It looks like (finally) I will be in a position to get a new ride this Fall. I'm really interested in the Intense Carbine in 650b (or 27.5) flavor so I will probably be waiting until the Fall anyway when these should become available.
For Intense I'm assuming that Dave at Redstone or GBS are probably the best choices for me in the Boulder area, though does anyone know if it is possible to ride a Carbine (in 26" form) in this area? Any other shops that are exceptional Intense dealers?
Also I've never ridden a VPP or a DW-Link bike before, so I am still evaluating my choices (seeing what comes up on the 650b horizon). My goal is a good all round Rocky Mountain trail bike in the 150-160mm travel range, but one that is also equally addept at hammering it along the Marshall Mesa type trails - so I am after smooth pedaling efficiency. I ride a 3" travel 26er now that is of the low single-pivot variety. It's not the most efficient pedaling platform but it was good back in 1997
I'm not a strong climber so I am looking for a bike that is an exceptional climber. I hear that the DW-Link (aka Pivots/Turner) may be better than the VPP of the Intense in this regards, but I love the look of the Carbine and I suspect the difference is minor and figure that both must be better than what I am on now.
So, DW-Link or VPP? What better, or shall we say that both are of equal stature?
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