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After nearly two decades on Giant, perhaps the most important team tumor this year was Rob Warner's unexpected move to Commencal. It happened without warning and left the fans in utter disbelief. Well, believe it folks, we have the proof right here with a detailed and complete Pro (?) Bike Check of Rob Warner's Commencal Meta AM V4.2.

Pure entertainment and insight with Rob in the audio. #mustlisten

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Warner's XL Commencal Meta AM V4.2

  • Fork: RockShox Lyrik RCT3, Boost spacing, 170mm w/ four Bottomless Tokens
  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe RC3, Metric
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM X1, 11-speed
  • Cassette: SRAM X1 XG-1180 MINI CLUSTER, 10-42
  • Chain: SRAM PC-X1
  • Shifter: SRAM X1
  • Cranks: SRAM X01
  • Chain Ring: Race Face 34t (or is it 36t like Warner claims?)
  • Stem: Renthal Apex, 50mm length
  • Handlebar: Renthal Fatbar
  • Wheelset: Mavic Deemax Pro
  • Brakes: Avid Code
  • Rotors: Shimano 203mm
  • Grips: Renthal Lock-On
  • Tires: Schwalbe Magic Mary EVO, Trail Star compound
  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb
  • Saddle: Ride Alpha SuperLight
  • Pedals: Spank Oozy Trail
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Keeping it "old skool" with a SRAM 11-speed drivetrain. Warner told us to say it's a 36-tooth chainring...but we doubt it.

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All-air RockShox suspension with a 170mm Lyrik with "four of those silver things" inside and a metric Super Deluxe RC3 shock.

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If there's one thing Rob Warner is super picky about it'd be his brakes. He wants as much power as possible and runs his levers nearly flat.

"203mm rotors, I go for the biggest I can get. If the brakes ain't the best thing ever, I just lose me s#%t." - Rob Warner
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Opting for Shimano rotors over SRAM to eek out that extra 3mm?

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To compliment the full DH brake setup, Warner also went aggressive with his wheel and tire combo. Sporting Mavic Deemax wheels and some meaty Schwalbe Magic Mary tires to help give the bike that "mini-DH" feel.

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A short stem, wide bars and two upside-down SRAM headset spacers.

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Warner's never owned a carbon mountain bike, even refusing one in the past, which is a perfect match with Commencal and their stand against carbon fiber.

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FredLikesTrikes FredLikesTrikes 4/17/2017 8:35 AM

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Such a great character! I honestly couldn't imagine the world cups without him announcing them. I think him and Cam McCaul together would be an announcing dream team, it would be great if Redbull could make that happen at some point! And I have to say that I respect him that much more for sticking his neck out just a touch and saying that he doesn't agree with Trump's politics.

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This is one of the best things ever, can't believe there aren't more comments. Dunno why but Warner's BS is very enjoyable to listen to. And can we have a check on his TR too? Surely he doesn't run 203s on that as well? Probably does actually thinking about it

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Could listen to his stories for hours.

Looks like he rides a tall handlebar (maybe 30mm rise?). On an XL bike? As a fellow old-guy...is there something I am missing? Easier on the back & neck?

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