After 3 days of Eurobike fun its hard to believe that there are bike brands not represented at the Messe (yeah, we speak German now), but plenty do choose not to participate and while we run around chasing the latest news these non-Eurobikers simply slip us press releases like it’s just another day!
Thankfully this one for the new Commencal Clash begins like this:
“CLASH, Your Personality!
When necessary, it knows how to be the good guy. Beautiful, charismatic, endearing, approachable, sociable, daring, dynamic, faithful, committed, sensitive and robust.
But deep down, this one is wild at heart. Aggressive, arrogant, impulsive, manipulative, resentful and stubborn.”
It sounds like the description of a shitty James Bond, doesn’t it? but this is actually the imaginary personality Commencal has given to its latest bike named the Clash.
The Clash is quite obviously based around the same platform as the Furious downhill bike, but in a single crown, 170-180mm package. Like its big brother, the Clash runs on versatile 27.5in wheels and is aimed at the freeride crowd, but freeriders who want to pedal and winch slowly to the top of hucks instead of shuttle.
A few suspension changes have been made to the Clash so the position of the main pivot point is further back and lower giving a better pedal platform, improved braking and stable acceleration. Kinematics have also been tweaked so that Clash riders can choose between running an air shock or coil model.
Every pivot point in the bike’s concentric rear triangle runs on high-quality Enduro bearings for longer life, and special attention has been given to high stress ares of the frame to ensure that these spots are strengthened to avoid failure. Just the peace of mind you need before hitting that road gap.
4 Commencal Clash models have been announced today with prices ranging from 2,199 Euros for the base model Clash Origin to 4,299 Euros for the Clash Signature with flashy orange Fox Factory suspension.
Commencal has gone for a soft launch for the Clash with pre-orders kicking off today on the Commencal website, and delivers expected later in the year.