DO NOT FOR ONE MINUTE FORGET that the current brawl for attention and pace at World Cup downhill was one started by Jeff Steber many, many years ago. Today’s cobbled together 29” bikes is largely one of imitation and what everyone else is doing rather than being rooted in well-founded research.
It’s true that Trek have been ever present, and were central to the development of the Fox 40 in 29” version, a key component of the V10’s piloted by Vergier and Shaw in Lourdes and its also likely there will be more disclosure on future Session bikes soon. But this is a story began by Jeff Steber when he built the 2951 back in 2009. That’s eight years for the industry to wake up.
For Intense this bike marks a very important moment in time. New design, the return of the inimitable Intense Racing pits, the introduction of a clever Spaniard in Cesar Rojo, this could well be the bike that pulls them out of the shadow cast by their patent sharing neighbours. This is all new, ground up stuff, this is no makeshift bike, this is all new architecture, pivot locations and aesthetics.
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