MS-Intense-Racing Announces 2024 DH World Cup Roster

Jan 17, 2024 at 13:37
by Sarah Moore  
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MS-Intense-Racing Team owner Max Stöckl and Intense go way back.


After over a decade together, Mondraker announced that they were stepping away from the MS-Racing team late last year, leaving us wondering what the future of MS-Racing would be. This week, Mondraker announced that they have created their first factory DH race team with Mondraker Factory Racing and now, we find out that MS-Racing has joined forces with Intense.

In a year when many companies are cutting teams and riders, Intense is now fielding not one but two World Cup DH teams with Intense Factory Racing and the newly announced MS-Intense-Racing team.

The 2024 MS-Intense-Racing team will feature most of the same roster that MS-Mondraker did including David Trummer (AUT), Eleonora Farina (ITA), Jacob Dickson (IRL) and Tuhoto Ariki Pene (NZ). Brook Macdonald and MS Racing announced late last year that they are going their separate ways in 2024.

MS-Racing and Intense go back a long way. The relationship began in the late 1990s when Intense Founder and CEO Jeff Steber started supporting a downhill racer from Austria called Max Stöckl (the MS of MS-Racing). That relationship (and a new team headed up by Team Manager Lukas Haider), flourished in the mid to late two-thousands with the formation of the MS-Intense race team. Now, almost two decades after the original team, the MS-Intense-Racing team is reborn.


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MS-Intense-Racing Team owner Max Stöckl with Jeff Steberl


bigquotesThis year really feels like a return to our roots. Max and Lukas have developed such a successful and professional program over the years, and we are proud that they have chosen to work with Intense again. I'm very excited to see the new M1 under such a talented group of riders. It's going to be a great season!Jeff Steber, Intense


bigquotesFor us it was important to find a partner with a competitive bike and a ‘die hard race attitude’ when it comes to developing bikes. We have seen the work of Intense over the past couple of years and how much the team and especially John Hall (ex IFR Team Mechanic, now Intense Technical Director) put into developing the current M1. Add to that the mastermind Jeff Steber in the background and this gives us great confidence for further success.Lukas Haider, Team Manager


bigquotesWe all know that the bicycle industry is going through a bit of a crisis at the moment, and looking for a new partner was always going to be difficult, but honestly it’s so cool to be back with Intense again after so many years. Jeff and I go way back to my early race days, and I can’t think of a better brand to be working with, especially with the new M1, which has already proven to be an amazing bike. Everyone involved with MS, from the riders, mechanics and backroom staff, are looking forward to this new era and a successful partnership for years to come.Max Stöckl, Team Owner


The 2024 sponsor lineup includes Intense frames, Michelin tires, SHIMANO drivetrain and brakes, SDG saddles and seat posts, long term partners e*thirteen for wheels and chain guides, Renthal for cockpit components and Kenny Racing as a new clothing partner.

2023 was a difficult season for MS-Racing. A series of injures kept almost all of the team riders sidelined and off their bikes. David Trummer had compressed discs in his back that required surgery, Eleonora Farina sustained a broken collarbone, broken hand, and a concussion, and Jacob Dickson had a concussion at the end of 2022, followed by a car accident in 2023. Tuhoto Ariki Pene did stay injury free and won the 2023 King of Crankworx Whistler title, and even though Eleonora was injured for almost all of the 2023 season, she won the European Championships title and took fifth place at the Andorra World Cup.


