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.
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.