Intense 2009 Team M6 evo teaser


Mr. Intense (aka Jeff Steber) just posted some photos and short details about their new 2009 Team M6 evo in our Intense forum.

Here are some of the highlights.

Thanks for the sneak peek, Jeff!

“Its that time of year and I am getting frames ready for some of the teams & riders we work with. This is the refined version of the M6 evo we were prototyping last season based on racer input from Matti Lehikoinen & the boys from CRC team.”

“The frame features the G3 adjustable drop out and a new Adjustable headtube with + or – 1 degree. The headtube is very simple & light and uses the same bearing peices as the internal 1 1/8″ flush headsets in the rotaiting cups. You can still use a standard with this setup .”

“The frame has the ability to run both the 10.5X 3.5 shock for 9.5″ travel and a very m6 type feel or the 9.5X 3″ shock for 8.5″ travel and a livlier feel while maintaining the same leverage ratio. The mono tubes have been slimmed down and the frame comes in at 9.2 lbs.”

(original forum post is here: )

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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  • George says:

    Hello, I f I may ask. You mention that this frame, M6 (looks awesome). You mention that this design can provide this “while maintaining the same leverage ratio”. What does that mean?


  • Slyp Dawg says:

    that basically means that with either shock length, 1″ of suspension compression equates to the same amount of shock compression. like, say you have a frame that can take a 7.5×2.0″ stroke shock to yield 4″ of travel, or 8.5×2.5″ stroke shock to yield 5″ of travel, the average leverage ratio stays constant at 2.0:1, meaning that for every 1″ of suspension travel is dampened by 0.5″ of shock travel. hope it makes sense

  • Rico says:

    Wow, you guys really went and ruined the look of that front triangle. The M6 USED to be my dream bike.

  • What if one were to use something like two of the bottom linkages for top and bottom shock mounting rather than on the frame to allow the shock to “float” when the loading changes?

    Just wondering

  • jake mclellan says:

    i’d go pro if i had that frame.

  • Hey greg,
    Thanks for postin the pic of the dope new m6!Now I’m ready to upgrade from my well used m3,which i loved.I’m syked you can run the 9.5 rear to.Would like to check a vivid by like the fox.Good job jeff!Hope to move some when they are ready!
    Dont know why dude was but-hurt about the down tube?

  • mike miller says:

    Keep dreamin buddy!
    Anyway that thing is sick Gregg thanks for postin.
    Now I’m ready to retire my m3.Syked on the 9.5 rear.
    Good job jeff,hope to move some when ready!
    Gravity Shop

  • simon says:

    i looked at the pictures and saw a vpp sicker isn’t vpp Santa Cruz’s patented system?

  • Tony Finch says:

    Nice lookin bike! Two questions. 1. What is the purpose of the +/- 1 degree rear wheel adjustment? 2. If I had two different shocks could I switch between the 8.5 and 9.5 travel ramges?

  • Rico says:

    VPP is used by Santa Cruz and Intense. I THINK Santa Cruz owns it, and liscences it to Intense . . . or something like that.

  • brian says:

    OMG!!! Beautiful!!!
    I like that Adjustable headtube. It’s about time another bike manufacturers start using that. The first time I saw that, was about 2-3 years ago on a Commencal DH Bike…

  • seriously says:

    Welds look TERRIBLE…. awful.

  • Shawn says:

    I love the look of the M6 but I ride a 43lbs bike daily with three chain rings. I’d really wish Intense would put out a sturdy downhill like M6 frame but allow me three chainrings so I can ride it in the woods AND the mountain, and still have that LONG LONG LONG desireable rear wheel travel. It ticks me off I can only get 7.5 on most rear travel bikes that are not down hill travel. I’d love to see a 9 to 10 inch rear wheel travel bike that I can freeride, downhill AND ride uphill. I think 44 or 45 lbs isn’t going to kill me up hill. One chainring will. When Intense puts out an M6 travel frame with uphill rideability in the form of three chain rings and front derailer, I’ll go M6 and unbolt everything off my new bike and unload it on on Ebay and bolt on everything else on the new frame. I’ve always wanted an Intense but there’s no ski lift where I live. Think about it guys, OKAY?

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