated geometry combined with 29er wheels should make for a very capable bike and addresses some of the concerns we had with the original version of the Meta AM 29.

2021 Commencal Meta AM 29
The bike now uses double-row Enduro Bearings.

Cable and hose routing is also said to have been updated, though exactly how is not divulged in the press release.

Likewise, the bike is said to use “double-row Enduro Bearings”, but whether or not this is on all pivots or just the main pivots is not clear. 

The bike is still only available with an alloy frameset but, as Tom commented in his first ride review of the 2019 version of the bike, weight really isn’t a key focus on this kind of bike. The longevity and hardiness an alloy frameset can bring is greatly preferable over the modest reduction in weight carbon could potentially offer. 

Prices start at €2,499 for the Shimano Deore 11-speed equipped 2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 Origin, which ships with a RockShox Yari RC fork and Deluxe Select shock. 


The top-end 2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 Signature will set you back €5,299 for an XT-equipped bike with Fox Factory suspension components. 

Frame sizeSMLXL
Seat tube length380 mm420 mm440 mm460 mm
Seat tube angle78.5°78.5°78.5°78.5°
Head tube angle63.6°63.6°63.6°63.6°
Head tube length115 mm120 mm125 mm130 mm
Wheelbase1,231 mm1,258 mm1,285 mm1,312 mm
Top tube length573 mm600 mm626 mm652 mm
Chainstay length433 mm433 mm433 mm433 mm
BB drop-21 mm-21 mm-21 mm-21 mm
Reach445 mm470 mm495 mm520 mm