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Downhill Exclusive – Specialized Demo 8, Intense M9 FRO, and Knolly Podium

Posted by thefixbikes on March 16, 2011

Specialized Demo 8

Already boasting race proven, World Cup winning geometry, Specialized is known for pushing the limits and standards for race bikes. The all-new 2011 Demo 8 has several mentionable enhancements from its predecessor, which improve handling and makes it faster.  The first time on the bike feels stable, light, and more nimble than other DH bikes.  The 2011 Demo 8 is sure to have you pushing your limits as it begs for more speed.

The 2011 Demo 8 frame is ¾ of a pound lighter than the 2010.  The reduction in weight is from using M5 Alloy, shortening the chainstays and headtube, as well as trimming the sharp corners from the bike and reducing small crevices that harbor mud.  Each change helps this bike perform on the gnarliest trails and courses.

The shortened headtube (112mm) and lower bottom bracket drop the bikes center of gravity helping it handle corners and feel stable while the shortened chainstays increase the quickness.

The rear hub spacing is 12 x 150mm in 2011 to accommodate for more DH hub and wheel options.  However the hydro formed tubeset is formed precisely so you won’t hit your ankle on the chainstays while pedaling.

For 2011 the rear shock connects to a extension shock yoke allowing the shock pivot to line up beside the tire and move with bearings instead of the bushing.  Therefore the suspension rate is more progressive and finely tuned.

BB 30 comes standard on all new Demo 8s.  This will eventually allow for stronger and lighter drive options.  They are currently threaded to allow adaptors until DH BB30 technology is further developed.

Overall, Specialized sets the bar high with its out-of-the-box, finely tuned machine that yearns for speed.  You will feel more comfortable at higher speeds and this bike will make you faster.


Intense M9 FRO

As Intense’s new flagship DH bike, the M9 has been in the making for two years.  The Intense Pro Team riders have had great success on the new bike and it finally available to everyone.  The custom geometry adjustability allows each rider to fine tune so may aspects of this bike to make it the perfect ride.

The G3 dropout system has three options to fine tune your chainstay length and make minor bottom bracket height and head angle.  However, the Cane Creek Angleset headset can be adjusted in half-degree increments between -0.5 and +1.5 degrees.  Find your perfect setup for obliterating each course.

Intense uses a Travel Adjustment Module you can adjust to set you bike up with 8.5”, 9”, or 9.5” of travel.  Furthermore, the M9 has three options to adjust shock curve and change the progressiveness of the shock.  Cane Creek created the Double Barrel rear shock with dual valves, which keeps the M9 grounded in rough rock gardens and super steep sections.

The Fix has ridden and worked with customers for year to help find the perfect fit.  If the custom adjustability sounds too much let us help you make the correct fit for you, your riding style and terrain.  When tuned correctly, this bike flys downhill and feels completely stable.  It could be the best choice for you if you’re picky about your bike setup and obsessed with fine tuning for each race course.


Knolly Podium

Knolly is a small and growing frame builder in British Columbia.  The Knolly Podium is their standout purebred racing machine.  The 2011 Podium embodies everything learned from the start of Knolly three years ago.

The Knolly Podium has a good following of freeriders and racers as it offers versatility for a wide range of riding styles.  The bike feels strong and stable riding park, the Redbull Rampage, or World Cup circuit courses.

Built with racers in mind, the Podium is built long, slack and low to the ground providing 8.4” of travel using Knolly’s proprietary Four by 4 Suspension System.  You’ll be able to race this bike for years with all the CNC machined parts and INA bearings that are said to outlast other commonly used bearings.

With a coil shock this bike can weigh less than 37 lbs, but the frame is built to be durable and take a beating on the toughest trails.

The geometry of the bike allows the rider to be in a forward aggressive position and charge the trail with more traction and control.  The super stiff rear end and stroke of the shock with superior mid-stroke support improves confidence and stability while riding.


