Neko Mulally Races a Retro Painted Intense Downhill Bike to Fundraise for More Kids on Bikes

Sep 17, 2021
by MulallyNeko  

In 2018 and 2019, I gave away my World Champs bikes to raise money for a non-profit that bought bikes for underprivileged kids. We raised over $25k each year. This year, I will give away my custom painted Intense M29 that I am racing at the Snowshoe World Cup plus the gear I'm using, and put the money towards a fleet of high-end kids mountain bikes that will be kept at my bike park, Ride Kanuga, and we will encourage kids to sign up into a program where they can use the bikes for free. In addition to riding the bikes, we will teach the kids how to maintain them as well as the trails they are using.

Intense M1


How to win:

This year, I am selling posters for $20 (shipping included, anywhere in the world) and each customer will be entered into a drawing for my bike, race kit, helmet, shoes, and gloves worn in the World Cup finals at Snowshoe. Additionally, people can donate an extra $10 for another entry into the drawing. There is no limit to the extra donations. Winners will be chosen on November 21 at the Cranksgiving MTB festival hosted at Ride Kanuga.




What the money raised will be used for:

In years past with Can'd Aid, we bought bikes and helmets for first grade students around the country. For many of these kids, this was their first bike and they were very excited. This year, I am doing the fundraising myself and will buy a fleet of higher end mountain bikes that we will keep at Ride Kanuga and other bike parks that would like to participate, and allow the kids to use the bikes for free. In order to participate, kids will need to write a paragraph explaining why they would like to use the bikes to be accepted into the program, then can book days that they would like to use the bikes similar to a rental bike free of charge. After so many days of riding, the kids will need to spend time learning about bike maintenance and trail maintenance to continue riding. Kids can ride the bikes at Ride Kanuga for free, or take them off-site. My hope is that this allows more kids to get into biking and teaches them to be good stewards of our sport. Every dollar raised will go towards this fleet of bikes. The more money raised, the more kids affected.

Neko

If you are able to pitch in $20 to this cause, that would be great. Helping to spread the word goes a long way too. If not, no worries. Thanks!


51 Comments

  • 142 4
 Neko Mulally does so much for downhill, yet he probably doesn't get the recognition. Time for change
  • 19 1
 Agree, he’s a local where I live and he should be recognized for his grass roots approach to support the sport. He’s so personable and I was impressed by his way of speaking to me when we ran across him at Kanuga. He’s very good for this sport and you can tell he will be giving back for a long time.
  • 3 1
 Yoann Barelli also comes to mind as someone who really gives back. People like Neko and Yoann are my mountain bike “heros” much more than whoever is winning the most races at the moment.

And this is the standard to which we should hold people who make a living off our sport. The more we pay attention to and celebrate things like this (as opposed to the latest super-bike), the more resources people like Neko and Yoann will be given to keep doing it and the more others will be encourage to follow suit.
  • 2 0
 And maybe one of the “additions” from the acquisition could be some actual and decent coverage of advocacy issues. If they actually did that, I might even sign up for + membership and just learn to deal with the scarlett “O” next to my username.
  • 2 0
 @dancingwithmyself: we can definitely do better
  • 75 0
 For a second, I thought it said he was racing the retro bike, and it made me double take hard. Sick paintjob tho, and a for a great cause.
  • 19 10
 the retro bike might win more present day world cup races versus the new bike tho LOL
  • 2 0
 I think Matti Lehikoinen raced his old Intense bike at a local race not too long ago, 1 or 2 years back. He posted it on his Instagram.
  • 1 0
 Ha, I get those double-takes on my M-1 — lots of nostalgic gazes, comments about the M-1’s domination 2 decades ago, and people looking at my NOS yellow Gustavs like “are those some new Magura model?!” And of course people comment on how small the bike looks...but at 6’3” with 36.5” Wookiee arms, I make most new bikes look pretty small compared to the 5’7” to 5’10” wave of current top downhillers.
www.pinkbike.com/photo/21330229/#cid10413307

