Exclusive: Intense Cycles Re-signs Shaun Palmer

Sep 2, 2014
by Richard Cunningham  
Shaun Plamer 2014

bigquotesI felt like this was where it all started for me and I was just going home. I wasn't searching for a mountain bike deal, but I've always kept in touch with my family at Intense.

Intense Cycles told Pinkbike in secret that they had come to an agreement with the man who, arguably, put the California bike maker’s M-1 on the map as the preeminent race bike of his time. Shaun Palmer’s wild-man mixture of raw talent, egotistical self-promotion, and the will to do whatever it took to make it to the top step of the podium has yet to be matched, and Shaun’s legacy – the adaptation of a moto full-face helmet, blazing graphics and baggy motocross clothes to DH racing – has been written into international racing regulations. While there can be no doubt that the heydays of Intense and Palmer are inseparable, the fact that the two had since chosen very divergent paths left us curious to discover exactly how this new chapter in their story is going to play out.

Intense founder Jeff Steber is keen to maintain the brand’s connection with the sport’s core enthusiasts, especially those loyal to his maverick creativity and made-in-California factory ethos. Intense has recently undergone a complete restructure, with a large injection of capital, a new management team led by Andrew Herrick and an expansion of its imported carbon fiber frame business. Steber and Herrick agree that the bond that cements Intense to its most loyal followers is its grassroots racing legacy. The long list of champions and up-and-coming competitors who got started with help from Intense is still growing and Shaun Palmer, as it turns out, will be lengthening it.

Intense’s Jennifer Gabrielli, who also got her start racing downhill aboard an M1, said that Shaun will be operating a development racing program, comprised of young talent that Palmer will hand-pick and mentor. Palmer will also be in charge of running the program. Details are still being worked out, but the team will bear Palmer’s name alongside the Intense brand and will focus on the US national DH series.

The timing could not have been better. There is a bloom of super-talented riders emerging in the US, and now that Aaron Gwin has broken the curse, these young men and women will be the rising stars who will end this country’s pathetic representation in international downhill competition. Either way, Shaun Palmer’s Gravity Circus, powered by Intense, promises to be one hellofa ride for a handful of lucky racers. We wish them the best.

Intense Jeff Steber and Shaun Palmer
Jeff Steber

It seems that Shaun Palmer has two reputations: the mega-talented, self-anointed king of action sports, who arguably set a lasting path for downhill style; and the party animal who knew no boundaries. How does Palmer factor into the history of Intense?

The Palmer years were magical times for Intense. The core of our brand was established back then - our heritage. The combination of Shaun's outrageous style, on and off the track, and the very different-for-the time M1, set the mountain biking world on fire. We can't forget that moment in history and we need to continue to tell the story. It helps to define who we are and what we are as a brand.

So, if PB were a fly on the wall, how did the conversation go that led to the decision for Intense to hire Shaun Palmer?

I have stayed in touch with Shaun over the years and had told him that he always has an Intense frame waiting for him. I have felt over the years that he was one of the people responsible for putting the brand on the map and I have always wanted to give something back to him in some way. I think the timing was finally right and we are looking at a bit older and wiser Palmer who has realized that he loves riding bikes and the simplicity and freedom it brings - and that it was time to go full circle.

Chris Kovarik and Claire Buchar have been instrumental in the brand ambassador role as well-respected riders, personalities and coaches. But, Shaun Palmer bringing up Intense's next generation of young gravity racers? That should be interesting to watch.

Shaun will be taking more of a brand ambassador role, but it doesn't end there. I have some product development projects lined up that will be perfect for him to put his thumbprint on. This is a side of Palm that many may not know. He is a thinker and a tinkerer who knows how to make things work and work better. That relationship worked really well in the past for us.

There will also be a continued series of cool artsy videos, "The Palmer Chronicles," that we will produce similar to the launch video. He will be a big part of the Intense experience. It is all part of a dream, not a plan.

Shaun Palmer

How does it feel to be back in the thick of the mountain bike biz?

I'm pumped to see all my old friends, and come back to it in a different arena. Not being under the pressure of racing and winning is a different feeling and it's good. But, why does everybody want to party with me still?

How did the Intense deal come down? Did you get a phone call out of the blue, or were you on the hunt?

We both came together at the same time. I felt like this was where it all started for me and I was just going home. I wasn't searching for a mountain bike deal, but I've always kept in touch with my family at Intense.

We understand that you will be assembling a hand-picked development team which you will be mentoring.

Yes, that is true, and that is what I'm most excited about. It should be spread out too, with some different disciplines, like slopestyle, DH and enduro. There's lots of young talent out there who should get a chance to ride at a higher level. The possibility for some of these guys to ride a hand crafted bike that can work for them will be huge.

Is there any chance that you will be making an appearance or two on the start line?

That's not my focus at the moment, but if I'm testing bikes and riding through the winter, there's a pretty good chance. It's in my blood.

The folks at Intense say that the new Palmer is tanned, rested and ready for business. Is that true?

I guess you could say that. I'm a little older now and ready to do different things in the mountain bike world, but it's not like I'm hitting the tanning bed and getting ready to race f*ckin road bikes.

If all goes to plan, if there is a plan, what would be the dream outcome of your partnership with Intense?

To have Intense win a World Cup DH title would be the ultimate dream from my end.

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  • 127 56
 I'm probably going to get neg propped like a bastard for asking - but serious question to those who know.

What does Palmer bring to the sport, particularly now? The reason I ask, is because he was a pure natural talent, who shook things up at a time when the sport was gagging for a facelift.

Now that we're living in the post-Palmer era (we all know what he's done for the sport) what does he have to give to the young upstart riders?
  • 150 10
 I think, he doesn't necessarily need to "bring" anything. Signing back a legendary figure in MTB culture is a nice gesture from Intense, showing they keep in mind people who helped put their brand on the map.
  • 173 9
 If I was going to take up basketball tomorrow I'd be pretty stoked if Michael Jordan was in my corner. It's not all about how good they are now.
  • 20 15
 @gavlaa, the question is not about how good they are - I'm curious to understand what experience and knowledge he brings to the table, because from all accounts, he was a bit of a wild man Wink

