Why not? The Prototype Intense 2951 29er downhill Bike.
11/20/2009 9:42 AM
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11/21/2009 6:28 PM
One More Cent: I know one thing: Supreme Traction. 29ers Hook Up. I was a true non believer until I rode the new Rumblefish. I could push may corners so hard that I couldn't believe it. It won't be replacing my HD All Mtn rig, but I would love to add one to my quiver for the longer All Mtn rides. The 2951 could have a place on certain tracks. That said, I don't like switching bikes, but for the Pros, some do and some don't. Cool idea. Ride Bikes.
sofa king slow
11/20/2009 10:45 PM
I'm not an engineer and I've never ridden a 29er, but I can't see how pursuing new ideas could ever be bad for the sport. Worst case scenario, it doesn't ride well and the idea was a bust. At least that guy on MTBR would have to stfu. Or maybe Intense will figure out a way to make it totally shred.
11/20/2009 9:45 PM
poozank-apparently, the center of gravity you FEEL while riding a bike is in relation to the center of the wheels, so really this has a lower effective center of gravity. At least that's what I've been told by all the 20er advocates. Do you buy it? I'm not sure if I do.
11/20/2009 7:11 PM
nah - its lame. lets just introduce big foam mushroom top full face helmets to go w/ it.
to each their own i guess.
11/20/2009 6:50 PM
NorCalNomad- they also have a higher cg flexier wheels and lousy cornering compared to a 26 inch wheel
11/20/2009 6:08 PM
"Maybe once they've got that under control and aren't hitting their customers up for $2300+ for a crooked boutiquesqe frame, then he worry about reinventing the wheel.
Just sayin'...and yes I own one so my bitching is not without merit. "
100% agree heard so many horror stories from intense both from online and real life mates, its a shame cause their rigs look sick and perform well when they work.
11/20/2009 2:43 PM
My 2 cents: Intense wants their riders on the podium. This bike may help reach that goal on a few tracks. Then I say why not. It seems that the top Pros change bikes for different tracks, then why not through this into the mix. I bet she feels great rippin' at 35-45 mph. I surely don't have the loot for multiple DH rigs, so its not for me, but I do think its pretty sick.
11/20/2009 1:58 PM
I Am Jacks Wet Dream
11/20/2009 1:00 PM
Here's a novel idea: Rather than spending all this time, money and energy on a bike no one except the XC 29'er guys in the MTBR forums (who will never buy one because it's not a single speed and isn't rigid) care about, Jeff/Intense use those resources to teach their welders and QC guys about the virtues of frames that are welded straight? Maybe a couple of remedial night classes at the community college?
Maybe once they've got that under control and aren't hitting their customers up for $2300+ for a crooked boutiquesqe frame, then he worry about reinventing the wheel.Just sayin'...and yes I own one so my bitching is not without merit.
11/20/2009 12:30 PM
why? because 29" wheels roll over things easier.
11/20/2009 12:17 PM
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