Dean Lucas' Intense M16C is Pure Carbon Fiber Excess – Bike Check

May 9, 2017 at 14:56
by Mike Levy  
Intense M16 World Cup Round 1

Australian Dean Lucas didn't have a great weekend at the World Cup race in Lourdes, France, with a DNF in a race that saw weather conditions turn the results sheet upside down. But while Lucas' weekend is probably one that he'd like to forget, I suspect that a lot of fans will at least remember his flashy Intense M16C that wasn't about to slip under anyone's radar. His custom painted Intense was done up with neon highlights, matching wheel decals, and more titanium and carbon bit than a fighter jet.


Details

• Wheel size: 27.5''
• Frame size: large
• RockShox BoXXer World Cup w/ 5 tokens, 84.5 psi
• RockShox Vivid Coil w/ 450 in/lb ti spring, 1.5 turns of preload
• ENVE M90 rims
• Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5'' (28 psi)/DHRII 2.5'' (31 psi)
• ENVE Minnaar handlebar, 788mm
• ENVE direct mount stem w/ 5mm spacer
• SRAM X01 DH 7spd drivetrain
• SRAM Code brakes w/ 220mm rotors


Large M16c FRO with customs paint and ti.springs hardware throughout. Rock Shox Boxxer WC 5 tokens 84.5psi UXA Co mud guard with custom graphics Rock Shox Vivid Coil 450 ti-springs.com gold spring set at 1.5 turns of preload Enve M90 27.5 with Chris King hubs laced 2x with spoke tension set at 1.7 front and 1.9-2.0 rear. Maxxis minion DHF 2.5 for front at 28 psi Maxxis minion DHRII 2.5 for rear at 31psi Enve Minnaar bar II cut at 788mm ODI mx-style ruffian lock ons with Dean on the collars. Enve 50mm direct mount stem Ti-springs.com 5mm stem spacer Enve seat post Fabric saddle set at an appropriate angle. Sram XO DH carbon cranks 175mm Sram XO DH 7-speed drive train Sram Code 2018 brakes front and rear mated with the big dog 220mm rotors.


Dean's Intense Factory Racing M16C is assembled around a large-sized frame that's rolling on ENVE's 27.5'' M90 carbon wheels. The Maxxis DHF and DHR II rubber was set to 28 and 31 psi for the rough and fast Lourdes track, although I'm guessing that the storm that rolled in saw Lucas wishing for a set of 2.5'' wide Shorty tires. Like many racers did last weekend, he bumped up to super-sized 220mm rotors on both the front and back of his bike, pairing them to 2018 Code brakes.


Intense M16 World Cup Round 1
Intense M16 World Cup Round 1

Intense M16 World Cup Round 1
Intense M16 World Cup Round 1


Suspension is an all RockShox affair, but Lucas chose to pair his air-sprung BoXXer World Cup with a coil-sprung Vivid shock on the back of his Intense. The fork is pumped up to 84.5 psi (you can never be too exact, right?) and has five Bottomless Tokens installed inside of it. The Vivid shock's spring is a 450 in/lb titanium number from Ti-springs.com, as is a lot of the hardware holding Dean's bike together.

While some racers shy away from carbon, Dean's M16C is dripping in it. Not only is his frame and wheels made from carbon, but he's also using ENVE's downhill handlebar (cut to 788mm), seatpost, and their carbon direct mount stem. All that's fastened to the bike with titanium hardware, of course. A set of 175mm X01 DH cranks adds to the carbon tally as well.