And then riding it in 2020 (albeit with a shoe sole that gave up, so I wasn’t jumping stuff that day):
www.pinkbike.com/video/526953
  • 26 0
 Probably one of the best paint jobs they ever had going. Damn,, how compact the original looks now. How on earth did we ride those bikes!
  • 8 1
 would be cool to see an overlay of the two bikes (someone with more time & ps skills than i).
  • 2 0
 that's GORGEOUS!
  • 3 0
 Compact indeed! I never had a bike that would buzz the seat into the rear wheel with such force and consistency. Amazing I didn’t neuter myself with it.
  • 4 0
 Red is always faster
  • 2 0
 Speak for yourself I only wished I rode those bikes back then! While I clunked around on my hand me down rigid Avanti Montari
  • 2 0
 I rode an M1 in a race just last weekend. Feels just like my enduro bike, only a little short anytime I pedal
  • 17 0
 I would have paid more to watch him race THE retro downhill bike!
  • 11 0
 If he qualifies on the new steed and races the retro bike. I will donate $500, but redbull has to agree to show his run on the live feed top to bottom.
  • 4 0
 I love this bike. When I was a kid, I used to eat my cereal, while staring at the M1 in the intense catalog. Kids these days will never know.
  • 1 0
 Blast from the past! Thing is, the current bike is obviously way more capable but it is here today and likely forgotten tomorrow - NOBODY forgets the old M1!

Brings back memories of the day I bumped into a guy riding near-enough that same bike, and me on my Taiwanese M1 copy, also in Intense red/yellow/black colours - we had a good laugh and traded bikes for a short while to see what they were like. (Pretty similar actually!)
  • 3 0
 Palmers Stars and Stripes was the best paintjob, but that is very nice and more appropriate.
  • 3 0
 Intense actually released a special edition stars and stripes version of the M16 when it was first released:
www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/2015-Sea-Otter-Classic-Pit-Bits,8821/Limited-Edition-Shaun-Palmer-Intense-M16-DH-Bike,88989/bturman,109
  • 4 0
 Ordered mine, fingers crossed
  • 2 0
 Better than the sh*t paint jobs they do nowadays! Time to get the old designer back.. looks sweet AF
  • 2 0
 Aaah the memories.. beautiful!
  • 2 0
 That brings back memories! Fond ones! Love it!!!
  • 2 0
 Retro paint job looks rad even today!
  • 2 0
 For a second there I thought he was racing the older intense m1 haha
  • 2 0
 Dang, I thought he was going to race on the old M1.
  • 1 0
 I saw this bike in the Snowshoe pits. It looks absolutely awesome! I took a few pictures of it.
  • 1 0
 I had one of those M1s and honestly it felt as good as my modern Tues, just quite a bit too short.
  • 1 0
 Got some intense tyres that would go lovely on that if it wasn't the wrong wheel size
  • 1 0
 hey, @intense - sell bikes that look like this, its not hard to make a product people will actually buy! Great cause too.
  • 2 0
 Weird poster tho... lol
  • 5 0
 yeah can I skip the poster and just donate? would rather the shipping costs go toward the cause anyway
  • 1 0
 I was hoping the poster was of the M1
  • 1 0
 I saw one of those retro's at Deer Valley this summer. Cool
  • 2 1
 The orange fox fork decals do not belong.
  • 2 0
 Agreed, they could have at least stuck some red fox graphics on the fork.
  • 1 0
 Agreed. It would have been nice to try to match the new Fox fork to the older (Manitou?) original colours.
  • 2 0
 Needs a Dorado
  • 1 0
 Needs the Karver onboard!
  • 1 0
 That chain guide was legendary back in the day
  • 1 0
 Neko, you are true mench. You keep doing what you have been doing.
  • 1 0
 Neko is the TVA of bikes.
  • 1 0
 Pretty cool, git you a sixer and good ass time riding bikes fur her.
  • 1 0
 What a well structured program. Awesome Neko.
  • 1 0
 That's the hottest DH bike yet!! Great job!
  • 1 1
 0/10 Chain guide not orange Smile

JK it looks sick AF
  • 1 0
 Neko is a boss!
  • 1 0
 That bike is gorgeous

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