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im researching possible bike purchases now (6.6, nomad, and the heckler right now) and i am wondering how much of a beating the 6.6 can take.

ive been reading about how the 6.6 is a great all mountain, enduro ride, but im a little more into freeriding, and i feel like the heckler or nomad would absorb that stress a little better. am i wrong in thinking this? it seems to me that the 6.6 is more of a boutique ride, and therefore slightly more brittle. please correct me if im wrong, and please tell me your 6.6 freeriding experiences
 

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I hella freeride on mine

ooh a log ride



it seems to me that the 6.6 is more of a boutique ride, and therefore slightly more brittle.
What are you basing that on?
 

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Just something to keep in mind when you look at an Intense compared to some other "burly" bikes.

Intense uses a ton of tube geometry manipulation to add strength without adding material. So don't confuse a heavier frame with gussets all over as being stronger and tougher than an Intense. You can make a light bike that is strong, but manipulating all those tubes is not cheap or easy. My guess is the 6.6 can take a beating with the best 6.5" travel bikes and still be 1-2 lbs lighter.

Time will tell........

My $0.02.

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6.6 on a burly side ....

hey,
been riding my 6.6 from January & have taken it to ski resort DH several times. No prob. at all, I can catch full spec DH rider.

I also was in a decision between NOMAD & 6.6. But if you simply look at chain stays of both bikes, 6.6 looks much beefier & it actually takes hell lot of beatings. :madman:

I swap wheelsets ( deemax for DH/FR & Crossmax XL for trail ride ) with different tire sizes. I dont need any full spec dh bike nor full spec xc bike !! I`ve seen some 6.6 riders dirt jumping in other board of mtbr.com.

Im sure you wont be disappointed with 6.6 for any ride you do. :thumbsup:
 

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my initial impression. i really havent seen/heard of the 6.6 being used as more of a freeride bike, than an all-mountian ride.

nice logride, btw
Check one out in person if you get a chance. They're very well put together. I use mine for my xc bike but it's solid. And to be honest, I ride a lot of trails around here that many people bring bigger bikes for. I also own an uzzi and a dhr so I do grab those for the really abusive stuff but that's as much of build thing as anything..........it's certainly no less of a bike than a nomad or heckler. Rides about a bizillion times better than both though.

so you riding the spine or what?:)
 

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Hey Freeryder
Was that picture of your 6.6 (the one where you aren't riding it) taken up at Fujimi Panorama? Looks like the bike cleaning area!!! If so, how often do you get up there?
 

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Looks like the type of riding ILL be doing, Im curious how much you weigh. I am getting a Nomad with the Z1 light and am glad to see someone doing moderate size jumps on this fork. Btw Very Nice bike, What is your take on this fork? Are you still please with it? I have not gotten a chance to ride this one because no one in my area has one. I am going off of yalls suggestions. I normaly would Never have done this and will make up my mind when my bike gets hear but indulge me if you will.
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MC,
Z1 is very plush. Love the eta.. use it nearly every ride. Just make sure you set your sag to 20% or whatever to get the most out of it (the fork and the eta). I rode the z1 for over 6 months as is (almost no sag).. and recently lower the air pressure for 20%.. flipping the eta drops the fork a lot lower, and the front tire holds onto the terrain a whole lot better... and is way more plush.

No complaints or regrets at all about the fork.. except these damned warning stickers won't come off. :madmax:
 

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"it seems to me that the 6.6 is more of a boutique ride"
Jeez, even pretty girls like it rough every now and then... I recommend a coil shock for more serious riding but that would go for whichever frame you choose.
 

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Unifluid One,
Thanks for the Info.
Have a good one yall.
Ec2, You are a stair dropping nut, hehe. Keep it up!
Thanks again,
M.C.tigre
 

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unfluid one said:
No complaints or regrets at all about the fork.. except these damned warning stickers won't come off. :madmax:
I used a heat gun on the warning stickers and they peeled off in one easy piece with almost no residue.
 

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Hi there,
yup, you are exactly right. The pic is from the washing area of Fujimi Panorama. We went there last Friday which only about 10riders were at the site. It was good not worrying about other riders on the course, but I prefer a bit more people for fun though.

We plan to go this Sunday as well with bunch of guys from kanto area. We are there at least once a month. I know you ride I Horse Sunday if Im correct, let me know if you see me on my white 6.6 with yellow dees. :thumbsup:
 

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I had a 6.6 out for a few days a couple of weeks ago with a DHX-air, 36 up front, Hope brakes with 8" rotors, etc. The frame is much stronger than the weight would suggest. Other than the head angle being a little steeper than I'd like on a true freeride bike, I think the 6.6 can take some serious abuse. I'm 190, not exactly a smooth rider and I rode some very technical, rocky trails on the 6.6 with a couple nice 4-5' drops and it sucked it all up with no complaint. No hint of any strain on the frame. Plus the way it climbs is absolutely stupefying.

If I was going to build an FR bike out of a 6.6 I'd get a coil shock and a fork with a longer A-C than the 36 and a non-flush headset to slack the head angle out a bit.
 

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I've got a friend who has a 6.6 w/Pike. He won't try bigger stuff on it because it's not as solid as his DH bike, but he does smallish stuff like in the attached pic.

The 6.6 rear seems a little flexy to me, but that's just an observation from pulling on the tire, not riding. I think the flex does cut the tire clearance a bit though so I think running a 2.5 could cause problems. The Nomad and Heckler would probably be a little slacker with the same fork.
 

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MCtigre said:
Looks like the type of riding ILL be doing, Im curious how much you weigh.
oh yeah, to answer your question... 5'9, 165-169 pounds... changes weekly depending if I hit up the gym :nono:
 

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The 6.6 rear seems a little flexy to me, but that's just an observation from pulling on the tire, not riding. I think the flex does cut the tire clearance a bit though so I think running a 2.5 could cause problems
I have used Intense EX909 2.5"-tires without problems in my 6.6.
 
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