One-stop shopping — the ACROS wheels As a racing enthusiast, any second counts for you, whether on Strava, during a race or when competing with your friends? Or are you rather a relaxed biker when climbing uphill but rev up when going downhill through rock gardens, over big jumps and trails bristled with obstacles? No matter which type you are, we provide you with the perfect wheel set. Completely handmade in Germany, we only use components of the highest quality; Our tried and tested ACROS NINETEEN hubs with high-quality stainless steel angular contact ball-bearings, ACROS and Duke carbon rims, and Sapim spokes add up to a perfect package. Modern technologies such as asymmetrical rims and wider inner widths allow extremely rigid, yet lightweight wheels that win you over with superior durability.
XC RACE CARBON SLS 29″
XC RACE CARBON 29″
ENDURO RACE CARBON
Hi Amir, please introduce yourself. Where are you from, which disciplines are you competing in?
I am Amir Kabbani from beautiful Boppard am Rhein and am 27 years old. I feel comfortable on any bike and like switching between the different disciplines.
Can you describe your style of riding?
Describing my own style of riding is definitely not that easy. I would say that people know me for powerful riding with a tendency to do tricks, haha!
What do you like to ride most?
As I said, I spend most time on my trail bike and the slopestyler. Thanks to the new geometries and 650B, I can do nearly everything that I like with those two bikes.
What are your goals for the season? Are there any special projects coming up?
My main goal is to spend as much time as possible on the bike and to implement cool projects. I love to make things happen through photos and videos. At the moment, I am planning a large video project for fall 2017. I am looking forward to telling you more about it soon.
You are riding ACROS A-FLAT pedals and ACROS wheels. What do you like about them?
What I like about them is simple: Anything from ACROS that I fix to my bike stays put. It doesn’t matter if it’s pedals, hubs, or a headset — once installed, I don’t have to think about it anymore. Also, the parts look amazing and are some of the most lightweight ones on the market.
STRAVA What´s that ? haha
ROAD DISC CARBON SLS
ROAD SP CARBON
ROAD DISC CARBON
Our friends over at the Scott Bike24 MTN Race Team are not only successful at marathon and enduro races using our bike parts. Following their team motto “Beyond Trail“, they regularly head out to new trail and gravel adventures, where they ride off the beaten track and discover new routes. There is probably no better way to test our Road Disc Carbon wheel set’s endurance than on such a trip. But find out yourself what happened in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains on the next pages:
To discover a new world, you need to travel far — at least that’s what we thought. So it was new to us that only 1.000 km from home, there was a totally different world waiting for us to be discovered. Us, that’s six buddies from Dresden with a passion for trail and gravel road adventures in the Eastern European mountains. After having a look at a map of Europe and the Carpathian Mountain range, we discovered that a small part of the Carpathians was running through Ukraine. This small but mighty part called Bieszczady Mountains is up to 2.000 m high and at the same time an unknown part of the mountain range. This was calling for an adventure. After taking a look at Google Maps and Booking.com, we realised that our trip would not only be rustic but also funny. After crossing the border from Slovakia to Ukraine, our adventure, which felt like travelling back in time, began with an immigration officer’s nonchalant quote „Ride safely, in Ukraine everyone drives in the middle of the road,“ and so we found ourselves riding in the centre of the carriageway, too. If there was any asphalt, the middle of the road was the only place where it was fit for traffic.
We were expecting lots of gravel after seeing a couple of photos but the conditions of some “roads“ were still underwhelming. A gravel road adventure par excellence! Anyway, these “village roads“ are the place to be for the shy but friendly Ukrainians in the Bieszczady Mountains. Anyone from horse, chicken, cow, Lada to school children and Tatra wood trucks travels in the middle of these roads, whereas humans and animals are the more common sights. The fully developed telephone network and internet connection did not help with the fact that our accommodation bookings were not taken seriously at most places. So it happened that one of our hosts had to jump into his Lada Niva and drive to the next village to buy groceries for us. Please note that we made him do so only after showing him our booking confirmation three times. After a quick feast, his apology came in the form of a h o m e – d i s t i l l e d “dessert“ and the information that “in Ukraine, you always drink three of these“. We also need to mention that we did not see a single supermarket on our trip. You will get your essentials in a so-called “Magazin“, a.k.a. corner shop. It did not matter to us anymore that half of the things we found there had already expired. How can cookies, wafers, vodka, and pickled cheese corrupt anyway?
The scenery of the Bieszczady Mountains is incredibly beautiful and still untouched by tourism. You can see that Ukrainians nourish and cherish anything they own. Every village we passed made us dream to own one of the little, colourful wooden houses one day. The people are lighthearted despite their simple lifestyle and just make the rules as they go; who needs things like a driver’s licence, motorcycle helmet or MOT up there after all? As easygoing as many things were, as tasty and substantial was the food. We did not doubt the freshness of meat and vegetables anymore after witnessing how they were delivered. Like an ice man at home, driving from village to village selling ice cream, in the Bieszczady Mountains a chicken man sells chicken out of his car; the chicken is not sold out of the freezer but slaughtered directly at the Lada. Do we need to mention the mandatory Soljanka or Borschtsch, which is offered as a starter at an incredibly cheap price? We just love the trails and roads of the Sudetes, Tatra, and Beskids. And now we fell in love with the Ukrainian Bieszczady Mountains. We will be back and continue our trip along the Carpathians, that’s for sure!
Text and Fotos: A. Stark and S. Ott