Intense M1 2003 Full Suspension

4.12/5 (25 Reviews)
Weight : 10.5lbs MSRP : $2450.00

Product Description

As impossible as it seems, this bike just keeps getting better.
In 2003, the almighty M-1 is being fitted with the new 5th Element suspension system or Romic Twin Tube system, a mind-blowing suspension set-up so completely radical it prompted a redesign of the M-1 monocoque just to accommodate it.
Consider, for a second, the significance of the world's most brilliantly engineered downhill racing bike bowing to a suspension system.
By combining the two in one bike design, Intense not only moved the benchmark ridiculously high, they inadvertently kicked the competition in the teeth on the way up.
-First fully adjustable downhill frame, head angle, bottom bracket, wheelbase, disc brake mounts, and suspension leverage ratios are adjustable.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kymoi a Downhiller from Taytay, Rizal, Philippines

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2011

Strengths:    Best suspension(shox) ever (stock)
Cool design next to M9 and 951

Weaknesses:    Seat has a very brainfreezing angle!!!
little heavy, You have to ride with the seat way high

Bottom Line:   
THe BeSt!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Downhill and free riding

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $680.00

Purchased At:   ebay.... :)

Similar Products Used:   iNTENSE 951 INTENSE M9PRO

Bike Setup:   Intense M1
fork: Fox 40
HAndlebar: Amoeba Borla
Saddle, Seatclamp, stem: Vision
Shimano SAint group: Disc Brakes, Brake lever.
SRAM group:SRAM Derailleur RD X9 Med Rear
SRAM Shifter X9 Trigger 9-Speed
SRAM Cassette PG-970 MTB 11-26
Chain SRAM Chain PC971 114L w/Power Link Gold
H-Bar Titec Handlebar HB RD Holzwc 318 700 15 BT Blk
Tires Kenda Tire Kenda Nevegal 26 x 2.5 60tpi Cap Ply Stick-e/
Tubes Kenda Tire Kenda Nevegal 26 x 2.5 60tpi Cap Ply Stick-e/
Headset Cane Creek Headset Cane Creek XC Flush 1.5R Blk
Grips ODI Intense/ODI w/End Plugs
Bottom Bracket SRAM 07 BB HOW TM 56CL/83

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Downhillbiker23 a Downhiller from west milford, new jersey, USA

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2010

Strengths:    its very good. rides nice and smooth and holds up to anything and can put a very large suspension on the bike.

Weaknesses:    a little heavy and bulky.

Bottom Line:   
great bikes. love it. it will handle every crash and and every drop and jump.

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Favorite Trail:   Dimionion

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Pinkbike

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   manitou dorado or boxxer race. fox rc2 mavic deetracks. hayes 9 sram x7. kenda and maxxis

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by epinephrine a Downhiller from slc ut usa

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2010

Strengths:    ROCKS! fast, like butter on the drops and the gaps, so far no breakage except the replaceable deraileur hanger (a must)love all the custom settings for travel and geometry. corners really well and is very smooth

Weaknesses:    get a later model so you have the replaceable d hanger and disc brakes and this bike rocks. I have heard of swing arm issues but have had none and I break a lot of stuff; The seat post is at a crazy angle but I have not had issues, I am 6'1 ride a medium frame.

Bottom Line:   
the later years of this frame are arguable the best DH frames ever built. AMAZING. Why aren;t they still making htis model?

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Favorite Trail:   lcc DH

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   private frame only

Similar Products Used:   giant, cannondale...

Bike Setup:   boxxer shock, deemax and codes,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hugh a Racer from london

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2010

Strengths:    horst link ,adjustable,strong,classic geometry

Weaknesses:    weight,shock options

Bottom Line:   
handles anything you can throw at it alps,whistler,uk racing etc done it all quite comfortably with a few geometry tweaks i got a sub 40lb powdercoated mean machine 1993 or 2013 still flyin! sic classic

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Favorite Trail:   cymcarn

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   mate

Similar Products Used:   specialized sx

Bike Setup:   pushed shock, bos'd 888's saint/race face groupset,powdercoated diamond black sic

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by HOCKEEBOB a Weekend Warrior from Pittsburgh,PA

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2009

Strengths:    The frame is a BEAST .

