Intense Cycles just posted some photos of their new prototype 29er Downhill mountain bike on MTBR and had this to say:
Description from Mr. Intense himself: Something I have wanted to do for some time & topic of many debates.Ã‚Â With a little help from Manitou / Sun & WTB we have the “2951”
- This first proto is in the medium range 23.5 effective toptube.
- G3 dropout & Head tube
- 14″ BB in middle, with 64.5Ã‚Âº head angle @ 0
- Chainstay: 18.25″
- Wheelbase: 48″
Where do you start with this, so I went with tried & true and we have a bit of adjustability to play with.
- Travel is at 7.5 or 8″ with adjustable link.
- fork is reduced to 7″
So everyone who has thrown a leg over it is blown away in one aspect or another.
This is just a test project at this point & hope to get some team riders on real tracks in near future. Tires are the biggest issue at this point but if it pans out I am sure Intense Tires will step up for some racing rubber choices.
The 951 frame works well for this as there is alot of room for seatube tire clearance.
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