Coming into 2023 our goal is simple – we want to make the fastest pure downhill race bike that we can. Go behind the scenes and check out our latest downhill prototype, the Intense M279 HP6.— Intense Cycles
A 3D printed proof of concept.
The first complete prototype frame prior to fabrication.
Their ever-changing prototypes might still help them sell enduro, trail & ebikes if the racers do well on them.
Best thing he did was move to Tennessee.
Sometimes similar could have been available way earlier and way cheaper, so why wait to be similar?
(nicely played though - golf clap)
Step 1. Claim that bicycle design is really hard due to variability of x y z, e.t.c.
Step 2. Get high and come up with a rear triangle shape.
Step 3. Make it trendy. You wanna show off that you are researching new technology? Give it a high pivot idler pulley, an extra link here and there, e.t.c. You wanna stick to the O.G roots? Make it shaped like all the other bikes, claim that the low pivot is more responsive, e.t.c
Step 4. Tweak the linkages to get the rider preferred anti squat and progressivity
Step 5. Make the frame, give it to the riders. Riders will have feedback based on how they are feeling that day.
Step 6. Make adjustments, repeat testing, e.t.c.
Step 7. Riders race the frame. If they win, say it was because of a well handling bike. If they lose, its because they are not up to speed fitness/mental wise.
Step 8. Everyone still has a job, and got paid over the course of the last year, and bikes are selling due to marketing. Thats the important bit. Go back to Step 1 next year.
Don't you go an spoil it for everyone .....
On a sidenote, Gwinns beard looks badass.
In comparison, fat bikes are great for traction, but you can never get the pressure high enough safely to have decent efficiency, whereas 27.5+ bikes have smaller wheel sizes that aren't great for rollover.
Def still capable of Gwinning when healthy...just like 5-8 others.
Every racing type has some sort of rules to keep things level and somewhat fair.