2013 Dirt 100: Intense M-9
Dirt’s primary bike tester, Steve Jones, described this as the king of ‘boutique bikes’ – and when buying an Intense that is just what you want to hear
Shape is key to an Intense downhill bike; these things certainly aren’t subtle but they sure are sexy, the result of many years of hard graft, refinement and one of the wealthiest podium histories of any manufacturer on the scene.
Shaun Palmer first rode an M-1 at the ‘96 World Champs and ever since then Jeff Steber (the company owner) has been morphing the bike into various different incarnations. What we have now is “the first downhill specific race frame that can be tweaked and tuned to tame any track" (Intense) – something that we can’t deny when looking at the frame’s vitals: adjustable bottom bracket, head-angle, wheel-base and shock travel make this the most tune-able bike out there.
You know that with any Intense you are buying into a brand with passion superior to any other, they seem to have a clear view of what they wish to achieve and that is out-and-out race winning potential. What you also get with this M9 is a true downhill bike, one that likes to be thrown in at the deep end and smashed down the most severe of tracks, there’s no messing with an M-9.
Price: Frame with Cane Creek DB £2699.00
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