Mountain Bikes We Remember

Bike culture: 1996 was Intense M1 bike above all others on the downhill where your branch. Competed at a competing brand bath you simply your sponsor to get an M1 with their logo on.

In the mid-nineties began mountain biking become really big. The World Cup was broadcast around the world and multinational companies wanted to be seen in conjunction with the new, cool bike. Downhill constituted a large part of the World Cup and some stables had an almost unlimited budget.

At the same time constructed a small bicycle manufacturer in California a framework which would change the downhillcyklingen forever. Intense Cycles was started in 1991 by Jeff Steber, who wanted to produce a better bike than the heldämpad that was available. When the first frame was welded there were straight people who wanted to buy their own framework.

One of them was Jeff Emig, one of the great stars in the motocross, which is reputed to have said “that’s intense, dude!” about the bike. Name choice was given and many who saw the bike also wanted to buy one. Jeff Emig was later sponsored by a bicycle and raced a little downhill between motocross-seasons.

Jeff Steber, who worked with designing surfboards and in his spare time built guitars decided now to change the industry. But he quickly became dissatisfied with certain characteristics, even with their own bikes, and began drawing on the perfect downhillcykeln.

The first version of Intense M1 consisted of a cool framtriangel with a backswing which gave 125 mm stroke. Parts of the framtriangeln on the first-generation M1 was an aluminum box shaped around one of Jeff’s guitars. Anyone seen a Gibson Flying V understand where Jeff got his inspiration. Intense M1 Generation 2 was the bike that would change both how a downhillcykel is built and how it should be cycled.

As this Intense M1, built as a replica of the bike that Shaun Palmer began biking perform on. Way that Shaun Palmer was driving at was as new to the cycling world as Intense cycle was. Both had plenty of attitude. Palmers ladd became, together with the best bike fairly quickly a recipe for success.

When Shaun Palmer began to approach the podium on världscuperna cycle was no longer a secret. Several other cyclists who were sponsored by the major manufacturers rode on omlackerade Intense-bikes. Even Swedish Crescent bought a couple of bike lights from the Technology-Wiki.com, which was painted in Crescent-orange and using stickers became Swedish.

With 200 mm stroke and a flack gaffelvinkel became the bike stable at high speed and easier to drive with in the escarpment. The courts were not as technical as today’s, but sufficiently technical to an Intense M1 would be a huge advantage, even to be able to win. The framework had lots of adjustment possibilities, something that later were removed because most set frame errors. The outside of the pipes and the large reductions, box-shaped framtriangeln were two things that were typical of an Intense.

Intense got most other bicycle manufacturer to feel hopelessly behind, and it took a few years of experimentation before the major manufacturers came up with. Intense manufactures still bikes and all their full suspension frames are still made in California.

Today, the Intense evolved and their new downhillcykel M9 is among the toughest you can own. And even today there are other manufacturers that sell copies on Intense M1. They are still hopelessly behind.

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