Weaknesses:    Have not found one ...BUT the rear hanger from postings seem to be one

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line to this posting is ...I have been looking for this bike since 1998 .I bought a cross country trek bike but my heart was on a Intense M-1 .Now 2009 i have found one ...FINALLY ....I got it from EBAY... Really i did CHEAP too ... with being a pro circut riders bike i got it with some good specs and i would say this bike for the year 2003 ish it is still one of the best rigs to ride..

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Favorite Trail:   All OF THEM I RIDE

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi Pro-T Bomber forks ,%th element rear shock Raceface crank set titec pro post hayes disc brakes sun rims Maxxis tires azonic riser bars

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by JAMIEHHH a Racer from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2009

Strengths:    The Bike is really fast and can handle really well.Very stable.

Weaknesses:    I have bent the cage of the Derailleur and ripped it out of the Derailleur hanger. I have also ripped the pedal out of the crank so I had to get some new ones.All of this happended in the first 3 months???

Bottom Line:   
A mean bike for racing and for rough riding (very soft).
The seat is a pain in the ass because it keep rubing againtst the tyre when you do a jump or hit a hard bump.
It is a cool bike but you have to have money too keep it going.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Similar Products Used:   IronHorse,UMF,

Bike Setup:   Saint Brakes and Cranks, Atom lab Rims and Bars, Sram X.9 Derailleur and Shifters, Mazzochi shivers and 5th element.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by david a Downhiller from san mateo

Date Reviewed: December 2, 2007

Strengths:    good frame nice good working

Weaknesses:    swing arm craked if you have one for sale please call {650} 685-6145

Bottom Line:   
need a swing arm

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kirtus DeFehr a Downhiller from Sardis, B.C.,Canada

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2007

Strengths:    This frameset is amazing! Shorten up the wheelbase and its like a bmx race bike! sweet in the turns and great in the air.

Weaknesses:    Seat angle is retarded.
You have to ride with the seat way high, and if you don't the rear wheel is going to take it off!
I ran a Race Face XY post backwards just to be able to lower the seat enough for my preferences.

Bottom Line:   
If you want a DH bike, and you are tall and don't mind having your seat in you azz while you are rippni' get it!

if you are 5'10" get the small size frame, the medium will beat your balls!

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Favorite Trail:   KNOB GOBBLER

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Vp Free

Bike Setup:   06 Boxxer WC, Pink King wheelset, Chromag, Juicy 7, X0/XTR, Maxxis High Rollers, MRP, RF Diabolus Cranks

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by A S a Downhiller from NY

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2006

Strengths:    -Excellent geomerty for intended use
-Superb suspension action
-Adjustability for varied terrain

Weaknesses:    -High maintenance, race specific frame
-Low BB means pedals get smacked often
-Monocoque frame is noisy

Bottom Line:   
The Intense M1 is arguably the best DH race bike ever made and will be loved by experienced racers looking to win. It was not intended for freerding or just tooling around the mountain. The bottom bracket is low, which allows the bike to corner like it's on rails but also means the pedals get snagged easily when you try to pedal through rocky sections. The M1 also requires constant care with it's many pivot points. I would recommend the Intense M1 for riders who enjoy racing and don't mind tinkering with their bikes. If you're looking for a fun shuttle bike or freerider, look somewhere else.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   Frame only

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Super 8

Bike Setup:   Shimano Saint throughout w/ factory works Marzocchi Super T

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a Downhiller from Santa Barbara

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2005

Strengths:    This is a great bike. The frame is very strong and I have taken it on some pretty punishing trails. You can do almost anything on this bike.

Weaknesses:    The only problem i've had with it is that it does not have a mount for a disc in the back.

Bottom Line:   
This is by far the best bike I have ever ridden. Mine was a good value, but I've had to put about $1,000 into it so I could have it my way. I highly reccomend this bike to anyone who wants a PERFECT downhill bike. It may set you back alot of money, but it's worth it!!

