Intend Announces New Blackline Fork Models

Apr 11, 2024 at 12:33
by Intend BC  
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PRESS RELEASE: Intend Bicycle Components

We don't want to withhold from you the probably most visually striking innovation. In addition to the so-called Intend Originals suspension forks, which also receive all technical internal updates and are equipped with the already familiar hard-anodized tubes with pressed dropouts, there is now the optional Blackline variant for the Hero, Edge, and Flash fork models. This variant features one-piece, forged, and mechanically post-processed lowers with black hard anodizing as well as milled aluminum protectors, also black hard anodized, to protect them.

The upper assembly, consisting of the stanchion, bridge, and steerer tube, remains the same across both line-ups, as well as the internals of the air spring and damping. One could therefore say that the change of the Blackline series is purely cosmetic, apart from the increased unsprung mass due to the guards and their protective properties.

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What prompted Intend to offer protectors now? The Originals version without protectors will continue to be available and remains the functionally recommended product. They are cheaper and functionally even better with 110g less unsprung mass. However, we noticed the demand for black stanchions and guards. Accordingly, the intention was to meet this demand and develop a product that aligns slightly more with customer expectations than with our own philosophy.

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Travelizer Air Spring

The most technically interesting innovation is the new Travelizer air spring. In addition to the Travelizer function, the new air spring also includes a reduction in friction due to non-additionally pressurized seals, a longer negative chamber, and the elimination of the volume spacer.

With the previous air spring, most customers preferred the medium progression setting. This prompted Intend to design the progression in such a way that said progression is now the standard configuration and the saved volume is added to the negative chamber. This further improves the characteristic curve and reduces the unsprung mass by 26g. However, an adjustment of the progression is still possible using two additional bottom caps provided, which allow for the volume to be increased or decreased by -15 and +15mm, respectively.

The most distinctive feature of the new Travelizer air spring is the adjustable travel. The process is quite simple: attach the air pump, rotate the stanchion - clockwise for +1mm increments, counterclockwise for -1mm increments per 360°. Once the desired travel is achieved, remove the pump, and an internal locking mechanism engages, preventing further adjustment of the travel (while the stanchion can of coure still be turned).

The 3 models Hero, Edge and Flash will be adjustable up to a range of 30mm in increments of 1mm each. The lightest fork, Hero has a travel range of 140-170mm, Edge from 150-180mm, and Flash from 160-190mm. To withstand the mechanical stresses of the adjustment, all parts are now made of 7075 aluminum. Only the sliding surfaces are equipped with PTFE slide elements to ensure smooth operation of the fork even under lateral loads.

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OPTimized Damping Cartridge

"From a handling perspective, the further development of the damping system seems to make the biggest difference," says Simon Reiberg. Simon joined Intend BC in early 2023 and is responsible for the latest iteration of the damping system, now called "OPTimized", as an engineer and an avid fan of dyno-testing and damping tuning.

What has changed? The damping cartridge is now "closed" but still self-bleeding, as before. The basic architecture has worked excellently, but now a rubber bladder has been added. Air and oil are now cleanly separated, and the existing self-bleeding of the system prevents potential defects. If air enters the system, it will be expelled with each stroke from the high-pressure area. Additionally, the overall system, consisting of dust seals, lubricating oil, and air spring friction, has been combined with a new, more reactive and higher-travel damping tuning.

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With the latest generation of suspension forks, the previous SKF seals are being replaced by Racing Bros. To be honest, these are not only cheaper to purchase, but they also eliminate packaging waste (as SKF seals are not available individually, but only in the well- known retrofit pack). Additionally, the seals have lower friction values in dynamic comparison to SKF. A win-win-win situation. Long-term tests in real-world conditions revealed no leaks. B. The previous Motorex Supergliss 68k lubricating oil is now being replaced by a mixture of 50% 32k and 50% 68k.

Upside-down forks have the advantage that the bushings are constantly immersed in oil, which also brings a slightly increased low-speed damping. At the same time, the lubricating oil must not be too thin, as this would increase the tendency to jerk. After many attempts with mixing ratios of 1/0, 3/1, 1/1, and 1/3, the 1/1 mixture has proven to be ideal. C. The lower friction of the air spring must also be taken into account in the damping tuning.