@yxbix - fair point.
  • 17 3
 Experience in WC racing... The true grit and desire to win... (Knowing that racing is very different then back in the day)
  • 47 3
 experience? drive? for gods sake the man won pretty much any competition he entered. If I wanted to know the secret to going from a good rider, to a rider that regularily wins races, then I figure Shaun Palmer would have a hell of a lot of insight to share.
  • 37 2
 He has the experience of battling against arguably the most talented DH rider of all time (Nicolas Vouilloz) and was involved in MTB through it's transition from Beer Drinkers to athletes. He's fiercy competitive and obviously has huge desire to succeed. Those traits don't leave you. Having a legend in the sport there to advise and help you will be a real inspiration for some people. It would be for me.
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  • 48 10
 seriously @sup3rc0w..... maybe you ought to check wikipedia.... Shaun Palmer (born November 14, 196Cool is an American professional snowboarder, skier, mountain biker, and motocross rider. "Palm Daddy" is known as one of the FOREFATHERS of extreme sports. Does this mean nothing to you men? This guy can kick ass in almost any extreme sport out there, omiting trends, and you are asking what he brings back???? the real question is why did they ever let him go? Old school has and will always rock!
  • 21 1
 An old monkey knows always 1 or 2 extra tricks that he can teach to the youngs. Discerning new talents and help them to find mental strengh to go to the top step, teach them the ropes in the art.
  • 22 3
 The USA needs to sort out it's national series and racers in order to prepare for the future if it's ever going to competitive as a nation, as a massive market and country it really should not be short on talent rising to the upper echelon of the race scene, although it currently is and has been for too long - Gwinn aside. Palmer may be just the man for the job, it's also great for Intense as they could do with some top racers on their books, I would jump at the chance to work with Palmer as would most racers I expect.
  • 8 1
 Its a great gesture and the history speaks for itself. But call me cynical, it will also be a marketing tool- " I have some product development projects lined up that will be perfect for him to put his thumbprint on." Its getting time for the next bike to take over the M9, given their increased carbon offerings in the trail market quite possibly their first carbon DH bike, (M12?). I just sold my M9 as I had a feeling 2015 might be the year.
  • 6 13
flag fitbiker4130 (Sep 2, 2014 at 2:04) (Below Threshold)
 What does he bring to the sport...? No more or less than anyone really but you did read the article..
  • 6 2
 @jamesb15uk yes its going to be marketing obviously but isn't everything in our sport? and every other that sells products for that matter, but seriously someone like Palmer would be/should be bloody great really. He cut it at the top across several sports in a competitive era, he is surely as good as anybody as a team "manager"
  • 18 1
 I can't believe people are having to justify him. If you don't know who this guy is or what he did just pick up an old bike mag or ask anyone who was in dh from day one. The fact he's back with intense is the cherry on the cake. If they don't do another stars and stripes frame they must be mad.
  • 8 2
 post palmer yeh u think ? pretty sure troy lee designs was making replica lids for a couple years in a row with in the last 3 years with palmers name on it he is as relevant today as he was in the 90's palmer is the man !!!
  • 27 2
 When you earn legend status in a sport you can walk back in whenever you like and everyone (almost) will love it. This guy has the 'keys to the city' of downhill. He came (from another sport), he saw (things differently), he conquered (the best).. he wore a sequined gold suit (like a boss). Who the hell can do that?
  • 27 1
 Gary Glitter?
  • 18 20
 publicity stunt
  • 12 14
 Not to sure he's going to be a good example for the younger generation, not doubting the things he's done in the past on a bike, what I am doubting is his wild lifestyle, he admits himself about all the drugs and drink he's taken, not saying he's a bad person but maybe not the best roll model for the younger generation.
  • 25 2
 Have a look at some of the roles models around now, at least Palmer instilled individuality and a winning attitude. I'd rather a kid was exposed to reality via a love for bikes than exposed to metrosexual dimwits on the telly or some popstar on corporate strings. Palmer was real. Is real. Yeah he took drugs. He won too. And guess what, he's still here and can rip it up. Worry about role models when your kids idolize talentless morons who really will fuck with their heads. A la Miley Cyrus.
  • 8 1
 ^To come out of all that is an important lesson for young riders to also learn about. Time will tell if he is a great teacher/coach/mentor. I think it is a positive thing to have him back in mtb. Now bring back the original Intense flat pedal shoe, Jeff!
  • 10 4
 Just because Obi-Won was older and not the strongest Jedi didn't mean he didn't serve a valuable role!
Same thing here.
Master teach me your ways Smile
  • 12 9
 Poor example bikebike69, I don't ever recall Obi Won being a self confessed drug/drink taking wild man
  • 26 52
flag orastreet1 (Sep 2, 2014 at 5:04) (Below Threshold)
 To me this guy is a drunk drugged out loser. Is Intense really in need of this sort of branding? I would think Intense would spend their money on building a WC team that could get better than 50th.
  • 15 8
 oratsreet that's a pretty shitty attitude - you're an a*shole

you know him well do you? any idea of the lifestyle he leads and has led for the last 5-10 years since leaving the limelight? thought not.

and you are clearly missing the point of his position based on your comment about Intense building a WC team
  • 2 0
 Just buy a 5:10 Impact same shoe
  • 29 1
 ^^ Correction - he was a drunk, drugged out WINNER. I would rather see a DH winner with a Stella Artois than I would see them with a Monster branded water bottle. You can't hold it against him that he came from an era when even the highest level of DH was still fun. We didn't evolve from chess- we came from a bunch of dudes who put the buzz of speed before the fear of crashing.
  • 5 0
 Oh, for Fk's sake "gavlaa" you just made me spit a mouth full of coffee all over my computer with your Gary Glitter comment.
  • 9 0
 SP was a legend of the sport, I suppose in the US even more so?. It would be the same for us Brits to have Steve Peat as your team mentor. And we all know how that has worked out. Long live the Rat.
  • 7 0
 simple answer the same thing Eric Carter brought to specialized. perspective living legends as team managers are a great way to have riders look at thinks from a different perspective . although peaty is a manager per say .ratty def benefits from him being on the team . same for hill and nuke proof ... kinda like a captain
  • 18 2
 Palmer is clean and sober orasteet you dick. Breet Tippie, had a drug problem and he kicked it. I pretty sure Race face signed him for life. Intense is doing the same thing. You have to know where you've been to know where you are going. Orastreet you pussy.
  • 8 1
 The same thing that Jeremy McGrath brought to his return to Team Honda. History, experience, knowledge, and fans. Palm was edgy, controversial, etc. Everyone's eyes were on him. It's no different this time around.
  • 12 15
 He certainly brings the experience of fighting drugs.
  • 12 11
 a recreational Armstrong
  • 23 2
 Palmer will do 2 things.
1. he puts an american in charge of an american team, at a time where america really needs someone with pedigree to take the reigns. There is a ton of talent in the states as witnessed by gwin and others on the WC circuit, but they need someone at the helm to grow the grassroots sports more and put juniors on the map so they aren't lost to baseball, basketball and football.

