Intense M3 Downhill Full Suspension

4.5/5 (26 Reviews)
Weight : 10.50 MSRP : $2850.00


Product Description

More than 2 years in the making, the M3 combines the future of mountain bike technology with years of experience at the two places where it matters most in the factory and on the mountain.

With it’s all-new monocoque design, lower stand-over height, patented VPP suspension, and Manitou shock system, the new M3 is poised to be the next benchmark in downhill racing.



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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by intensem3 a Weekend Warrior from Lugo

Date Reviewed: February 9, 2011

Strengths:    the bike is fast, stable, rigid and absorbent to the time, nice and well build, and of course is an intense, can you ask for more?

Weaknesses:    perhaps, that today is not the slightest

Bottom Line:   
creo, y no me equivoco ,si digo que fue la mejor bici y mas deseada del mercado cuando salio a la venta, con eso lo digo todo

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   sabta cruz v10

Bike Setup:   boxxer world cup, dee max, avid carbon, thomson ,easton, xtr,chris king, race face xc, carbocage.....

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by NOE a Downhiller from lugo

Date Reviewed: February 9, 2011

Strengths:    I think it is a fairly complete, robust, low center of gravity and well built and of course, is an intense


Weaknesses:    price

Bottom Line:   
una gran bici ,para mi no tiene ningun defecto , quizas para los tiempos que corren , un pelin pesada , pero extraordinaria

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Favorite Trail:   poyo

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   santa cruz v10

Bike Setup:   boxxer world cup, deemax, avid carbon , easton monkey dh carbon ,xtr ,thomson.....

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Neal a Downhiller from n ireland

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2010

Strengths:    Exellent frame! super smooth over nearly any bumps just outstanding! handles/corners just amazingly... all good

Weaknesses:    hard to adjust rear rebound, muck gathers badly around same area but hey who cares the frame looks the mutts nuts!

Bottom Line:   
I would but it again if i had to no bother it has took my riding to a different level when i first took it up my fav trail i nearly sh*t my pants the bike was just awesome! super fast super smooth!!

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Favorite Trail:   cavehill belfast

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   m8 in Nevada USA

Similar Products Used:   san andreas

Bike Setup:   fox 40 rc2s, sram x-9, juicy carbon brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andy K a Downhiller from Pécs, Hungary

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2009

Strengths:    It's like a motocross bike without engine, a highly trustful frame even if the track conditions goes f.cked! When I'm riding with, I feels like a passenger on a train! I don't trust humans but I trust tha M3.

Weaknesses:    Weakness.....hmmmm maybe the quality of the decals.

Bottom Line:   
We talkin'about Intense now,so:
- Thanks and respect for the guyz who created it!
and
- I'm goin'to keep my M3 until the end of my life!

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Favorite Trail:   All the slopes

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Similar Products Used:   KTM sx 125

Bike Setup:   Manitou,Ringlé,Funn,Saint,Azonic,Intense

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by van hellsing a Downhiller from cape town South Africa

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2008

Strengths:    Crazy smooth over the rough stuff,corners like nothing else on earth ,handles beutifully and is just awesome to ride .

Weaknesses:    difficult to ajust back shock ,but other than that nothing at all .

Bottom Line:   
Hectic bike and nothing else comes close to it .Super super fast ,and rides like it wants to rip up the trail .Its also great to look at .

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Favorite Trail:   Tokai

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Similar Products Used:   Azonic recoil ,foes fly

Bike Setup:   888 ,manitou 6 way-swinger,hayes nine ,e.thirteen cainguide ,ringle hubs .

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cptkirk a Weekend Warrior from uk

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2007

Strengths:    its light for a big frame can chuck it around very easy,ive had it off some biggish drops 15 to 20 foot and its know trouble for it, i had down the 4X track and it was wicked over the jumps for a dh bike and it looks the nuts in black. The best dh bike i've had and i've had alot of bikes.

Weaknesses:    black is hard to keep looking clean, rear end has a bit of flex but its nothing major, not good for dirt jumping but not alot of dh bikes are.

