Bike Check: Louise Ferguson's Intense M1 - Red Bull Hardline Tasmania

Feb 22, 2024 at 6:03
by Ed Spratt  
Louise Ferguson s Intense M1

After switching teams in the off-season to join the new Intense Factory Racing team, Louise Ferguson is at Hardline Tasmania on her new M1 race bike. Louise's race bike for 2024 is a big change for this year's racing as nearly every part is different from what she was running on the Continental Nukeproof team last year.

As riders spent the last few days practising the wild course, we caught up with Louise's mechanic to get the details on her Hardline setup.

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Louise Ferguson s Intense M1
Bike Details:
Frame: Intense M1 - size medium / +6mm reach adjust headset / progressive shock setting
Fork: Ohlins DH38 - 120psi / 240psi ramp chamber / rebound 8 clicks from closed / LSC 4 clicks from closed / HSC position 2
Shock: Ohlins TTX Coil - 480lb coil / Rebound 2 clicks from closed / LSC 6 clicks from closed / HSC position 2
Wheels: E13 Carbon Grappler with a prototype rear hub
Tires: Continental Kryptotal DH - 23psi Front / 26psi Rear
Inserts: None
Brakes: TRP DH Evo / 203mm rotors
Cranks: E13 LG1R - 34t chainring / 165mm length
Drivetrain: TRP DH Evo
Bars: OneUp Carbon E - 760mm width / 30mm rise
Stem: OneUp - 50mm length

Louise Ferguson s Intense M1
Louise is currently running a Works Components headset to add 6mm of reach to her size medium frame.

Louise Ferguson s Intense M1
Although still pretty new, her M1 has already showing some battle scars.

Louise Ferguson s Intense M1
Louise Ferguson s Intense M1
Currently, Louise is running TRP's DH Evo drivetrain with a set of E13 carbon cranks.

Louise Ferguson s Intense M1
The Ohlins suspension has received some custom tuning from J-Tech.

Louise Ferguson s Intense M1
The frame is in the progressive setting for this week's riding.

Louise Ferguson s Intense M1
Louise Ferguson s Intense M1
A complete cockpit from OneUp with 760mm wide carbon bars and a 50mm stem.

Louise Ferguson s Intense M1
To tackle the big hits of Hardline Louise's suspension settings have been increased by 15 to 20% over what she would normally run.

Louise Ferguson s Intense M1
The carbon Grappler wheels from E13 are running a prototype rear hub.

Louise Ferguson s Intense M1
Another change for Hardline is adding some extra tire pressure. For this week's event, tire pressures have changed from 22 to 23 at the front and 24 to 26 at the rear.


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56 Comments
  • 73 1
 It's like the frame just wants to be raw...
  • 20 0
 Shimmy shimmy Ya!




Red/Gold is though. Has a Ferrari GT car look.
  • 3 0
 ^ 'Chef's Kiss' though.
  • 3 0
 I still want to see a throwback paintjob.
  • 4 0
 True, though the red with white lettering is somewhat iconic for Intense as well. Just needs some black and yellow stripe details to really seal the deal.
  • 1 1
 @Glory831Guy: That's much cooler than what I thought when I first saw the color scheme. I was gonna say "looks like she's sponsored by McDonald's" Cool
  • 45 10
 I see Intense is still painting their frames with old dry erase markers.
  • 26 6
 Or pro DH riders are hard on their bikes. I think this thing looks awesome. Well done, Intense!
  • 1 2
 Paint is for pu$$ies
  • 1 1
 Don’t they know this is mtb? We can’t have these atrocious looking paint chips.
  • 5 0
 Only one thing in the world could've dragged me away from the soft glow of electric sex gleaming on the hill.

Been riding my Intense Primer Bandit for the last 5+ years and still love that bike. Have no need for a DH bike where I live but this thing looks fire
  • 6 0
 Louise is looking fast and sendy this year. Bike is all biz! Who gives a &^% about paint?!
  • 2 0
 Exactly. Name another sport where people complain about race vehicle paint job. Sailing maybe?
  • 1 0
 People are getting soft in the head.
  • 3 0
 Under the bike details portion of this article they should also put Louise's details so we can see the comparison of some of these pros with bike setup and sizing. Be interesting to see what they choose as " optimal" sizing and setup for their given weight and height for any given track. @pinkbike ...hint.
  • 3 0
 Striking coincidence that the people with the "new" E*13 rear hub do not ride O-Chain, and those who ride O-Chain do not ride the new E*13 rear hub.

