Australian Mountain Bike - - Between The Tape -

1994 In­tense un­veil the first ver­sion of the M1 bike, with 5” of rear travel. 1995 The M1 gets a four­bar link­age sys­tem in­stead of its pre­vi­ous McPher­son strut de­sign. 1996 Shaun Palmer pow­ers his USA-flag painted M1 to sec­ond place in the World Championships in Cairns. 1997 John To­mac, rid­ing for Gi­ant, is one of many top rac­ers us­ing re­badged In­tense M1s in World Cup com­pe­ti­tion. 2000 In­tense Fac­tory Rac­ing team signs up Aus­tralian duo Michael Ron­ning and Chris Kovarik. 2002 Chris Kovarik wins World Cup event at Fort Wil­liam by more than 14 sec­onds. Sam Hill rides M1 to glory in the Junior World Championships.

2003 In­tense launch the M3, with 9.5” of rear travel, af­ter part­ner­ing with Santa Cruz to li­cence the Vir­tual Pivot Point sus­pen­sion sys­tem. 2006 Pro­duc­tion of the M6 be­gins, with the M6 EVO fea­tur­ing as a race team bike only. 2009 In­tense un­veil the longer, lower and slacker 951 FRO (named af­ter the area code of their Te­mec­ula base in Cal­i­for­nia) with up to 8.5” of rear travel. In­tense owner Jeff Ste­ber also starts work on a 29” wheeled pro­to­type dubbed the 2951. 2010 The M6 EVO is re­fined and re­de­vel­oped with feed­back from the World Cup rid­ers such as Chris Kovarik and evolves into the M9.

2015 The lat­est ver­sion of the M-se­ries is an­nounced as the M16 hits the track. For the first time ever the com­pany also pro­duce a car­bon ver­sion, the M16C. Aussie Jack Moir signs up with the In­tense Fac­tory Rac­ing team af­ter break­ing into the top 10 at the 2014 World Championships in Nor­way. 2016 Aus­tralian Dean Lu­cas joins the In­tense Fac­tory Rac­ing team af­ter fin­ish­ing 12th over­all in the 2015 World Cup. 2017 Jeff Ste­ber un­veils a new In­tense 29er down­hill race bike to be used in cer­tain World Cup events and pos­si­bly the World Championships in Cairns in Septem­ber.

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