Commencal Supreme Mini DH 2 review

Euro whippet with Andorran class

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £1,799.99 RRP | USD $2,735.00

Our review

A great frame and good spec for the money. Swap the fork and this could seriously impress. Although it has only 160mm of travel, it uses it well and would be a great bike to race on
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Commencal’s downhill bike has come on in leaps and bounds since we first laid eyes on it some years back, now adding World Champ titles to its list of impressive achievements. While many will find the Supreme Team Replica out of budget, this shorter travel variant is lighter on the purse strings but still delivers. 

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Ride & handling: Could be easily upgraded into a race winning machine

The compact feel of the frame and the low centre of gravity thanks to the Contact System suspension platform inspires confidence straight off the line. The slanting top tube offers plenty of standover height and ample room for manoeuvring, while the 160mm of travel at the back end works just as intended.

The Contact System helps dictate the spread of the rider’s weight across the bike, in this case 70 percent over the rear and 30 percent over the front. There’s sufficient feedback to ensure you know exactly where and what the rear wheel is doing, but it still sits perfectly balanced.

Let it loose over the rough stuff and the Supreme carries speed amazingly, and can be thrown onto any line without hesitation. Get the rebound dialled in on the Marzocchi Roco Coil R shock and it does the job just fine – and without excess bob when the power is being put down.

The lack of pedal bob does increase the bike’s versatility, and it could easily attack singletrack. There’s also ample room to upgrade to a piggyback shock for increased volume and adjustment.

The 2in-rise bar lofts the front end up a little too high but this seems eclipsed by the main issue with things at this end of the bike: the Marzocchi 55R fork is a pain to dial in and get the correct setup.

You can tweak it to your heart’s content, but due to the inconsistent nature of this fork things rarely seem perfect. With a notchy feel and occasional top-out, the fork struggles to track the terrain and doesn’t like being smashed hard into turns.

The rest of the bike performs well and could be easily upgraded into a race winning machine by switching forks. The reasonable weight lets the white powder coated Commencal wheels skip over bumps rather than plough through holes, and the fail-safe shifting from the SRAM X.7 shifter and mech keeps things dependable.

Commencal Supreme Mini DH 2
commencal supreme mini dh 2: commencal supreme mini dh 2
Steve Behr

Frame: Well designed chassis that encourages fast riding

The Supreme 2 uses the same frame design as the Athertons’ race bikes with a couple of alterations thrown in to enhance the fun factor and increase its rideability. The brown paint scheme is less than appealing but the classic clean lines and no-frills layout make this one of the best looking frames about.

Commencal’s Contact System is forced nice and low, with the Roco Coil R shock slicing through the beautifully machined seat tube and linkage area, fixing itself to the hydroformed front triangle, complete with neatly plated gussets. If a front mech is needed, the Supreme 2 is supplied with a stub mounting tube.

As with the other suspension bikes in the range, the Supreme 2 has an adjustable head angle, courtesy of the pinch bolts located at the top and bottom of the head tube. This allows you to run a head angle of 67.5 degrees, plus or minus one degree, and a zero-degree sleeve is also supplied.

Cables are routed neatly down the down tube and threaded under the shock out of harm’s way, helping to maintain the classic clean look of the frame.

Equipment: Solid transmission and drivetrain plus brilliant brakes, but fork holds bike back

Commencal may not have the buying power that some of the other, bigger brands have, but they have put together a well thought out spec sheet for the Supreme 2.

The Avid Code 5 brakes are powerful and great in all conditions but do weigh in around the 445g mark, adding to the 18.6kg (41lb) total.

Unfortunately for Commencal, the Marzocchi 55Rs with 160mm travel are weighty, they struggle to perform and the 20mm through-axle is a poor design.

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The Kenda Nevagal tyres are great in loamy, softer earth and clear well, but they can come unstuck in the gloop. Commencal’s boomerang chain device coupled with Truvativ Ruktion cranks proved reliable and solid throughout.

Commencal’s Contact System is a work of art. Simple but effective
Commencal’s contact system is a work of art. simple but effective : commencal’s contact system is a work of art. simple but effective
Steve Behr

Product Specifications

Product

Name Supreme Mini DH2 (09)
Brand Commencal

Available Colours Black/White
Rear Tyre Nevegal
Top Tube (in) 21.6
Seat Tube (in) 18
Chainstays (in) 17.25
Bottom Bracket Height (in) 14
Weight (lb) 41
Year 2009
Weight (kg) 18.6
Stem Gravity GAP oversize
Shifters Sram X.7 trigger
Seatpost Commencal
Seat Angle 67
Saddle SDG Bel Air
Rims Jalco Double wall disc specifi c white powder coated
Rear Tyre Size 26x2.35
Rear Shock Marzocchi Roco Coil R shock
Available Sizes L S/M XL
Rear Hub Shimano M475
Rear Derailleur Sram X.7
Head Angle 67.5
Handlebar Commencal 2in riser 6061 DB
Front Tyre Size 26x2.5
Front Tyre Nevegal
Front Hub Commencal sealed bearing 20mm
Front Derailleur Sram X.7
Frame Material Commencal Supreme alu frame with Roco Coil R shock, 160mm (6.3in) travel
Fork Marzocchi 55R 160mm (6.3in) travel
Cranks Truvativ Ruktion 170mm, Commencal Boomerang chain guide
Cassette Sram PG-950 11-32 9 speed
Brakes Avid Code 5 203/185mm rotors
Bottom Bracket Truvativ
Wheelbase (in) 44