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INTENSE Factory Racing Announces 2020 UCI World Cup Downhill Series Team 17

Team Owner Aaron Gwin and Neko Mullaly return to battle in Elite class, Seth Sherlock joins to contest Junior Elite division.

INTENSE Factory Racing Announces 2020 UCI World Cup Downhill Series Team

Aaron Gwin and Neko Mullaly return to battle in Elite class, Seth Sherlock joins to contest Junior division.

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INTENSE Factory Racing (IFR) announced today their 2020 UCI World Cup Downhill Series Team with a three-man, North-American squad led by Team Owner and 5-time Champion Aaron Gwin. The IFR team will contest the entire 2020 UCI World Cup Downhill Series.

Sherlock on the rocks

2020 marks IFR's second season of the Gwin-ownership era. Mullaly returns for his second year on the team and Sherlock will race under the factory banner as a first-time IFR squad member but has been competitively racing as a member of the INTENSE family for the last five years.

Gwin railin' ruts

The IFR team just completed their weeklong Team Camp at INTENSE's Southern California headquarters where the three North-American based athletes came together to train together, finalize bike setups, take team photos and officially kick of the 2020 campaign.

Mullaly makin' shapes

“The offseason was really successful for our team," Aaron Gwin said. "We put a lot of work into bike development and testing and have all made good gains. Everyone is healthy and ready for the season to kickoff.”

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For 2020 Gwin will pilot a full prototype M29 Downhill weapon, pushing the development of the next generation of racing rigs, while Mullaly and Sherlock will pilot modified 2020 M29 models.

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Squad, squad, squad!

BHowell BHowell 2/7/2020 9:07 AM

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Gwin’s bike looks like it has a shorter overall length, with shorter reach and steeper head tube and steeper seat tuber (although I know the combinations of steeper seat tube angle and steeper head tube angle would lead to shorter reach). According to the internet this bike should be completely unrideable and be burned in the sun!! How dare he ride something shorter and less slack?!

Also, looks like his proto tire has some very production looking hot patches. The “Pinner,” maybe we will see something released soon!

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When you look at the pic of Gwin standing next to his bike and glance at the pic of Seth, it has the appearance that the seat mast is steeper than Seth's & head angle steeper?
Makes it look like he's going for a longer reach and steeper fork?

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Check Instagram...plenty of ladies "riding" Intense brand DH Bikes there. But for some reason, they're only riding is sports bras and full faces. Odd trend.

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My guess is either some sort of telemetry device or some kind of resonance equalizer like what we have seen trek/bontrager use before.

Also interesting to see all three of them using Kovarik’s STFU Bike products for chain slap.

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