COMMENCAL Insider with Pinkbike

This summer we had the pleasure of welcoming Pinkbike journalist Ross Bell to meet us at our Andorran HQ.
In an interview with Max Commencal they talk about the history of the brand, our relationship with aluminium, the direct-to-consumer distribution system and passion for racing.

Below is an excerpt:

Life at Commencal is a family affair; it's not only Max's name above the door and on all the bikes with two of his children firmly involved in the company. It's a tightly knit bunch in the office and out of it too, their race teams seem to share the same family-like structure too, coincidentally or not... the enduro team run by the Ravanel's and the downhill team by the Ruffin's.

There's plenty of faces from the office in Andorra popping up at the races across the World too, not least Max: “I like to sell bikes everywhere. I am proud to be present in America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia. I like the competition. I like to work with top riders to help them. I think it's the real DNA of the brand. Travel. Sport. Work.”

They recently celebrated their twentieth anniversary and look to be in a very strong position for the next twenty. As I ask what the future holds he replies through a smile, "I'm not so young now! Honestly, I don't know... What is clear is that I enjoy what I'm doing a lot, two of my children work with me. I have a super nice team actually. I really like to work with them, to travel with them. When I come here I don't feel like I'm going to work, it's a pleasure."

Words & photos : Ross Bell

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