Intense Socom Downhill Full Suspension

Intense Socom Downhill Full Suspension 

DESCRIPTION

Introducing the Intense SOCOM FRO. Combine the weight of a 6.6 with the strength of an Uzzi and the race proven geometry of the M3... a little mad science goes a long way.

Construction \ 6061 Aluminum CNC Machined by "Intense Cycles" construction, Easton Intense Proprietary EA-6X tubes and Custom Monocoque top tube.
Shock \ Manitou Swinger 6-way coil
Recommended fork length \ 180mm to 200mm
Other \ Disc brake only, Replaceable drop out/derailleur hanger, Custom Max type sealed bearings, one piece Top Shock Link, 135mm or 150mm rear wheel spacing, 12mm axle, 8" disc rotor compatible.
Optional shocks \ Fox Racing Shox DHX 5.0 coil, Manitou Revox coil.
Travel \ 8"
Weight \ 8.5 lbs

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 26, 2010]
mr.xup
Racer

Strength:

pedal efficency,light and strong,1,5 headtube for 180 or 200 fork

Weakness:

intense in the new 951 put a special dropout that you can cange geometry,in this bike would be perfect.

the rear shok whit titanium spring works much better.
For me this is a true freeride bike.

Similar Products Used:

specialized sx,uzzi,gemini dh,sintesi bazooka.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 25, 2009]
Agentbassboy
Downhiller

Strength:

Crazy light. Strong, great customer service and fun!

Weakness:

can get a little hairy in choppy sections.

Its a shame they no longer make it, but if you can get one take advantage of it, especially if you ride East or West coast DH. would suggest a better rear shock.

Similar Products Used:

04' Uzzi SLX

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 09, 2008]
justin sparta the legend
Racer

Strength:

Light weight, steep for DH head angle slim, progressive suspension, good pedaler, great geometry, though unconventional for DH, tight cornering traits, overall balance is a plus, again with a whimpy build it can weigh 34lbs even. no bull, its intense.

Weakness:

i broke the dropouts in the middle of the trail, intense covered it nicely, but it was a pain in the ass because i had to ride my 44lb V-10 for a couple of days.

awesome DH bike for california, but some rougher courses might have problems with stability because of the light weight, overall for where i ride it is my favorite bike. the idiot that says it crap is gonna get knocked up if i see him.

Similar Products Used:

V-10, 6.6, yeti asx, Demo 8, canfield candiggle

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 19, 2008]
Jfiester
Downhiller

Strength:

Beautiful craftsmanship and attention to detail, you really get what you pay for. Bike performs flawlessly, feels light and flickable yet stable at high speed. A welcome departure from the massive 50lbs huck bikes very few people actually require, and some posers ride that they don’t need. This bike requires more attention to navigate obstacles than some other dedicated DH race bikes but it rewards you if you ride it properly. Every one knows this is not designed to be a flat landing bike but used for it’s intended purpose I have found it to be extremely durable. I weigh over 200lbs plus gear and have cased a fair number of jumps, and the linkage is still smooth as silk. Actually performs well on skinny “North Shores” and low speed obstacles where a chunky Dh bike would be cumbersome.

Weakness:

Cable routing is garbage, I dont know what they were thinking. Not that I didn't find a way to make it work, but for this kind of money something like this shouldn't be an afterthought. Attracts alot of attention, everyone wants to ride it, cool at first, then obnoxious.

People Quote the F.R.O tag and tell B.S stories about ovalized pivots, this is nonsense. This is an exceptional bike. If you are enough of a BAMF to require a DEMO 9 or something similar, respect. For a dedicated FR flat landing bike buy an UZZI. This bikes lightweight actually makes it more versatile than others because pedaling up gentle grades is no problem, partly because the frame allows a good amount of seat post adjustment. Truly a benchmark of quality and performance other manufactures should strive to replicate.

Similar Products Used:

Santa Cruz V10, Giant Glory, Vp-free

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 26, 2008]
wookierider1992
Downhiller

Strength:

apsolutely nothing it is completely rubbish a fly could snap it of a 1 inch drop

Weakness:

all of it

apsolute **** i could make a betta bike out of foam, don't buy one

Similar Products Used:

anything is betta

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[May 01, 2007]
Stuart McLaren
Downhiller

Strength:

It is designed as a race bike, and from riding it this comes through. Straight line the bike is easy to pump and lift / jump, even at speed. Cornering I find it really easy to get drifting and on the edge of the tyre, which is fun. Jumping the bike is balanced and predictable, which may reflect my suspension more but the weight is balanced.