A special part of the damping system is the new 2- zone adjustment range of the compression damping adjuster. For racers who require resistance and control and need to fine-tune nuances, the first 7 clicks out of a total of 14 are very relevant. In this range, the adjuster is finely divided, resulting in less change per click. For comfort-oriented riders or when hands ache more during bike park vacations, clicks 8-14 are intended. The adjustment here is coarser and more comfortable. For a technically precise explanation of the new damping setup, Simon Reiberg explains in the video starting from minute 17:03.



bigquotesI'm pleased to see how the suspension forks have been gaining popularity over the years. The functionality is now better appreciated, and I want to assure you that with the OPTimized upgrade, we have reached a new level. In collaboration with all Intend employees seal types, damping settings, and volumes have been reconsidered, resulting in - of course, not a revolution - but a noticeable evolution towards improvement. Cornelius Kapfinger, Founder

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Specs, prices and availability

Originals • Hero – 1849 €, 1950g, 140 – 170mm travel • Edge – 1899 €, 2150g, 150 – 180mm travel • Flash – 1949 €, 2300g, 160 – 190mm travel

Blackline • Hero – 2149 €, 2060g, 140 – 170mm travel • Edge – 2199 €, 2260g, 150 – 180mm travel • Flash – 2249 €, 2410g, 160 – 190mm travel

Axle: 15x110mm Brake Mount: 203 / 180mm Steerer Tube: Tapered, 240mmm

The Originals suspension forks without protectors are now available, while the Blackline forks with black stanchions and protectors will be available from around mid-May.

More information: intend-bc.com




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62 Comments
  • 52 0
 Maybe someday PB will actually review the Dorado. In the meantime, these look pretty awesome.
  • 15 0
 @wburnes: I know. The people want a full review/comparison/honest take now that PB racing isn't Manitou sponsored.
  • 23 0
 Dorado short review: Better as most things, worse for some things. Looks cool as shit.

The flexy thing is a non issue, if it's set correctly you won't notice.
  • 4 6
 @Robstyle: It is absolutely an issue if you're pretty aggressive and 100 kg. The flex wasn't a deal breaker, but noticeable back to back with anything else. However, the twisting tubes from smashing a turn or landing sideways was. I think it works for most people, but for those that have a problem, it's a big one.
  • 3 0
 @andrewfif: I fall into that rider category, you're not wrong there is some nuances. Especially a poor wheel alignment after a crash haha.
I think there's some further improvements to be had from the platform namely in the crown department, any miss alignment there or bolt not tight will show for sure.
  • 1 0
 @Robstyle: nice. I never even crashed during my ownership. Always torqued. Carbon paste. Tried it all and eventually they were actually cool about it and refunded me. I can’t help but wonder if the alloy version would have worked better than the carbon I had. Regardless, I’m the kind of person that likes dual crowns on enduro bikes because I prefer the precision. Happy to run a 38 or zeb, but my ohlins dh38 is noticeably more solid.
  • 2 0
 @andrewfif: So many crashes haha.
Yeah I think the alloy one might be better there too.
  • 4 0
 @Robstyle: even dirt bikes deal with the wheel alignment issue after a good one. Could totally see heavier riders not getting along with them though. Wish more companies would develop them, maybe when someone gets one on a WC podium things will change. Just like gearboxes.
  • 39 0
 I love that Cornelius flat out says things like "this serves no purpose, but people wanted it so I'm giving it to them," and "these new seals are cheaper..."

