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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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Teva Games Slopestyle Pics and Video

Posted by thefixbikes on June 11, 2009

Mountain bike slopestyle went off in Vail, Colorado last Sunday at the 2009 Teva Games Slopestyle event. Cam McCaul, Aaron Chase, Paul Basagoitia, Greg Watts and more blasted big jumps, flips and tailwhips in between hail and rain showers. Check out 42 Teva Games photos and a video at Littermag.com.

Click for 42 photos and a video

Click for 42 photos and a video

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Valmont Bike Park Underway!

Posted by thefixbikes on June 9, 2009

The City Planning Board of Boulder, Colorado unanimously approved the 4.5 million dollar Phase One of the Valmont City Park which includes construction of the bike park. It’s only taken 10 years, but now one of the greatest bike parks in the country will begin construction very soon. The Fix can’t wait and I’m sure you can’t either!

Visit www.bma-mtb.org for all the info regarding the Valmont Bike Park

Reality for the Valmont Bike Park is Here!

Reality for the Valmont Bike Park is Here!

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World Cup Coverage Galore!

Posted by thefixbikes on June 9, 2009

The highly competitive UCI World Cup season is underway with 4th race in Fort William Scotland just completing. Check out incredible photos and videos from all the World Cup races at http://www.littermag.com/2009/tag/uci-world-cup/

Click to Check out World Cup Coverage

Click to Check out World Cup Coverage

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Commencal Absolut 4X Bike Check

Posted by thefixbikes on April 8, 2009

Chris Shewmake is the youngest member of the SolVista Bike Park gravity team. Age really isn’t relevant, but it’s nice to have a member of the squad wearing tight pants and crazy, hyper-printed sweatshirts with fur-lined hoods…keeps things diverse, ya know?

Chris got his 2009 Commencal Absolut 4X bike put together so we snipered it at the Gunbarrel trails in Boulder a couple weeks ago. Now, you get to listen to the details and check out the pics.

Chris Shewmakes Commencal Absolut 4X Bike

Chris Shewmake’s Commencal Absolut 4X Bike

driveside

A diverse, snappy hardtail made for gated racing.

A diverse, snappy hardtail made for gated racing.

non-driveside

The Absolut 4X will shred your local jump spot too. Shewmake in action.

The Absolut 4X will shred your local jump spot too. Shewmake in action.

berm blaster

e.thirteen equipped with SRAM drivetrain and Truvativ cranks.

e.thirteen equipped with SRAM drivetrain and Truvativ cranks.

e13

Burgtec Penthouse Flat pedals!

Burgtec Penthouse Flat pedals!

pedals

A dialed cockpit area with adjustable headtube design.

A dialed cockpit area with adjustable headtube design.

cockpit

Rear end with 3 options for dropouts. Standard 10mm (seen here), 12mm or mAxle.

Hayes Stroker brakes and a rear end with 3 options for dropouts. Standard 10mm (seen here), 12mm or mAxle.

axle

Burn and turn.

Burn and turn.

berm

Custom SDG SolVista Bike Park saddle.

Custom SDG SolVista Bike Park saddle.

saddle

Intense System 4 tire, light-weight with aggressive tread pattern.

Intense System 4 tire, light-weight with aggressive tread pattern.

tires

Sun Ringle wheelset.

Sun Ringle wheelset.

wheels

X.0 shifter, Thomson stem, Sunline bars.

X.0 shifter, Thomson stem, Sunline bars.

cockpit

Killer graphics. The Absolut 4X VIP frameset looks good.

Killer graphics. The Absolut 4X VIP frameset looks good.

graphics

THANKS CHRIS!

THANKS CHRIS!

A complete selection of Commencal bikes will be available for demo at the SolVista Bike Park in 2009 and you can purchase them from The Fix Bikes in Boulder, Colorado.

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St. Patrick’s Day Jump Jam, Pumptrack TT and Movie Premiere!

Posted by thefixbikes on March 9, 2009

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Click to Enlarge and Get the Full Details

March 17th, starting at 5pm, The Fix will be hosting a Saint Patrick’s Day Jump Jam and Pumptrack Time Trial. A fun evening is planned with riding starting at The Fix and then a NWD 9 and 970 Biking Issue 7 movie premiere at The Boulder Theater. Doors for the movie open at 7 and the movie rolls at 8pm.

Riding session is free and movie tickets are $10 with all proceeds going to the Valmont Bike Park! Wear green and get $1 raffle tickets. SEE YA THERE!!!

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Adam Hauck and Jason Perz Odd Couple Video

Posted by thefixbikes on February 18, 2009

Black Market’s Adam Hauck joins Jason Perz in the Ray’s MTB Odd Couple video contest. The concept was pretty cool. Pair up a BMX rider and a mountain bike rider to film a video part in Ray’s park. This is only one of the bangers from all the participants.

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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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