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Prototype Intense Spotted at Fontana, California

Jan 11, 2016 at 4:48
by Pinkbike Staff  
With all the races and events being held during the off-season, it was only a matter of time before something new and as yet unseen, would pop up on the radar. Thankfully our friend Scott Mclain has a keen eye and spotted something rather special with a certain well-known rider at the recent round of the Southridge USA series from Fontana, California.

That rider was Shaun Palmer, who while out practicing with his junior development riders, had this to say about this new Intense, "It's a one off aluminum version of the new Socom Carbon with an M16 linkage".

Palmer poses with the one-off Aluminum Socom in front of his new Daily Driver a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado SS. The bike is a 6 travel bike with M16 linkage.
Palmer poses with the one-off alloy Socom 'mule', boasting 6" of travel and utilising the same virtual pivot point linkage layout as the bigger M16 DH bike.

Here you can see the Linkage and some of the geometry of the bike.
As you can see, this is a completely new bike that looks like a mash up between Intense's current Uzzi and M16 platforms.

Palmer was out on Friday Practicing with the Junior Riders of his Palmer Project team practicing on this bike. He will race it Sunday so it will be interesting to see how the one-off prototype does.
Its always great to see Palmer back on a mountain bike - ask anyone who's ridden with him recently and they'll tell you, "he still has it!"

The Palmer Project Shaun Palmer s Jr. Team has a lot of young talent. Here Warren Kniss is riding the Prototype bike featured with Shaun in this recap. It certainly appears to be working well in the conditions at Southridge.
The Palmer Project - Shaun Palmer's development team with Intense Cycles - has a lot of young talent, such as Warren Kniss, seen here riding the prototype at Fontana.

We have no official word from Intense at this time, but Palmer wasn't shy with this new bike in front of Scott's camera, which leads us to presume that our friends in Temecula, California have been working on this new design for some time. Its been a while since we last saw the Socom - a bike that proved popular with riders who wanted to charge hard on demanding terrain, but without the travel and bulk of a conventional DH bike.

Combining attributes from the new M16 within a shorter travel (carbon) chassis such as a new Socom, could result in a seriously fun bike that nicely follows the growing trend for shorter travel bikes aimed at progressive riding. Stay tuned for more on this new bike when we have it, but until then, check out our M16 review and Scott's photos from Fontana.