Top notch stuff. Would love to own one of these forks. Still miss the off-the-top feel of my Shiver SC.
  • 31 0
 "We didn't want to make this but here you idiots go, I guess." -Intend
  • 1 2
 "....sure, we'll do it just for you, and charge you an extra 300 for the trouble."
  • 2 0
 Their service ist so good and spare parts as Well aß upgrading Düring a Service ti the newest Tech that I would advice you too look Out for a usted Edge or Flash and let It Upgrade at intend.
Intend ist the best manufacturers top still have great Support even with a used second hand fork
  • 2 0
 @bansaiman: Agree, having two edge forks, and one hoover shock, all bought second hand. If you send stuff in for service, they basically update all internals to the latest tech, for very little money. So an initial high invest, but I will be riding that stuff potentially for decades. And if not, no big loss, when sold second hand, again.
  • 1 0
 @one38 and @bansaiman where are you finding used intend forks? Kind of like Trickstuff, they seem like products that the original owners will never get rid of. I don't think I've ever seen one for sale in the US, and even in Europe, pinkbike is currently showing zero in the classifieds.
  • 2 0
 @ohio: sell&buy on german mtb-news.de and german "craiglist" = ebay-kleinanzeigen.
All Trickstuff and Intend products I own are second hand, between 30 & 70% off RRP, depending on age & condition. And yes, I will probably never sell them, they willgot from bike, to bike, to bike, ...
  • 11 0
 I'll likely never buy one of these, but dang is the Travelizer a geniunely cool innovation.They esentially re-engineered the old RockShox U-Turn in a modern and lightweight package.
  • 7 0
 The U-Turn was super cool. I had an old Pike with one and used it rather often.
  • 2 10
flag justinfoil (Apr 11, 2024 at 16:01) (Below Threshold)
 So it's not really an innovation at all, then. Just a rehash of something tried and gone.
  • 1 0
 Nice fork, wish the range of travel was bigger. My old RockShox Duke U-Turn has 45mm of range, 63-108
  • 2 0
 @KingPooPing: i had a duke with it also!
  • 9 0
 Cornelius, April fools is only meant to last a day.
  • 1 0
 Fooled you ha!
  • 7 3
 Per Push Industries, Intend BC doesn’t have exist. Why else would Push think they are revolutionizing the market with their own USD fork that still cost more even after import fees.
  • 4 0
 The same week that Fox release something that looks like the lovechild of Liberace, these guys actually produce something cool looking. Fox should be taking some style tips.
  • 3 0
 I love it that they outright say the changes were “to meet this demand and develop a product that aligns slightly more with customer expectations than with our own philosophy.”

That sort of transparency inspires trust.
  • 6 1
 Love it but still too expensive for me
  • 3 0
 So they don't understand April Fools at all... Not surprising these are all here for real, as they didn't work when presented as jokes, since they're actually good.
  • 1 0
 "Upside-down forks have the advantage that the bushings are constantly immersed in oil, which also brings a slightly increased low-speed damping. At the same time, the lubricating oil must not be too thin, as this would increase the tendency to jerk."

Increased damping from the bushings being well lubricated? What?

Tendency to jerk? Jerk as in the change in acceleration? Thin oil makes it accelerate too fast? Don't we want quick acceleration of the shafts? Isn't that the opposite of stiction?
  • 1 0
 Upside down forks puts the seals and bushings in constant contact with oil which helps decrease breakaway force increasing very small bump compliance like gravel size stuff and allows it to react a little quicker on hard hits. The jerking is probably referring to thin oil not providing enough film thickness to keep the surfaces from touching each other and chattering or sticking a bit. That's my best guess, bushings and stanchions don't really touch each other they ride on a layer of oil. If the oil film is to thin then they contact and shit goes south quickly. Just like crankshaft or camshaft bearings in a car, which are actually bushings.Probably close to the same material as well.
  • 2 1
 "The adjustment here is coarser and more comfortable."

That's a weird assumption. Less damping isn't always more comfortable. TOO much can be harsh and hard on your hands, but so can TOO little.

This weird 2-stage thing means that lighter riders whodon't requires as much compression damping, or those that just prefer less compression damping, actually don't get as precise adjustments as those that prefer a lot of damping... that's sort of silly.
  • 1 0
 You know Intend didn't hire a translator.

