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Since both of these bikes are comparable to each other (VPP, 5", All Mountain), what makes one more desirable that the other? I'm sure each one has its own riding characteristics but is there one thing that jumps out to anyone that ridden both?

From a quality standpoint I would assume that both bikes are top notch since Intense and Santa Cruz are premier bike companies.

Any feed back would be appreciated, gracias!
 

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Use search function. Lots of info.

Intense is better.

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On top of that, do some research on SC bearing failure. I've talked to several "used to carry Santa Cruz" shops that cite that as a reason for the "used to." I don't have personal experience on that, though. I've built a few BLTs for folks that have brought them to me. Seemed kind of underbuilt, IMO.
 

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ignazjr said:
On top of that, do some research on SC bearing failure. I've talked to several "used to carry Santa Cruz" shops that cite that as a reason for the "used to." I don't have personal experience on that, though. I've built a few BLTs for folks that have brought them to me. Seemed kind of underbuilt, IMO.
That is funny.....seeing at as my LBS has sold 40 or so Blurs and only 2 have come back with bearing issues. This were 2 of the classic Blurs. Just about all of these bikes have gone to guys that ride on a regular basis. We have had no issues with the LT's, 4x's or XC's.

I don't think it is the issue that everyone would like to say it is.

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I was in the same boat as you for a while. Nobody pumped the 5.5 up enough so I will. They are much better quality than SC. The welds are nicer, the bearings are of much higher quality, they are WAY stiffer, they are faster, I think slighty lighter, much higher quality tubing. Even though Intense says not to, running a taller fork is a very good idea and if that isn't enough you can get a Ventana headset race and slacken it out another 1/2degree without throwing the geometry significantly off. I run a pike with a 7mm Ventana race and it's one of my best ideas ever. Some people will always say that the 5.5 is a long legged XC bike while others will claim it's a trail bike. What's cool about this bike is you can pretty much make it whatever you want and it will perform. Woogie11 out!!!
 

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mtnbikej said:
That is funny.....seeing at as my LBS has sold 40 or so Blurs and only 2 have come back with bearing issues. This were 2 of the classic Blurs. Just about all of these bikes have gone to guys that ride on a regular basis. We have had no issues with the LT's, 4x's or XC's.
That's good to hear. A guy brought in a new Nomad frame yesterday to build up. Pretty cool bike.
 
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