2. it doesn't matter how old palmer is, or how much the game has changed, the guy has a desire and determination to win that can never be extinguished. there's a reason he is (was?) the most decorated x-games athlete for so long, and held top titles in multiple sports. the guy just wants to win, and he'll do what is required to do it. Having a coach that understands that, and can help teach others it, is huge. Palmer as a mentor would be amazing. He's gonna be like your a$$hole grandpa who tells you suck it up buttercup and that "your best" isn't good enough. He's gonna push that team hard, and thats what is required if you want to stand on the top step.
  • 6 3
 ^^ THAT^^
There's a reason he's a Legend!
  • 10 2
 Palmer will be teaching his passion to a new group of young talent and directing them like Eric Carter does for Specialized. These guy bring years of knowledge and if you have to type a question into Pinkbike asking why, then you fully deserve years of riding a road bike watching the Tour De Fart. You don't fuck with a man's passion. And you don't fuck with Palmer. Looking forward to seeing this develop.
  • 7 1
 To race DH at that level and then qualify for a supercross main! That's one bad dude in my book!!! Much respect!!!
  • 7 1
 "He's gonna be like your a$$hole grandpa who tells you suck it up buttercup and that "your best" isn't good enough" ....haha...and/or smash a beer on his forehead (maybe even your forehead), and yellin' "PIN IT YA FAIRY!" ...haha
  • 1 0
 Rider656 ...and he was a world champion boardercross rider before the dh days. I didn't know he'd done that in mx. The guy probably has a finishline at the end of his bed.
  • 4 9
flag yeti951SD (Sep 2, 2014 at 13:40) (Below Threshold)
 But most Americans are obese besides the gravitational pull fat doesn't make you faster.
  • 3 1
 Just downloaded(bought) "The Miserable Champion", excited to see a piece of history.
  • 6 9
 Back in the day, Palmer won on raw, reckless talent. Now? Talent will only take you so far. When you look at how hard Stevie, Gee, Gwin etc train, you know talent is half (or less) of the battle. Will he bring focus, training, etc to his team? I wouldn't bet against him, but honestly, I can't say I'm optimistic that he's going to put together a better team than what Santa Cruz has run for the last 8 years or so.
  • 4 0
 What did EC do for the Specialized team this year? 2nd and 3rd overall in the world cup.It always helps to have an experienced team manager/scout who has been there and is respected in the industry.
  • 3 0
 I don't get from this that Palmer is going to race but more run a WC level team like what EC is doing with Spez and Monkey with Trek. Stoked to see where this goes
  • 3 2
 You can't be a beer drinker and an athlete?
  • 3 1
 When it comes down to it he has a passion for the sport and knows how to win , that's an edge that any young serious rider would
kill for , they didn't bring him in for his organizational skills , they brought him in because he has a heart like a wild f*cking animal
If it were me IDE want a coach / mentor that has won races not a travel companion that my sponsor sent along to babysit
Races are won by hundredths of sec. Or less now ,IDE think any little edge is worth a short ,
And hopefully his FTW attitude rubs off a little bit , this sport needs a good punch in the face
  • 3 0
 Let me start by saying, a Champion is always a champion, no matter what! Who cares if the kids now-a-days werent even a thought when this guys was riding. He was a killer, and in my opinion always will be. Dudes a fucking beast, let the kids no-a-days figure it out, let them look up him just like they look up Peaty in his prime. And yeah, I gave you neg props.
  • 2 0
 Necko mulally is doing pretty good, Richie rude also
  • 1 1
 Obviously you haven't heard the plot for Star Wars 7 then.
  • 1 0
 He'll never be as quick as you, Sup3rc0w. :p
  • 2 5
 Hey guys - Of course I don't know him. But I'm aware of his "brand." He sounds like a fool when he talks and looks like he has spent the last 10 years in rehab. That doesn't spell winner to me.
  • 4 1
 Don't chat about things you don't know @Orastreet1 as one of his friends your comment is offensive. Sit back and do yourself some research. Justifying his acknowledged drug past doesn't make you awesome posting something so obvious to everyone who follows Shaun. Be stoked a true legend will assist in getting an Intense frame a World Cup podium. That's the goal here, not to give your opinion of the Palms, but lets embrace his return and focus.
  • 4 0
 Bow down to his majesty orastreet. You've never made any mistakes in your life. Your so high on your horse that you can criticize one of the best extreme athletes in the world. Palmer was a champion in mtbing, snowboarding, borderX, skierX, and mtx, what have you done in your life??? Why don't you put your resume out there for the world to see? Alcoholism is a disease that is very hard for some people especially when you throw money and fame on top of it.
  • 3 0
 Lots of arguments about his drug use or past. What better role model than a person who has proven himself not only in racing but in life by kicking the habit so to say. If he was still using drugs im sure that would be a fair argument, seeing as he is clean its just another victory to add to his list of accomplishments and lets move on. Good for him and hope for the best and lets see where it takes them.
  • 2 5
 What about people who have never been to rehab? That is winning! No one is arguing that he is not a good rider or accomplished athlete. And this is a Pinkbike forum! Opinions abound!
  • 5 1
 orastreet.. wake up lad. Circumstances be circumstances, but if someone pulls out of a destructive spiral, that's a win. Otherwise the only winners are perfect people who have never made mistakes or done anything wrong. And they just don't exist.
  • 1 0
 It's like a WWE Legend xD
  • 3 0
 Sounds a lot like the story of a man named Patches O'Houlihan.
  • 1 3
 Calling him a "champion" - I mean, he won what - one WC race? This guy is going to create an elite WC team? Not seeing it guys! I hope he does, I'd love to see Intense back at the top of the downhill scene. Remember, he said "Motocross" was the greatest sport in the world - not mountain biking.
  • 2 0
 @orastreet, people like palmer simply know how to compete.... he did win a number of times in other sports, and once you get the system most gravity based sports are pretty simliar in that way.
  • 1 1
 Well said USMC.
  • 3 2
 For one the guy is a fucking legend. Also he really does bring a lot of experience. Not just mountain biking, but form many different arenas. A little diversity never hurt anyone.
  • 3 2
 @dbarnes6891: thanks for giving your view in a post from 2014
  • 2 2
 @Medacus: what's wrong with that?At least there was a point to his post...
  • 2 1
 @Medacus: Oh well thank you for voicing your opinion on my post in a spectacular, douche bag like fashion. You troll.
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 @dbarnes6891: You're welcome
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 @Rider656: very very special
  • 32 0
 I coach Boardercross and spent the last few years working on the World Cup tour with several young racers. I've had the good fortune to meet and chat with Palm on a couple of occasions. I cant claim to really know him or call him a friend. BUT, I have seen how he interacts with younger kids on the snowboard World Cup. Behind the "party" reputation (which is in the past), I can honestly say that he is an incredible mentor to younger riders. Two of my athletes really look up to him and he took the time to encourage and help them. I'm stoked to see him back in the mtn bike world and he will do a great job working with young racers. If he can instill HALF of his drive to be the best, those kids he works with will be that much better for it.
  • 31 7
 Oh yea, Shaun Palmer is back! Thank you gods of MTB and Intense. Woohoo! Welcome home!
  • 7 3
 Troy lee get a sig. Helmet!
  • 16 1
 Palmer signature paint scheme by TLD on your choice of Intense Frame, can't get anymore California the that. When can I start throwing my money at it?
  • 18 2
 Bloody hell, didn’t expect so many responses - been away looking at pics of Jennifer Lawrence all day to come back to all of these!
  • 6 0
 DH racing at that level is a mental game. If you're not confident, you won't win. He could bring to newer racers, a mental toughness and grit. That could be all the difference.
  • 13 14
 Seriously guys, does anyone not realise that if he is coaching the next generation of DH racers they will all be massive a*sholes? I mean yes, he was fast, and crazy, and talented at multiple sports but really. Is this where we want the sport going? Currently it is one of the most outgoing respectful sports among racers and professionals. If the kids start looking up to him, the race scene will be attitude filled and douchebaggary driven. I never liked him, never will. I respect the massive talent, but the attitude is not welcome. Rant over.
  • 9 11
 I am with you 100% t-turi-mullett and i hope the mods don't erase this. total asshat that drags the sport down. GIVE ME ANY OTHER cool rider that dusted him daily.
  • 10 1
 I agree that by today's standards that kind of behaviour would be kinda douchy or he would be somewhat of a meathead. But at the time, mountain biking, namely dh racing, was stuck in the lycra-clad image of xc and road racers. It needed to break into its own and Palmer helped do that. His actions and presence helped mould what dh racers are doing to this day. He was the catalyst for change. And let's be honest, he was a snowboarder who came into mountain biking, back when snowboarding was a fringe sport. He came in with that attitude to a sport where the image was clean and stale.
  • 2 2
 on that note, wouldn't you rather have Stevie Smith as a role model? Endless hard work and focus made him a WC overall champ...
  • 3 0
 yes? maybe? Different times and history has already been made. The what-ifs are just that. Love him or hate him, Palmer made a good, ever lasting impression on the sport that allowed others to flourish, even in the guise of professionalism
  • 2 2
 Steve Smith 100%. and they dissed you for saying the truth. Pink bikers suck and can not stand the truth.
  • 2 0
 err. no-one dissed him. what are you talking about? anyway, this threads getting old...
  • 21 0
 It was the early 90's, I was racing pro dh, we were at Big Bear Nationals. We were all clipped in and riders like Tomac were racing in skin-tight black shark skin suits
This snowboarder guy decides to try DH MTB racing. He comes out of nowhere wearing baggy moto pants,Troy lee full face w/ goggs, flat pedals w/ skate shoes, and no pads. He completely destroyed all of us to take the win. Mr Palmer changed the face of DH that day. Period.
  • 5 0
 I remember seeing his name in the World Cup results before he was signed to a contract and thinking, "8th place, Shawn Palmer USA. Is that the snowboarder? Can't be. The top american finisher? Has to be another Shawn Palmer". Placed that high on a borrowed bike too, (Randy Lawrence's practice bike?) if I'm not mistaken. Think he even had a stomach virus from drinking out of dirty camelbak or bottle or something. So much raw talent. Agreed, DH has never been the same.
  • 3 0
 I got the chills!
  • 21 2
 Interesting to see the massive amount of disrespect here. Sad really. Glad you're back in Palm,respect.
  • 2 0
 I agree, I was DH racing back then and he lit the world on fire...year round! He was the Bo Jackson of action sports! I know, the same naysayers don't know who Bo Jackson was either!
  • 12 1
 I remember this guy from when I first started riding more seriously all those years ago. At the time I didn't know who he was and I still didn't know a great deal about the sport other than that I knew I wanted to ride downhill FAST and I wanted to be like this guy ripping down the tracks with his style and attitude. I soon found out this guy I had seen on grainy early videos and TV coverage was Palmer. Over the following years as Palmer's story panned out, it always kept my interest, and to me at the time he was one of a small few who grew my interest in the sport and in essence made it worth watching as a spectator, as much as I enjoyed getting out on the trails myself. It's fantastic news that one of the true pioneers of the sport, and especially someone who pretty much moulded it into what it is today is back in the fold. Good luck to Palmer and the team, I can't wait to see what they pull out of the bag!
  • 14 1
 Pull Richie Rude out from Enduro, give him a M9 and go race world cups dammit!
  • 6 0
 I think Yeti would have something to say about that.
  • 4 0
 rope a dope too. he should also be back on the wc circuit
  • 12 2
 I would love to see how many of the little punk ass bitches on this site that are disrespecting would actually mouth off to man face to face. Much less try to ride,keep up with Palm.
He'd bury 99% of you......even now.
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  • 14 2
 If it wasn't for Palmer you kids would be wearing skin suits.
  • 10 1
 Your logic is flawed. I'm wearing a skin suit right now.
  • 1 0
 Did you mean playing the skin flute?
  • 1 0
 I don't play the skin flute Kevin. I pound it into my orifices.
  • 10 2
 Shaun Palmer you still rock you old fart I still have some shit in my shop of you of back in the days and young kids ask me who is that guy and I tell them that was the KING of mountain biking so lubricate yourself and learn_____O^O_____
  • 2 0
 You're lubricating young kids? I don't like where this is going....
  • 8 1
 Being that I raced back when Palmer was the champ, this news comes as a breath of fresh air. After taking a few years off myself to find some motivation I came back to a very different sport. I find it rather boring to be honest. Yes, there are racers that still look like they're having fun (ratty, hill) but on the whole it's become an athlete dominated corporate cash grab. Arguing over wheel size, sus adjustability, enduro?? It's just silly to me, and not DH.