Even though its 'for race only' I over shot a road gap and dropped roughly 40 feet on to a shallow transition, the bike took it and held its line through full compression. I still bailed after landing because a tree got in my way, but I landed it.

If you want to change your rear wheel to 100mm OD hub you can by changing to drop out.

Weakness:

Rear drop-out costs a fortune to replace, UK £105, which is an absolute joke, oh, and thats one side only!!

Paint is a bit soft and easy scratched.

Very fast, should come with a warning sticker.

Similar Products Used:

Iron Horse Sunday, but not worth the money. Nothing else compares to this bad boy

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 23, 2007]
Brian
Downhiller

Strength:

Low BB, short chainstays, quick and nimble, excellent angles for what I like, takes square hits nicely, very fast and corners great. I have fallen for the VP Free.

Weakness:

I wasn't used to the VP Free and how it felt but after 28 minutes I was in love.

Buh-by FSR, Hello VP Free. Sooooooo fast. If you want fast and flowy this is the bike.

Similar Products Used:

Demo 8 '06, Demo 9 '04

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 25, 2007]
Paul

Strength:

Light. Vpp suspension tracks the ground and handles very well. Made with care and attention. Looks the bomb. Comes from a company that's dedicated to bikes and hasn't sold out by outsourcing its production to asia for the almighty dollar.

Weakness:

EXPENSIVE. But you get what you pay for. People question the strength constantly quoting the 'F.R.O' tag, but it's not a huck bike so don't huck it and it won't snap. Low B.B (no biggie). Bearings that need changing more frequently than other frames.

Coming from a heavy single pivot this bike felt like jumping on a ducati after being stuck on a harley. The heavy sag and low centre of gravity means this thing sticks to the ground and it feels very stable because of that. When it comes to cornering it's not so much how far the bike CAN be pushed but rather how far you're WILLING to push the bike. I thought that becasue of the sag it would feel a bit unresponsive on jumps, it doesnt. I took it round my local 4x track to get a feel of it in the air and it sailed the doubles and tables with ease. I wanted a bike that was light enough to pedal, yet with the goods to go fast through the rough stuff. I dont do 30 foot drops and wont be trying huge nose-dumped 360s on massive doubles so I dont see why the F.R.O tag should matter. This is for someone who likes to go FAST - plain and simple. I guess the only problem with that is you better get your skills dialed or all that speed could put you in hospital.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 28, 2007]
Linc
Downhiller

Strength:

Light, low, fast, nimble,looks insane. Bought this to race and it has taken seconds off my best times at the local club trails. The low BB, light weight and short rear end make this bike fly through tight singletrack and easy to move around in the air, but high speed stability is still rock solid.

Weakness:

Price..? Cheaper than an M3, V10, Turner etc but not great value compared to a Glory or Sunday.
Unless you are a lightweight the standard 400lb spring on the Fox DHX5 is too soft.

It took no time to adjust to this bike as the suspension feel is so similar to my vp free ( they look pretty similar too...). The rear end is plush but it lets you know exactly what the rear tyre is doing, and the 8 inches feels like enough travel.
The bike came with a 2 yr factory warranty so i have faith that it hasn't sacrificed strength for weight.
Buy this bike if you love downhill and don't mind everyone asking for a ride. It is FAAAAST.
Don't buy it if you love to huck and ride Northshore because the lower BB and 'For Race Only' tag may bring you unstuck(buy a VP free instead)

Similar Products Used:

SC vpfree, SC Bullit

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 24, 2008]
Federico Traube
Downhiller

Strength:

It's ultra light, very little brake interferance with the suspension. Accelerates immediately after you release the brakes, precise cornering. You can choose between Manitou and Fox shoks, also the rear hub spacing.
They offer the raw aluminum finish: no paint and scratches to worry about!

Weakness:

The smallest bearings in the lower VP Link wear in about 6 months of heavy use, but it's reasonable. For being such a complex bike it still requires little manteniance.
BB is a bit low, use short rods and then it's fine.
Everyone want's to try it and know how much it weights.

She can take some heavy use, will float over anything as long as you keep your speed up. will "climb" better than any other DH bike.

Similar Products Used:

Cannondale Gemini.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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