Intense M16 World Cup Round 1

132 Comments

  • + 221
 all this talk of carbon but no weigh in of the bike?????
  • + 53
 carbon schmarbon... I'm sure it weights like 36lbs. It will be the same as its cousin the SC V10.
  • + 6
 This^ exactly. I feel cheated...
  • + 3
 I guess its classified
  • + 3
 It's not just about weight...
  • + 60
 As somebody who has learned to not care that much about how much my bikes weigh, I still want to know the weight of this one.
  • + 17
 I don't think carbon is about weight anymore--its just about 'carbon.' Scott and commencal don't make a carbon DH bike and Amaury Pierron placed 8th at Lordes on a Commencal, and Adam Brayton's full aluminum build is undoubtedly my favorite on the WC
  • + 3
 @FaastEddie: i think its something crazy like 29.7lbs or something. I only heard that somewhere though so don't quote me
  • + 3
 @Coldspringer: And Fayolle's Polygon DH9 is alloy front and half carbon at rear triangle.
  • + 1
 @SavageDonut: I would love that. They just had the pros weight there bikes at Sea Otter and Richie Rude's enduro bike was 33 lbs. So i kinda doubt this will be 29lbs
  • + 2
 @FaastEddie: We have an XL V10CC XO1 with a coil shock on the floor of the shop I work at and its 32.6 pounds without pedals. The base level V10C in large is 35.5 with pedals. This M16 is probably around 32-33 pounds I'm guessing. We had a stock M16C with the XO1 build and it was 34.
  • + 1
 @leon-forfar: That's impressive! Nice. Thank for that info. Is it all swag parts like Enve wheels and carbon seat post and carbon cranks etc?...
  • + 3
 @FaastEddie: It is pretty blinged out. Technically the "stock" build, but it's basically a dream build. No Enves, they're actually a bit heavier, but carbon cranks and bar, Fox 40/DHX2, Thomson post (carbon would be lighter). I reckon with an air shock, carbon post, and some other tweaks, it could be around 30 pounds. Frame only in XL with coil weighs the same as an XL devinci Spartan frame with an air shockBlank Stare Pretty crazy that Dh bikes these days are getting into trail bike weight haha
  • + 2
 @sevensixtwo: It's all about the girth.
  • + 112
 Who makes that saddle?
  • + 53
 And what is it made of?
  • - 19
flag Hacobo (May 9, 2017 at 17:32) (Below Threshold)
 Fabric. Pretty sure it has carbon rails. Just more to add to the carbon total haha
  • + 0
 This is a saddle made out of a special foam. Is realy comfortable and durable without any leader or textile only foam. This carbon version is made out of 2 parts and the TI and Cro-mo version is made of 3 parts This model Scoop have 3 shapes. Flat, shallow, radius. This on the photo is a radius one.
  • - 5
flag joose (May 9, 2017 at 19:33) (Below Threshold)
 i thought it was a Fabric too. Figured Ti or Carbon. Oh well
  • + 15
 @Hacobo: "swoosh"
  • + 25
 @Hacobo: Check your sarcasm meter, I think it might be broken.
  • + 3
 Cirbaf, never heard of em.
  • + 3
 Pretty sure its an sdg...but i failed english...mastered sarcasm tho
  • + 81
 I never got past the obsolete 27.5.
  • + 13
 #27.5aintdeadyet
  • + 6
 #26aint... Oh you know what, f*ck it, I'm not going to try and pretend any more!
  • + 2
 Intense made one of the first 29r DH bikes years ago.
  • + 45
 if custom paint off the shelf parts and a few ti bolts make for a pbike article, let me show you around my garage....
  • + 21
 We'd better see a car with whistle tips in there:
  • + 7
 @cuban-b: "the whistle go whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo"
  • + 28
 My wife said it looks like a salamander
  • + 96
 Did she tell you to put it back in your pants? Razz
  • + 8
 That's too much info RideGuides
  • + 7
 At least she didn't tell you it looks like a ghecko
  • + 25
 If I was his mechanic I'd cut the bar to 789mm.
  • + 13
 That's nothing, I'd put 84.6 psi in his fork
  • + 3
 Boost that bar
  • + 25
 Flashy but not classy.
  • - 3
 its a bike, who cares?
  • + 3
 Class? It's a bike. Ride her hard until the wheels fall off. If you think that a bike should be classy, you're doing this wrong.
  • + 23
 Wholly, cosmic calamity of colors BATMAN.
  • + 15
 I also thought they are a bit Intense
  • + 23
 175mm cranks? Is that for real or a typo?
  • + 5
 Has to be... 175's on a DH bike??
  • + 5
 @loaded: on every bike unless you're a hobbit!
  • + 3
 tall bb on that bike. maybe it works for him.
  • + 3
 175 aint dead Smile
  • + 19
 I guess the takeaway from this is you can DNF on just about anything.
  • + 15
 175 mm cranks... 220mm rotors... Shitz getting serious this year on the wc circuit!!!
  • + 12
 Definitely flashy. But to answer the question, I think the Hope bikes are flashier. There is something flashy about anodized machined aluminium and Hope typically does a lot of that.
  • + 17
 What about the Syndicate V10s in chrome?
  • + 5
 @mikelevy: can we get a total weight?
  • + 3
 @mikelevy: Or pair the two, chrome or polished bikes matched with flashy hope bits. Built my v3 up that way =]
  • + 10
 Ironman called, he wants his bike back. I like it though.
  • + 8
 Can't you get that exact bike at like, 40% off at any number of mail order bike stores? I hope he didn't pay full retail!
  • + 7
 220mm rotors? Holy cow. You'll stop the bike by just thinking about pulling that lever!!
  • + 58
 Not if that lever has the word sram on it.
  • + 7
 Not if that frame has the word Intense on it:
www.pinkbike.com/photo/14710989
  • + 2
 @skelldify: bummer- that's a pretty big fail there. And 180mm too. Did you get a warranty on that?
  • - 1
 @nickkk: lol, got a warrantied rear triangle, and this happened. Bolts were torqued to spec every time.
www.pinkbike.com/photo/14711725