Palmer was and always will be a riders rider, thank you Intense for bringing some life back in to this awesome sport. All the haters will still hate, but they'll be looking at the back of Palmer led Intense jerseys. Now go drink a beer and ride your bike as fast as you can. Long live The Palm!
  • 3 0
 I'm with you man...I too have just come back to it this year, racing with my 15 year old son. (I'm on an Intense M6 Now) It IS NOT the same sport it was in the mid to late 90's, but we need to pump some life and vitality back into this sport before it gets replaced by all the other styles. We need them all and I feel Palm could energize, revitalize and bring back others like us who could really take it to a new level.
  • 10 3
 Good to Palmer back in the MTB world. would be great to see intense have a strong team rider in the pointy end of the world cup again. Carter has made a big impact with Specialized and I'm sure Palms will have some positive input and experience to hand down to some younger riders. Seems like a long time ago these guys were competing on the W.C then you remember Peaty was there and is still racing. I never get sick of seeing Palmers 96 worlds bike too. Iconic
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 Yep, the last rider I recall having any sort of success on intense at world cups was Kovarik, and that seems like a lifetime time ago. They need a resurgence, and getting the legend back on board for some promotion is fantastic. Would be sweet to have him and warner duke it out commentating the world cups next year!
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 way to go palmer! keep your head up! thank you jeff steber for never giving up on this guy!
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 Palmer, kovarik and lopes. Intense dream team!!
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 What does Palmer bring to the sport? Easy, he is not a pussy. It takes one to know one and he will put together a smashing team.
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 The Johnny Cash of MTB.
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 Hi... My name's Shaun, I ride snowboards like a champ. Just gonna kick your arse on a bike now too.
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 I met palmer in 95 when I was 15. Guy wasnt that big of a douche that he wouldnt snowboard with a 15 year old kid all day. As the first poster mentioned, what relevance does he have today? Dude is the most kind hearted badass ever and my chance encounter with him in 95 has had a huge influence on me in 2014.... yeah, thats Palmer.
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 Good to see you back Palmer!
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 Lopes and now Palmer? Who's next, Giove? Tomac? Glad to see him back.
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flag WAKIdesigns (Sep 2, 2014 at 0:44) (Below Threshold)
 Who's next? Tommy Lee Jones
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 Philippe Thys
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 I think it would be cool to see ACC and LD back in the ladies mtb scene as managers/coaches
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 ACC has been tearing up the EWS she never really went anywhere.
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 We need Streb now.
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 The general publics view of mountain biking is a bunch of lycra clad twits smiling with mud on there face. The Palms is an image that this sport needs to show that mountain biking can be as cool as snow boarding and skate boarding.
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flag laynehip (Sep 2, 2014 at 10:55) (Below Threshold)
 Racing is gay but guys like Cam Zink, Semenuk, Jaws, Etc. have the same "image" as skateboarders, Snowboarders, Etc.
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 I don't think the publics view of mountain biking is that, at least in the UK most people think it's a sport for middle aged men who drive Audis, like wasting money on gadgets and are having a mid life crisis by trying to be rad and wearing a load of troy lee stuff.

