Video: Intense M279 Prototype Bike Check With Seth Sherlock

Mar 28, 2021
by Pinkbike Originals  

Christina Chappetta checks in with Seth Sherlock to find out more about the prototype Intense DH bike that he's been training on in preparation for his first year as an elite on the World Cup circuit.



Intense Prototype Details

Frame size: Large
Head Angle: 63*
Reach: 465mm
Chainstays: 440/445/450mm
Wheel size: 29" front / 27.5" rear
Rear Shock: Fox Float X2
Fork: Fox 40
Cassette: E13 7 speed integrated casette
Cranks: E13 LG1 Plus 165mm
Chainguide: E13 LG1 Race Carbon
Pedals: HT X1, 4 pins, half-way tightened w/ X2 cleat
Rear Derailleur: TRP G-Spec DH7
Handlebar: Renthal Fatbar, 770 width, 10mm rise, 31.8mm
Stem: Renthal Integra 50mm / 0 rise / 10mm spacer beneath crown,
Grips: ODI Elite Pro
Brakes: TRP DH-R Evo, currently resin pads
Rotors: 203mm TRP rotors, 2.3mm thick
Insert: No.
Wheels: E13 LG1 Race Carbon DH
Tires: Kenda Gran Mudda AGC - full cut
Seatpost: SDG carbon I-Beam post and I-Fly saddle



Settings

Tire pressure: 23 front / 25 rear
Inserts: No

Fork pressure: 90psi / 15% sag
LSR: 7 from closed
HSR: 6 from closed
LSC: 10 from closed
HSC: fully open
Tokens: 4


Shock pressure: 190psi, 25% sag
LSR: 10
HSR: 8
LSC: 10
HSC: fully open
Tokens: 4















135 Comments

  • 134 15
 Now paint that in flat red and sell it as is.
Alu Intense = Fantasticly good looking
Carbon Intense = Extremely boring looking
  • 162 3
 Paint it? Ditch the silly graphics and leave that thing raw.
  • 16 3
 @ReformedRoadie: Yes, it looks like they had some decals left over from other bikes and just slapped them on there haphazardly. Just leaving it raw would be so much better.
  • 7 2
 Forget what they paint it, “really not that close to production” is the biggest problem for a prototype that came out in 2019. That’s the life cycle for some other brands production models.

Intense used to be all about rapid prototyping and production, and has now become the complete opposite.
  • 14 1
 @commental: That's actually how Intense marks their prototypes. That way they don't get shit mixed up and install the wrong parts on the wrong bikes etc., you know like....POLE. Wink
  • 7 0
 If it was sold in aluminum right now, don’t care what color.. my wallet would certainly be quite a bit lighter but I would have a huge smile on my face riding a modern aluminum intense. Those welds Smile
  • 2 0
 @ReformedRoadie: now your talking, just a Intense logo on the down tube.
  • 2 0
 @mybaben: It's also how they do it in the auto business. They make em ugly AF that way you can not see lines and details. I figured it was the same idea.
  • 3 0
 Bring the works ano colors back and thats it.
  • 3 0
 Just call me ODB cuz ooo baby I like it raw
  • 3 0
 @ninjatarian: totally agree. Intense is falling behind quick.
  • 2 2
 If they paint it you won't be able to see the cracks
  • 1 0
 Looks pretty friggin intense but you could be wrong.
  • 1 0
 @flippantride: That's interesting. Maybe Steber does some of that too... All I know is that is how all their protos are. Smile
  • 2 0
 @ninjatarian: Agreed. Both their enduro bikes are WAY out of date. They should have released new bikes last year, but couldn't get their shit together. Not sure the real reasons...
  • 1 2
 @mybaben: Yeah! Those things barely roll now that other companies have made newer ones.
  • 2 0
 @orastreet1: LOL!! Sorry, not trying to insult the fan boys. I used to have a Tracer. Wink
  • 1 0
 @ninjatarian: I would say they are continuing to innovate. AG is the only one that has been on the Prototype, now the whole team has been put on test bikes. While the rest of the bike world is telling people 2022 for production bikes, Intense is still pushing with its team.
  • 40 0
 Thanks for putting the bike check in word form too!
  • 27 0
 Bring back the aluminum Intense!
  • 4 1
 My M1 never went away!
  • 1 0
 Not happening. Not after they sold their factory.
  • 2 0
 @alexisfire: I didn’t know they had a factory. I assumed they were made at that place in Portland.
  • 1 0
 @Tykebike: I regret getting rid of my aluminum Tracer.
  • 3 0
 @vondur: I called in at the factory in Temecula whilst I was on holiday to buy some decals and a t shirt, I was given a factory tour. It being Friday afternoon it was mostly deserted. Got to see Shaun Palmer's M1 and an M1 tandem - scary, Leigh Donovans bike was also on display. I couldn't go round the development area though.
  • 25 1
 This Kid. Take note up and comers. Poised, mature beyond his years and an ambassador a brand should be proud of. Sets got the skills and his head in the game. Now go on and slay em sssoonnnn!
  • 30 0
 Thank you man! Really means a lot.
  • 1 2
 Todd’s beating his ass into shape .....solid kid forsure
  • 2 0
 @sethsherlock: Hey Seth, just curious: how many times have you heard "No Seth, Sherlock?"