bigquotesIt’s super cool to be racing on an iconic brand like Intense. When I think of Intense I think of Shaun Palmer making downhill ‘class’, and Jack Moir when he had his breakthrough season. I can’t wait to get racing on the new M1.Jacob Dickson
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bigquotesBeing on Intense this season is so exciting for me. After eight years racing on the same bike brand, changing and working with a new frame is going to be really interesting. Actually I can’t wait to get my hands on the new bike and start riding it.Eleonora Farina
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bigquotesIntense and the former IFR team have been working very hard on the new M1 bike. After our first tests it was obvious how much thought and racer experience went into it. I am excited to race downhill this season, and being on such a historical brand as Intense is an honor.David Trummer
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bigquotesYeah hard! Keen as to see what it’s all about. I’ve heard nothing but good talk about Intense. Pretty cool to work with some new bros and see what they have to offer, and to hopefully show them what I have too. But yeah keen as, Chur.Tuhoto Ariki Pene
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MS-Racing History:
The original 2005 MS-Intense team lineup already had some big names in it, including Claudio Caluori and Petra Bernhard. Then in 2006 things got really serious when the mighty Chris Kovarik joined and the team was renamed MS-Intense-Factory-Racing. He was quickly followed by Vanessa Quin, Mio Suemasa, Matti Lehikoinen, Anneke Beerten, JD Swanguen… the list goes on. In 2006, Kovarik won his and Intense’s last (male) World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne riding on the MS team, in 2007 Max set the World Speed record for a stock bike on an Intense M6, and in 2008 the team won the World Cup 4X team overall. In 2008, this chapter of the MS-Racing and Intense story ended.

MS-Racing has over 20 years of World Cup race experience, and has had some great results. Gold and silver medals at the 2016 World Championships in Val di Sole with Danny Hart and Laurie Greenland. Silver medal at the 2010 World Champs in Mont-Sainte-Anne for Stevie Smith. Brook MacDonald, Laurie Greenland and Danny Hart all had their first World Cup victories when they were on the MS-Racing team. There are too many to list here, but the team is no stranger to the podium.