What would actually help to improve the sports image is if the mtb media did more to build up the current generation of mtb athletes. It's difficult for them to assert their personalities when magazines and websites are chock full of nonsense from Eurobike and reviews of bikes that cost more than a Ducati. I mean how many interviews/profiles etc did you see on this site lately? It's all expensive gadgets and nonsense about wheel sizes. Make it about the people and we'd have some new stars at our disposal rather than one from the past.
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 I watched him put his talent on the table with mitch at pro circuit, and he made a supercross appearance!
In response to the question,what does he bring??? ONE WORD ( RACECRAFT) He will bring it! Teach it and live it!!!
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 Back in the day he partied like a rockstar, didn't train like the others, partied a little more, but still rode like a harass and kicked ass. That is pure natural talent. And not only was it in mountain biking. Look at what the man did on a snowboard. Then on skis when he hadn't been on skis since he was a kid! The drive and desire to be bad at whatever he touched would be what he can pass on to the up and comers.
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 To those who don't understand why he is mentoring the youngsters, you need to understand that above talent the most important weapon to a racer is drive and determination. Not to do the best you can but to be "the best" and win at all costs. Know what palmer did in his debut career in not just MTB but all his other ventures and you see why he is the ultimate inspiration.
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 I worked with "the Palm" as both a mtn bike dh racing promoter and as a manager for the Winter X Games (Border X, Skier X etc.). One of the best overall athletes I have ever been around. We were always aware of his "reputation" - but he always treated us with respect. This is what I love about Mtn. Biking - people like Jeff S. and Intense rekindling some passions that probably never went away.
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 In a sport like this one i would prefer to have NAPALM for a coach before any regular trainer! i would like to have him or J Tomac....Just look at Eli Tomac the son of John , he is the perfect exemple! i got is father for a personnel trainer !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! in mx for wiinig you got to have talent but a real want to win and is dad give that to him! That guy won X-GAME in snowboard, ski, bike and he race NASCAR... f.ck you got to have the desire to win!!!!!!!!!!!! So if NAPALM can give that to a couples of yongthers with talent!!!! OMG it s gona be good for intense!!!! I miss to see USA hand made dh bike on the podium .. last one was GWIN on YETI! Goooooooo NAPALM, i am always be a real FAN..
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 He has a big job if windham is the USAs top track your lucky gwin is so talented it doesn't matter what he learnt to ride on but for depth of talent you need better tracks more consistent nationals at proper DH tracks to bring the young guys through!! BUT fucking legend man cool to see people like him back in the sport,, if only we could see him partying with ratboy and peaty!
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 Cautiously Optimistic. I hope he truly can bring something to the table for the up and comers. Got to have more credentials than a name he made for himself over a decade ago. Some, if not all, of the kids he'll be mentoring were born after he got out of the sport. Intense is great and there was a time when, if you were alive, you wanted to be like Shaun Palmer. This is gonna be great for Shaun, Intense, and the lucky riders. Or the Gravity Circus will end up being a Side Show. Best of Luck.
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 Holy Shit brother!! Welcome back!! As a former competeing snowboarder and current downhill MTBer any sport that has Palmer in it makes the sport better for eveyone and the brand. Cheers my friend.
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 Read all the comments becuase this is awesome news! Glad to see the guy who was killing it down the mountain all them years ago having some involvment in one of his many sports he dominated in! its exiting shit man cos you know he's gona have some sort of impact, like he always does.
And im licking his arse for so so many different reasons.... and all them reasons are why this awesome sport is still awesome today!
He was a massive influence!
so...... scrollling down theres one comment which had my blood boiling a little bit and thats the one with 23 arrows down by @orastreet1 its so disrespectful, what the f@@k do you know about shaun palmer? You've just come on here and thought you'd have ya 10pence worth
well he's prob achieved more in his life time than all us on this page put together.
Now get back to me when you've got a computer game with your name on it and gold medals to fill a garden shed!
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 Did you really say - 'And im licking his arse for so so many different reasons..?" You are right, I'm not a professional cyclist. But I buy Intense products, so as a consumer I have an opinion. You disagree. Who cares.
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 yea should i wash my mouth out with soap? WHAT? so you buy intense products and that gives you the right to call a champion a drugged out loser? like you even know him? Yea maybe he was a 'has been' but at least at one point in his life he was one of the best in the world! im no social worker but it dont take a f@@king brain sergeon to tell people fall of the rails from time to time, no body's perfect dude you just got hate inside you!
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 I think some people forget just how much of a competitor this guy is, arguably his biggest success's have been boardercross and skicross. If you don't know about that part of palmers sports career I suggest you read up. The experience he will bring to a team of riders is immeasurable. I would have loved to see what he would have done in fourcross when it was higher on the UCI agenda.
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 Well done to Intense, a nice bit of marketing which should add massive potential to their domestic and (eventually?) WC teams.The dudes a legend. No matter what your views on his post race refreshments, he was a winner first and foremost. I'd hope by coming back into the sport he can bring the kids though to achieve what he didn't, and drag US DH along with it. Although I never thought I'd see Palmer and Lopes riding for the same team back in '98... And to all those who reckon he's slow, he'd still smoke 99.8% of PB readers at both DH and duel.
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 It s Jr development team that I believe should be the focus. The young talent in the states need more support and leadership. SRAM did an awesome thing with Luca Shaw this year. ODI Specialized has also been out there helping young guns. Personally I would love to see the young talent developed to get to the next step.
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 I am excited to see what this will bring, I am sure entertainment at least.