Bottom Line:   
i recommend this bike if you like your dh and big drops and if you see someone riding one just ask them.

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Favorite Trail:   the hills of aston

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   new from ,nwmtb.com

Similar Products Used:   sc v10, orange 222, kona stab, rotwild rdh03, spooky motorhead.

Bike Setup:   fox 40, saint cranks hope 6ti brakes fox dhx.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by tom a Downhiller from united kingdom

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2007

Strengths:    not a lot

Weaknesses:    bends on big jumps not suitable for new dh courses. frame walls are really thin which means you will get loads of cracks if bike is used well. it also wont last more than one season

Bottom Line:   
frame is crap loads of flex cracks easily DOES NOT LIKE BIG JUMPS (ANYTHING OVER 15FT) basically save the money and get a morewood or an orange

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere in south of england

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   ebay frame only

Similar Products Used:   specialized big hit morewood

Bike Setup:   intense frame fox dhx shock 88 forks bombshell wheels deity bars and stem saint cranks nd 50/50 pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gregg LaBrecque a Weekend Warrior from Enfield, Ct. USA

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2007

Strengths:    Best all around dh bike on the market, period!!. Besides being smoking hot looking, it's stiff, strong, corners like a slot car, jumps & drops with ease. Peddles very well. This bike is designed to put you where you should be over the bike, combined with it's low profile, you'll be hard pressed to find a bike that will make you faster.The only people that don't like an M3 are the ones who can't afford one. Sucks being you.

Weaknesses:    Very low to the ground, smack my peddles all the time and broke two. Bring spears with you. Just takes a little time to adjust, if you can ride well it's not a problem. Noisy,that's it.

Bottom Line:   
I'm 48, this bike made me faster then most of my 20 something friends I ride with. No joke, they don't like getting their asses handed to the by someone my age and they were slaying me before I got that bike.
This bike will make you silly fast from the first ride.
If you wan to ride though anything and corner like a pro,
Though down on an M3 you won't be disappointed.

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Favorite Trail:   any steep rocky trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   on line

Similar Products Used:   Ironhorse SGS dh, Sinister R9, Azonic

Bike Setup:   M3 small with a Manitou Travis fork, swinger 6way 300lbs. spring. Hope 6pot brakes,Sun double tracks, race face cranks, Kanda tires 2.7 front&back. Lots of goodies.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by matt kuys a Racer from Laguna california

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2007

Strengths:    Stiff rear end, endless travel, smooth on everything, corners great

Weaknesses:    LOUD!!!! Pedals bad, but once you get it set up with pro pedal, you will be able to get a lot better pedaling out of turns

Bottom Line:   
Great race bike.

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Favorite Trail:   telonix

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2250.00

Purchased At:   Bike Attack

Similar Products Used:   v10, glory, sunday, 2:1

Bike Setup:   Fox 40 DHX 5 saint avid

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by F T a Downhiller from uk, london

Date Reviewed: September 20, 2006

Strengths:    Very plush 9.5in of travel. rides rough tracks sooo well. truely is the best looking bike period! handles so well. holds its line on any surface. very chuckable when pointing down. Super stiff rear end. Low BB (CofG) for truely great performance. Very well engineered VPP design, with attention to race geometry and weight placement. Simple Awesome as a race bike!


Weaknesses:    Finding Cranks to fit, especially if tyou have the 73mm shell BB version. Adjusting the shock on the bike. No rear shock mud protection, like SC V10.

Bottom Line:   
Very good bike, is easy to ride fast and the rear end feels more lively than the SC V10 which can feel planted but lacks rider feedback. The bike feels lighter to ride than an Iron Horse (easier to bash the pedals on the ground)

The bike does have some annoying design flaws (crank fitting etc.) but these can be solved by getting the correct products. After the first ride you will realise that the bike is worth every penny, simply the best 'privateer racer' entry again!

