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The Intense Air Cushioned Vehicle, aka ACV, is the iconic maker’s first foray into the world of 27.5+, aka Plus, wheels. The bike comes spec’d with 40mm wide rims mated to 2.8” tires, and this is the key to understanding what the ACV is about.

Plus wheels change both the traction and suspension equations. When you can run tire pressure as low as 12psi, the tires can roll over more things and grip the ground much better. Intense decided to harness these qualities to make an all mountain bike that goes well beyond its nominal brief. Even calling it all mountain shows this, as it’s the kind of bike that trail riders could, and should, throw a leg over, thanks to its climbing chops. Or it’s a climbing bike that you can let loose on steep, technical descents.

The bike is for everyone. But it might be best for newer riders who want to challenge their limits with confidence. The extra suspension and traction you gain just from the wheels and tires really do wonders for riding skills, and if you’re new to the learning curve, the steeps will get flatter and easier, and that means you can ride more and enjoy more. And while they don’t make a point of showing off the flexibility of their design, there is room for you to pull the Plus wheels and install 29er wheels, if you’re looking for more speed.

Intense likes their seat angles steep, head angles shallow, and their stems short. Here, they’re working with a 50mm stem atop a 66.25-degree head angle, and 73.8-degree effective seat tube angle (actual is 71-degress. Chainstays are 438mm short, which is thanks, in part, to the i-Box lower link, the suspension’s bottom pivot, which sits inside the bottom of the seat tube, runs on oversized bearings, and can be serviced via a grease port.

The suspension linkage is about minimizing lateral flex. There are two bracing struts between the seat and chain stays, and the upper link is machined aluminum and running on oversized bearings. The right-side strut means there’s no room for a front derailleur, but with the wide-range 1x gearing that comes with, you won’t miss it. That upper link allows you to set the shock in either an upper or lower position, giving you the ability to decide whether you want 115 or 130mm of rear travel. They ship the bike with a 150mm travel fork.

The rear end is further stiffened by Boost spacing. 148x12mm thru-axle allows for more even spoke tension as well as wider bracing for pedaling. It also adds room for tires. The bike also comes with a Boost-spaced crank, naturally, which is run on a BB92 bottom bracket, so as to get the frame as light and stiff as possible.

The frame and rear triangle is built out of molded, unidirectional carbon fiber, with carful ply-placing enhancing the precise tube shaping. Cable routing, including space for routing a 31.6mm dropper seatpost, is internal. They’ve also made the mold so Flack Guard downtube and chainstay protection could fit without any additional material. There are bottle cage mounts on the downtube. Brake mounting is post-style and set up for 160mm rotors. The head tube is designed for a zero-stack upper race, wide internal race, and tapered 1 1/8” to 1.5” steerer tubes. The frame, without the shock, in the M size, weighs in at 5.3lbs.

The Intense ACV is all Plus, with no minuses.


  • Bottom Bracket Race Face BB92
  • Brake Calipers Shimano M500 Hydraulic Disc
  • Brake Levers Shimano
  • Cassette SRAM PG-1130 Eagle, 11-42
  • Chain SRAM PC-1110
  • Crankset Race Face Aeffect, 170mm, 30t
  • Fork Rock Shox Revelation RC, 27.5+, Solo Air, 150mm, Boost, 110x15mm
  • Frame Material Monocoque UD Carbon Front And Rear Triangle, Alloy Top Link
  • Front Derailleur None
  • Grips Intense Lock-On
  • Handlebar Intense Recon Alloy, 780mm, 31.8mm
  • Headset Intense Tapered
  • Pedals Not Included
  • Rear Derailleur SRAM GX
  • Rear Suspension Rock Shox Monarch RL, 200x51mm
  • Rotors Shimano, 180mm (F), 160mm (R)
  • Saddle WTB Silverado Sport W/ Steel Rails
  • Seatpost Race Face Aeffect, 31.6mm, 150mm Dropper
  • Shifters SRAM NX Trigger
  • Stem Intense, 45mm, 31.8mm
  • Tires Maxxis Rekon F60, 27.5x2.80"
  • Wheel - Front Race Face AR 40, 110x15mm, 6 Bolt
  • Wheel - Rear Race Face AR 40, 148x12mm, 6 Bolt


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