Favorite part of the article: "It is all part of a dream, not a plan."

^^^^That just made me a huge Intense fan! I want to hear about companies LOVING this like WE DO, doing something cause it feels right not just cause it was good marketing or it would bring a big check. Yes, yes I am sure that IS considered but that statement made me feel good inside. People doing it for the love of bikes.
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 He's going to want his gold blazer back off Sam!
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 well its sounding like intense will finally have a WC downhill team again. That alone is awesome news, theres always been a need for more Intense in WC level racing. Now to be one of those lucky kids that get to pull up and set up shop with Palmer at their side. Thats gonna feel good. Good luck to all involved.... Now if they can just get Sam Hill onto an Intense bike lol.
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 Pretty sweet. All the "What can he bring?" comments, he was a pro racer and travelling athlete for years. Just that guidance on when to eat, sleep, rest, ride, when to party, would help a kid going to Europe for the first time. He's gritty, but if he cares about winning as a manager as much as he wanted to win back in the day and he has the riders that have that same drive, it's gonna be crazy. Wonder if they will wear crowns and suits on the podium? Hey, maybe the US GRT will finally get some attention. I always forget the US has an actual DH series. No ad's, no TV, no streaming, no media coverage.. It's totally weak coverage. Well, pb throws on some video or results (Thanks. Really!). USA Cycling never seemed to care about the offroad group it absorbed back 2003 or so. Ever since NORBA left, it seems the only travelling series is UCI or the Enduro World Series. "Hey USA Cycling, are you listening?"....... See? Nothing....
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 You only need to look at all the banter from one pinkbike post, to realize what Palmer brings to our sport we all love so much.. He will be the reason Intense gets to the top in world cup racings not so distent future.. Mark it down!! I hope he snags Sam Hill, that would be a great fit..
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 it's the year of the comebacks Metallica did Glastonbury why can't Palmer ride a bike again?
I'd say it was less to do with the new era of riders, but more the nostalgia of the older riders who can now afford a carbon intense frame
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 His knowledge would be priceless 15 years ago, now it's marketing
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 His knowledge 15 years ago would of been worthless, doubt he would of cared about helping others back then. I believe he can maybe help a kid go from being really talented to having that killer winning instinct, hopefully.
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 "It is all part of a dream, not a plan". Really like that comment for Jeff Steber. Sounds like he's business man that follows his heart, takes care of his people and as a result is living the dream.
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 ... same thing as when Michael Schumacher came back to F1 ... he did not achieve some magic result ... but he sure made those people (fans, team, organisers ...) some money and coverage ....
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 Shaun palmer syndicate?
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 The more exposure to the sport the better. If people don't show an interest in it, it'll die off. It's good to have familiar names and old legends still wanting to be involved in the sport.
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 Formatting for mobile is still dicked up.....it's almost 2015....please fix.
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 to those haters, and I know there are some talented riders on this forum shaun palmer would eat you alive at almost any downhill event
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 Love this guy even though I never met him! Can't wait to see how it all plays out! Good luck Palm!
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 The King is back! Palmer has earned respect long time ago but it wil not take long before he wil show you none believers why!
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 Have never really been a fan of his "maverick creativity". Hopefully he can clean up his act a bit, and prove the naysayers wrong. Mountain biking is well past his style of renegade egotism, and is all the better for it. It's great to see humble racers around like Gwin, Brosnan, and Hill, to mention only a few.
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 gwin. humble? nice guy, probably. humble, not really. i seem to remember a few years ago he was asked "so do you think you are the best dh rider in the world?" i think the interviewer expected some long drawn out discussion of all the different strengths and weaknesses of all the top riders. instead gwin said simply "yeah". I respect the man for his conviction.
I must say I do think Hill is one of the greatest riders ever, and I like his quiet persona more than I like the brash nature of alot of top riders. If I got to choose I reckon I'd prefer to hang out with Hill than some of the more punk riders like Ratboy (much respect by the way and well done on an incredible season) or Palmer but when it comes to wining races, personality doesn't mean a thing, its all about the split times.

I'm not sure mtb is all the better for being more sanitary now. Its starting to smell of big money and sharp suits. Marketting bs and all that rubbish. I'd hate to see the sport go they way of road cycling which is basically run on team politics, managers telling which rider to win, doped up riders in it for the money etc. Mtb could do with a few more wildcards. It is supposed to be an extreme sport after all. Extreme sports need extreme people.
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 nailed the last part man!
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 "Extreme sports" is as much of a big money suit and tie business as road cycling or anything else. At his peak Palmer was big business for X-Games/Mountain Dew etc, and for himself. In fact he seems happy to bang on about how much money he was making.

