Are you looking for something that is more cross country oriented or something more trail oriented? I have ridden a Spider and it was a full tilt race rig. I have heard the 5.5 feels much more like a cross country rider than a trail bike. This seems like what Intense shoots for. More race oriented than the norm (for lack of better terms)cc2 said:If this has been covered please forgive me, I couldn't find it. Has anyone ridden both bikes? I've been struggling to decide between the 5 spot and Flux and just recently have been reading some about the Intense 5.5. It seems like the 5.5 is the perfect bridge between the 5 spot and Flux b/c it offers more travel than the flux but has a steeper head angle than the 5 spot. Can someone compare these bikes please. I live in the Northeast where the riding is rocky, rooty, steep and lots of single track. Thanks.
If you buy a 5.5 make sure you purchase the Push mono block linkage. Intense uses two links for the top tube pivot and it allows the rear to flex some and bind the bearings after time.
I had spent a lot of time thinking I wanted a steeper head tube angle and also looking at the Santa Cruz and Intense offerings. After a weekend recently on a 6 pack I decided to jump up to a heavier duty bike with a relaxed head tube angle..