The ACV (AIR CUSHIONED VEHICLE) is a specifically designed 27.5+ bike that was created out of a necessity for adventure. A wider 2.8” tire offers ultimate traction climbing or descending any terrain, while the agile geometry and 130mm adjustable travel deliver supreme ride quality. 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.What is it?A bike that defies expectations. This is NOT a fat bike, the ACV can climb the most technical trails thanks to impressive grip, quick acceleration and rolling speed. This bike encourages you to ride like a hooligan on descents, allowing you to ride lines that would not be possible on a 'normal' bike.
A rider looking for a bike that rewards exploring the limits, someone who loves a technical challenge and wants to explore the new boundaries that the ACV can take you too.
Pretty much everything! With the exception of deep mud, plus-bikes excel everywhere.
...as climbing moved towards the technical end of the scale where rocks or roots came into play, this was where the bigger tyres came into their own… The fun/grin factor of this bike really is 10/10 as you fly down most terrains popping off every single mound and gripping to any un-bermed turns with the precision of an ice skater. Hit medium sized rock sections or big areas of roots and the large tyres just flatten them out, as if they don’t exist… This is one hell of a great looking bike and one of the most fun bikes we have ever ridden.
From the sprightly eagerness of the first pedal stroke, to the relative ease with which the ACV likes to be popped and placed with reckless abandon just about anywhere on the trail, you’d be hard pressed not to enjoy this bike from the get-go… Get settled on the right tyre pressures (I ran 16psi up front, 18psi in the rear) and rattle into rough, rooty, rock strewn trails and you’ll be surprised with what you can get away when it comes to line choice. Push it hard and, providing you can keep air in the tyres, you’re rewarded with a lively, playful ride that feels confident and flickable in a wide range of terrains.
I rode it uphill, downhill, on rocky bits & muddy bits. I carried it up steep, narrow trails in the Lake District, and I rode it back down the other side. I rode it round trail centres, on natural trails and on steep, off camber, loamy, rooty trails. And it was ace. Properly ace… Uphill, it was grin-inducingly brilliant. With tire pressure around 16-18psi, it monster trucked over pretty much anything I could find and I found myself hunting out impossible looking rock steps and awkward lines, just to see what was possible.