Decided I'd had enough of Intense after that and a few other issues.
  • + 2
 @skelldify: that's pretty shit. I've never owned -or likely to own- an intense but I know even from back in the old alloy frames they were prone to cracking. Not great for such vast sums of money.
  • + 0
 @nickkk: It should be a crime to charge as much as they do for defective frames. I was off that bike for 4 months out of 15 waiting on warranty parts. They eventually said they'd give me an entirely new frame, then took forever to ship it. When I finally got it, I promptly sold it (at a loss) and bought a Bronson.
  • + 1
 @skelldify: those discs look like they put in some REAL hours!

Where do you ride?
  • + 1
 Bronson's a good bike. @skelldify:
  • + 1
 @jordanchaos: I mostly ride in New Mexico. It's okay...
  • + 6
 Would have looked better in brown.
  • + 3
 Does anything glow in the dark? Dam I love the way this looks. I hate to say it, but these are the colors I would choose as a child, before I became a bitter adult. I totally dig it.
  • + 2
 So no one else has an issue with the Boxxer lower leg sticker sitting at an awkward angle? Anybody? All that effort into paint and then a very obvious detail makes the thing look like a ghetto castoff. Surprised it doesn't have a fake hood scoop.
  • + 6
 FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY, HOW MUCH DOES IT WEIGH??
  • + 8
 [RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE]
  • + 1
 7Kg. As far as you know...
  • + 5
 Why suddenly is everyone running 220 mm rotors with their brand new 2017 Code brakes ?¿
  • + 36
 Too much lack of excessive shortage of power.
  • + 2
 29ers are coming
  • + 2
 @nozes: (Damn, that was funny!)
  • + 4
 I don't like flash, but there's a Tron quality to the look that I like a lot.
  • + 4
 Looks like it should be sponsored by McDonald's. Do you need big red floppy shoes when you ride it.
  • + 5
 That's a loud ass bike.
  • + 2
 When you have a pint of orange, a pint of yellow, and a pint of Candy Apple Red leftover from other jobs, and you get dared to use 'em all on one bike
  • + 4
 If you're criticizing this bike I feel bad for you son! Damn it's dope!
  • + 3
 That bike is its own rave party.
  • + 2
 Clearly the genius behind this is a colorblind man who was kicked out of fashion school
  • + 1
 Hey, hey, hey! I'm colorblind for real. I love these colors. They're visible!! Most of the colors people choose for things look drab and depressing to us colorblind folks. It's not that we don't see colors. It's that they just don't pop and contrast the way they do to others. Seeing loud colors is exciting to us. Trust me.
  • + 3
 All that and you might as well weigh it too....
  • + 2
 My ride to work bike is 83% carbon. . . . . . . steel.
  • + 1
 The wheels already look too small... what the hell have the 29ers done to my eyes?!
  • + 2
 I'd be scared to ride that, it's so pretty
  • + 3
 never say that about a girl though, man.
  • + 1
 @CRAFTY-P: lol, no never :-P
  • + 1
 All those logos and that paint job. This is a bike you take to a techno dance club.
  • + 2