Ok seriously, I'll be monitoring your progress. Let us locals know if you'll visit the corporate office in Temecula, CA. You should schedule a ride in Greer Ranch and give us some pointers Smile
  • 19 2
 My prediction: bike companies will start selling aluminum bikes again, except they will suddenly become more expensive than carbon and marketed as hand made artisanal frames. Plastic bikes will become the budget bikes.
  • 12 0
 Mullets are making a comeback. Remember the early 2000’s Specialized Big Hits 26/24.
  • 4 1
 I had santa cruz superr s8 26r 24r thing was 52 lbs
  • 9 0
 Jeff should build it from what I’ve heard it’s a much better bike than the m29

Cause they are aluminum

And he could build them in North America
No need to pay for shipping containers

Like the old days when intense was made in the hood ole USA
  • 4 0
 ...with their signature crooked rear triangles.
  • 2 0
 @bonkywonky: and usually quickly floowed by the trade marked #crackedtoshit ! But damn those biked were fast and gorgeous so I'd still get one in a heartbeat
  • 12 4
 Great job Christina - as with all the other worked you have done with Pink Bike. I wish you can do all the bike check interviews - very thorough and to the point. I hope you stay with Pink Bike, because some energy drink company might recruit you to do interviews, stories, and coverage with or without a Cajun accent.
  • 11 0
 Metal intense bikes look good!
  • 7 0
 All the other bike manufacturer: getting mad about the prototypes being photographed and posted on PB
Intense: Let's make a 10 min video and talk about it...
  • 6 0
 Intense needs to stop ducking up bad and just make this and all the other prototype bikes in aluminum here in the USA. I haven’t a clue how they are still in business
  • 8 2
 Too bad they will turn that beauty into dull carbon!
  • 2 0
 Nice bike. The difference between DH bikes and trail\Enduro bikes interests me. Norco Sight (Trail bike i guess) has about the same HTA (63.5 iirc) but a big 485mm reach (Large)...where this bike, designed for riding the gnarliest stuff on the planet, is only 465mm. Big difference. I'm wondering why this bike isn't super long like the Norco or vise versa. If all of that extra front center helps make a 140mm trail bike more stable and fast for riding the BC Gnar...wouldnt it make sense that it should be on a DH race bike of all things too?
  • 6 2
 But can you compare 2 bikes from different manufacturers?
Size large is not a fixed dimension, every manufacturer has it's own dimensions/sizing.

Just my guess.
  • 2 1
 I am not a huge expert of geometries, but I have read once here on PB, that as DH bikes are only used going downhill, so that the angle makes the reach bigger, because it is a derived number. It made sense for me.
  • 2 5
 American manufacturers are behind on geo numbers . Specialized and Santa Cruz are actually making proper xl bikes with reaches in the 500 mark

I’m 6’5 and always on the hunt for the longer bikes especially DH bikes

Santa Cruz and commencal seem to be the only ones with those numbers on DH bikes

A few other smaller manufacturers have been starting to crank out longer bikes .

