Video: Eurobike faves – Commencal Acid

Bike, art, or novelty towel rail? Who cares I want one

by Tony Farrelly   September 27, 2010  

Commencal acid

It goes without saying that when you're walking around the world's biggest bike show there is an awful lot of cycling eye candy on display so it takes something special to stop a posse of bike journos in their tracks – the Commencal Acid (that crazy Andorran sense of humour) is just that. This is my favourite bike from the show. In fact the more I've thought about it since the more I like it.

Commencal are a mountain bike brand, this may well have been the only road going bike on their stand, but if you're going to have one you might as well make it stand out. Aesthetics are important to Commencal as it says on their website:

"We love beautiful things, and our bikes are not just simple tubes of metal or carbon bonded together. They are the object of our passions!

Well, they certainly let their tubes do the talking with the Acid. What I love about this is it's simple, it's playful, and it also demonstrates a very high level of skill, and thought when it comes to bending a metal tube or two to make a bike frame. Clever and beautiful. Almost to beautiful to ride… almost.

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Absolute victory of style over substance - but yes I want one too...

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posted by alotronic [288 posts]
27th September 2010 - 10:55

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yeah substance shmubstance Cool

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4154 posts]
27th September 2010 - 11:54

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awesome. I want one.

posted by miffed [163 posts]
27th September 2010 - 12:09

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Here's an idea. Stick some brakes, proper handlebars (ie drops), and decent tyres on it and ride the bloody thing.

Now, what's it like then ? Thinking

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posted by michophull [103 posts]
27th September 2010 - 21:19

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It would be handy for drying towels on in front of the radiator, but that is about as close to being out in public I would get on that contraption...

Complicating matters since 1965

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posted by DaSy [649 posts]
27th September 2010 - 21:37

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Pah! It'd still be beautiful + that rear brake mount would surely lend itself to an internally routed cable to keep those clean lines. I'd run a front brake anyway. I don't see why all those bendy bits should compromise the handling- it's straight where it needs to be in terms of power transfer + that hidden brake bridge surely acts as an extra stiffener at the back. I'd give it a go Smile

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4154 posts]
27th September 2010 - 22:26

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Just been talking to Serge from Commencal and the word is that the Acid will be coming our way soon. We'll keep you updated.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4154 posts]
29th September 2010 - 16:30

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