May I have an example of a situation and specific damper where too much damping is harsh?
  • 1 0
 @ceecee: No, you can't because it's very specific to the rider, the damper, the rest of the setup, the sitution. That's why I pointed out that both too much and too little damping can be bad, and to classify the "less damping" section of the tuning range as "more comfortable" makes no sense. Unless you're only talking about light riders riding relatively gently, and even then it's still a bit of a generalization.
  • 1 0
 @justinfoil: as someone with an Intend Edge I'm fairly certain this will be an improvement overall, especially since the damper should still be shimmed based on overall rider weight. The previous damper when compression fully closed was rather stiff, and I'm assuming they saw very few riders needing those first few clicks. So the overall range of compression adjustment was shifted lighter overall, with more precise adjustment near the bulk of the bell curve that Intend thinks is ideal, but additional extension toward the open side.

Plus, you can work with Intend to adjust the shim stack yourself anyway, presumably to get the fine-adjustment range to exist where you personally want it. Benefits of working with a boutique/smaller manufacturer...
  • 1 0
 @justinfoil: I thought you'd at least use yourself as an example. All I'm looking for is an instance of too much damping being harsh. As a flat-corner enthusiast I'm aware that too much HSC damping is 'bad' despite being the least harsh
  • 1 0
 @ceecee: there it is again. You can't just say "hsc is bad despite being the least harsh" without knowing so much more. "Too much" of anything is pretty much always bad, otherwise it wouldn't be "too much". But a lot of hsc isn't always bad, or even the most harsh. Very little hsc can leave you deep in the travel after big hits and making subsequent hits feel harsh.
  • 4 0
 dude fox and rock shox will be inverted in less than 5 years.
  • 1 0
 I'm thinking it will be less. Fox just did a very small update to stall for a year or two. I'm thinking a fully new redesign will be in 2025 or 2026 and it could be inverted
  • 2 0
 There’s RS1s all over eBay and I swear to god I’m tempted as a what the hell.
  • 5 3
 I'll never trust racing bros seals. The set I had both leaked from day one. Asked around and turns out it's fairly common. SKF makes the best deals hand down.
  • 1 0
 I couldn’t tell from reading but can the lowers rotate if the Axle is removed? I have never dealt with an inverted fork.
  • 3 0
 Yes
  • 1 0
 Good question... and is it the reason why the stanchions have 2 O-rings instead of one?
  • 3 0
 @danstonQ: idea is you use one for long-term (how much travel did you use over the entire day) and one for short term (how much travel did you use on the latest ride).
  • 1 0
 @EdSawyer: seems like a lot of torque put on the axle but it’s worked in the past and on motorcycles so I guess it’s fine.
  • 2 0
 What the hell is that cable stop about?
  • 1 0
 Not a "stop", a guide. Keep the hose from rubbing on the slider.
  • 1 0
 I got really nice carbon stanchion guards from Wren Sports, for my Intend Hero. Inexpensive and quite lite.
  • 2 0
 besser als Kashima
  • 1 0
 Neato but too expensive.
  • 2 2
 Do the forks still use toilet paper for packaging?
  • 2 0
 My first one did but 2nd one did not.
  • 1 0
 *For protecting the axle within the packaging. I'm still using that roll of toilet paper in my shop to clean stanchions and wipe up oil drips!
  • 3 4
 Dentist stuff, just like all the other "game changing" over priced gear people buy and believe is better.
  • 1 1
 I guess you still ride an old full rigid 26" mtb with cantilever brakes, 130mm stem, 600mm bar and a 3x7 transmission as game changing stuffs are pointless Smile
  • 1 0
 @danstonQ: Not rigid, it has Mag 21's
  • 1 1
 No beers.
  • 1 1
 Oh, take my money!!!
  • 2 5
 $3156.24 Canadian is an insane price for a fork. Would look nice on a Yeti.
  • 4 0
 I don't know how your Canuck dollars work, but that sounds crappy?
Blackline is just a few hundred less that the PUSH version in "Freedom Units" Smile

But I feel the Original version is the winner, lighter.and less expensive.
  • 2 0
 Price is VAT included so you can take 19% off that if I'm not mistaken. Same ballpark as the EXT fork and less than the PUSH offering.
  • 3 5
 meh.







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