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2010 Intense Bikes at the The Fix! Tracer, Spider 2, Uzzi VP, Slopestyle

Posted by thefixbikes on March 16, 2010

2010 Intense Bikes and Frames are in stock and looking awesome. The pictures don’t need much introduction on this one, all I can say is that as good as they look in the photos they are even better in person. Intense simply represents the pinnacle of quality and craftsmanship in mountain bikes. Combine that with their unrivaled knowledge of how to make a bike ride and you get some of the best product available today. Enjoy.

Tracer VP
The Intense Tracer is a bit of a chameleon bike, it can be set up to be either a lighter xc shredder or a super fun enduro/all mountain bike. We have completes built up in both styles, one with a Fox 36 and the other with the lighter Fox 32 Talas in QR15. $4250 with the Talas, $4600 with the 36.

Intense Tracer Complete with Fox 36

Intense Tracer White with Fox Talas

Spider 2

The Intense Spider 2 comes in at an awesome price point for the XC and trail bike crowd, getting you legendary Intense quality and performance at a price that competes with the big guys. Spec’ed out with Intense’s SRAM kit and Fox F120 RLC fork, this machine comes in at $3400.

Intense Spider 2/ F120RLC/ Sram kit

Intense Framesets

If you already have your parts or are just looking to do a totally custom build on your new ride, all Intense bikes are available as framesets. Intense has a couple of hot new models out with the Uzzi VP and the as-new-as-it-gets park and play bike, The Slopestyle.

Intense Uzzi VP

All mountain destruction… this bike redefines what a trail bike can be. This one is for the off-road heroes, the guys that only need one bike for any descent, any climb, any trail, anywhere. Built to be as sturdy as any bike out there, this thing can climb all day but still let you send anything on the way back down with no fear of failure, and DH bike handling.

Intense Uzzi VP- Copper


As the name implies, the Intense Slopestyle is built to shred the slope in style, meaning it’s perfect for jumping, freeriding, and just having a plain old good time in the bike park. 6.5″ of travel will get you down all but the roughest of trails without much trouble, and lets it maintain the maneuverability and flickability you need to keep it steezy on the way down.

Intense SS Orange

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Fresh Goods- Transition TR450

Posted by thefixbikes on March 1, 2010

Transition Bikes is set to release their much awaited new downhill rig, the TR450.  Totally new and built from the ground up with input from pro racers including Lars Tribus, Byrn Atkinson, and Jill Kintner, the TR450 promises performance on par with any of today’s top level race bikes, at a price that undercuts much of it’s competition.  Transition has opted for a moto-link style single pivot, which should offer better rear end stiffness than their previous four-bar frames, as well as giving Transition the ability to tune their shock rate to perfection.  The TR450 offers adjustable geometry that allows you to go as slack as 63 degrees in the head angle and as low as 13.75 inches for the bottom bracket, giving you the option to set the bike to your personal preferences.The TR450 is being sold in three color options, racing stripe yellow (shown), racing stripe red, and solid white, and goes for the very impressive price of $2399 with a Fox RC4 shock.  Taking Pre-orders now, selling out fast!

TR450 in Yellow Racing Stripe Graphics

Reach (middle Geo setting) 366.22mm 391.62mm 417.02mm
Stack (middle Geo setting) 580.74mm
Top Tube (Effective) 22.4″/568.96mm 23.4″/594.36mm 24.4″/619.76mm
Seat Tube (center to top) 16.5″/420mm
Head Tube Angle 63°, 63.5°, 64° Adjustable
ChainStay Length 17.5″/444.5mm
Bottom Bracket Height 13.75″, 14″, 14.25″ / 349.25mm, 355.6mm, 361.95mm Adjustable
Wheelbase (middle Geo setting) 45.5″/1155.7mm 46.5″/1181.1mm 47.5″/1206.5mm
Head Tube Length 4.33″/110mm
Max Rear Tire Clearance 26″ x 3.0″
Rear Hub Spacing 150mm
Rear Dropout Axle Size 12mm
Head Tube Tapered 1.5″ Lower / Cane Creek Integrated Top
BB Shell Width 83mm