Here in bc large and xl models are the first to be sold out. .
  • 4 0
 Stability means different things to different people. Look at the top ranks of the EWS and most of them are sizing down and running narrow bars.
  • 2 0
 @PTyliszczak: are they down sizing are is there sponsor using new geo .

Alotta people I see out riding are on bikes to big for them

Riding a flow trail , it’s easier on a bigger bike .

Riding Tech a smaller bike is preferred

Alotta new riders now a days where I live many don’t wanna ride the tech trails .
  • 5 0
 200mm of suspension travel on super steep terrain (world cup DH tracks are crazy steep mostly) turn the 465mm reach into much more real quickly.

In general I like the reach on my DH bike to be about 10-15mm less than my trail bike. Otherwise I have to run my bars crazy high or feel like I'm "reaching" to keep pressure on the front end. And I'm far from a DH racer on World Cup terrain. I can't imagine how much more exaggerated the effect is.
  • 8 0
 @PTyliszczak: So big EWS guys don't want the reach...and DH racing guys don't want the reach either? Why do we want it?
  • 1 0
 Hey svinyard, the very example you give gives nearly identical front center because the longer fork places the front wheel further out at same head angle. The sight has a front center of 818 at 485 reach. Intense at around 822 guestimate at 465 reach. There is a practical limit to how far in front of you you can have the front wheel without it loosing traction or having the rear center so long that you can no longer lift the front end. I'm pretty sure chainstays will get longer but probably not front center. Riders already have to move over the fork just to go around flat corners, so weight distribution is out of wack, Wich is why pros go for shorter reach.
  • 1 0
 Hey, just noticed that the head angle is not the same as you suggested, the I tense is slacker by half a degree, pushing the front wheel another half inch further from what I said. Sometimes shorter reach also equals longer front center!
  • 2 0
 @Svinyard: marketing. Sales.
  • 1 0
 @svinyard: cause only squids need to size up?
  • 1 0
 @PTyliszczak: lots size down for balance reasons and getting their rear center length and front center to more closely match
  • 1 0
 @uponcripplecreek: Gotcha so it comes down to wheelbase/FC that is the balance between stability and maneuverability.
  • 6 0
 Bike looks pretty Intense.
  • 4 1
 Just a Primer of what's to come.
  • 4 0
 Wish intense would release this bike as it is. Looks so so much better than their carbon bikes. Without a doubt the best looking dh bike I’ve seen in a long time
  • 3 0
 I could be wrong, but to me those aluminum parts look a lot like forging parts - will we see a comeback for Intense production aluminum bikes?
  • 1 0
 I love the aesthetics of this bike! Nice build. I do have to wonder though, if you're leaving your settings wide open, doesn't that mean somethings off? I would think you'd want to change something internally there...? Just my 2c IDK...
  • 1 0
 When you have as much air and tokens/volume spacers as he has you don't necessarily need that much high speed compression damping. Fox stuff has good progressivity anyway.
  • 2 0
 @mybaben: High speed damping is not doing the same thing as volume spacers, fox is currently not making coil DH fork either, so their damper tunes have to cater to only air spring characteristics with less HSC to start with.
  • 1 0
 @Mondbiker: Technically it's not the same, but it will have some similarity in that HSC damping and or a lot of progression (from tokens) will help in some form of bottom out protection. But yes, HSC is actually involved in "slowing" the compression and air volume is giving bottom out/end of stroke protection. So I agree, they are different things ultimately.
  • 3 0
 He has gone over to clips and loves it and I have gone the other way around and love it ;D
  • 5 1
 Pro racers pretty much need to ride clips because they can't risk coming off the bike. It can cost them the race.
  • 5 1
 Whoa!!!......... Is that a metal bike? Music to my vision!!
  • 3 0
 I love the look of machined aluminum parts.
  • 1 0
 Evry prototype from intense looks absolutely cool, however all production frames afterwards looks subpar, definitely they need to bring alu back with hand made locally
  • 2 0
 Intense is lucky to have Seth on board such a good dude and fully committed! Excited to cheer him on this season!
  • 2 0
 Who would seriously choose a carbon version of this parked next to this masterpiece??? The carbon obsession needs to end.
  • 1 0
 Why do they run the HSC fully open on a lot of these pro bike checks? I always have, and only use the LSC. A lot of people actually go the opposite & run a heap of HSC
  • 3 1
 Maybe it rode like shit but the older gen one looked sooo much cleaner
  • 3 1
 Looks kinda like a 2012 banshee scream
  • 3 0
 *Legend

