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Intense Cycles 951 Evo Gravity, The folks at Intense never cease to impress. Just when you think they couldn't push the envelope any more, they go ahead and do just that - and they do it with confidence and style. Intense was at the forefront of the 27.5" wheel movement, offering two 27.5" trail bikes (Carbine 275 and Tracer 275) long before most brands even considered producing such a thing. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response with those two bikes, Intense knew they had to continue this trend to the next logical step: downhill. As we all know, downhill racing is all about time - shaving seconds, or tenths of a second for that matter. With a number of 27.5" prototype DH bikes out there, it's quickly becoming clear that they are faster - plain and simple.
Intense's 951 EVO builds upon the 26" 951 chassis, and has been redesigned to accommodate the larger wheel size. Intense managed to keep the rear end very tight, resulting in a chainstay length that's only 0.2" longer than that on the original 951. Keeping the chainstay short allows the 951 EVO to maintain the quick handling and lively feel we've all become accustomed to with Intense's bikes.
Intense built the 951 EVO knowing that it would be used on some of the gnarliest DH tracks in the world. For that reason, they slackened the head tube angle to 62.5°, a full 1.5° slacker than its predecessor. The slack head angle, coupled with 27.5" wheels means this bike will absolutely destroy the nastiest, steepest terrain you can throw at it. As with the previous 951, the 951 EVO uses a 9.5" x 3.0" rear shock, providing 8.5" (216mm) of travel. The frame is stocked with a Cane Creek Double Barrel Coil, allowing for maximum adjustability. Intense reworked the suspension curve on the 951 EVO, making it more linear than the previous model. The previous 951 tended to ramp up very hard towards the end of the stroke to prevent bottoming, but it also made it quite difficult to utilize the full 8.5" travel. The 951 EVO has been tweaked to still provide good bottom-out resistance, while also utilizing all of it's travel effectively.
The 951 EVO utilizes a fixed 150mm dropout, and a replaceable derailleur hanger. The 150mm axle slides through the left side of the dropout, and threads into the derailleur hanger for maximum stiffness. Other highlights of the is frame include hydroformed top and down tubes, integrated fork bumpers, ISCG '05 tabs, and an Angleset-compatible 1.5" head tube.
As with all Intense bikes, the frame is backed by Intense's five year warranty.