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  • 139 1
 That looks rad. DH characteristics with short travel playfulness and classic Intense good looks?
  • 115 34
 gotta say that the bike is rad as fuck but that truck is fucking compost
  • 29 25
 No kidding. Either buy a car or buy a real truck
  • 17 1
 Intense is delivering the goods right now. This bike, the M16, and the Uzzi are all bikes I'd buy if money was no object.
  • 39 15
 Not sure why the truck is an issue. But it is over 10 years old, so if you ask me it looks great for its age. Plus, given the massive aftermarket for the engine in that thing, i'm betting that this particular example could hang with a brand new Vette in the quarter.
  • 24 5
 you are right Raven, The Palm is a GM fan through and through so he's not gonna own a Tacoma sorry kid's and unless you have driven an SS Silverado or a TrailBlazer SS you won't understand...plus he's on the highway most of the time.
  • 114 4
 Palmer is permitted to drive whatever truck he damn well pleases.
  • 9 3
 figured he'd roll an escalade EXT
  • 19 53
flag Billcosby96 (Jan 11, 2016 at 9:51) (Below Threshold)
 well you see chevy is trash and thats why the truck is an issue
  • 8 6
 @billcosby, guessing you've never driven an LS equipped vehicle?
And this truck is better than mall crawler fake prerunners...I used to be that guy but now like sportwagons, sprinter vans, and the new crop of mini vans-yep, mini vans.
  • 42 3
 billcosby is 17, he hasn't driven much of anything.
  • 11 2
 @Billcosby96 you must have a real monster of a vehicle to be referring to an LS-powered truck as "trash".
  • 9 16
flag TheRaven (Jan 11, 2016 at 10:31) (Below Threshold)
 @Billcosby96 What truck do you drive? If the answer is anything other than Ford or Chevy don't bother answering that question because you will instantly invalidate anything you have said or will say on this site ever.
  • 3 18
flag Billcosby96 (Jan 11, 2016 at 10:36) (Below Threshold)
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flag Billcosby96 (Jan 11, 2016 at 10:37) (Below Threshold)
  • 10 8
 @TheRaven No Dodge love? I personally love my '04 Dakota. Also obligatory Found On Road Dead post...
  • 5 20
flag TheRaven (Jan 11, 2016 at 10:57) (Below Threshold)
 @WillthePhisherman Diesel? Absolutely. Gas? Nope. But, at least you can say you don't drive a Toyota, and that's saying alot.
  • 2 8
flag gabriel-mission9 (Jan 11, 2016 at 10:59) (Below Threshold)
 You mean Driver Returning On Foot? :p
  • 20 0
 This turned into a truck thread real quick.
  • 1 16
flag Billcosby96 (Jan 11, 2016 at 11:11) (Below Threshold)
 its okay @TheRaven probably drives a chevy and its probably gas. Plus the beloved chevy duramax isn't even american so shut up right there
  • 4 2
 @Billcosby96 when did I mention the word "American"?
  • 1 13
flag Billcosby96 (Jan 11, 2016 at 11:19) (Below Threshold)
 by only having a conversation about american trucks is basically implying that you care about the american motors. @TheRaven
  • 23 4
 I don't get the hype about american trucks... Can anyone explanin? I think the Hilux and the Amarok are the most awesome trucks...
  • 8 1
 Yeah, a 'Freeride' bike. What's old is new again...
  • 9 11
 @Billcosby I made no mention, nor intended any mention, of the trucks being American. My point is that the truck segment is undisputed - GM and Ford lead by lightyears. They are the best trucks on the planet, period. The fact that they happen to be built by American companies is secondary.

We can argue all day about who makes the best looking or coolest truck. But there is very little more certain in the automotive world than the fact that if you want to buy a truck for truck stuff, GM and Ford offer the best tools.
  • 3 19
flag Billcosby96 (Jan 11, 2016 at 11:45) (Below Threshold)
 oh its not that big. its based around how big your schmuck is. so the bigger your truck is the smaller your cooter is
  • 6 5
 @Reichertshausner I think you are misunderstanding the "hype". You speak of the "most awesome" trucks. That's a subjective evaluation and no one can say you are wrong. I certainly won't.

The reason that American trucks are regarded as the best is because GM and Ford happen to be American companies, building trucks in a country built by trucks. The only major country in the world where light trucks significantly outnumber cars. We have a truck culture, so it's no surprise we've got the best trucks.
  • 12 1
 Cooter doesn't = weenus...
  • 26 4
 derpy doo. chervy iz booder din ferd! perpy poo! teryerta is fer erbahma luvers! derpy! gonna stick my peein' sticker on the winderw n hang some silver ballz from mah hitch!
  • 3 0
 Oh and then there's the new caddy cts v and that's killing (btr reviews) all the m5, euro sport sedans category. Love that!
  • 4 1
  • 4 3
 @TheRaven - Actually the Dodge, GMC, and Toyota are the top rated trucks right now. The Fords are not in the running currently.
  • 2 5
 @dualsuspensiondave - according to whom? I'm not talking about "rating" as that can vary depending on outlet. JD Power is the industry standard and currently lists the Silverado as number one in light duty and F-series SuperDuty as number one in medium duty. But just like all the others, that "study" is based on user feedback and therefore fundamentally flawed.
  • 13 5
 I dunno, we have a few different trucks at work and while the american ones are the biggest and most powerful, the overall quality doesnt seem to match toyota
  • 10 1
 @Billcosby96 , have you been taking your own pills? Something ain't right with this one.
  • 10 4
 i think tacomas and tundras are pretty sweet.
  • 9 3
 Stop talking about the shit-kicker truck damnit....
  • 3 3
 Regarding Palmer's truck, it could use just a little more tire and possibly an inch less in rim size, even for a 2wd. Wheel/tire combos are all about proportion to me.
@Reichertshausner Damn you for bringing up the Amarok...I've wanted one for so long but VAG won't bring that model and other car/commercial models to the N.A. market. FFS there is a California model that you can't get in California. It would be wise for them to try to break into more of the N.A. market after the TDI shitting of the bed ordeal.
@cuban-b If only they didn't make the back of the fenderwell pointy.

