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Eye Candy : Commencal Acid

Commencal has never shied away from attention. They made this abundantly clear by featuring their revamped mountain bike line-up for 2013/2014 in bright fluorescent colours that screams to be noticed. Young and lively, their range of mountain bikes are arguably the most stylish ones you’ll find in Nepal. Stepping up the game in their 2013 collection and moving away from their comfort zone of mountain bikes is Commencal’s first fixed-gear bike, the Acid. This road bike pushes the bar when it comes to style over substance. Sexy, light, minimalistic and sleek, the Acid is definitely an eye candy for bike enthusiasts. But is Kathmandu really ready for slick tyres and no suspensions system?

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STYLING AND FEATURES

 

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The Commencal Acid is a sophisticated piece of art, and it easily stands out in the streets of Kathmandu. This neon yellow bike begs to be noticed, and its intricate tube linkages distinguish its identity. Stepping away from their suspension mountain bikes, Commencal’s Acid is a hard tail with wishbone forks in the front. Its asymmetrical top tubes bump up its aesthetic appeal cementing its uniqueness from other run of the mill road bikes. The narrow Freedom Thickslick tyres with its smooth treads are meant for the city and perform great on the tarmac. The traction it gives on pitched roads is unparalleled to other tyres, under dry conditions. Wet conditions will definitely entail different results.

 

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Originally, the Acid comes without the freewheeling feature (when you are able to keep moving i.e. “coast” without pedalling) which is more traditional in fixies. But with the addition of the flip flop hub you can now switch between fixie to freewheel and the brakes come included as standard.

 

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PERFORMANCE

First, the good news. Summer is here, and the freshly pitched roads of Kathmandu are the ideal conditions for the Commencal Acid. The slick tyres positively glide over the smooth tarmac and picking up speed is a breeze. The v-brakes work fine as well and the narrow handlebars are a great feature to help squeeze in between traffic.

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But there are some glitches with the Acid for our kind of uneven roads. When cycling over bumpy roads, the experience on the Acid isn’t what you would like to call smooth because this one does not come fitted with suspensions to soak in the bumps. Also, the slick tyres could wear out sooner than it’s supposed to. Furthermore, since it is a single speed bike, uphill climbs are a burden and you have to get up and pump up the hills like you’re participating in Tour de Nepal. The good thing though is, you do get a good workout.

 

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Overall, the Acid stays true to its minimalist nature and there are very few things you need to worry about. Pedal to move forward, pedal harder to move faster and pull in the brake levers to slowdown/stop.

VERDICT

The Commencal Acid might just be the sexiest, sleekest and most attractive bike you can get. When you’re riding the Acid, you attract attention. Lots of it. And if you’re the kind who loves the extra attention, this is the bike for you. Its unorthodox style and urban retro appeal is its main selling point. Also, as far as it’s around the city, this road bike is an ideal urban ride. Especially on smooth paths and pavements, the Acid is divine and it does the job well of getting you from point A to point B. But if point B is situated atop a hill or the route is anything but smooth, you might have to put in a little extra effort. However, even when you’re huffing and puffing, the Acid is sure to make it look good.

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So if you are a cycling fanatic, this makes for a great addition to your collection. But otherwise, despite the utter aesthetic appeal, sadly this beauty is not really ready for the Nepalese roads, nor are our roads ready for the Acid. Around the city is as far as you’ll get with this bike. Expecting anything more out of it would be sinful because multiple functionality isn’t its strong suit.

SPECIFICATIONS

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FRAME: Asymetric Acid Cromo Frame 700c

FORK: NEW Acid Cromo

HEADSET: Neco Integrated Campy Style

STEM: Commencal OS Forged Alloy polished black

BARS: Commencal Alloy OS polished black

GRIPS: Velo w/flange black

BRAKES: Road brake calipers

BOTTOM BRACKET: Square sealed bearings

CRANKS: Acid by Lasco 45t

CHAIN: Yaban half link black

CASSETTE: Dicta 17t freewheel + 17t track sprocket (fix gear)

RIMS: Jalco High profile

HUBS: Track hubs nutted 36h

SPOKES: Stainless 72p 3x lacing black

TIRES: Freedom thick slick 700x28c

INNER TUBE VALVE/: Presta

SEATPOST: Commencal Al 27,2mm

SADDLE: Commencal Acid velvet black

SIZES: S, L

COLOUR: Yellow Neon Matt Finish

BIKE WEIGHT: 10kgs

PEDALS: HT Nylon Noir

PRICE: Nrs. 52,000/-

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CONTACT:

Epic Mountain Bike

Jhamsikhel

Ph. No: 01-5555021

Web: www.epicmountainbike.com

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