Prototype: JD Swanguen's Intense Cycles Hardtail

May 29, 2008 at 7:25
by The Fix Bikes  
How many times have people asked about the Intense hardtail and when it will be available? 4 trillion? 5 kabillion? Since the answer is still unknown (other than the cryptic 'maybe in 2009' answer), how about some photos of JD Swanguen's bike?We grabbed JD at Sea Otter and pulled him aside to get some info on this mystery machine.

Mountain Bike Action, look out.

Mountain Bike Action, look out.


When asked about details, he didn't say much...

Nifty head tube junction.

Nifty head tube junction.


"What about geometry, JD?"
"Uh, I don't know, but it feels good," he says...

This is where most Intense frames have a shock and pivots. Not this one.

This is where most Intense frames have a shock and pivots. Not this one.


"What about weight, JD?"
"Hmm, not sure. It's light though," he says...

Form and function all in one.

Form and function all in one.


"Will it be available to the public, JD?"
"I don't know, but I'm stoked I got one," he says...

Stiff, stout rear end for the sprint.

Stiff, stout rear end for the sprint.


"Is there anything that you actually know about the bike?"
"Yeah, you can't have one, right now," he mocks. Thanks JD! The jealousy has sprouted and is growing more everyday.

Engineered and not over-built...perfect for the MTX track

Engineered and not over-built...perfect for the MTX track




90 Comments

  • 14 2
 nice but man that guy is useless with info lol
  • 10 3
 Smart. i want one!
  • 8 2
 monster frameBig Grin
  • 12 5
 i bet there expensive!
  • 11 6
 you get what you pay for.
  • 27 9
 no shit sherlock
  • 13 2
 init! although we aint all little rich kids like dabomb666
  • 5 0
 niiice. is it the same thing darren pokoj used to ride?
  • 2 2
 The bike looks identical to my p3. we had them side by side and it looks like a p3 knock off. It helps that my p3 is red just like jd;s and im sure tao got some footage and might put it in a video. The bike is cool but its not that special
  • 0 0
 the 4th picture makes the stancions on that manitou look tiny. Never been a fan of how intense bikes look, this one is alright I really like how the rear triangle is designed too.
  • 4 1
 i love how the chain guide is mounted wrong.
  • 0 0
 chain guide?
  • 0 0
 yes dumbass
  • 2 1
 id do it, but its awful nice, far nicer looking then the last tazer ht thay had
  • 2 0
 That kid has a habit of putting goofy shit on his head.
  • 2 0
 "Yeah, you can't have one, right now,"

sarcasm switch [on]
  • 2 0
 Between this and that 6.6 SS...I need to win Lotto.
  • 3 1
 thats sa!weeeet!
  • 3 3
 that thing is so sweet, hope its not proto for long, i just found my next bike!
  • 5 5
 Looks amazing, can't wait to be able to drool lol (I'll just be drooling though, looks mega expensive)
  • 1 0
 looks like technology for the bmx frame line they played with a while back
  • 2 2
 Geez sickest hardtail frame i ever saw, nice compact design and super low top tube
  • 0 0
 It's a nice frame and all but it should have some kind of replaceable drop out...
  • 0 1
 Look closer. It does.
  • 2 0
 look even closer...they arent replaceable
  • 0 0
 so whats the allen key bolt for above the quick release!
  • 0 0
 lol the replaceable derailer hanger...... differs much from the whole dropout, if you look in the pic where it shows the non drive its all red with no bolt
  • 1 2
 wow intense really has to come up with a new color sceam. I think everyone has to say that just red looks like crap compared to other bikes
  • 1 1
 chain stay could be beefed up a little. Possible horizontal dropouts for single speed?
  • 1 1
 hm dont liek it well i do but it reminds me of the jackal as if theyve kinda copied liek u knwo wah i meen lol !!!!
  • 0 0
 manitou for sure. single reverse arch, unlike the germans'. and intense california bikes usually run california forks.
  • 1 1
 that guy they were intervuing just said i dont know about like everythiing they asked
  • 1 0
 very nice but will be expensive
  • 1 0
 nice Smile
  • 0 0
 Wooow nice! I want one too.
  • 1 1
 It looks awesome but a little on the short side
  • 3 4
 oh great another Intense frame I want, add it to list and bring me the credit card bitch!
  • 3 0
 it'd be a book of cards for that batch sir, but o how sweet it would be to walk into that garage
  • 2 2
 lol, are you on crack? that frame is the shit!
  • 1 0
 :o band band skeet skeet
  • 1 1
 I liek that frame better than my Norco 125
  • 1 0
 the seat looks bad
  • 0 0
 looks good, and funny interview haha!
  • 0 0
 This frame was in DIRT 76, it was well expensive.
  • 0 0
 Sorry that was the Foes one, got mixed up.
  • 0 0
 looks cool
  • 0 0
 so smooth
  • 0 0
 v nice hardtail.
  • 1 2
 I think JD broke the first one they gave him?? Smile
  • 0 0
 omg thats soooo nice
  • 0 0
 Cool..
  • 3 4
 Intense makes the nicest bikes on the planet
  • 0 1
 umm, nice-but not as fly- as mintys K2 !! BIT OF AN XC BACKEND!
  • 0 1
 ok so, what kinda forks are those, they look like maguras or manitous.....
  • 0 1
 nvm it says 09. i decided to read the article after.
  • 0 0
 classe !
  • 0 0
 sick bike!
  • 0 0
 haha lol
  • 0 0
 VERY NICE!!! HOW MUCH?
  • 0 2
 I sooooo want one, :O think i will buy one if/when they are available
  • 2 4
 looks like the old santa cruz prototype.
  • 4 5
 looks really ugly
  • 1 2
 reminds me P. frame Smile
  • 0 1
 simply sickkkk
  • 0 1
 i love knucklehead pros
  • 0 2
 definatly my next frame. are they available to buy this summer?
  • 1 3
 STP's are still better XD
  • 4 7
 Oh, yeah...it's like there aren't any other hardtails on the market...
  • 3 5
 ugly frame :s
  • 1 0
 ugly face
  • 1 4
 that hardtail's a fuckin beast
  • 0 3
 Intense!!
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