When Intense first showed off their 951 DH bike, rider's jaws dropped. Check out the X Fusion Intense 951s inside as well as the down low on the sick graphic kits that have been popping up on a few pro's 951s courtesy of HieroglyphFX.Pics and info inside
,I caught up with the X Fusion-Intense
team recently at X Fusion's Side Flight Champs
, XFI team rider Sean "griz" McClendon was on his new 951 for this event and it proved worthy as he won the event.
That is Sean's Intense
951. The front end of his rig features a 2010 Boxxer World Cup (team riders have chosen to run these forks as X Fusion does not currently manufacture a dedicated DH race fork). Griz is rockin' a Sunline V1 Direct mount stem and V1 Handlebars. He stops with his Formula "the one" brakes
with slick white Jagwire lines.
Griz and Ryan are running Intense tires mounted up to a WTB Free Ride Wheel set. Headed back on the bike you will find an X Fusion Vector HLR
rear shock. Under that Griz has Saint cranks with Crank brothers 50/50 pedals and a Gamut
The most visually notable feature about this bike in my eyes is the sick graphic kit. Griz has a big part in these graphic kits and this is what he had to say about them:
"The graphic kit on my 951 is the first prototype kit we did at hieroglyphFX. The design is simple, X-Fusion/Intense sponsor logos on the swingarm with a simple NASCAR-esque racey patern. More than anything the kit was made to ensure the dielines fit for the Intense 951 and to test the durability of our vinyl. Our kit for the 951 consists of 9 pieces to complete the set however for production we will use 8 pieces as we will not cover the driveside chainstay. We figure most people will cover that in tape or Velcro to protect from chain slap.
The graphics are printed off on a large format digital printer then laminated twice for durability. Eventually we will be using a thicker laminent made by 3M which will allow us to get the same thickness as we have now with a single laminent." - Sean McClendon
Here are a few pics of the team bikes in action
JD has some graphics for his bike too.