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951 Long Term Update

Posted by thefixbikes on February 13, 2010

It’s been almost a year since Intense’s much-lauded downhill race frame, the 951, was released.   We checked in with a few of our locals who have been riding the bike for a while and got their thoughts on the bike, how it rides, and how they’re holding up.  For starters, let’s go back and have a look at what the 951 is all about.  Before 2009, Intense had two downhill bikes, the M6 and the Socom.  The M6 was a hardcore race sled, low and slack with 9.5″ of travel.  The Socom was made to be super light and a bit more versatile in terms of geometry, with a steeper head angle, higher bottom bracket, and 8″ of travel.  We had several Socoms as shop bikes, and lots of friends on M6s.  The Socom was a fantastic pedaler, and did really well on smoother and more pedaling intensive courses.  Despite its weight, the reliability of the bike was very impressive, with the few failures all related to hardware and links.  The main complaint was that the bike needed a more aggressive head angle for the serious DH courses.  The M6 was the opposite, super aggressive with a very low bottom bracket that some people found too low.  The 951 was slated to replace the Socom, but after it’s release it quickly became Intense’s only downhill bike.  We attribute this to the bikes highly adjustable configuration, with two travel settings and three different positions on the dropouts the effect BB height, chainstay length, and head angle.   Initial response on the frame was excellent, lets check in with a few riders who have put in some good time with the bike and see how they’re feeling about it now.

Zach Johnson- Cat 1 Junior, Med 951 with Fox 40 and RC4

Amber Price- Cat 1 Women’s, Small 951 with Boxxer Team and RC4

How long have you had your 951?

ZJ- So far I have owned the bike since around September of 2009.

AP- I got the bike towards the end of the Summer of 2009,  and got to use it for The Sol Survivor and Fall Tilt in Telluride Races.

What’s your overall opinion of the bike, having spent some time on it?

ZJ- My overall of opinion of the bike is that it rocks and I wouldn’t rather
ride another bike. The 951 is super stable at high speeds in and out of rock
gardens. The three dropout wheel base adjustments also allow for the
bike to handle very nimbly and to be exactly what you want. Along with a
different bottom bracket height it makes the 951 dialed on rocky trails or
more high speed trails such as Snowmass.

AP-I’ve ridden my 951 down heaps of fun, steep, twisty, rocky trails, and I’m
in love with how it’s so light and easy to move around.  It feels way stable in corners and rides super smooth, so I trust it at speed and that inspires me to go faster.

How does the 951 compare to your previous bikes?

ZJ- Compared to previous bikes I have ridden, such as the Intense Socom, the 951
is much more stable and versatile to different race courses. The bike is
much lower to the ground making riding at high speeds much more stable.

AP- I think I’ve loved all my bikes because bikes are fun, but the 951 is the best because it looks super cool, and with the Fox RC4 it rides the smoothest of any I’ve had.  As soon as I got it, I felt like I was able to be more poppy and ride corners better.  It was very smile – inducing!  Also, I can stand over this bike and touch the ground better and put a foot down better than on any of my other bikes, which is nice someone my height.

Any complaints, problems, things you would change?

ZJ- The bottom bracket on the 951’s is extremely low and makes pedal strikes and
hitting the bottom bracket much easier. The higher position does provide a
little more clearance but in general it is very low.

AP- My only complaint is that they’re getting more popular, so I don’t feel that original riding it, but people still compliment me on how awesome it looks all the time, so that’s cool. I had to get a flat Boxxer crown, FSA flush headset and lower bar in order to get the front end low enough for me, with the bottom bracket so low it made my old front end setup way too high. After dropping the handlebar a little over an inch, it was just right.

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The Fastest Bike in the World?

Posted by thefixbikes on February 12, 2010

History is written by the victor, and this season Sam Hill and his rivals will again be out to capture their spot in the history books.  Sam Hill and his Specialized Demo will be making the rounds, and searching for the gold, at events all over the world in the UCI World Cup, World Championships, US Open, and others.  Of course for a top notch rider like Sam you need a top notch bike, fine tuned for the rigors of competition and the rider’s specific preferences.  This year, that bike is the brand new Specialized Demo 8, an all new frame with much improved geometry dialed in for shredding the notoriously rough and brutal World Cup circuit.  The good news is that the new Demo is available for sale to the public just the way Sam wanted it, except you might not be lucky enough to have a team of mechanics washing and tuning yours for you.