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Favorite Trail:   Tunnel Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stinky, Kona Stab Primo, Intense M3, Demo 9, and a Norco???

Bike Setup:   Fork: Risse Champ with 9in of travel
Rear shock: Fox Vanilla RC that has been "Pushed"
Cranks: Race Face
Chain Guide: MRP
Handle Bars: Monkey Lite DH
Headset: Chris King
Hub: Risse
Wheels: Mavic Deemax
Frame: duh...M1...yellow!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Benoit a Downhiller from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2005

Strengths:    All can be custom tailored for your ride, angles, supension, wheel base...

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Anyone who writes stuff like ripping off a head tube of destroying any part of this bike is lying... We are a couple of firends with the same bike set-up for the last couple of years and we never broke anything off! I do some pretty sick stuff with the bike and occasinnally something will break, but anything breaks when you hit a rock straight on @ 80 clicks after a 10 feet drop off !!! Be serious, this is the top!

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Favorite Trail:   Boomerang (Bromont.QC)

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stab Primo

Bike Setup:   05 BoXXer Team, Hayes 8", X0 shifter, X9 derailleur, Thomson, Chris King, MRP chain guard, Deemax, 5th element with Ti spring, Race Face Diabolous, etc... All the best to my liking!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joe Grey-Wilson a Downhiller from fort collins, colorado, USA

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2005

Strengths:    this is one of the greatest bikes ever built buy man and machine, everything now a days is built by machines. the 5th is amazing. all i can say is that the colors are sick. everything is sick and u should go buy one

Weaknesses:    nothing. but the derailer hanger but that doesnt matter deal with it if it breack and take the bike to a machine shop and have them weld one back on.

Bottom Line:   
a great bike that everyone in there life time of racing and biking should have the chance to hop on one and go ride. It can take what ever u can throw at it unless ur Josh bender. LOL.

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Favorite Trail:

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   internet. pinkbike.

Similar Products Used:   santa cruz super, Bighit expert and DH, norco team DH. kona stinky supreme

Bike Setup:   boxxers(not the best for a bike like this). prodigy cranks. kona Jacksh t pedals.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by chris litty a Downhiller from el segundo, ca, usa

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2004

Strengths:    great frame

Weaknesses:    support, I bought the frame from a guy on mtbr and the b/b was messed up. I sent it to intense and the are replacing the frame (at a cost). It has been about 2 or more months months now and I have been told for the last two weeks "oh, that should be here tomorrow". They tell me "I'll call you tomorrow" and never do.
Intense has the worst customer sevice standards of any company that I have dealt with in any industry. I will never buy an intense product again

Bottom Line:   
never buy an intense bike... they used to be the best bike out there, but other bike companys technology has come so far that intense is no longer the badest on the hill.
With their lack of customer service, I would definately buy a different companys product.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   specialized big hit

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Miguel Fonseca a Racer from Lisbon

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2003

Strengths:    -Suppleness
-Pedalling friendly

Weaknesses:    -Manitou shock option that came w/mine

Bottom Line:   
If you are a serious racer don't buy this bike because if you have a problem with the frame or any part that needs manufacturer assistance they are not willing to help you!!! Everything is pink to buy but then to assist it is probably one of the worst manufactures. I broke a GT rear swingarm and in 5 days I had a new replacement. With intense one month has passed and nothing. DO NOT BUY. BEING THE BEST IS NOT ONLY HAVING A GOOD FRAME IS MUCH MORE !!!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $3300.00

Purchased At:   National rep.

Similar Products Used:   GT STS DH, GT Lobos DH, Schwinn Straight 8.

Bike Setup:   Boxxer, XTR, Hope and Azonic parts.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by daniel B a Downhiller from quito pichincha ecuador

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2003

Strengths:    everything, manitou dorado

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
i think that a person that really push a intense to the limits should said it really rocks intense kicks ass and its the best looking dh bike

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Favorite Trail:   ilalo dh

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3800.00

Purchased At:   DV

Similar Products Used:   turner dhr specialized big hit

Bike Setup:   manitou dorado, fox vanilla rc, xtr, race face, king, pro taper, maxxis mobster, mavic 321 , azonic pedals

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