Was there a bike in this article???
  • 12 0
 He could drive a prius for all I care, he's still Shaun Palmer. Also, you can stop talking about trucks now, kids. No one really gives a shit about FORD UR CHEVY anymore.
  • 3 0
 So 6" is "shorter travel" now? Ha!
  • 9 7
 Toyotas are the most reliable truck on the road, big country. Don't trash talk yotas!
  • 10 7
 @theraven I have had 2 fords trucks one for 10 years and one for 4 years and will never own another one again. Biggest piece of crap. Was always fixing them. Got a Toyota Tundra in 07 put 150,000 miles on it and never had to work on it other then changing fluids. Now I got another new tundra. Hands down better then Chevy, gmc, dodge and ford. And yes I have driven all the new vehicles
  • 8 1
 Stop feeding the Troll
  • 23 1
 I somehow just wasted 10 minutes of my life reading this thread about trucks...
  • 3 10
flag TheRaven (Jan 11, 2016 at 18:53) (Below Threshold)
 @Krzymndyd I'm sorry to hear you had some bad luck with trucks in the past, but it seems your good luck outweighs your bad as you've managed to own two Tundras with no issues. That's a minor miracle.
  • 2 11
flag Billcosby96 (Jan 11, 2016 at 21:10) (Below Threshold)
 No your not. Plus now he drives a great vehicle. But you see with ford you just repair the truck, with Chevy you have to buy a new one because the motor goes.
  • 3 0
 @Cvrtlax me too bud...
  • 5 6
 The fact that you said "motor" proves you are an uneducated fool when it comes to vehicles. There is no such thing as an internal combustion "motor". Now, on to the truck debate. Ford, dodge and GMC (since they are the same as Chevy) all make great Diesel engines. Banks loves the duramax more due to the high rpm the block can withstand, but that is neither here nor there. Engine wise in a stock application, I'd go with Cummins. They've been making their own diesels longer than ford or GMC. Ford used to use north star and GMC used to use somebody else (the name escapes me). The reason why GMC could be considered the better chassis, in a stock application, is because it has a front independent suspension. Both Ford and Dodge are solid front axles, which make the ride more harsh due to lack of articulation in the front end. The only reason I would buy a GMC over any other diesel is because of the Allison transmission. The Allison is bulletproof and will outperform any Ford or Dodge chosen transmission. There's a reason why the majority of custom diesel configurations are a Cummins matched to an Allison.
  • 4 3
 I am talking about Diesel engines because that is the best for what a truck is supposed to do, which is haul. For 1500 trucks, dodge takes the cake because they are the only company to offer a diesel in a 1500. Unfortunately, the rear suspension is coil sprung, which is not smart because now they need to link the rear end which means now there are more bushings to wear out. I would get a GMC Colorado duramax. It makes almost 400 ft lbs of torque in a light duty truck! That blows away any Tacoma, ranger, etc. I don't even need to mention the mileage of a diesel compared to a gasoline truck either (but for those that don't know, diesel is much more economical, as long as you aren't one of those losers that likes to roll coal aka spitting out umcompletely burned fuel for the sake of "cool")
  • 25 3

Anyway; they're called UTES.
  • 6 4
 Yep, they are fucking utes
  • 2 4
 Personally I would get a van over a truck
  • 3 0
 Yewww straya!
  • 3 0
 But that alloy though......looks beastly!
  • 3 0
 Back to bikes....
  • 1 14
flag Billcosby96 (Jan 12, 2016 at 8:14) (Below Threshold)
 no im good.
  • 1 16
flag Billcosby96 (Jan 12, 2016 at 8:20) (Below Threshold)
 by the way chevy doesn't make a diesel engine. the engine is made by izuzu, oh and those transmissions are automatic in the chevy's are also automatic and that is just dumb. with dodge you can get a manual cummins, and ford you were able to get a 7.3 in a 6 speed.
  • 5 2
 For God's sake Bill...how far will you dig yourself...

