Extreme Sports and Adventure


Downhill 1987-2006


 1998 Mt Tremblant Quebec practice

     Mt Tremblant  Que 1998

 Mammoth Kamikaze World Championships 1989

    Mammoth Mountain CA 1989

 1993 Mammoth Kamikaze

   Mammoth Mountain CA 1993

 2000 Intense M1

 Ottawa to Whistler 2005 Whistler Blackcomb

 Whistler Blackcomb 2005

 Camp Fortune Quebec 2000 Intense M1

 Camp Fortune 2000

2000 Intense M1

2000 Intense M1 Review eight years later including Shimano airlines Medium Frame. Made in California by Intense Cycles featuring the patented Horst Link rear swing arm Fox Vanilla rc rear shock. 600 pound spring. Front fork. Manitou Xverte Carbon triple crown Wheels. Mavic Dee Max Drive train. Shimano Air Lines, Air Powered Shifting System Brakes. Hayes. Purple Hayes eight inch discs stem. Kore B52 downhill crank. Race Face downhill old school five bolt pedals. Shimano clippless bar. Easton Scandium DH grips. Intense lock jaws seat post. Hurricane 100 DH seat. Giro Atlas chain tensioner. MRP World Cup tires. gazzalodies and Intense sticky rubbers on race day

I purchased my Intense M1 in the spring of 2000 with every intention of building my ultimate downhill dream bike.

My choice in components in most cases was quite obvious accept when it comes to the Shimano Airlines air shifting system which was introduced in limited numbers that spring. After getting over the cost of my Airlines system and the many differences it has in comparison to standard cable gear systems I had to decide where to mount the Airlines. I installed it on the down tube far enough out of the way of the front tire when the suspension compresses under load. Despite the fact that it is a can of compressed air is pumped to over 150 pounds is mounted right under my face I had no other options when mounting this system which is one of the few negatives. The Airlines shifting system includes adjustable right and left shifters for high and low shifting since airlines were developed strictly for downhill racing and its not necessary to have a front derailleur. All tubing was supplied plus two Airlines tanks and mounting hardware for installing and including a regulator to gauge air pressure in the tank as well as pressure per shift. The first thing I noticed was how beefy the derailleur is in comparison to standard derailleur. There was a little bit of fine tuning to get the system perfectly dialled in but when it was set up properly there is no faster shifter on the planet that I have tried. There were only a couple of things which affected shifting performance high altitude and cold temperature. As soon as it got close to freezing the air tended to escape faster from the tank and the altitude reduced the number of shifts substantially as well. The Shimano Airlines was introduced to a select few in 2000 and I consider myself to be very fortunate to have spent so many years on a product that in my opinion is the future of what gear shifting for bicycles will evolve to. The Intense M1 frame lived up to and exceeded all of my expectations. The M1 downhill race frame feels like a freeride bike weighing a lot less then forty seven pounds as tested.


Downhill 1987-2006


Shimano Airlines