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  • #802766

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Some of the bikes we’ll be reviewing this summer are starting to trickle in. We’ve got some gems.

    First bike to roll in is this Intense Spider 275

    As always, we’d like to hear what you’d like to know about these bikes.

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    #802771

    Tpratt
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    @fasttimes
    I’ve heard a few people comment on Intense aesthetically recently, especially the new M16, saying they found it to be a bit unrefined and raw looking.

    Now disclaimer, I’ve never ridden an intense, but I’ve heard they ride amazing. So even as a designer, it actually doesnt bother me that they are a bit raw looking. In fact I actually think its part of their own aesthetic. Their bikes look functional, like they could survive a bombing. And really isn’t that what a brand called “Intense”, especially with a history including characters like Palmer, represent?

    Kind of a rant but just some thoughts ahha

    #802792

    singlesprocket
    Participant

    nice, i had a few intense bikes. though they aren’t without their quirks. one bike i’m interested in is the rockey mountain sherpa.

    #802796

    DrV
    Participant

    Rode an intense Spider last year courtesy of Duke’s. Looking at my Strava data the Spider still holds some of my fastest segment times in Crothers and the Flats vs. my Santa Cruz Blur LtC carbon. VPP is a killer suspension design common to both bikes, and the bigger wheels on the Spider vs. my Blur helped me to just roll over the usual obstacles without thinking vs. having to pick my line with my Blur’s 26″ hoops. Looking forward to your review.

    #802797

    giveitall14
    Participant

    I’m looking forward to the intense review, maybe if you could get your hands on a rocky mountain thunderbolt, transition scout, and santa cruz 5010 that would be cool. These are all bikes I’m debating about getting sometime soon.

    #802799

    bkreinhart
    Participant

    @fasttimes
    I’ve heard a few people comment on Intense aesthetically recently, especially the new M16, saying they found it to be a bit unrefined and raw looking.

    Now disclaimer, I’ve never ridden an intense, but I’ve heard they ride amazing. So even as a designer, it actually doesnt bother me that they are a bit raw looking. In fact I actually think its part of their own aesthetic. Their bikes look functional, like they could survive a bombing. And really isn’t that what a brand called “Intense”, especially with a history including characters like Palmer, represent?

    Kind of a rant but just some thoughts ahha

    Interesting that you say that, @tpratt, I’ve always thought intense bikes looked like the “Ferraris” of the bicycle world. Only a personal preference kind of thing though.

    That Spider looks like a Don Killer– in badass orange no less!

    #802887

    hungqlam
    Participant

    In fact I actually think its part of their own aesthetic. Their bikes look functional, like they could survive a bombing. And really isn’t that what a brand called “Intense”, especially with a history including characters like Palmer, represent?

    Interesting that you say that, @tpratt, I’ve always thought intense bikes looked like the “Ferraris” of the bicycle world. Only a personal preference kind of thing though.

    That Spider looks like a Don Killer– in badass orange no less!

    I’m going to agree with @tpratt. I group Intense in with Cove and Orange. They look purpose-built and bombproof. It’s hard to look “refined” and “Ferrari-like” with hand-welded seams and minimal hydro-formed tubing.

    I think this bike looks badass and am very interested in how it performs. While I’ve heard Intense has had some quality issues in the past, I haven’t heard much complaining when it comes to performance.

    #802955

    Tpratt
    Participant

    @bkreinhart @hungqlam

    Its pretty easy for aesthetics to come down to personal preference!

    Agree with both that it will be exciting to see how it rides!

    #802957

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    I would describe it as raw but not unrefined. I’ve had many generations of Intense bikes and they really haven’t changed all that much, which frankly, is sort of nice. It is a serious trail weapon!

    @fietser will be running this bike through its paces for us. So far, I think it’s safe to say he’s blown away.

    #802961

    fietser
    Participant

    Hey guys.

    First serious ride under my belt (28km) with the Intense and it is safe to say it is as @fasttimes suggests a ‘weapon’. It shredded my local trails. This bike begs to be ridden fast and hard. Bummed the recent weather has kept me off the trails since this bike is WICKED fun to ride.

    @drv I am currently riding a Blur LT2 and can confirm everything you said about speed – minus having Strava to back it up. My pace, despite my fitness, was considerable quicker on my local track with this bike, I completed my regular loop in less overall time and killed return section on the ride home despite being somewhat rusty after a long winter. Despite having less travel front and rear on the Spider if never left me wanting on my local trails, even the roughest sections. Curious to see how it would feel at 115mm – adjustable rear end. I am quickly becoming a very big fan of the 27.5 wheels and have nothing bad to say about them, just had a set built for my own personal build as a matter of fact.

    @giveitall14 your short list looks very similar to what mine will be – great crop of trail bikes out there currently. Those would all be excellent choices for the majority of the trails I regularly ride.

    Lastly, the Rock Shox Revelation may be, in my opinion, one of the more underrated forks out there. Blown away by how stiff this fork felt at ‘only’ 32mm. Interested to get it into some burlier trails and see how it stands up to the test.

    See you on the trails! I’ll be the one on the bright orange bike with the stupid grin plastered on my face.

    #802968

    hungqlam
    Participant

    Lastly, the Rock Shox Revelation may be, in my opinion, one of the more underrated forks out there. Blown away by how stiff this fork felt at ‘only’ 32mm. Interested to get it into some burlier trails and see how it stands up to the test.

    I have to completely agree. I have a Sektor (same chassis, different damper. Rev has a lighter and stiffer crown than the Sektor too) on my Hooker and it handles big jumps and G-outs through berms like a champ. I had a Recon on it before and the difference in stiffness was astounding.

    #802971

    micah356
    Participant

    The 32mm / 120 travel Revelation on my Honzo feels great for sure. It definitely feels stiffer than the Fox 32 on my last bike, but that was at 150mm.

    #802975

    Shortcuttomoncton
    Participant

    Spent almost a week riding a carbon Tracer 275 last summer. Epic. It remains the best bike I’ve ever ridden but well out of my price range. Maybe in a couple years when the used market shakes down.

    #803064

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    The next bike through the door is this stealthy 2015 Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 790 MSL BC Edition.

    http://www.bikes.com/en/bikes/thunderbolt-bc-edition/2015#/models/thunderbolt-790-msl-bc-edition

    #803113

    aragon
    Participant

    Crazy that RMB is making bikes that I want to ride again… I thought after my last Blizzard in 2005(ish?) and the Procycle (or whomever that was) buyout things were over for that brand. Nice to see them back, and making bikes that make so much sense for the terrain they are intended for (and probably are just fine out here in Onterrible as well…)

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