I remember as a teenager reading Mountain Bike Action, and seeing Shaun Palmer’s Troy Lee painted Intense, and thinking that it had to be the coolest bike in the world. It may still be.
Now, more than 18 years later, Shaun is getting the band back together. Last fall Palmer announced his return to Intense, and today he is back on Magura. Also adding in newcomer e*thirteen (who didn’t even exist on the first round of Palmer greatness), the sponsor list for the team headed by the legend is rounding out well.
“As a member of Intense Cycles, Palmer will be riding Magura’s pro team issue yellow MT7 NEXT four piston brakes that have been highly praised by the media since their introduction last year. One of Palmers responsibilities with Intense is to scout, form and train an elite team of JRs, who will also be on Magura mounted Intense rigs. “We are so happy to have Shaun back on Magura’s and helping him with his JR team’s efforts,” said Magura USA’s President, Jeff Enlow. Palmer says, “Magura was one of my first sponsors when I broke onto the MTB race scene. The brakes then were the best anywhere, so I’m really stoked to be back with them now and on their new generation brakes.”
“E*thirteen would like to introduce the newest addition to our 2015 roster. Shaun Palmer and Intense will be joining our team of racers and bringing some of the best junior racers in the world with them on e*thirteen cranksets, guiderings, and brand new chainguides.”
Keep an eye on this team. With a solid backing of manufacturers, a legend at the helm, and the promise of new young talent joining on, they could be a force in the 2015 race season.