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Commencal predicts growth for e-bikes in PH

Cindy Commencal poses with the Meta Power All-Mountain E-Bike. Photo by author

MANILA — Andorran bicycle manufacturer Commencal Supervelos launched its 2018 models, including an e-bike, over the weekend at the Bike Playground at Circulo Verde, which was attended by no less than the daughter of company founder Max Commencal.

Cindy Commencal was the guest of honor at the third annual Link, which was organized by Commencal Philippines for dealers, members, owners and riders.

She was on hand to present the new 2018 Commencal models, most notably, the Meta Power All-Mountain E-Bike. 

Pedal assist bikes or e-bikes are bicycles that have small, highly efficient electric motors mounted to their frames. Riders still have to pedal to make the bicycles move; the mounted motor just makes it easier and less tiring for cyclists to ride a bike. This is very useful for cyclists who pedal long distances or whose rides involve long and steep climbs.

“E-bikes are the future even in Europe. I’m sure it will be very good for the Philippines because the e-bike is a revolution in the mountain bike world. If you like riding, you can ride twice as much,” said Commencal.

The Meta Power e-bike is based on Commencal’s premium and proven META v4.2. The difference is that there is a Shimano pedal assist motor that is bolted onto the frame. While it does add a small amount of weight, the payback is that it is a lot easier for riders to ascend up mountains to ride down their favorite enduro or downhill track.

The bicycle company, known for producing premium downhill and enduro bicycles, started in 2000 and experienced explosive growth when it started selling online four years later. 

Commencal’s sponsored riders have since won world downhill championships. Locally, Nino Martin Eday, the 2017 Enduro Alliance men’s elite champion, is a sponsored rider of Commencal Philippines.

Meanwhile, Commencal’s Philippine distributor MTBPro also brought representatives from global suspension giant Ohlins and bicycle component manufacturer Spank to present their new products and innovations that will be available in the local bike shops this year.

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