Intense just released their new ACV (Air Cushioned Vehicle), a specifically designed 27.5+ bike with wider 2.8″ tyres for the ultimate traction both climbing or descending any terrain. With an agile geometry and 130mm adjustable travel it aims to deliver supreme ride quality.
The ACV has a progressive modern geometry based around a very pretty and rigid carbon fibre frame. It caters towards the growing ‘plus’ segment while remaining agile, light weight and capable of handling big hits in its stride. This is a bike that can go anywhere…
The ACV is the second new frame from Intense after the Spider 275C to use the all new JS Tuned suspension layout. A slight departure from the venerable VPP suspension system previously used, the JS Tuned layout uses three different linkages for the intended purpose of the bike, whether that be XC/Trail, Trail/Enduro or Freeride/Park/DH. The JS Tuned link is tucked right in the back end of the main frame, allowing a super tight rear end in combination with the shortest chain stays possible and Boost 148 rear wheel spacing. Intense’s angular contact/collet bearing system is carried over, as well as the replaceable grease zerk fittings.
The ACV also receives modern trail geometry, with a head tube angle at just a touch over 66 degrees and a chainstay length of 438mm. Adjustable travel again features, with options for either 130mm or 115mm, and the frame can accommodate tires up to three inches in width, the two of which adding up to a super cushy and grippy ride.
Key Frame Features:
- Full Carbon Fiber Construction front & rear triangles
- 27.5+ wheel size
- 29-inch compatible
- 130mm travel (can be dropped to 115mm without changing geometry)
- 148mm Boost rear wheel spacing
- Dual upright swingarm
- Full internal cable routing
- Flak-Guard downtube and chain stay protection
- PF-92 Bottom Bracket
- 44-49mm head tube dimensions
- 31.6mm diameter seat tube
The all new Intense ACV framesets are due at Wide Open HQ during the last week of July. They are offering two build kit options to match the frames, available from the end of August; with frames from $4100 and the Foundation Build Kit (complete bike) at $7999.
Foundation Build Spec
FRONT SUSPENSION – RockShox Pike RC, 27.5+” 15QR Thru Axle, 150mm Travel, 110 x 15 mm
REAR SUSPENSION – Rock Shox Monarch R Debonair, 200x51mm
HUBS – 32 Hole Intense Tuned, 148x 12 mm BOOST; 110 x15mm Front Hub; 148×12 BOOST Rear Hub Shimano Driver, 6-Bolt
RIMS – Sun Duroc 40 Rims, 27+”, Tubeless Ready
SPOKES – DT Swiss Champion
TYRES – Maxxis IKON, 27.5×2.8“, Kevlar Bead, EXO TR
SHIFTERS – SRAM NX 11-speed
REAR DERAILLEUR – SRAM GX 11-speed
CRANK – RACE FACE AEFFECT, 32T
CASSETTE – SRAM NX 11-42, 11 speed
SADDLE – WTB Silverado Sport
SEATPOST – Kindshock LEV Integra, 31.6mm x 385 mm, zero offset, 125 mm of travel
HANDLEBAR – Intense Recon 31.8 x 18 x 760 mm
BRAKESET – Shimano BL M506 180 mm front and 160 mm rear
GRIPS – Intense Dual Density Lock-On