EWS Podium Contender Raphaela Richter to Represent Intend Suspension

Mar 4, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  

Juliana team rider Raphaela Richter will partner with German suspension company Intend and will race EWS full-time in 2021. She has raced as a privateer over the last few years while training as an optician, and has earned some impressive results including a 2nd place at the EWS Les Orres in 2019 and several German national titles. in after racing several EWS races as a privateer over the last few years. She was also the best-placed German at the 2020 Leogang World Champs with a 6th in the elite women’s field.


bigquotes2021 is a big year for me. After completing my training as an optician, I want to concentrate full-time on racing again and feel really hungry for it. In addition to Juliana as the frame sponsor, Levelnine as sponsor for the cockpit and Schwalbe for the tires, there is also a sponsor from outside the industry, Dallmayr Kaffee from Munich. I used the winter to choose the remaining parts according to my wishes and needs. I came into contact with Intend at the EWS round in Zermatt last year and fell in love with the technology. Extensive test rides on various models on the Freiburg tracks then made it clear where the journey was going. Intend gives me the best support for the setup and the function was clear right after the first ride: you can win races with it. The suspension responds extremely sensitively, which suits me as a relatively light middle-grown person. In addition to that, the easy-to-adjust chassis simply leads directly to the goal: feel good and ride fast.Raphaela Richter


Raphaela is now the second German rider to represent Intend, joining her friend and Juliana teammate Tanja Naber. Intend products are hand-built in Germany by Cornelius Kapfinger.

bigquotesThe sponsorship of Raphaela fulfills a long-cherished dream for me. I know that Rapha can ride right at the front, and I want nothing more than to see my babies (= suspension forks, editor's note) on the podium in the world's largest enduro racing class. Rapha didn’t miss anything during the test ride in Freiburg and instantly overtook me without knowing the tracks. That's how it has to be and that's how I hoped it would be. In addition to her athletic abilities, she is just as down-to-earth, natural person, so she fits Intend exactly. I look forward to a positive and good cooperation for the next few years.Cornelius Kapfinger

Raphaela’s results so far as a privateer are remarkable. We are excited to see her receive more industry support and look forward to seeing what she can achieve in the future.




29 Comments

  • 55 0
 An alter-ego super hero disguise if ever I've seen one... Bet you anything she changes into her racing kit in a phone booth.
  • 36 1
 The fork looks like a 3d model added to the photo
  • 4 0
 I can't work out if it's that shiny or they've actually done that
  • 1 0
 Yeah this, it's a bit uncanny valley.
  • 2 1
 100% is a 3D model
  • 4 0
 When we took the (action) shots I'm pretty sure it wasn't a 3d model Wink the fork does look pretty cool though!
  • 1 0
 Aliens!
  • 1 0
 Right?
  • 1 1
 Well the trails at Freiburg are really easy. You don't need more then 130mm of travel. Even that is to much.
  • 7 1
 Would be interesting to hear why she opts for the Ebonite fork in favor of all the USD versions (also noted the same on the Ibis Fidlock Racing team). Must be performance related?
  • 6 1
 Maybe regular forks are just better than inverted ones? Who knows
  • 3 0
 She will be riding both versions. Both designs have their pros and cons. She just felt that the ebonite is more familiar.
  • 8 0
 Why do pics 4 and 5 look like the CAD model was photoshopped into the pic?
  • 5 0
 was this testride at the 20th of February ? Because I was there too and wondered about the high amount of Intend products on the trail :-)
  • 6 0
 Loving the style Raffa, bike looks mint to. Good luck at the races
  • 6 0
 Intending on contending
  • 1 0
 Instant fan. Mild mannered librarian during the week, EWS racer on weekends supported by suspension that was made by a guy named Cornelius Kapfinger. Can’t wait for the movie.

Best of luck ...rider, suspension and bike look awesome.!!!
  • 4 0
 Great news for her! About time she gets a team contract.
  • 4 0
 Crush it this year Rapha!!!
  • 4 0
 I think she Intends on doing well this season. Good luck!
  • 3 0
 Beautiful bike, love the combination red and silver. Good luck Rapha, saw you at a race once, you deserve it!
  • 3 0
 I want to try their suspension soooooooooooooo bad. She's one lucky gal.
  • 2 0
 The fork looks like a character you haven't unlocked yet. Still it looks great!
  • 2 0
 Exciting news i would say! Hope the racing gets to start soon!
  • 1 0
 That fork looks so good it looks fake in some of these pics! Nice article too
  • 1 0
 just realized how much the intend ebonite looks like the old white brothers magic 29
  • 1 0
 Is that cable routing standard on that fork?
  • 1 0
 can remember when she raced on that 2souls steel hardtail
  • 2 1
 Seismic news.

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