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    SUSPENSION and GEARS!

    My bike is going up to the Handmade Bike Show this weekend and it's the only mountain bike I own. Well, I borrowed Cody's Intense somethingortheother just so I could ride for the next week. It has big wheels, gears, and suspension. I thought what they hey, it's better than nothing. This is the first time I have ridden with any type of suspension in about 5 years. All I could think of while I was riding it was, "is it supposed to be this hard to pedal?" I locked out the shock as best as I could but I was still all over the place. I actually cut my ride short (Sorry Corey) because I was having no fun. Riding that bike was like laying in bed, sick, doped up with Nyquil. I just couldn't feel anything. There was no soul in that bike and it deadened my senses and spirit. You couldn't feel the trail. It made things too easy. Take a bad line? That's ok, the suspension will soak it right up. No wonder why some of you full suspension Mojo's drink so much after a long ride. I'd be trying to drown out my sorrows as well.

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    I have a monocog you can come get if you want it for a few weeks. (size large 29er Rigid)

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    The way i see it, you can't have enough bikes. Gears or no gears, sus, or no sus..Man must have a quiver to chose from daily...Explaining that to my girlfriend is another issue.

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    I've got lot's of bikes, 1 for each use. Only one dirt worthy bike though.

    I would love to have gone faster, but the harder I pedaled, the worse I felt!

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    I also can't believe how irresponsible cody was to put that bike under you.

    of course, if he'd put areal bike you'd know truly what the score is ...



    ... that being that you're just too delicate a flower for such robust vehicles.



    ( seriously, if you wanted to get some real perspective you are welcome to try my 35#(+) "small wheeled" machine, i'm pretty sure you don't want to though )

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherpaxc View Post
    My bike is going up to the Handmade Bike Show this weekend and it's the only mountain bike I own. Well, I borrowed Cody's Intense somethingortheother just so I could ride for the next week. It has big wheels, gears, and suspension. I thought what they hey, it's better than nothing. This is the first time I have ridden with any type of suspension in about 5 years. All I could think of while I was riding it was, "is it supposed to be this hard to pedal?" I locked out the shock as best as I could but I was still all over the place. I actually cut my ride short (Sorry Corey) because I was having no fun. Riding that bike was like laying in bed, sick, doped up with Nyquil. I just couldn't feel anything. There was no soul in that bike and it deadened my senses and spirit. You couldn't feel the trail. It made things too easy. Take a bad line? That's ok, the suspension will soak it right up. No wonder why some of you full suspension Mojo's drink so much after a long ride. I'd be trying to drown out my sorrows as well.
    Kick ass review Travis! ....anyone wanna come buy an Intense FS bike from me now?!

    Ok, on a serious note, I've noticed that when I go back and forth from my FS to Hardtail it takes me a little while to get acclimated to it (going either way). The problem is that all I'm having to adjust to is FS vs front suspension. You on the other hand are changing everything dramtically.

    I'd say that you should come borrow my hard tail but I think it may be long in the TT...how did the Spider fit? ...or rather you should come by and borrow the Knolly to just completely push you over the edge of "smash everything"

    In summary, I say give it another chance or two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigwheel Bart View Post
    The way i see it, you can't have enough bikes. Gears or no gears, sus, or no sus..Man must have a quiver to chose from daily...Explaining that to my girlfriend is another issue.
    It's easy.

    When someone, especially a female, asks "Why do you have so many bikes?" I respond with "Why do you have so many shoes?"

    They never request further clarification.

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    do I count my bike shoes as bike gear or as shoes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CycleMainiaC View Post
    do I count my bike shoes as bike gear or as shoes?
    Did you get them because of how they work, or because of how they look?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBaron View Post
    Kick ass review Travis! ....anyone wanna come buy an Intense FS bike from me now?!

