A matte brown and gold Plus-tyre bouncy beast with 130/150mm travel

ACV stands for Air Cushioned Vehicle in the world of military bods. So, essentially a type of go-anywhere hovercraft. Ahah – it makes sense now.


>>> Intense ACV (2017) review

Carbon frame with 130mm rear travel using Intense’s usual VPP floating pivot design. Travel can be changed to 115mm with a flipchip in the (carbon) linkage.

How this travel adjust adjust alters the suspension feel and/or geometry is not stated. But we have one of the bikes under an mbr tester at the mo so all will be revealed in the mag soon.

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The frame is paired with a 150mm fork up front – Intense have always been keen on the bit-more-up-front mismatch vibe.

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The ACV is a 27.5+ specific bike. It’s not an updated existing 29er design. Nor is it intended to be able to run 29er wheels in there (although we reckon you probably could).

>>> Plus bikes explained

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We don’t have oodles of geeky engineery info to chew through. It’s Boost hubbed. It has internal cable routing. It’s 1x specific (no front mech provision).

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With a 66.25 degree head angle, a 74 seat angle, 438mm chainstays and contemporary reach numbers (see geometry chart) it’s typically Intense; not pioneeringly slack or wowsers long. It’s Intense doing what they think is correct.

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There are two builds available. No frame-only we’re afraid. The ACV Foundation is £4,099. The ACV Pro is £5,399. Both come in the matte gold/matte brown colourway.

Intense ACV Pro


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Intense ACV Foundation


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NB: For the UK the ACV models will come with KS Lev droppers, not Reverbs as listed above.

Update: some more info from Intense

From Intense: “Fluctuating the tire pressure between 12-25 PSI adds another level of ride preference to the ACV. More undampened suspension and sidewall grip at lower PSI allows riders a smooth ascent through the rockiest of trails.”

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Sizing advice

5.3 lbs / 2,420 grams = Standard frame w/ alloy link, no shock, size M.

Angular Contact/Collet Bearing System with replaceable Grease Zerks.

Flack guard Downtube and Chainstay protection.

H20 Bottle Fitment.