The percentage of manual transmission-equipped trucks sold last year is small enough to be considered a rounding error (which, incidentally, is only slightly less than Toyota's light-truck marketshare). Nobody wants them in cars anymore...less than nobody wants them in trucks.
  • 8 0
 I am really glad I was top comment on this bike article. I have such a keen interest in trucks, hence commenting on pinktruck all the time.
  • 3 7
flag Billcosby96 (Jan 12, 2016 at 9:03) (Below Threshold)
 i know dude its awful how they dont make manuals anymore. and i know dude i love pinktruck too
  • 8 2
 @Billcosby96 I guess since Palmer's doesn't drive a monster truck, nobody says sorry about your penis dude.
Also, there is nothing cool about choosing a serial rapist username or trolling.
  • 4 0
 Kids these days and their lack of knowledge. Grow up son.
  • 2 7
flag Billcosby96 (Jan 12, 2016 at 11:36) (Below Threshold)
 You all must drive chevys
  • 1 2
 Guys .. See …


.. A website for the FACTS on how "American" your particular model of truck is. You might be surprised

Perhaps a discussion on a TRUCK forum is more warranted. Lets keep it about bikes Smile
  • 3 3
 You don't need to refer to any site to determine if a given vehicle is American or not. You simply need to know the answer to one question - is it made by an American company? If yes, then it's an American vehicle. If no, then it's not an american vehicle. There is no need to worry about percentages or parts content or any of that sort of nonsense. That whole argument is complete BS from the start because it fails to take into account the lion's share of money that goes back to the country in which the vehicle's maker is based. The value of the parts content of the vehicles in question is peanuts in comparison.
  • 1 7
flag Billcosby96 (Jan 12, 2016 at 12:47) (Below Threshold)
 Wow you final said something intelligent
  • 8 1
 Everyone's still waiting for you to say something with value.
  • 5 0
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flag Billcosby96 (Jan 12, 2016 at 14:41) (Below Threshold)
 i have only spoke with value.
  • 8 0
 This discussion is still going on?!? Go ride a bike
  • 2 0
 Cold weather brings the boredom, as this thread is evidence of.
  • 1 5
flag Billcosby96 (Jan 13, 2016 at 14:39) (Below Threshold)
 you need to calm down @Krzymndyd
  • 1 0
 A ducked up vette
  • 1 2
 Hilarious. Didn't read half the comments just propped or negged randomly. Does that make me a troll? Thought it was ok since we stopped talking about this awesome bike.
  • 32 6
 The big question is whether it will come with a straight rear triangle.
  • 4 3
 Will the rear be square?
  • 10 10
 Will it crack?
  • 7 3
bonkywonky- Possibly
Sontator -Maybe
BryceBorlick -Not telling

