Intense M6 with Dorado - What the Joes ride!

Mar 20, 2009 at 21:43
by sean tracy  
Barry's Black Beast, or tale of the Intense Dorado.

Bike Mechanic to the Ditched and Blameless, Barry LeVoir at Hardcore Bikes in Edmonton (almost) Finishes his dream DH build for 2009.My good friend and often hassled bike tech Barry, was a foot off the floor today as he was showing off the goods...his brand-spanking new Manitou Dorado. It came in this week, and he got to bolt it up to this fine, also brand new Intense M6, that had been the temporary home to his previous fork, the old school coil sprung Dorado of legend.

This M6 is so new, the custom Elka shock has yet to show up...it will be the very last piece of the puzzle...sigh.

This Dorado, according to the Manitou rep, is the fifth one in Canada so far, and there won't be many more for this model year. That's why I thought it would be cool to share these not so "spy" photos with you all, cause it ain't too often you'll see a Privateer bike with this much high-end hardware on it.

Check out the custom Gold Ano pivot bolts....buh-ling! And that extra bit of gold on the 2009 Saints fits right in.

Check out the custom Gold Ano pivot bolts....buh-ling! And that extra bit of gold on the 2009 Saints fits right in.


Squishee, Squish, Squish. Feels a lot like a coil...but it isn't...and it's plenty stiff too.

Squishee, Squish, Squish. Feels a lot like a coil...but it isn't...and it's plenty stiff too.


It just plain looks fast, even while standing still.

It just plain looks fast, even while standing still.


Top notch wheel set and Tractor trailer brakes...what doesn't this bike have?...(besides a shock in the frame)...

Top notch wheel set and Tractor trailer brakes...what doesn't this bike have?...(besides a shock in the frame)...


The Dorado came with its own

The Dorado came with its own "gun case". When a fork has an MSRP of $4K Canadian...they better send you a damn case...


A very spartan, fighter plane cockpit, thanks to the E.13 direct mount stem. Looks like business.

A very spartan, fighter plane cockpit, thanks to the E.13 direct mount stem. Looks like business.


Zero stack Cane Creek, I run this headset too. So underrated, simply well made. Check 'em out!  That head badge says it all, but the braided hoses say it too...this is a fast, World Cup capable machine...

Zero stack Cane Creek, I run this headset too. So underrated, simply well made. Check 'em out! That head badge says it all, but the braided hoses say it too...this is a fast, World Cup capable machine...


This is the kind of boutique beauty you're likely to see being assembled in the service stands at my home LBS, Hardcore Bikes in Edmonton. E-town's very 1st ever mountain bike specific shop, celebrating 20 years of custom bike building this year. More than just a bike shop, it's the hub of our slice of the Alberta MTB community.

-http://www.hardcore.ca

Tell them Shondo sent you!


69 Comments

  • + 10
 i just rode this intense and i-------------jizzed in my pants! i just ate a grape too
  • + 11
 Damn fine write-up Shondo! And that's one helluva M6... Barry is one lucky man!
  • + 2
 thanks Leroy.
  • + 0
 how come the 2009 dorado is worth so much more then previous years? like i see some people in buy and sell with older ones going for 300. i would expect some price difference but not that much..
  • + 0
 because , besides the outside appearance, it's a completely different fork, using totally different technology, and sold only in very small numbers.
  • + 4
 that is amazing!!! but i just cant get myself to like the look of the forks, no doubt they are better than every fork out there!!! i got my elka on order!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 I doubt!

Sick looking, yes, but I'm not sure about the Dorado from what I've seen... Hopefully for you this one will work just fine Wink
  • + 0
 how do you mean? the dorados arent that brilliant? they should be for the price!!!

hopefully get the elka soon
  • + 0
 They seem to work fine but some of them (maybe protos or first production models, I don't know) simple refuse to work!
There's a joke about the riffle case the fork comes with: it's easy to pack your fork in and send it back for warranty, with no scratch during shipping... Big Grin (just a joke...)
  • + 3
 Drool. That is a bike of dreams. Looks pretty tank though, but i cant talk i ride a stinky, so i'll just gawk at it some more
  • + 2
 Tank? Gonna be under 40 lbs mate.
  • + 1
 had a few guys at my shop that haven't had such good luck with the cane creek headsets.... they always warranty them, looking forward to following this bike for the next few months.
  • + 2
 I'll keep PinkBikers posted on successes and failures as I hear about them.
  • + 1
 coooll... don't like the color nor the seat or the brakes ! would trade the brakes for Formula Oro + Selle Italia seat + intense red or works
  • + 1
 this actually has to be one of the sickest bikes in all of the world. unbeleivable....
  • + 0
 For those of you interested in Elka, here's my thread on it. Just a quick review!

