Double leverage adjustability, billet shock mount, monocoque front triangle. Artistry in motion, victory at the finish line. Adjustable wheel base,
billet dropout, machined seatstays and swingarm, custom tuned precision sealed bearings provide the ride of your life. This frame RULES!
from East Greenwich, RI
Date Reviewed: January 10, 2004
Strengths: Race proven frame. Multiple rear wheel set up with wheel base, steering angle and shock spring location. Indestructable frame and pivots.
Weaknesses: Can only use short travel setting with 24" x 3.0" tire (not really bad though). Nonreplaceable derailler hanger. Initial bike set up takes time, but not bad overall. When tightening down the thru axle, the disk rubbed on the frame - had to space out.
This bike takes a lot of time to get correct. Anyone thinking they will slap parts on and ride is wrong! You need to spend time on everything to get it right - but once you do you sweet it is!! Chainline took the most set up time. The shock spring/rebound/compression also takes time. I set mine up wiht a custom built Romic. I set up that way so no extra knobs on the shock would be in the way (i.e. Fox Vanilla, 5th element). I also set up the frame with short wheel base setting due to 24" x 3.0" Gazzi. Used the top setting on lower shock mount position as well as the progressive (top) pivot setting. This bike is sick, blows away my previous ride. It has over 9 inches of rear travel and using the 24" wheel the tire never hits the seat. The bike sucks up everything I have ever pointed it at. I got to give it a 5 banger on the chilis.
Similar Products Used: 2002 Iron Horse SGS DH wit same parts listed below...
Bike Setup: Red frame with Stratos S-8, dual Hayes 8" Mag DH, 26/24" wheel set-up with Hugi FR 20mm front hub/Dimension 12mm thur axle rear hub and Sun double wides, Truvative Hussefelt bar-stem-cranks-bb and chain tensioner, Evil E-13 bash guard, Gazzi 3.0" all around, Romic rear shock.
Date Reviewed: April 18, 2002
Weaknesses: this bike is junk from the frist day the shock would bottom out on the frame!!!!!the fuccing frame what a joke for 3,000
from Havelock North, New Zealand
Date Reviewed: March 27, 2002
Strengths: Super smooth ride. Not bad weight. Corners like on rails
Weaknesses: Cranks run a bit low to the ground how i've got it set up. MRP hits a few rocks etc. Nothing that can't be sorted out.
Only done a few runs on this bike on our local DH track Took a couple of runs to get it set up just right for me but now it rules. My bike came with the Fox RC-2 shock which probably helps. Not ridden an M-1 with a normal Vanilla shock. My bottom line is, with that many diferent adjustments on the frame and shock, if you can't set it up right eventually you're not doing it right. Accelerates and corners much better than my Yeti DH-8. Pricey bike, Well worth the money.
Similar Products Used: Karpiel, Yeti DH-8, Foes, Specialized, tomac, dirt works, GT, just about all of them.
Bike Setup: black w/ black swing arm, Marzocchi Shiver, DeeMax wheels, Hayes, Azonic bar and stem, Profile cranks, king hs ect.
from Oakland Ca
Date Reviewed: March 2, 2001
Strengths: Very durable design. Beefy swing arm allows for amazing rear wheel stability. 4 bar links is smooth throughout suspension strok. Slack head angle for high speed. Shorter top tube for increased control. Corners well. Great for jumping. Lightweight design. Super plush. Very quiet. Stealth Black color.
I've ridden a few other DH rigs since buying this one in Sept and nothing compares. Although this is my first DH bike I was able to try out a plethora of other bikes before and after making my purchase. Intense did something right because this thing makes me look like I know what I'm doing(I don't have a clue)... Anyway, lately I've been racing and it's a blast. Last weekend I raced with a few buddies and had the best time ever, it was so fun. My bike made the course feel featureless. I was able to fly through rough sections without any worries. The suspension is so active I always feel confident even when I'm really out of control! If you are looking for a killer DH rig that all your buddies will drool over, take a look at Intense. I'm going to buy the Uzzi SLX too!!!
Oh yeah, another thing on durability... The second day I owned this bike I was possessed to ride it off my roof to a flat landing!!! I landed front wheel first and crushed my wheel and bent my fork....I was worried that the impact bent the frame.( It was fine, not a scratch!)
Similar Products Used: I've only tried a couple other DH frames for a couple rides...
Bike Setup: 18in. Black M1 Frame, Sun Ringle Tomac DH Wheels, Boxxer, Race Face Crank, MRP, XTR rear der, XTR ti cassette,DX pedals, king headset, Azonic Doulbe Wall riser, Hayes....
from new york
Date Reviewed: March 1, 2001
Strengths: everything, it's an intense!
Bottom line is that this bike is F*cking dope, nothing else to say. They make the best crap. Everyone should have one. Had it for a month already, been jumping stairs with it and doing some urban freeriding with it waiting for the mountains to open. SUPER PLUSH!!