bonkywonky -No
Sontator -No
BryceBorlick -Of course it will
  • 1 4
 Since you seem to be so Intense-minded, can you explain to me why these frames are worth it when you can buy a complete bike from YT for the same price...including a straight rear triangle?
  • 4 1
i think intense bikes are made and designed in the USA so that might be why
  • 4 6
 I know but that doesn't necessarily mean they work better, right?
  • 7 0
 I think "Made in the ..." just appeals to people from the same country it was made in. I'm pretty sure anyone living in Europe or Asia couldn't care less if it was made in the USA, to be honest. However, I do care if it was designed by people living in the Pacific North West, those people know gnarly conditions, mud and rain!
  • 3 0
 I'm not Intense-minded mate, think it looks good, hopefully it turns out to be an awesome product Smile
  • 6 1
 First, the rear alignment issue is ancient history at this point. If you want something to knock Intense for, start knocking their carbon frames, cause they aren't that great. Conversely, i've ridden and examined a ton of frames, and so far I have found nothing that can match the beauty of design and construction that Intense alloy frames exhibit. Virtually no one builds an alloy frame like Intense. As for the made in USA part, it's just a source of pride for us since Intense builds their alloy frames here and they are among the best in the business. Being honest, I can't say that they are as good as they are BECAUSE they are built in the US, just that we are proud that they are.
  • 4 1
 @Ruffletron I would happily pay a bit extra for a product made in any country with decent human rights, labor conditions, and environmental protections. I would imagine many Europeans feel the same way.
  • 5 3
 treesmoker - labour conditions are far from bad in Taiwan. And you know that the US don't exactly have a great track record when it comes to human rights and environmental protection, right?
  • 1 1
 @bonkywonky I am aware that labor conditions in Taiwan, where most bikes are made, are much better than China etc. Quite possibly as good as or better than the US, I really don't know. Considering that's where bikes are mostly made it's a very fair point.
The US is definitely not perfect. I don't really have much of an argument here, just stating my slight preference for US-made goods and guessing that Americans are not alone in this. I certainly wouldn't pick out an Intense because they're American.
  • 2 1
 This has come up before in the PB comments and someone made an interesting point, that human rights are a matter of perspective. Workers in the Far East don't have the same rights that we do, but they still feel privileged to be working in these new factories because it will filter new horizons into their communities. Actually, those workers often want their families to have the same opportunities and wages that they now have access to - it is escape from the rural conditions and difficult lifestyles their parents had. What concerns me is that heads of large companies are using the increasing gap between production and sales price to line shareholders profits, massively increasing the poverty gap and lowering social mobility. This happens in all countries regardless of human rights.
  • 3 1
 OMG not another "made in 'mericuh vs asia debate" someone make it stop!.... #iremembermyfirstdayonpinkbike
  • 1 2
 for the record, the down votes are from me.
  • 1 1
 @TheRaven - all aluminum frames except the T275A. That's made offshore now.
  • 2 1
 @cuban-b It would have turned into a great debate on the subjectivity of human rights if you hadn't downvoted the shit out of our comments..
  • 1 0
 @Ruffletron So, so true.
  • 1 1
 @ bonkywonky, People are more patient ( and diligent ) when there's a recall on their cars or their microwaves than they are with their bikes. Trick is; if you have a problem, address it right away. I've had to warranty an M9 frame and I was able to get it done out of season, even though I was IN season when I found the problem. I simply reported it right away and they let me continue riding my bike until they were able to supply the part that I needed.
Why buy "Made in America"? Why not? EVERYTHING ELSE IS MADE IN ASIA! I don't think the quality of Made in the USA products is necessarily better, but I do like the fact that the guy that welded it is probably smoking the same kush I am....its So Cal after all. Which MTB's are actually produced in France? Do you ride one?
  • 2 1
 Yup. It's not about labor conditions, or human rights. The bottom line is, why not support your own country whenever possible? It's been very difficult to do this over the last 20 years, but due to perserverance from some very smart men, we are starting to have the option to by American more and more. American cars have surpassed imports in quality, so there's no longer an excuse to buy imports other than if you happen to like a particular import model the best (and that's fine, buy what you like, but don't justify it behind a veil of higher purpose). In the same vein, bikes are another thing we CAN build with quality on par with the best foreign suppliers. Added to that, with the $5000+ rigs we buy these days only to have problems right out of the box, isn't it nice to know that the solution to your problem is on the same rock you are (speaking to north americans here, of course)? It still may not be a simple fix, but it's a matter of physics that shipping something within the same continent is going to be easier, faster, and cheaper than shipping overseas.
  • 2 1
 Hey "The Raven"..... just so u know, Intense aren' the best in the business buddy. Far from it. Seen so many faulty frames, mis-alignment issues and absolutely shit service from Intense regarding customers' needs. I have friends who ride for Intense, they have luck with their bikes. Plebs like myself are treated differently and in my opinion, the people at Intense literally don't give a flying f%&$ about many of their retail customers. Im speaking from personal experience mate. Living in Australia might have something to do with that but i've wasted many $$ on Intense frames, EVERY one had issues, and they spent more time in transit than being ridden. I had Bought a frame once, my shock sat 3 MONTHS in USA because Intense couldn't be bothered sending the shock without being in a large order. never again, no respect from them.
  • 2 1
 @Moodgethedog YOU haven't been paying attention. Lemme guess, you just read my last post and replied right? Next time, either take the time to actually read the conversation or better yet, just keep your mouth shut.
  • 21 2
 After giving it some thought, that linkage does not look Socom-plicated. An Uzzi with probably a more linear progression. I do believe we have a winner.
  • 20 0
 Uhhh Please Final Version in Aluminium! Love the Welds.
  • 20 0
 "Prototype spotted" aka, stood there and posed for pictures. PLZ
  • 10 0
 Ahh, Fontucky. I wish I still lived in a part of the country where I could ride or race this time of year. In other news, that's a beautiful sled. Intense design and rider support will always hold a special place in my mtb heart.
  • 1 0
 Most of our trails here right now are flooded and not rideable =/
  • 12 2
 What...a set back Thomson.....no dropper......back to the future
  • 11 1
 oh no, palmer still has it. hope it's not contagious.
  • 5 0
 The Herps. You may not always see it, but it's always there!
  • 10 2
 Looks like a tank
  • 5 1
 I like how it's different! It looks sweet tup it reminds me of the proto Santa Cruz Nomad a few years back. http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/10866435/
  • 2 0
 I love Intense bikes. I've owned several over the years. Had the privilege to get a factory tour two years ago from Sam and got to meet Jeff and RTW. Really cool people too. Every time a story about Intense comes up the haters jump on about misaligned frames...that is ancient history. And having had one cracked frame in 15 years (6 frames) I can tell you they take care of their customers very well when you have issues - in and out of warranty.