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70 Comments
  • 80 2
 100% read Tuhuto's quote in his voice
  • 3 0
 Haha, 100%.
  • 3 0
 What an absolute G!
  • 1 0
 They only way
  • 2 0
 Yeah hard!
  • 41 2
 Intense has more budget than anyone, which is impressive because you seldom see their bikes these days.
  • 64 0
 It's the hotdog money.
  • 1 0
 Did they reference the budget number?
  • 7 1
 We see plenty of Intense bikes in our DH and Enduro Series. Ebikes too!
  • 2 0
 Haven't seen an intense on the trail around here in years, sadly. Edit, wait, nope, saw one Ebike from them last year. I've seen ONE Intense in 5 years.
  • 1 0
 @Trail6: No, and they obviously aren't spending more money than Commencal, Spesh, SC and probably some others.
  • 2 0
 I see plenty in Colorado/out west. But hardly ever noticed them when I was on the east coast.
  • 34 0
 Yeah but what is the hair dye budget? Good lord them tips are frosty.
  • 6 0
 racings gonna be may
  • 16 0
 Peroxide is cheap my dude, work smarter, not harder.
  • 33 0
 David Trummer on that Intense bike is going to be DEADLY
  • 2 0
 Facts
  • 20 0
 For everyone who had something to say about the Costco deal - Intense says "you're welcome". Let's go racing!
  • 15 0
 "This year really feels like a return to our roots." How many times has Jeff Steber said something like this over last 15 years? Thats a lot of Roots!
  • 9 0
 Everyone was thinking that some Americans would end up on MS Intense but I had my doubts. It'll be interesting to see if Gwin stays on a bike he helped develop, or if his budget was redirected to fund a bunch of other teams and athletes.
  • 6 25
flag toad321 (Jan 18, 2024 at 10:40) (Below Threshold)
 Be interesting to see where Gwin goes given hes done nothing of note in a long time and is probably one of the highest earners in the sport
  • 10 1
 @toad321: might want to check your facts in that one
  • 9 0
 @toad321: You must've missed the part where he was the best (aka, winner) in the booth last season.
  • 10 0
 @toad321: I thought him operating a DH bike park was pretty cool, personally.
  • 9 0
 Nice yin Dicko, keep er lit boi...
  • 11 1
 Photo is private>
  • 8 0
 So why is this happening so much recently?
  • 33 0
 @The-Wheel: That's private.
  • 1 0
 @The-Wheel: I don’t know, but if in doubt blame the intern.
  • 4 0
 This whole intense buisness is throwing me for a loop. They took gwin for 4 years to develope basically two bikes. Now that they have a production bike the ditch their whole team and build two new ones ?
Does anybody know where Gwin is gonna end up ? Dak seems to be lock that new Mondraker team right ?
  • 5 0
 CORRECTION: Tuhoto won the 2023 King of Crankworx title period - not just Whistler. The final event of the series was at Whistler.
  • 5 0
 Looks like an interesting team. I hate to see Dak moving off the Intense frame. Also wonder where this leaves Seth Sherlock.
  • 1 0
 Where is Dak off to?
  • 3 0
 @shredddr: Mondraker Factory Team it seems.
  • 2 1
 @sgm182: Aww man I was hoping Transition to fill Tristan's empty spot.
  • 7 1
 Did Gwin retire?
  • 1 0
 Most of their riders got injured … falling off their poorly designed mondrakers, except Brooke who just didn’t ride it as fast as he would have liked because it’s too dangerous. But don’t mention him in the article while they are making excuses. Yes I’m a fan. Also Go Tuhoto ! you bloody legend! I hope this hikes good for him. Chur
  • 3 0
 Misspelled names in titles, “private photos”.. not the quality we’re use to from pinkbike recently
  • 6 0
 Sadly, this is exactly the quality we're use to recently.
  • 2 0
 What about Toby Meek?! He was riding for MS Mondraker last year as well brah!
  • 4 3
 Isn’t Mr. Stöckl’s first name Markus?
Like mentioned here for example:
www.mtb-news.de/news/ms-intense-comeback
  • 4 0
 Max is a nickname
  • 4 1
 All words no pictures... way to go!
  • 2 3
 All pictures populating in Chrome browser (mobile and laptop)
  • 1 0
 @bman33: no photos in Firefox or chrome currently for me still. ( Mobile)
  • 3 0
 Top picture is what I anticipate the new UCI DH snow bikes to look like.
  • 3 0
 hope the best for the team and eager to watch Eleonora with the new bike.
  • 2 0
 This announcement is pretty full on!
  • 1 0
 \m/ Cool to have an Austrian on the the MS Intense team, ode to Max Stöckl.
  • 1 0
 What belongs together, comes together!
But no word on suspension partnership. Fox?
  • 1 0
 Öhlins I guess
  • 6 0
 Go really old school and get them on Dorados
  • 6 8
 Check out the poster in the background of the image of Max Stöckl with Jeff Steberl. I'm pretty used to blowhard blah-blah in corporate branding, but that whole "sacred heart" thing is a bit much, and that "sacred heart" being not about the passion but about the "connection to the passion" just makes it extra cringey. These folks seem to be taking themselves just a wee bit too seriously.
  • 2 0
 When was the last time you read the about page on Intense's website?
  • 1 0
 John Hall is the Intense Technical Director? So is Gwin still tied to Intense?
  • 6 0
 he's running their IT Department? Odd and Bold switch of careers. Smile
  • 9 0
 Gwin done with Intense. John Hall took a salary job for security and future since Gwin in only racing a year or two more.
  • 2 0
 @btjenki: What?! Unseparable! AG retiring?
  • 1 0
 @martin737: Just a guess, but in addition to Windrock, Gwin may be in the announcer's booth for the remainder of the Discovery contract. So, not retired, but maybe not racing for now.
  • 2 0
 So where is Dak going ?!?!
  • 7 0
 Mondraker FR
  • 1 0
 Mondraker Factory
  • 1 0
 Stockli asteroid 201’s ftw
  • 1 0
 Big sky lone peak delight
  • 1 0
 Ok, so MS not Malcolm Smith.
  • 1 0
 A word is worth a thousand pictures
  • 3 1
 Wtf is gwin doing?
  • 2 1
 Tuhoto is going to rip up the field
  • 1 0
 Chur.
  • 2 1
 This is a poorly written article.







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