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Favorite Trail:   Mont Chery

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz V10, Iron Horse Sunday, Intense Uzzi, Ellesworth Dare, Santa Cruz VP Free

Bike Setup:   Intense M3, Rockshox Boxxer Teams (TF tuned), Shimano XT, Avid J7 Brakes, Raceface Cranks, E13, Mavic Rims, Hope Hubs, Atomlab pedals, Easton controls etc...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Paul a Downhiller from London

Date Reviewed: September 5, 2006

Strengths:    Light and fast

Weaknesses:    BB very low

Bottom Line:   
FOLLOW-UP POST

This is a follow-up post to my previous one which is 2 below after 4 months of tinkering.

After my last stack I was about to ebay the frame. However, I took one last stab at it and decided to try and raise the BB height by about 20mm to a more 'normal' height. So I rang round just about everybody who could help to see if:
a) they knew about the problem
b) to get ideas into raising the BB height via changes to suspension settings and options such as having new rear dropouts machined with a lower axel height.

Firstly, everyone in the industry I talked to knew about this issue. Every one had the same matching solutions.

Apparently the problem often occurs when pedalling hard on ground where there are shallow and low amplitude compressions. Apparently the M3 (and many VPP bikes) have a tendency to 'pack' into the faces of these compressions which can result in the pedal hitting the ground.

The solutions to this were as follows:
1) Used a super drop crown on the Fox 40s to enable me to raise the lower crown by about 16mm (the manual says not to do this but I have been assured that it is safe for this amount)
2) Adjusted the Fox 40s based upon settings provided by Mojo Suspension to increase the average ride height (as opposed to just the sag as they are different)
3) Wound on as much preload as I could to the Manitou Swinger 6 way rear shock
4) Increased the air volume
5) Adjusted the low speed compression damping to make this firmer
6) Speeded up the rebound
7) Adjusted the high speed compression damping to make this firmer

Having done all of this and adjusted this up to my liking:
- I have NOT hit my pedals on the ground since
- I have raised the BB height when riding by about 18mm
- Greatly improved the stability of the bike at high or low speeds
- Got a harsher ride (but not one that causes problems

I have now decided to keep the M3 and my confidence is back on the bike and I am starting to enjoy it again. I think I’m now riding much faster than I was before – which is good.

Lastly many thanks to Tim Flooks of TF Tuned Shocks, Rowan Sorrell at Mojo Suspension and Andy Kyfin at North West Mountain Bikes for their advice that resulted in the above changes and me keeping the M3

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Favorite Trail:   anything big

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   all over

Bike Setup:   Large M3, Fox 40s, race face diabolos, hadley hubs, saint brakes, dura ace rear mech and cassette etc etc - full on racer build

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by matt kuys a Racer from mammoth

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2006

Strengths:    you must be joking. you can float through corners like a hot knife through butter. you can basically hit a huge jump and overshoot it to flat and feel like your landing on the landing.

Weaknesses:    hmmm.... kinda lound through rough sections. thats all though

Bottom Line:   
best bike i have ever ridden. extreme boost of confidence and is extremely reliable

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Favorite Trail:   sunset ridge(secret trail)

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2332.00

Purchased At:   my sponsor BIKE ATTACK

Similar Products Used:   M1 303 v10

Bike Setup:   888 doubletrack profile fox dhx5

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Paul a Downhiller from London

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2006

Strengths:    Light

Weaknesses:    BB height too low for a big guy

Bottom Line:   
OK, I'm 6'4" and about 220lbs.

The first day I rode this bike I noticed that the BB height was low so I adjusted the sag, rebound etc so that I would not pack the shock too much when peddaling etc and corrected my riding style to keep the pedals level a bit more.

The second day I smacked a root real hard with the crank at 45 degrees - I went over the bars at full speed into a tree. It kept me off the bike for a month and a year later I still have the scar on my right thigh from the liquifying haematoma I collected from that accident

I had a look at the bike, took advice from friends and then rang Tim Flooks - for those of you who know him he's about the best suspension tuner in the world. In talking to Tim, we agreed that the spring rate and sag specified by Intense are incorrect for a large rider on a large frame - it seems to be about 100lbs light. I therefore went for an upgraded spring (550lb) and tried again.

