April 12, 2014
We recently brought you news of the new Intense Carbine 27.5in bike, but this was our first chance to see it in the flesh and to chat to Jeff Steber, Intense’s lord of innovation.
The AD160 – Doddsmobile
Now Intense is proud that all of its alloy bikes are still made in Temecula, California. One of the advantages of that is that prototypes can be quickly made to try out different ideas. Jeff Steber had never tried, let alone built, a ‘Forward Geometry’ bike – akin to Mondraker’s well-known design that runs a long top tube with a zero extension stem. Don’t bash it until you’ve tried it, OK?
Now it just so happens that MBUK journalist, Andrew Dodd, was after a new bike and wanted to see if anyone could make his dream machine. We’ve already seen how Nicolai had made a machine for Mojo’s Chris Porter with a super-long wheelbase. Doddy was after that kind of thing, so he asked Jeff at Intense, who was happy to oblige. With the tubes taken off the shelf and a couple of bits poached from existing assembles, Steber was able to weld up the frame in a day, leave it to heat treat overnight and Doddy was riding it the next day. This is the kind of thing that Intense is keen for the world to see – that sort of ‘Hmm, let’s try this approach’ that you can do when you can prototype in-house.
And here’s the final thing. It’s very roughly based on a 160mm Tracer, but it’s long. Very long. It’s got a 26.25in top tube.
And it also has a 48in wheelbase. Go and measure your own bike and compare.
Doddy seems delighted about it and you’ll doubtless be able to read all about it in an upcoming MBUK. But in the meantime, here’s a sneak at his new machine.