22
Jul
2009

Preview: 2010 Intense 951 FRO

7/22/2009 : sicklines
, Preview: 2010 Intense 951 FRO

Intense Cycles 951 FRO

When it comes to downhill history, Intense has most every manufacturer beat. 951 is not only their area code, but is also the name they chose to call their latest downhill bike.  The 951 is a reflection of what Intense has learned with VPP technology and applied it here.  The 951 is not designed to replace the M6, but is a downhill bike that shines in its own light.  Check out the details inside.

, Preview: 2010 Intense 951 FRO

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Intense prides itself on being made in the USA and all of the CNC machine work, welding, heat treating, and assembly of the 951 is done in-house at the Intense factory based out of Temecula, CA.  We’ve checked out the Intense M6 previously and  Competitive Cyclist has the Intense 951 in stock so we felt compelled to check one out for our latest build.

Included when you buy an Intense 951

  • Intense seat post collar
  • shock (DHX RC4 standard)
  • Zerk grease tip
  • Axle adapters and clips (no axle is included)

, Preview: 2010 Intense 951 FRO

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Perhaps one of the more noteworthy implementations Intense incorporated in the 951 is the amount of adjustability they have packed into it.  The 951 offers a useful amount of adjustability in the G3 dropouts as well as offering two travel settings (8” or 8.5”).  The G3 adjustments efficetly allow the frame to become longer, lower, and slacker to suit the rider or course.

, Preview: 2010 Intense 951 FRO

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The G3 dropouts offer 3 positions for the user to move the rear dropouts. According to Intense, the three G3 holes yield the following

  • forward hole yields a 65º HA, 17.25” chainstay, 14.5”bb
  • middle hole yields a 64.5º HA, 17.5” chainstay, 14.125”bb +.5” wheelbase over forward hole
  • rear hole yields a 64º HA, 17.75” chainstay, and a 13.75” bb, +.5” wheelbase over middle hole

The rest of the 951 geometry can be seen on the Intense website. The 951 frame offers two shock mounting positions for the 9.5 x 3″ shock.  The lower hole offers 8″ of travel, and the upper hole 8.5″ of travel.  For our build we’ve selected a Cane Creek Double Barrel for the 951.

, Preview: 2010 Intense 951 FRO

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, Preview: 2010 Intense 951 FRO

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Cane Creek is always trying to improve, and this latest Double Barrel has seen some revisions. These new CCDB’s feature altered valves internally that allow the shock to open up a bigger range of “low damping” than previously available. They were able to do this while keeping the high range of the Double Barrel the same.  It means that “all out” on any damping setting will produce less damping force than before the changes while “all in” will be exactly the same as “all in” on previous Double Barrels. Effectively, each click does more  because there are not any more clicks, but a bigger range so each click is more pronounced. Cane Creek says that they have maintained the linearity of the adjustments with the parabolic needles in the shock but reshaped them for the new orifice sizes.

, Preview: 2010 Intense 951 FRO

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The VPP2 system is refined and integrated into the new 951. VPP2 was implemented with the Tracer VP and the Uzzi VP.  The 951 also gets the VPP2 treatment.  VPP2 is said to reduce chain growth, pedal better, offer refined suspension curves, and more.

, Preview: 2010 Intense 951 FRO

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To aid in easing maintenance, Intense has implemented zerk fittings in most of their frames along with angular contact bearings.  Greaseable zerk fittings are found at the lower pivots that allow riders to re grease their bike without having to worry about disassembly of pivots or bearings.

, Preview: 2010 Intense 951 FRO

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The 951 bottom bracket shell and lower frame bulges around the the frame in a robust manner reminiscent of the M6.  Stiffness shouldn’t’ be a problem with this frame given the stout construction.  Unlike the Socom, the 951 offers a 83mm BB shell that is more synonymous with downhill cranks (83mm) & wheelsets (150mm x 12).  There are some benefits here as well such as stronger wheels and cranks can often be used but there are also some compromises in terms of wider q-factor as well as a little bit more weight in parts.

, Preview: 2010 Intense 951 FRO

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The 951 has beefy ISCG-05 chainguide mounts.  It is welded fully around the wide bottom bracket shell but we’ve noticed that fitting chainguides onto the frame is a bit harder than it should be.  The ISCG-05 tabs appear to be clocked improperly making it harder to mount any chainguide, namely the e.thirteen LG1 and MRP G2 chainguide.

, Preview: 2010 Intense 951 FRO

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The 1.5” head tube offers multiple options for users seeking to run various forks and headsets easily whether it is a zero stack headset or a 1.5″ headset.

, Preview: 2010 Intense 951 FRO

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Weight:

Manufacturer Model Year Real(g) Desc. Pic.
Intense 951 Large Frame Only
2010
3623
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, Preview: 2010 Intense 951 FRO
Intense Seat Post Clamp 34.9
2010
27
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, Preview: 2010 Intense 951 FRO
Intense 951 Shock Bolts
2010
61
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, Preview: 2010 Intense 951 FRO
Cane Creek CCDB 9.5 X 3 Damper Only (no spring)
2010
478
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, Preview: 2010 Intense 951 FRO
Cane Creek 550 x 3 Steel Spring
2009
695
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, Preview: 2010 Intense 951 FRO
Cane Creek Shock hardware
2010
24
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, Preview: 2010 Intense 951 FRO

Price

MSRP $2760

Stay tuned for our 951 build down the road.  If you’re interested in finding out more about the 951 or purchasing an Intense 951, contact Competitive Cyclist.

[Intense 951 Photo Gallery]

Interested in seeing more on the 951 and how it was made?  Check out the videos below Intense created to tell the story of the 951 a little bit more.


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