 How much does that thing weigh with all that carbon??
  • + 1
 All that carbon and they could save loads fitting and air shock, but damn it's nice
  • + 1
 450 in/lb would be a terrible spring rate for this application. 450 lb/in however..
  • + 1
 This thing is truly sick! But its super expensive, that build is probably like £12.500! Hmmm
  • + 2
 Maybe this is the peak of CARBON ERA now slowly back to wood and stone
  • + 2
 The logo in that last picture almost looks like it says "V10" Smile
  • + 2
 I sell that sooo quick. Not one part I'd pick except those rotors
  • + 1
 it looks like an early 90's shell suit or nevica jacket, where the throw up emoji?
  • + 1
 So I thought Boxxer world cups were limited to 3 tokens? I have a 2016 and that's what I thought I read on rockshox.com
  • + 2
 I run 4 in my 160 Pike. I think the Boxxer WC can fit up to 6
  • + 1
 Amazing bike. Dream bike for me ????
  • + 1
 I stoped reading after wheel size 27.5
  • + 17
 I stopped reading after the last comment. It was yours,btw.
  • + 11
 @nozes: you must be fun at parties
  • + 1
 It will be 50% off somewhere on a segment of "Online Deals" within a year
  • + 1
 Carbon is just a way for company's to make more money's
  • + 1
 colors missing, green and blue.....then it would be full on BENETTON
  • + 1
 Intense STU... STUmuch color man whew!
  • + 1
 That Gold shock spring is really outta place... Makes it look really bad.
  • + 1
 I thought the spring looks really good I think the bike in those colors would make anything you put on it look bad.
  • + 1
 Really looking forward to SRAM putting those 220mm rotors into production!
  • + 1
 Hope used to do a 225mm rotor for when our bikes were all heavy enough to need them, with 6 pot brakes.
  • + 1
 @pimpin-gimp: I've still got one of those. They're like dinner plates.
  • + 1
 Similar colour code to my Raleigh Chopper in the 70's!
  • + 1
 carbon brakes would be cool
  • + 1
 that bike should have a machine gun mounted on the front
  • + 1
 Does anyone know how tall he is?
  • + 30
 3 foot 3 and he's bright orange with blue hair..
  • + 2
 @Earthmotherfu: a Florida Gator then
  • + 0
 What a dumpster fire of a paint job...
  • + 0
 The wheels are to small..
  • + 1
 oo
  • - 1
 Too bad they didn't skip all that ugly loud paint and just go with a raw carbon finish
  • - 1
 @sonofbovril if the carbon is finished as badly as their aluminum bikes are aligned it wouldn't be worth looking at!
  • + 2
 @pimpin-gimp: no shit. My 2009 Uzzi rear triangle was way out of alignment. I called and dudes acted like they had no idea what I was talking about. Yeah right. That was disheartening. I did however give them another chance and they "totally redeemed themselves" Dumb n dumber style. I have a 2016 Uzzi and it's a very very good bike. For what it's worth.
  • + 1
 no carbon rotors
  • - 1
 And it weighs, like, 19 pounds.
  • - 1
 Clown bike
  • - 1
 Bozo for sure.
  • - 3
 Why is one half of the Syndicate running SRAM and 275 and the other half on 29ers FOX and Shimano?
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