YOU DIDN’T KNOW THIS BUT…
Jeff Steber, Intense Cycles Owner
Here is a little tidbit from the time we where developing and working on the M16. I had several alloy test mules going back and forth with the World Cup team and making changes. In the weld shop I came in one morning and saw these signs posted “Warning Protected by M16.” RTW (Rick the Welder ) who is quite into guns had been waiting for years through all the M series numbers till we reached the M16.
(The M16 rifle, officially designated Rifle, Caliber 5.56 mm, M16, is a United States military adaptation of the ArmaLite AR-15 rifle since introduced in 1963 Vietnam war era)
So I figure I had to really see what this bad ass rifle is all about that wears the same name. At Interbike in Las Vegas this year I went to one of the local ranges and shot about 600 rounds full auto M16.
We have gone 4 almost 5 years since M9 so basically skipped forward a bit and personally I was looking forward to M16 I have been able to spend 90% of my time now in R&D and we have some really exciting new bikes coming up next year, M16 being the first.
“At Interbike in Las Vegas this year I went to one of the local ranges and shot about 600 rounds full auto M16”
On the bike geometry the BB height was settled on with WC team and test riders based on setup and dual travel adjust, I will say that the racers tend to keep in the 8.5″ setting and the weekend warrior racers liked the 9.5″
The asymmetrical swing arm was an ID direction I went to have a clean chainline and easy access to rear shock. I really did struggle with keeping the ID aesthetic for the M16 and specifically with the carbon in line with the monoque style front triangle. That historically goes back to the original M1 because people will compare to V10. In the end we have had this ID from day one so I stuck with it and it works really well and helps set it apart from the herd.