Trail pig - Intense 951

Discussion in 'Post Your Ride' started by pink poodle, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. pink poodle

    pink poodle Clinically Inane

    This is the slowest build I have ever undertaken. I purchased the frame at the end of June 2015. I was having an on-off love-hate thing with my DH/FR bike of the time (giant glory). I felt the geometry didn't match my riding style, particularly the top tube angle and the seat position, the ride felt too high. While working myself up on bike exchange late one night I found a shop selling an Intense 951. I had owned one before and really enjoyed riding it. The hic-ups that frame had seemed to have been ironed out in the newer design, and this new one was a medium, not a small. How could I resist? A few emails and it was mine.

    Spec is mostly butchered from the predecessor.
    Frame - Intense 951 in "black chrome" (aluminium, medium, 26 inch)
    R/Shock - Fox RC2
    Fork - Marzocchi 66RC3 evo Ti (so much beef!)
    Brakes - Hope v4
    Crank - Shimano Zee (170mm)
    Drive - SRAM x0 shifting x9. Shiny gold kmc chain and a tiny SRAM road cassette (9 speed)
    Wheels - DT Swiss Ex500 rims on 340 hubs (giant stickers everywhere!)
    Chain guide - Gamut something or other
    Pedals - NS leg eaters
    Bar - fun 750mm
    Stem - Fire Eye Talon (40mm. Rather a sweet low cost item)

    Here is a little porn for foreplay:

  2. Mrlinderman

    Mrlinderman Likes Dirt

    Killer looking bike, interesting choice of fork for a DH Rig, but saying that not like we have a need for 200+ travel here in AU
  3. rone

    rone Eats Squid

    How's it pedal?
  4. pink poodle

    pink poodle Clinically Inane

    I don't race and enjoy performing the ocassional trick...sometimes I'm lucky enough to look like I'm doing an X-up or whip it sooooo phat a single crown fork is needed.

    Way better than the glory. I chugged it along a road that takes me approx 15 minutes on my pivot m4x with street tyres. It took approx 25 minutes. It was the middle of the day and I was on my way to lunch, so energy and rushing weren't happening. In all I think it pedals well for what it is and riding it to/from the track won't be an issue.
  5. fatboyonabike

    fatboyonabike Likes Bikes and Dirt

    but what does it weigh, without pedals of course!
  6. pink poodle

    pink poodle Clinically Inane

    I can't remember exactly. I should have written it down! I think t was 17.4kg. I want 16kg max...I'll weight it again soon.

    Upgrades (towards weight loss) already undertaken...
    - New pedals on the way!

    I am considering unloading the hope brakes and getting more XT brakesm
  7. John U

    John U MTB Precision

    FFS, hardly a pig!
  8. pink poodle

    pink poodle Clinically Inane

    I'm not denying the role my personal weakness is playing in this. I may need a workout regime.
  9. wesdadude

    wesdadude Likes Dirt

    Looks purty.
  10. joelss84

    joelss84 Squid

    Its a pig because it eats the trails up
  11. pink poodle

    pink poodle Clinically Inane

    Fat camp begins...


    Fire-eye hot candy pedals. 345g, much grams lost without even needing purple anno! Hopefully they hold together. I suspect they may not survive too many rock strikes.
  12. PINT of Stella. mate!

    PINT of Stella. mate! One Scotch & Joke

    It is wearing a lot of lipstick...

    Sweet ride PP!
  13. pink poodle

    pink poodle Clinically Inane

    Cheers posm. I like my sluts to be tarted up.
  14. slowmick

    slowmick Likes Bikes and Dirt

    i wandered around Newcastle for three days with the missus keeping an eye out for this beast whenever we passed a coffee or noodle shop. sweet looking bike bloke :thumb:
  15. pink poodle

    pink poodle Clinically Inane

    Keep your eyes open around the crack dens too...
  16. scblack

    scblack Wheel size expert

    Ummm......that's every bloody house in Newcastle.
  17. pink poodle

    pink poodle Clinically Inane

    No way man. You'll find our market is really regulated...crack, heroin, has, name it, they all have their own "house" and never sharehouse. #demarcation
  18. pink poodle

    pink poodle Clinically Inane

    Time for some updates...

    The new pedals (shown above) are awesome. Scales showed 1 of my old NS Leg eaters (awesome as they were) weighed about the same as the pair of new pedals. The feel underfoot is great and the pins hook in good. I've got the same pedals on my other bike and they are spinning smooth as panty butter after a lot of kms and jump/trail riding. The reds had a solid rock engagement on Sunday and passed the test. They are however a few grams lighter now. I certainly would recommend them and would buy again.

    The bike overall is sweet as. I am loving the low stand over and short wheel base. The cockpit is really comfortable. It feels like the bike is always ready for action. Sunday was the first trip to the quarry of death. The bike excelled and inspired confidence. So much more playful than the predecessor! Shots from the whip off:


    Note my use of the "erect penis" technique! Sorry for poor image quality.

    The bikes weight was barely an issue. I've lost my scales so can't weigh it up, but am looking forward to pulling the pedals and tyres off throwing some purple on and giving it a weigh in. I did start to feel the extra kgs towards the end of the day (approx 6 hours of riding and shit talking) on the pushes back up.

    I need to shorten the chain. After running the clutched x9 on my m4x I really noticed the play in an old school derailleur! I also want a heavier spring or air shock (that actually fits the frame...).
  19. link1896

    link1896 Eats Squid

    Hard to concentrate on line selection with all that chain noise.
  20. pink poodle

    pink poodle Clinically Inane

    It sure is! I was (for a while) constantly distracted, wondering if something was broken.

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