This changed the sag to about 30% and of course changed the rebound charecteristics which meant I had to spend a few more rides dialling ths shock in again.

Since then I have been plagued with the nightmare of having to run a spring rate and shock settings that cannot deliver the ride that is attainable for a lighter rider using this bike. I either have to run to high a rebound or face the nightmare of packing and not knowing when this can cause things to go wrong.

I have ended up having to be so careful where I pedal on a run for fear of clipping something that it has actually slowed me down even though the bike is without any doubt a faster than anything I have ever ridden (provided that you don't come off)

Following two more serious stacks (one involving fractured ribs) I have decided that, on the basis of three strikes and your out, to sell the frame and go for something with a higher BB height - the intense seems to be about 0.6" lower than just about anything else.

The bottom line. If you are a light and small rider then this bike will be truly awesome. It is not designed to cope with a big rider - this I feel is a design flaw.
Sorry

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Favorite Trail:   Anything big

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   all over

Bike Setup:   Large M3, Fox 40s, race face diabolos, hadley hubs, saint brakes, dura ace rear mech and cassette etc etc - full on racer build

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jorge Arredondo a Downhiller from Santiago Chile

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2006

Strengths:    All. Every thing wih this bike is 100% much better than other Bikes. This Jump very well, cornering is out of the world. his bike Will increase your confidence and DH capacities. I just use it for a race, and I won it.

Weaknesses:    No one

Bottom Line:   
This is a amaizing bike, when you ride it, you feel like downhill over street. This bike is a must for the real DH

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Favorite Trail:   la parva chile

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Recycles Chile

Similar Products Used:   Intense M1, Intense Uzzi DH

Bike Setup:   Shiver Fork, Manitou inger 6way Shock, race face BB, Protaper Handlebar, Selle Italy Seat, hayes Brakes Sun Rims

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tyler Gilsdorf a Downhiller from Sammamish, WA, USA

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2006

Strengths:    This is a truely amazing bike. I have ridden it for 3 months now and i am pushing myself to go faster and harder every day. This bike makes it easier to push yourself harder because it is perfectly balanced and handles like none other, compare an F-1 car's handling to a civic's handling, this is the M-3 compared to every other bike. The pedalling is unbelievable, the suspension design does not allow for pedalling forces to affect the suspension, but once you hit a bump, jump, any obstacle the suspension becomes alive and eats that crap up! Who ever says you can't jump or freeride this bike doesn't know any better. I have done some fairly massive jumps on this bike with no problems, it jumps beautifully, perfectly balanced in the air. Basically this bike has no flaws............at all!!!

Weaknesses:    are you kidding?

Bottom Line:   
This is the best downhill bike on the planet, you can not get any better than this. No BS, No jive, just the best... PEROID!

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Favorite Trail:   A-Line and In Deep

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $7000.00

Purchased At:   frame was purchased at Downhillzone in Seattle, WA

Similar Products Used:   everything. i looked at bikes for 2 years before throwing down some serious coin on this bike. i tested everything!

Bike Setup:   2006 Intense M3, 2006 Fox 40 RC2, 2006 Fox DHX 5.0 w/ RCS Titanium Spring, RaceFace Diabolous Cranks (165mm)w/ RaceFace DH X-Type BB, E-13 SRS 36T, Sram X.O shifter and micro cage rear derailleur, FSA K-Force Light Seatpost, FSA Orbit X-Treme Pro headset, WTB Devo Carbon saddle, Bombshell Wheels, Intense Tires and tubes, Funn RSX direct mount stem, Funn FatBoySlim Bars, Formula ORO Puro brakes, Braking Wave Rotors, ODI Ruffian Lock-On grips, Crank Brothers 50-50XX pedals, Sram 990 Hollow Pin Chain, Sram 970 tight ratio cassette, no compromises on the build

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