I hope they keep making their aluminum frames in house for years to come. The welds are beautiful, the raw finish is amazing. I just don't dig carbon, even if it is lighter.
  • 2 1
 Cool looking bike!! And what would be nice to see the link that's hanging down at the Chainstay insert that in the bottombracket-tube or an Overlay with barings over the bottombracket-tube and the coil spring a bit higher up the frame
  • 6 1
 Love that bare aluminum look!
  • 3 0
 Layout gives off the built DH vibe, but it's actually an enduro machine. Kind of reminds me of what Devinci did with the spartan.
  • 4 0
 it's hardly "spotted" when there is a photo shoot of said bike and rider...let's see some of that "top secret" shit.
  • 5 0
 My God, Intense make beautiful aluminium bikes.
  • 5 1
 Looks like the new Tracer.
  • 2 0
 Even though I've never owned an intense, they've always caught my eye. I'm definitely interested in seeing the final product.
  • 4 1
 First, who knew that Palmer still had a drivers license?!?

Second, was Gwin there and what was he riding?
  • 6 0
 I'm sure gwin will be testing his m16 out
  • 1 5
flag mtnbykr05 (Jan 11, 2016 at 13:16) (Below Threshold)
 I've been told he had to have is GF drive him around in his Caddies due to multiple DUIs.
  • 2 0
 Palmer looks like he's living a modernized life now. Maybe the juniors had some influence on him. Got more interest in him now.
  • 2 0
 I think it looks like an intense! It looks great. Just when i thought a new Uzzi was gonna be an easy decision they throw this out there. Decisions.
  • 3 0
 No Way!!! I think this kind of bike was what they called a freeride bike at one time.....
  • 1 3
 Anything is better than a variation of "enduro".
  • 2 0
 With this and the new Uzzi, I'm pretty sure Mr Intense will have no problem coming up with a slack I-box short chain stay 160mm 29er. I have started saving now Sir!
  • 5 2
 Is this the bike that'll replace the 951? Either way it looks killer.
  • 6 0
 That's what I think, with a single crown, who needs a dual at the park anyways?
  • 4 0
 Sounds great! I have a 951 with 180 single crown fork, it is fantastic in the park!
  • 1 0
 Curious to see where they might fit this in their line up if it were to go to production since they have the Tracer and just brought back the Uzzi.
  • 1 0
 Love it !!!She looks built to last!!!! Nothing wrong with that truck either clean,quik,reliable not everyone needs the latest and greatest thing.....
  • 3 0
 Was kind of hoping for a carbon spider 275...
  • 2 0
 You really think they'll come out with one?
  • 3 0
 Looks more like a 7 inch travel enduro/freeride bike to me
  • 2 0
 Can't wait to see more of that thing, looks sick!
  • 3 1
 A free ride enduro bike hmmmm...
  • 1 0
 Yep, with a 180 36 fork.
  • 8 1
 I guess we can add freeduro to the list of new disciplines along with downduro lol
  • 3 0
 Nice frame desing
  • 1 0
 Beautiful , yes headtube resembles mondraker's but it's still a beautiful frame Razz
  • 2 0
 damn that thing looks beautiful
  • 2 0
 It seems to take place of 951, anyway, we need this kind of park bike.
  • 1 0
 Why make a carbon version? I'd buy that 'lesser' aluminium version. Looks ace.
  • 1 0
 so they have M16 - race bike
UZZI - park / super enduro bike
Tracer Enduro / All mountain