I'm all for having a few more intriguing personalities but I'd switch off if MTB turned into a generic extreme sport. I don't hold that industry, and it is an industry, in much esteem. The people running that stuff don't give a monkeys about the integrity of the sports they're promoting, and they'll happily bleed a sport dry while it's in fashion and replace it with inline skating/snowmobile freestyle/ whatever else when it stops selling energy drinks.
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 I agree with you on many points, but "sanitary" is different than a lack of egomaniacs or a healthy respect for ones competitors. I respect certain aspects or Palmer's contribution to the sport, but not his attitude towards other racers, or his general disdain for all things save for winning. Nowadays you almost always see racers congratulate those on the hot seat/podium when they get to the bottom of the hill, no matter how well the rode. This attitude is great for the sport, and helps gain fans and sets an example for other, younger racers. The brash, self-centred attitude of Palmer (and a few others, by the way) does nothing for me. I wouldn't want to meet people on the trail with a similar attitude.
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an unorthodox or independent-minded person.

Oh my. No you are right, we don't want any of them in our 'FREE'sport.

Can you spell homogenized clone? Would you like to have ratboy 'clean up his act'? Because he's a maverick by the above definition. In fact I open the question to you ldhbaker, are you not independent minded?
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 Neg prop and no response to the question? Of course.
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 I like it tobius, well said
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 Just a guess tobiusmaximum but I would assume that most people think that there is a happy medium between Palmers crazed egotism and "homogenised clone" - Bryceland has tons of personality and oodles of ability - yet he doesn't come across as an egotistical prick intent on frittering away his talent. I'm pretty sure there is nothing to say that you have to be like Palmer to be an independent minded person - the OP did not state that he hates mavericks - he stated he hated Palmers approach to being a maverick, which is a very different thing.
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 the OP did not state that he hates mavericks - he stated he hated Palmers approach to being a maverick

Being a maverick is unorthodox and independent, by it's definition. So that makes no sense, he hated palmers independent/unorthodox approach to being independent/unorthdox? Huh?
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 everything can and will change. nbd.
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 "Being a maverick is unorthodox and independent, by it's definition. So that makes no sense, he hated palmers independent/unorthodox approach to being independent/unorthdox? Huh?"

Why does that not make sense? If my approach to being unorthodox is a totally different style (say for example Michael Johnsons unique sprinting style) and another's unorthodox approach is by being incredibly abrasive and egotistical- two totally different approaches - why would it be strange to like or dislike one of these approaches?
You may have missed the part where he states "HIS maverick approach" or "HIS STYLE of renegade egotism" - at no point does he state he doesn't want mavericks in the sport as you implied - he simply stated that he did not like Palmer's approach to being unorthodox - why did you leap to the conclusion that he must be against any maverick based on his statements directed at one person?
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 Apologies, tobius, for being out of cell/internet range and not replying soon enough for you.
Paulski has basically echoed much of my sentiment, and there isn't much to add. I completely agree with him that there is a big difference in not agreeing with Palmer's attitude, and being against any rider that shows individualistic tendencies. I like Eddie Master's "maverick" style (he has a sense of humour and keeps things positive), and (to some extent) think that having riders like Ratboy around can be a good thing for the sport. I'll still contend that the sport of DH has completely outgrown Palmer's style of abrasive, brash, and egotistical attitude. It may have been more appropriate when the sport was on the fringes, but seeing how completely professional the top riders are nowadays, it's hard to see how he might fit in.
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 I guess it's like this, I embrace maverick for what it means, the same way as I support the free speech of even those saying things I don't like. Because I think if you don't respect the rights of one maverick to do things their way, even if they're not harming you, then you somewhat dismantle what it is to be a maverick. Like or dislike his attitude and behavior, and I can see you both dislike it, but can you really suggest he's a maverick then claim you don't like it because he doesn't CONFORM to your idea of acceptable maverickness? Conformity is the antithesis of the maverick. I just think a different word might work. Horses for courses sure, but don't call it a duck if you don't like that it waddles.
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 I'll still contend that the sport of DH has completely outgrown Palmer's style of abrasive, brash, and egotistical attitude.

What makes you think he hasn't??
I refer you to boatbikers personal testimony further up the the thread, with 29 props.
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 Who is asking him to conform to "our idea of maverickness"? As has been stated, his attitude is one of the things that make him a maverick - we don't like his approach to this - which thanks to the free speech you hold so dear is an opinion we are entirely entitled to both hold and voice. Its not a question of "respecting his rights" - he has the right to behave however he wants to and accordingly we have the right to express our dislike of it, simply because you label him a maverick does not mean that he is beyond reproach. To invoke Godwins law Wink - Hitler was a Maverick leader - doesn't mean you cannot condemn his actions merely because "you should respect the rights of one maverick to do things their way"(and yeah I did just compare Palmer to Hitler!!!).
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 ^agreed. how does one know he hasn't? personal experience? hard to imagine to involve yourself as an employer in hiring a coach/mentor type of role to youngsters knowing their approach to still be abrasive, harsh and egotistical. never say never but i would reserve my judgement and stay positive
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 "agreed. how does one know he hasn't? personal experience? hard to imagine that to involve yourself in a coach/mentor type of role to youngsters your approach would be abrasive, harsh and egotistical. never say never but i would reserve my judgement and stay positive"

