Put together just for their newest factory rider, Shaun Palmer, this one-of-a-kind dual slalom bike from Intense could be making its competitive debut at the Sea Otter Classic. But that’s not all they may introduce at the world’s largest consumer bike expo…we hear the junior development DH team will announcing the new team members, too!
First things first: The frame looks to be based on their mid-travel Spider full suspension mountain bike, but with geometry specified by Palmer. It was then fabricated by Jeff Steber and made into a frame by Rick the Welder. Wheel’s are 27.5″, with parts from sponsors DT Swiss, Maxxis, SRAM, Fox and Renthal. While’s pure speculation on our part, we’re thinking he might just be taking this thing out on the dirt on Sea Otter’s extremely spectator friendly slalom course.
In January, Intense opened up the application process for any licensed DH racer between ages 15-17 to earn a spot on their new team, which Palmer will help shepherd to podiums. Intense’s marketing manager told us “Palmer is sponsoring his own Junior team this year. Sponsors are Intense (of course) and many others. We plan to do a media launch and introduce the team and sponsors at Sea Otter.”