However that one for what ?
  • 1 0
 I'd buy that in a heartbeat. That exact bike. I love the Intense lines with a raw paint job.
  • 2 1
 I hope they can shorten the chainstays like on the spider.
  • 3 2
 laid back seat post , how about a 20mm set back seat dropper.. ?
  • 2 0
 Exactly what I was thinking about. Looks weird.
  • 1 0
 Where do i swipe my card?
  • 2 1
 Gwinn was driving a beater until he got that rad Fox truck. Haha.
  • 1 1
 Not stealth dropper compatible? It looks great but a good dropper on an enduro bike is a must-have!
  • 1 0
 PROTO maybe on the production models, but this thing doesn't look like a climbing rig. They said Uzzi, M16 and, Socom. Not your best climbers, if they can climb at all. I have the 2015 Tracer, It can climb, but its not fun.
  • 5 1
 meh-i ride a 2010 uzzi, w/coil, and ride it everywhere. sure it's not xc quick, but that's not why i got it. it's not the bike, it's the legs.
  • 1 0
 What's that seatpost doing? Are they just trying different seat angles?
  • 1 0
 Its like a mini intense m9
  • 1 0
 Is it just me or does that seat post look bent?
  • 1 0
 Now that Bowie is gone, let's focus on Palmer- I love L.A.
  • 1 0
 Need this bike !
  • 1 2
 I think you just DDOS'ed the yt-industries.com website boys! Not loading for me :/
  • 2 1
 T275 for sale!!
  • 1 3
 Keep it aluminum. Built it robust as in not light..
How about 180 mils of travel?
And a long top tube.
Be bold. Stop copying every other six in travel bike.
call it an Uzzi.
  • 6 0
 .......they just came out with a new uzzi this year!
  • 1 0
 I want! When is it out!
  • 1 1
 What? Palmer on a Chevy?
  • 5 1
 Still a GM so it's OK with Cadillac.
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 It's amazing the lengths they will go to with VPP to get an evenly progressive leverage ratio without just ditching the system altogether. Marketing wins.
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 huh? It is incredibly easy to get a linear spring rate on a vpp set up....
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 yeah-run a coil.
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 The original 951 has very linear suspension until the last 2-3 inches then it ramps up like a mother. So linear in fact, you would need to run a higher spring rate than what you would on the M9 just to not be riding around in 50% SAG. You could run an air shock on the 951 and get a very coil spring feel. I ran an air shock on my M9 and it only made the bike lighter.
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 I agree that running a coil smooths out some of the weirdness, but still, the leverage curve really defines the feel of the bike, which is why the v10 and these mount the shock on the lower link, too bad for the trail bikes that can't accommodate that layout.
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 looks bulky like tomac!Wink
how about a straight top-tube,would be so much better looking!
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 WHAT?! NO!! They already abandoned the beautiful stamped top-tubes they used to use, the LAST thing they need is a boring old straight tube up there. That top tube is part of what makes an Intense frame a true work-of-art.
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flag Billcosby96 (Jan 12, 2016 at 9:10) (Below Threshold)
 to bad chevy is still compost
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 Delirium please...
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