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Winter Moto Madness

Posted by thefixbikes on February 9, 2010

The winter can be a rough time of year for mountain bikers and downhillers in Colorado, the weather can bestow upon us weeks at a time of beautiful conditions, only to bury everything in snow just as it’s getting going.  This winter has been one of those years, with rideable conditions coming and going.  Still, it beats those seasons when we have ended up completely frozen in for months at a time.  Most of the mountain bike trails are up a little higher and have not been in respectable shape, which leaves mountain bikers looking for alternate means of entertainment and training.  So what can you do out in the flatland?  Well, for those of us that need to keep pedaling, it’s time to swallow our pride, don the spandex and head out on the road bike for some burning lungs, sore butts, and frozen snot.  If that doesn’t sound great to you, I would recommend what most of us here at the shop end up doing with our winter months, which is fire up the motocross bikes and hit the tracks.

Most of Colorado’s tracks are here on the front range and bit away from the slope, which lets them receive maximum sunlight and generally be the first areas to be fit for riding.  All of us here started as cyclists, whether it be in bmx, xc, or road, which makes us serious latecomers to the game of motocross where it’s not uncommon to see grade schoolers out on the track shredding.  Still, being a relative beginner at something can actually be a lot of fun when you are used to riding and competing at high level in your primary discipline.  Instead of improving in tiny increments and training hard for that extra second, you get to watch yourself improve by leaps and bounds, making every ride a new experience.  On top of that, it can make a huge difference in your mountain biking.  First of all, motocross bikes are fast… really fast.  Once you get used to the warp speed involved in moto, mountain biking just doesn’t seem that scary by comparison.  Also, motocross bikes let you get away with murder.  The mantra is “when in doubt, throttle out”, which basically means any time you get out of control or you’re not sure if you can land, avoid, or otherwise navigate something, you just mash the throttle and most of the time the bikes suspension and power will take care of it for you.  This applies over to mountain bikes pretty well, frequently riders who get themselves into a sticky situation on the trail make matters worse by panicking, grabbing the brakes, and tensing up.  Staying loose and charging through is a concept everyone can use.  Maybe most of all, motocross is awesome physical training.  You might think the motor does all the work, but I have never done any kind of cycling that provides as much overall physical punishment as moto.  After a good hard day, your legs, arms, hands, and back will all be aching with that sweet soreness that tells you you’re getting stronger.  Of course there is a level of danger involved, so it’s important to have a decent teacher to tell you what not to do, and to head out with the proper equipment right off the bat.  So if you haven’t tried it out and you’re willing to take some risks,  try getting out there and try twisting throttle.  One warning though, you may find it seriously addicting.   Until next week, enjoy a few pics of your friendly Fix staff out putting in some race laps in the Colorado winter. -PW

Yours truly on the 530, racing in a crowd.

The indoor option- #132 Mike Kreger keeping it low and loose at last weekend's kicker arenacross

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Thomas Vanderham’s Evil Bikes Revolt Prototype

Posted by thefixbikes on February 10, 2009

Here’s some video of Thomas Vanderham talking about his new Evil Bikes Revolt Prototype bike! The Fix will be an Evil Bikes Dealer, too!

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Superco Silencer Prototype Downhill Bike!

Posted by thefixbikes on February 3, 2009

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Check out the Superco Silencer prototype downhill bike over at

The bike is sexy, only 38lbs as seen there and there’s not release date or price yet, but wow is that thing puuurrddy!!!

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2008 Commencal Mountain Bike and Frame Blowout!

Posted by thefixbikes on December 17, 2008



2008 Commencal Mountain Bikes and Frames are up to 40% off at The Fix right now! Get your hands on brand new gear for a fraction of their normal cost, so you can be shredding the trails when the snow melts! Mini-DH, Furious, MaxMax, Meta, Absolut and more…while supplies last, call toll-free for availability – 1.866.790.2453 –

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Barred For Life Teaser on Vimeo

Posted by thefixbikes on December 10, 2008

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Check out the Barred for Life trailer – pretty darn epic, sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink.

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