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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the this bike. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
16 reasons to buy
- Geometry was well-suited to aggressive downhill riding.
- Fox Factory shocks reacted well to all hits and drops, big and small.
- Cable-routing was improved on 2019 models.
- In 2019, suspension kinematics are improved to reduce pedal kickback.
- Meta AMs come fitted with a downtube protector and miniature mudguard.
- The main triangle featured room for a bottle cage.
- Meta AMs climbed well and exhibited minimal squat.
- Expert reviewers lauded the Meta AM’s capabilities on descents.
- An extra-thick rubber chainstay protector eliminated unwanted chainslap.
- RockShox’ Super Deluxe Coil was described as ‘plush and quiet’.
- Component spec was seen as excellent quality and value for the given price.
- Up-front on the Team 29, Schwalbe Magic Mary tires tackled turns well.
- The RockShox Lyrik fork offered impressive performance and easy set-up.
- Pricing was described as highly competitive.
- Grey and burgundy-red presented well, on the 29 Essential.
- 50 and 51 tooth cogs on SRAM and Shimano cassettes were welcomed on climbs.
12 reasons not to buy
- One owner was saddened to receive a broken box and a scratched saddle.
- A minority of reviewers saw the Meta AM as a pricey choice.
- Rear Formula hubs on the 4.2 dragged and lagged on climbs and coasts.
- One expert found the Ride Alpha bar uncomfortable.
- Ride Alpha saddles were slippery and uncomfortable on longer rides.
- Testers reported some heel rub on the 4.2
- Weight was hefty, with a Team 29 weighing in at close to 35lbs.
- Seat stays were somewhat wide and could rub on calves or knees.
- Some reviewers saw LX Brakes as lacking power.
- On the 4.2, the bottom bracket was sometimes too low on rocky climbs.
- In the rear, Schwalbe Hans Dampf tires weren’t the most confidence inspiring.
- Pressfit bottom-brackets on the Signature Team aluminum frame were not easily serviceable.
Expert Reviews82/100 based on 4 expert reviews