Mountain Equipment Company

Intense 2019 ACV Foundation Bike - Unisex


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For ambitious all-mountain adventures and aggressive trails, the Intense ACV (Air Cushioned Vehicle) balances big-bike burliness with XC climbing prowess. Designed to accommodate tire widths up to 2.8 inches, it features a uniquely designed linkage system that boosts stiffness and pedalling efficiency. 150mm in the front and 130mm in the rear is ready to tackle pretty much any trail you have your sights on. A solid Race Face adjustable seat post offers up efficiency whether you're climbing or descending. The Foundation Build keeps the AVC within reach without compromising its trail confidence or reliability, but lets you roll with some change left for gas or the bike park.

  • Monocoque unidirectional carbon frame is light, stiff and strong
  • JS Tuned rear linkage system offers an efficient, stiff and balanced ride whether climbing or descending
  • RockShox Revelation RC Solo Air fork with 150mm of travel is tunable and can be locked out for efficient climbing
  • RockShox Monarch RL rear shock is adjustable between 115 and 130mm
  • Intense dropper post with 150mm of travel
  • 148x12mm spacing in the rear and 110x15mm in the front drastically boost stiffness
  • 27.5in.+ Race Face AR 40 rims mounted to Intense Tuned hubs
  • Maxxis REKON tires are 2.8in. wide and offer excellent grip in varying conditions
  • Angular Contact/Collet Bearing System allows for easy maintenance
  • Tapered headtube shaves grams and improves stiffness
  • Integrated flack guards protect the downtube and chainstays from chain slap and rock lift-off
  • Internal routing prevents cable rattle and keeps them protected
  • SRAM NX Eagle 1x12 derailleur and shifter
  • SRAM NX DUB Eagle crank with 32T ring
  • Shimano M500 hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm and 160mm rotors front and rear
  • WTB Silverado Sport saddle
  • Bikes are covered by MEC's Rocksolid Guarantee and Bike Service Agreement. You can bring your Intense Bike to any MEC bike shop for free adjustments and minor maintenance for 1 year after purchase
  • Buy an Intense bike, get 1 year of free top-level bike service that includes: drivetrain tune-ups, wheel truing, 2 brake bleeds, 2 fork and shock services and minor part installs
  • Includes an Intense gift box with over $150 of free stuff, like a torque wrench set, shock pump and extra valve stems for going tubeless
  • Based in Temecula, California, Intense Cycles has been building aggressive, game-changing and flat-out rad mountain bikes since 1993

Tech specs

Weight14.4kg (Medium)
Ideal for
  • Trail riding
FrameIntense ACV carbon
ForkRockShox Revelation RC Solo Air
Front travel150mm
Rear travel130mm
Rear shockRockShox Monarch RL
StemIntense 45mm 31.8mm
SeatpostIntense Recon with 150mm travel
HeadsetIntense TS
HandlebarsIntense Recon 780mm 31.8mm
Grips/tapeIntense Dual Density Lock-on
  • Shimano M500 (hydraulic disc)
Brake leversShimano M500 Disc
ShiftersSRAM NX Eagle
Derailleur (front)N/A
Derailleur (rear)SRAM NX Eagle
Crank + ringsSRAM NX DUB 32T
Bottom bracketSRAM Pressfit DUB
PedalsSold separately
Hub (front)Intense Tuned
Intense Tuned
SRAM PG 1230 Eagle 12-speed 10-50T
ChainSRAM Eagle NX
SpokesDT Champion
RimsRace Face AR 40
  • Maxxis Recon 27.5 x 2.8
SaddleWTB Silverado Sport
Made inTaiwan


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