Also one of the sickest looking bikes around.

Also no iso-grid
  • 3 0
 @z-man: oh yea legend, funny I forgot the name since I actually rode one for years haha
  • 2 0
 Over on the green site someone reported a carbon prototype intense.
  • 1 0
 You mean the exact one that was spotted two years ago winning an EWS
  • 1 0
 @freeridejerk888: yes, but in its production version
  • 1 0
 @freeridejerk888: scroll down. Are you talking about this? This is new a new bike as far as im concerned.
www.vitalmtb.com/forums/The-Hub,2/2020-MTB-Tech-rumors-and-innovation,10797?page=102
  • 1 0
 That looks exactly the same as the alu isabeau ran two years ago in the ews just carbon. They teased a new tracer/ carbine last year and messed up not getting it out in time. My guess is that’s the mew tracer or carbine. Aka mini m29. Like spesh did with the demo @Thirty3:
  • 2 0
 cant wait to ride my M9 again ! sikkkkkkkkkkk
  • 3 1
 Does Intense even exist anymore?
  • 3 4
 Nah, they only sponsor one of the most winningest DH Legends of all time.
  • 1 0
 Who makes this contraption that prevents chain from going wild? I want one. Those two loops on the chainstays I mean.
  • 1 0
 @oldejeans: Thanks!
  • 2 0
 that crack on the tire's sidewall though
  • 1 0
 Let's see how fast I get down voted. Switched to clipless pedals "massively improved my riding". Okay, bring the hate.
  • 2 0
 Being a pro is a whole different thing though. Part of it is the crazy speed they ride at, and part of it is that a pro has to do whatever they can to not lose time, since obvs that's how you win. Coming off the bike partly or all the way will cost you the win. When they literally clip themselves to the bike, that helps avoid that risk. It's best for them to do that since they're pros and paid to win. Amateurs who ride for fun don't ride that fast and aren't concerned with coming off or slipping on the pedals now and again. That's why we can ride whatever we enjoy and feel the most comfortable on.
  • 1 0
 15% sag up front? I didnt think that would be necessary on a 200 mm travel fork. Seth must really not like nose dive.
  • 1 0
 Pass thru for the shock reminds me of the old Turner DHR dw-link. I love the industrial look of this bike.
  • 2 0
 That looks fast!
  • 1 0
 Looks like a saintly bike for cruzing.
  • 2 0
 Bike looks sick!
  • 1 0
 Always been a fan of intense and nicolai frames especially in raw.
  • 2 1
 Is looks like SC nomad Smile
  • 1 0
 Looks like a 951 with rear shock mounted on the lower link.
  • 1 0
 Sick looking bike, dialed setup. Good luck this season Seth!!
  • 1 0
 Looks like front tyre rubs frame.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a 2012 transition tr450
  • 1 1
 Looks more like a older Banshee legend
  • 1 0
 a DH Banshee made love to a Bronson.
  • 1 0
 That looks damn sick!
  • 1 1
 What a beautiful looking bike
  • 1 0
 camping is intense.
  • 1 1
 Looks pretty Intense to me
  • 1 0
 I don't see any tent. I believe this photo was taking in the open?
  • 1 0
 Iso-grid is so cool.
  • 1 0
 How tall is the rider?
  • 1 0
 5’9” says it in the video
  • 1 1
 FN SICK FRAME!!!
  • 1 3
 Looks like a Lapierre
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