Intense 6.6 in raw
I built this Intense 6.6 back in 2007 when I lived near many trailheads in Pasadena, CA. This is my all time favorite bike, and I've spent some time unlocking its full potential. It was quite a journey finding the perfect rear shock for this bike. 6.6 originally came with a Fox DHX Air, which I found lacking in mid stroke support (mushy, blows thru travel way too quick), and is impossible to tune to where I like. Fox RP3 is overall better for a 6.6, but still not sensitive enough for small/high frequency surface condition. Then I got Cane Creek Double Barrel by Ohlins. It was the best shock I've ever used until I tried PUSH Van-R. The differences are very minor. The traction of CCDB is quite remarkable, it makes me feel the rear wheel is being glued to the ground (which might be a big plus to some). However I prefer VAN-R's more "lively" character and it somehow makes me feel the bike is lighter and more agile, too.
I was riding a blue medium size 6.6 for a couple years, then swapped to this large frame after trying my buddie's large 6.6 (Intense's size chart says I am in between M & L, well...). The blue frame was quite beautiful too. Please see my other post here.
|There wasn't any one point five Fox forks back then|
|Industry Nine Enduro, its noise successfully annoyed more than half of a million people on YouTube|
|Magura Louise & Goodridge stainless steel hydraulic lines|
|DT Swiss 10mm thru axle|
|In short, I went for PUSH VAN R at the end|