PLEASE FEED ME WITH RUMORS!
  • 3 0
 Because it has 24 PoE? Wink
  • 2 0
 That has a high pivot design. Why dafuq would you put an o chain on that frame?
  • 4 0
 I love the look! A worthy successor to the M9
  • 3 1
 Dear Intense, please make the XL actual XL. I love this one! 500+ reach actual usable chainstay adjustments that hit 450, at least.
  • 2 0
 XL will be 490mm reach & 445mm chainstay
  • 3 1
 They even used the same paint aa back in 2002 on the m1! Chips like a mofo. What a absolute retro throw back from Jeff, bravo
  • 2 0
 Awww. I agree. How am I supposed to sufficiently advertise my bike (extreme lifestyle) while having a post ride croissant with a paint job like that? Adorbs.
  • 3 0
 Everyone taking jabs at the paint clearly have never ridden their bikes hard before. It just happens.
  • 3 0
 It’s kind of odd! Do these people just sit around and polish or what? 2 layers of frame wrap? Plastic runners on the carpet and plastic covers on the couch? Just enjoying life, ya know..
  • 1 0
 Dang that bike looks f*cking crazy extreme. Doesn’t look like a Santa Cruz or a Specialized at all. Passionately acutely powerfully energetic and bold. Have you ever had sex while camping?
It’s f*cking in tents.
  • 5 2
 Bring back the M29. That frame was beautiful.
  • 3 1
 Isn’t the whole point of 3D printing to stick a seatpost wherever the F you want?
  • 3 0
 Quality paint used it seems
  • 2 1
 That’s what I noticed too. I mean the bike, whatever yeah it’s cool I guess but paint is so much more interesting and important. I love watching it dry.
  • 2 0
 seat is in a strange place. like if it was a hardtail that STA would be about 100 degrees...
  • 3 0
 If it was a hardtail??!! What the hell kind of reference is that? Man if this bike was a completely different bike, that geo just wouldn’t work
  • 2 0
 No shit
  • 1 0
 Custom OneUp 50mm stem, or is it the stock 45mm?
Also interesting bar choice … e-bar. Custom 30mm rise or stock 35mm rise?
  • 3 1
 The E*thirteen Cabron Grappler, for when you have to fight those f*****rs
  • 4 6
 Why's the whole seat situation look awfully forward and discombobulated!... she's a superb rider. More than I could ever hope to be .... but that flippen nukeproof dissent she use to ride was fantastic looking even tho I'm pretty anti carbon most of the time.... Intense needs to start looking decent .... seems to be a marketing company and less of a company that people actually buy rigs from ....
  • 1 0
 dh bikes actually look better with battle scars! rough and ready, am into it.
  • 1 0
 Can we have some words about the inside of the fork? this j-tech suspensions sticker is here fore a reason...
  • 1 0
 That is the bike to be on this year!!!
  • 2 0
 Looks like a demo
  • 1 0
 And where are those bikes / frames?
Looking forward to it is all.
  • 1 0
 Anyone else think it looks like the previous generation canyon sender?
  • 1 0
 This is so cool Louise! So stoked for you!
  • 1 0
 Intense red is always a good choice !
  • 2 0
 Steeze Louise!!!
  • 1 0
 efficienter in the down
  • 3 3
 Watch out for the cranks...Just ask Gwin...
  • 1 0
 Looks like a Demo
  • 1 1
 Prototype AF.
  • 2 5
 Looks like they designed and built a frame. Then went " shit , we need a seat post tube" So let's just stick on here.
  • 4 9
flag scotteh (Feb 22, 2024 at 17:26) (Below Threshold)
 Love to see Intense returning to its roots, but my god this is fugly…the M6/M9/951 were so sick, more like that please!!
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