Neko Mulally has been riding a prototype Intense Factory Racing bike since the beginning of the 2020 WC season. Last year Neko and Aaron Gwin both raced the identically sized frames, but for this year Neko has his own custom size that is a little larger than Aaron's. The bike features a JS Tuned suspension system which is Intense's version of VPP, using a concentric bottom bracket pivot to keep a low center of mass.
Some of the geometry numbers on Neko's bike are a 480mm reach, a 460mm CS, 345mm BB height, and a 63-degree head angle. The bike runs a mixed wheel setup, and weighs in at 38.5 lbs.
Center cut tires for the mud on Kenda Gran Mudda's. Less rolling resistance and more predictability in the wet conditions on roots and rock were among the reasons for the switch from a non-cut tire.
This bike is a hand-welded prototype, made by Intense founder Jeff Steeber for the Intense Factory Racing Team. This is the only bike of this size, custom for Neko, in existence.
Front fender installed and ready for the rain and mud in Costa Rica.