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Commencal Meta HT 24 Power Review

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Richard Shrubb
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Richard Shrubb,
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Kristy Snyder
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Kristy Snyder,
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25 mi

RANGE

20 mph

TOP SPEED

5 hrs

CHARGE TIME

41 lbs

WEIGHT

Mid-drive

MOTOR TYPE

Commencal Meta HT 24 Power Review: Takeaway

Made with a lot of features to suit the smaller rider, the Commencal Meta HT 24 Power is ideal as a first eMTB for youngsters. It comes with all the features they need to feel comfortable, including a low-friction fork, shorter cranks, small-hand grips, and a shorter dropper post.

Ideal for...

Family rides into the woods
Encouraging a youngster into trail riding
Camping — family rides
Family overlanding expeditions

Review Overview

As an electric mountain bike made specifically for kids, the Meta HT 24 Power, Commencal has included a number of design features for the smaller rider. The 120 mm travel Manitou fork has been worked on for minimal friction to allow travel even with lighter riders on rough terrain.

It also comes with 150 mm cranks for shorter legs and 27 mm diameter Protaper grips that suit smaller hands. Even the 75 mm dropper post suits shorter legs. The 24” wheels round off a small but mighty eMTB.

This e-bike also comes with a 10-speed Sram EX transmission and powerful Shimano Deore hydraulic brakes with 180 mm rotors for optimum stopping power.

Reasons to Buy

Thanks to its smaller dimensions and 24” mountain bike wheels, the Meta HT 24 Power is a small but mighty eMTB ideal for introducing youngsters to trails and overlanding.

You may be into trail riding and want to take your ankle biter with you, or you may be a precocious rider and need something to expand your horizons. You may even be ready to take them on rides into the backwoods and know their stamina may be an issue. For any of these reasons, the Commencal Meta HT 24 Power could well be the answer.

Things to Consider

The chief drawback to this kid’s eMTB is that the mid-drive motor has a certain amount of friction when not under power. This could mean a difficult ride when the e-bike is out of battery — so you’ll need to be mindful of having enough juice to get home on a ride.

A 20-mile ride on mixed terrain is feasible, but the motor drag may limit you to eight miles out and eight back for safety. This is perfectly ample for all but the most energetic young riders.

Specs

Motor
250W Shimano DV-E7000 mid drive
Battery
Shimano 418 Wh on-tube
Controller
Shimano LCD
Transmission
SRAM 10-speed
Brakes
Shimano Deore hydraulic discs, 180mm rotors
Wheels/tires
24” x 2.4” Schwalbe Big Betty
Fork
Manitou Machete 120mm travel
Dropper post
75 mm

The specs above come from the manufacturer and may vary from what you’ve experienced. Notice something that needs correcting? Let us know.

Ratings

Power
5/5
5

Offering up to 60 Nm of torque, the Shimano DV-E7000 mid-drive motor delivers more than enough power for a smaller rider. It actually offers more power than many adult e-bikes! The top speed of 20 mph may be a bit too quick, but downhill, they’ll frequently go even quicker than that.

Range
5/5
5

Given the drag from the motor when not under power, we highly recommend you don’t get stuck out in the woods without power. Given a 30-mile range on the flat, one would recommend a ride of no more than eight miles out so the ride back to base isn’t too difficult for your little one. A 16-20 mile ride is more than enough for a younger teen in most cases.

Comfort
4.5/5
4.5

With all of the features specially designed and engineered for the smaller rider, the Meta HT 24 Power is a very good first eMTB for a youngster. Sat in a trekking position, they’ll use their upper body for maneuvering, and this may be tiring after a while — but that’s part of riding off-road and will enable physical development.

The dropper post suits shorter legs, as do the shorter cranks, and the low-friction fork will ensure their arms don’t get tired on longer off-road adventures.

Durability
4.5/5
4.5

Commencal offers a five-year limited warranty on their kid’s bikes and e-bikes. Third-party component parts are subject to their manufacturers’ own warranties.

Maintenance is part of eMTB ownership. The chain, cassette, and brake pads will wear out every 1,000 miles, so check in on them before then.

Style
3/5
3

Given the care taken by Commencal in the other components, could they have developed an in-tube battery? This appearance takes away from the slick engineering claims. As such, it looks less than the machine it is.

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About Our Editorial Team

Richard Shrubb
Written by Richard Shrubb
Contributing Author
Richard is a well-established journalist and copywriter with years of experience in the EV and e-bike world. He has worked with international sailing magazines, e-bike publications, and national newspapers.
Kristy Snyder
Edited by Kristy Snyder
Professional Editor
Kristy Snyder is a professional writer and editor living in Pittsburgh with over 10 years of content creation experience. When she's not contributing to eBikes.org, Kristy enjoys reading, practicing yoga, drinking beer, and hitting up rail trails.

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