www.pinkbike.com/forum/listcomments/?threadid=72097
  • + 1
 I think the weight on barrie's ride is close or under 37 lbs. I can't weight to get out riding with him.
  • + 0
 The seat has got to go, it looks like an SDG. Why not an I-Beam that would make more sense, but if you got to have the Thompson post then get a better railed option.
  • + 1
 Lets just hope its not a "look at my bike" bike, and it gets ripped like that beauty deserves. Very tight setup
  • + 1
 I think it's probably a bit of both..sorry Barry....couldn't resist. But hey, if this were my bike I'd show it off like a hot girlfriend too.
  • + 1
 Damn man, so nice, but so very expensive. Come on technology, hurry up and bring prices down!
  • + 0
 quilivan (2 hours ago) (Below Threshold) show comment
Can's wait for may long, gonna chase that bike all the way down the mtn! "

Chase it? You better be ahead of it Big Grin
  • + 0
 Ha! coffee out my nose.
  • + 0
 This is like an updated version of my bike lol! M1 with Dorado, x.0 saint and all other good goodies. Beautiful ride! Wish it was mine hehe
  • + 1
 nice bike but you could get the front much lower by removing the spacer stack..
  • + 3
 Umm.....I'm sure he's aware of that.......
  • + 0
 is their a gun or fork in that case..... what a sexy fucken bike. that fork looks so amazing
  • + 0
 Looks svelte, though not so sure the white LG-1 goes very well with the overall look of the bike.
  • + 0
 Looks like its about time to unleash a beast!! One of the nicest bikes I have ever seen.
  • + 0
 now that he paid 4 grand for the fork he can't affornd a rear shock lol....sick bike though would like to know the weight!
  • + 1
 Well like it says up top, the Elka shock is on it's way.....it's actually supposedly been shipped and will probably show up early this week. I'll have updated photos in my profile once it's in the bike.
  • + 1
 Pretty much my dream DH build. Droooolll....at everything
  • + 0
 industry nine is like alu spokes..? on a deemax rim..looks cool but DH proof ?
  • + 0
 Why havey ust-rims with tube-tires? Its havier like only ust or only tube tires and rims.
But except that, very nice bike!
  • + 0
 right tires for the rider i guess.
  • + 0
 sorry, mistypes: heavy, of course
  • + 1
 sooooo nice but could do with some lower rise bars!
  • + 0
 The forks costs too much, more than the forks equipped in Motor-X bikes. I wish it could come down a bit.
  • + 0
 those forks look hellllla sick
  • + 0
 He'll be winning WC races in no time!
  • + 0
 He'd have to enter some.......
  • + 0
 sick i like the case lol looks like a un case
  • + 0
 I don't like inverted forks at all.
  • + 0
 sweet parts, terrible colours.
  • + 0
 must be nice to have a 609287 trillion dollar budget lmao
  • + 0
 Can's wait for may long, gonna chase that bike all the way down the mtn!
  • + 0
 What shock is he planning to run?
  • + 1
 The Elka. It still has not arrived from Quebec.
  • + 0
 Sounds a good choice!
  • + 0
 so that is two of these shocks in edmonton now out of 5 thats pretty good
  • + 0
 weight?
  • + 1
 under 40.
  • + 1
 lighter than ur mum but then again i could say that about a bus
  • + 0
 thats a sick fork
  • + 0
 want to post the specs?
  • + 0
 Seriously, If you read the blog and look over the pics, it's all there
  • + 0
 nice story and bike
  • + 0
 i like!
  • - 1
 That is the sexiest bike I have ever seen in my entire life.
  • + 3
 probs one of the most expensive too.
  • + 0
 S I C K
  • + 0
 nice rear shock
  • + 3
 thanks for reading the story.....Facepalm
  • + 0
 looks nice
  • + 0
 i have those cables!
  • - 3
 im sure it rides really nice but it looks horrible!
  • + 6
 well I don't see any of your bike photos on your profile page........so I'm guessing you have a Foes or a DHR right??
  • + 0
 no, boxxers

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