ALL HAIL THE SUPREME LEADER!

Mountain Biking UK - - OUT FRONT -

Is this the fastest down­hill bike on the planet? The Supreme DH 29 Team is a replica of the bike used by the Com­men­cal/ Vall­nord team to great suc­cess this sea­son, with Amaury Pier­ron tak­ing three rounds of the men’s World Cup on his way to the over­all vic­tory.

At the heart of this 200mm­travel bike is Com­men­cal’s ‘HPP’ (High Pivot Point) sus­pen­sion de­sign, which com­bines a sin­gle pivot po­si­tioned high above the bot­tom bracket with a link­agedriven shock. A chain idler is used to com­bat pedal kick­back, which would oth­er­wise be dra­matic with such a high pivot.

Com­men­cal have used team in­put to re­fine the geom­e­try and sti ness of the alu­minium frame. It’s avail­able in sizes medium to ex­tra-large, with reach num­bers that are mod­ern with­out push­ing the bound­aries (470mm, large) and a 63.5-de­gree head an­gle.

The bike is fit­ted with a Rock­Shox Su­per Deluxe coil shock and air-sprung BoXXer World Cup fork, plus SRAM’s Code R brakes and seven-speed GX DH trans­mis­sion. It’s decked out with Spank fin­ish­ing kit, in­clud­ing a bar and wheels filled with their pro­pri­etary ‘Vi­bro­core’ damp­ing foam, and fin­ished o with an e*thir­teen crankset (not pic­tured) and chain guide.

Tipping the scales at a claimed 17.5kg and painted in team-replica colours, this bike could make you feel like a fac­tory rider. £4,042.45 (inc. p&p) www.com­men­cal-store.co.uk

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