Intense M9 FRO Frame

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    “A full-on pure racing DH bike.”

    The Good:

    The Intense M9 has amazing suspension and tunable geometry. The M9 carries so much speed that it can get scary at times.

    The Bad:

    It takes a while to tune the suspension to your likings with all of the frames adjustable geometry settings.

    Overall Review:

    The Intense M9 is by far the fastest DH bike I've ever ridden. I've read a bunch of reviews about the M9 and they all sound like the kind of DH bike I was looking for. The craftmanship of the frame is amazing and Intense's customer service is spot on perfect. My first day of riding my M9 at Highland bike park was extremely difficult. I pretty much spent the whole day taking test runs and dialing the suspension. On my second day I have of the perfect settings that works for me and they are spot on. The M9 carries so much speed and itnever lets up.There where curtain spots at highland park that I would put in a few extra pedals on my old DH rig to Read More »

    Overall Review:

    The Intense M9 is by far the fastest DH bike I've ever ridden. I've read a bunch of reviews about the M9 and they all sound like the kind of DH bike I was looking for.  The craftmanship of the frame is amazing and Intense's customer service is spot on perfect. My first day of riding my M9 at Highland bike park was extremely difficult. I pretty much spent the whole day taking test runs and dialing the suspension. On my second day I have of the perfect settings that works for me and they are spot on.  The M9 carries so much speed and it never lets up. There where curtain spots at highland park that I would put in a few extra pedals on my old DH rig to keep my speed and momentum up. But on the M9 there is no need too. If anything, I'm using the brakes more offen on the M9 and my timed runs are 4 seconds faster! The M9 is truly amazing.  The only issue I had with my M9 is that most of the jumps at highland park have a lot of pop to them. So I have to run the M9 with a really slow rebound setting. This keeps the M9 from nose diving off all the jump.  But for pure DH race courses, I speed up the rear rebound just a bit and it tracks the ground perfectly.

    Also, the M9's lower VPP linkage comes with built-in grease zerk fittings so that maintenance and up keep is simple.  I'm not one for being company loyal but this bike may change my mind on that subject. "Intense for Life!"

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    Specifications

    Riding Type Downhill
    Rider
    Sizes and Geometry
    S, M, L View Geometry
    Size S M L
    Top Tube Length 22 23 24
    Head Tube Angle 64°, 5°, 1°, 1.5° 64°, 5°, 1°, 1.5° 64°, 5°, 1°, 1.5°
    Head Tube Length 4.5 5 5
    Seat Tube Angle
    Seat Tube Length
    Bottom Bracket Height 13.75 13.75 13.75
    Chainstay Length
    Wheelbase 45.5"-46.5 46.5"-47.5 47.5"-48.5
    Standover
    Reach 15.5 16.25 17.25
    Stack 23 23.5 23.5
    Frame Material Aluminum
    Frame Material Details Aluminum 6061-T6
    Wheel Size
    Rear Travel
    • 215.9mm
    • 228.6mm
    • 241.3mm
    Rear Shock FOX RC4
    Head Tube Diameter 1.5" Adjustable Angle
    Bottom Bracket 83mm
    Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions G3 150 12mm
    Front Derailleur Size
    Seat Post Diameter 31.6mm
    Max Tire Size
    ISCG Tabs
    Bottle Cage Mounts
    Colors
    Warranty
    Weight N/A
    Miscellaneous
    Price $2,999
    More Info Intense Cycles website