    In summary, I say give it another chance or two.
    CJB
    I was reminded of the massive amount of irony going on last night with every groan and grunt Sherpa dumped on the trail...it was a pretty humorous sight...imagine running across us on the trail (I only remember seeing one other rider out last night...where was everyone for this???):

    ...you first hear a subtle grunting and quiet cursing coming from the trail ahead of you...then the irregular hiss of the propedal on the Spyder as Sherpa navigates an obstacle, another louder burst of PG cursing...you see the lights, but only barely, it is still twilight. Finally you see a red faced (probably embarrassed) rider on the Spyder, it’s Sherpa, clearly not having fun, and going pretty slow. Whether the lack of speed is the bike or the SS rider he has in tow, we may never know, but clearly something is amiss...

    Behind him, with the same grunting and quiet cursing is a rider on a Dambala SS, the only difference is the smile and occasional giggle as the rider on the Spyder gets frustrated with a downhill section...a sudden outburst of "Why do people ride these bikes?!?" echoes off the cliffside...you don't know whether to laugh or get off the trail...maybe both is a good idea...

    As the two pass....slowly...the second rider offers to swap bikes, but the rider on the Intense grumbles a very audible “NO!” …they pass and you wonder how those guys are going to safely make it back to their homes…oh well, you easily climb your way up the trail, content that you love your bike and know how to use it…

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherpaxc View Post
    My bike is going up to the Handmade Bike Show this weekend and it's the only mountain bike I own. Well, I borrowed Cody's Intense somethingortheother just so I could ride for the next week. It has big wheels, gears, and suspension. I thought what they hey, it's better than nothing. This is the first time I have ridden with any type of suspension in about 5 years. All I could think of while I was riding it was, "is it supposed to be this hard to pedal?" I locked out the shock as best as I could but I was still all over the place. I actually cut my ride short (Sorry Corey) because I was having no fun. Riding that bike was like laying in bed, sick, doped up with Nyquil. I just couldn't feel anything. There was no soul in that bike and it deadened my senses and spirit. You couldn't feel the trail. It made things too easy. Take a bad line? That's ok, the suspension will soak it right up. No wonder why some of you full suspension Mojo's drink so much after a long ride. I'd be trying to drown out my sorrows as well.
    whew! thought this might mean the SSSSU ride would turn into the SSFSGU ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBaron View Post
    Kick ass review Travis! ....anyone wanna come buy an Intense FS bike from me now?!

    Ok, on a serious note, I've noticed that when I go back and forth from my FS to Hardtail it takes me a little while to get acclimated to it (going either way). The problem is that all I'm having to adjust to is FS vs front suspension. You on the other hand are changing everything dramtically.

    I'd say that you should come borrow my hard tail but I think it may be long in the TT...how did the Spider fit? ...or rather you should come by and borrow the Knolly to just completely push you over the edge of "smash everything"

    In summary, I say give it another chance or two.
    CJB
    Sorry bud. You can't give a crack addict some pot and expect them to be happy. I gotta be honest and neutral in my reviews. I am trying to maintain my non-bias Fox News reporting style and keep it real with my readership.

    I'll probably try and borrow a hardtail for a ride this weekend. I really do appreciate you going out of your way to help me out. "Most" of what I'm saying is in jest, but honestly, I'd almost just rather not ride at all than ride a F/S bike.

    To each their own.

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    OH, and the fit was actually ok. The reach felt a little long but other than that it fit alright. I don't know how in the world you people ride without Ergons.

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    Funny..just too funny....this whole post!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherpaxc View Post
    I don't know how in the world you people ride without Ergons.
    ...suspension forks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherpaxc View Post
    but honestly, I'd almost just rather not ride at all than ride a F/S bike.
    Wow.

    Did anyone help you set the bike up? Sounds like a typical ride review without a proper suspension set up.

    Also, go faster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ActionJackson View Post
    Funny..just too funny....this whole post!
    Yep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherpaxc View Post
    I don't know how in the world you people ride without Ergons.
    Quote Originally Posted by biggreentoy View Post
    ...suspension forks...
    I agree with sherpaxc. I HAVE to have ergon grips, even with a suspension fork. I've tried plenty of other stuff - fat, thin, soft, hard. The ergons are the only ones that make it rideable for more than 30 minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherpaxc
    ...honestly, I'd almost just rather not ride at all than ride a F/S bike.
    Im'a seed this on the internets. Instant classic.

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