I'm guessing that's exactly why the he wrote this - " Hopefully he can clean up his act a bit, and prove the naysayers wrong." - in his original post.
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 true. just suggesting that his act has been clean and it is why he has been afforded the opportunity. i don't know. i think being around wcdh scene again with guys so positive like peaty might be just the recipe. good vibes to the palm, intense and their project
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 I'm guessing a PR firm packaged this press release in order to convey this reunion story with the caveat of reform. All the right pieces are in place: a motivated winner, brash attitude, an icon of the brand and sport it represents. In marketing terms, in any industry, bringing back something that was iconic about 15-20 years ago is standard practice, and Napalm is a practical solution to that equation. Part of the reason is that the people in charge now were the same young enthusiasts growing up with the sport in those days, even better in this case as we have empirical/anecdotal evidence (Jeff and Shaun's reunion). So the marketing works out on paper, but now they have to win in the court of public opinion because they know that we are divided into two fan bases: 1. Those who respect his riding style AND brash attitude and, 2. Those who respect his riding style but think his ego has no place in a sport in which most participants consider full of camaraderie. So they make sure we all read that he's older, wiser, and cleaner. I'm not saying I don't believe it, just explaining how business works. I really do believe that Palmer is wiser and probably less of a wild man than before - age can do that to you. I believe the stories of how he interacts w/ the younger guys wonderfully at boarding clinics. I think he's one of these people who can compartmentalize their personalities. Be brash when you need to, be cool when you need to. When you're young sometimes that crossfire can get you in trouble, but he was vetted by the new Intense management team, not just Steber himself, so I think there is some value in that. We will see how this turns out, but admittedly as someone in fanbase 2, I really wish him the best and hope he succeeds at this job. It would be a refreshing reform story and I'll respect him WAY more for proving people in fanbase 2 wrong! oh yeah and because 'Merica of course duh Wink
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 Anybody that hasn't seen the movie, Palmer the miserable champion, should. Freakin great 40 minutes or so
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 Err why?? Can they not get a better rider than him? Never liked him the 1st time round. There were much better role models than him. Jason McRoy, Steve Peat, Nico V, Cedric Gracia, John Tomac etc who had far better staying power than be did . The bloke was just a flash in the pan . Moto gear would have got to mtb without his influence as well.
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 Cedric? Really? He partied the hardest out of everyone.
Great guy, funny, charisma and great style but never took racing seriously.
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 But be is still there though.
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 I love Palmer riding style but his criminal side is depressing like hes movie that I also cryed a lot. hope hes in touch with his life and help the team
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 at least Cedric is amusing and has a personality and he never gave up the sport.
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 Very true. I love the way I'm getting marked down for speaking the truth. People need to wake up a realise that Palmer simply wasn't the enigma that everyone makes out he is. Just a load mouthed flash in the pan knob head as far as I am concerned.
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 Matt76 I fully agree. Not that i know him or anything but from interviews and videos he seems like a massive bellend
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 Thank you. One thing that did make me laugh a few years ago was the title of his video "The Miserable Champion" Champion...what champion?? He was never a champion of anything major in mountain biking. I was really glad when Nico beat him in the world champs as Nico deserved it more. He had far more dedication to the sport, he was the true DH athlete back then.
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 he championed tattoos, drugs and being an asshat
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 Dude has huge respect from the moto side too - he could (and did) show up at AMA outdoor national motocrosses and qualify for the main. That's insanely impressive.
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 Don't think it's gonna work out. Palmer's philosophy is more like "fcuck marketing, fcuck everything and ride your fcucking bike". And it's not enough nowadays.
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 Well, I'm gonna come right out and say that I think this is brilliant news! The world of MTB will be a better place for having Palmer back in it.
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 Best of luck to the guy.
When debt catches up to you and the royalty checks stop coming, ya gotta get a job. The struggle is real Bro!
Totally Intense needs to keep it real, so bring on the FMF, white Ford F150(or cool guy costa mesa caddy), flat brim, Bro Cal gnar fest
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 Napalm. Legend.
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 fkn hell yes intense having lopes and napalm back is awesome !!!! long live king palmer !!!
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 the next Intense talent should brake anything anywhere like Palmer did? he should use all kind of drugs, been arrested all the time like Palmer did? he should do partys and have fight every night doing crazy irresponsable stuff like Palmer did?
OK he was an amazing rider but a pure criminal... this is an exemple of athete???
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 Hahaha, do you have the slightest inclination of what the DH racing scene was then or even what it's like now? You a fan of Ratboy? He parties and drinks harder than most and this is the time where being the best means taking racing seriously. Imagine what all the top guys were doing 15 years ago. OMG drugs and partying and getting arrested! OMG what a horrible person! Pull your head outta what I'm assuming to be a very tightly clinched a*shole.
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flag mudmandhbrazil (Sep 2, 2014 at 9:55) (Below Threshold)
 you like drinking and doing shit like fights and stuff so hes your idol. nice head dick head
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 You must be a blast to hang out with, haha... don't make any leaps in logic about someone you don't know... oh wait, you've already done it twice. Have fun turning rocks into diamonds while attempting to take a dump Wink
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 Great stuff! Can't wait the Gravity Circus vids!
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 Does this mean he will be apart of Kovarik Race Team as well...Ohhhh shit
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 mountain biking is full of pussys and it needs some more badasses like paulmet. thats why he s back
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 Palmer can you pick old talent out? Pick me pick me, I'll send it I promise.
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 Imagine having Palmer as your coach.. That's amazing!!
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 well, this will be very interesting.
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 Samuel Jackson should put the Palm in his pocket, because he is still a Bad Motherf*cker!
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 call me a cynic but I'm gonna guess Intense is gonna make a little money off this.
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 They say you cant buy experience. Apparently you can. Intense can be mighty once again.
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 Lopes and Palmer I can't think of a more awesome team to assemble for the running of your yay America company right into the ground
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 Holy Shit...
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 Yeah!!!! And now rock and roll!!!!!!!!!!
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 Huge fan, made me want to start DH riding, racing.. Awesome
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 It,s time to polish your dancing shoes kids!
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 Nice welcome back to the Family.
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 He will be working on the M10 carbon project.
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 Maybe they'll call it the M-X. Smile
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 Welcome back Napalm! Great news
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 Legend no doubt. However, I am skeptical!
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 i am so stoked to see to icons are coming home. first jeff buys shauns m1. and now shaun is signed.
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 Wannabe Peaty....well, except Peaty is still out crushing it WC style every weekend and mentoring champ Ratboy.
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 Yes, yes, yes! On so many levels.
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 What levels are those then mate??
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 Well, I could probably write an essay on the subject, but that seems to be overdoing it?
The fact that Mr. Palmer is back in mountainbiking is awesome enough. He is the guy that brought a whole lot of rock & roll attitude to the scene, the first heavily tattooed mountainbiker that got podium finishes (at least to my knowledge), rode custom cadillacs and custom painted bikes, and he was seen just about anywhere.
And it was not as if mountainbike was the only thing he did 24/7, he did it all and usually at a super high standard, skiing, snowmobile racing, you name it...

Im looking forward to a Palmer Approved INTENSE DH frame, with flames and at least one Slayer logo somewhere on the frame.
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 PALMER the king of the world !!!!!
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 'The miserable champion' link anyone?
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 Going to try what the Syndicate has been doing with S.P. Mentoring.
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 Production expenses: $495 one tank of gas.
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 one word.......YES!
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 Welcome back. You have been missed.
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 Good deal!
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 Awesome news!
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 yes yes yes yes palmer haha !!
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 prick, the guy is.. But damn good rider - he was.. (said in a Yoda voice)
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 hahahaaaa...... loved this comment i diiiiiiiid!!!
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 f**king rad
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