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    I thought this would be a cool way to give some insight into the daily happenings here at the Intense factory. I'll be posting random photos from the shop as often as possible. Feel free to add requests, and let me know if there's anything you'd like to see more of! Let's keep the comments positive please! Here are a few to start-

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    Kenny finishing up assembly on an Uzzi frame

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    Was just able to snap this one of world-famous Rick the Welder doing what he does best, layin' dimes!

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    All that sweet goodness like colorful gumdrops so close to Christmas...Shame on you Sam!!


    BTW Thanks for those bearings... (and stickers)

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    I'm a Tig welder at Boeing, I also do the Heat Treat. Is it possible to see the Heat Treat set-up, I believe it's like the set-up here, a "drop-bottom"? I wish I could go in there and weld my own frame. I love to see pics of the shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-IntenseCustServ View Post
    Was just able to snap this one of world-famous Rick the Welder doing what he does best, layin' dimes!
    I miss him posting here! But good to see he is still creating art.

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    Can we see some of the Asian composite side of things? Are they painted in Asia or US&A?

    Also some of the design process, r&d, prototype bikes etc

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    Sam, I noticed that the Uzzi frame that Kenney was finishing up has a Crane Creek DB air shock. Does intense recommend the standard air canister or the XV canister?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thelma Viaduct View Post

    Also some of the design process, r&d, prototype bikes etc
    Prototype bikes? Haha you know I can't do that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dab View Post
    Sam, I noticed that the Uzzi frame that Kenney was finishing up has a Crane Creek DB air shock. Does intense recommend the standard air canister or the XV canister?
    We recommend standard can for the Uzzi, but based on personal preference on how you'd like the bike to ride you can play around with the XV can as well as volume adjust spacers.
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    Fresh candy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by azmxr177 View Post
    I'm a Tig welder at Boeing, I also do the Heat Treat. Is it possible to see the Heat Treat set-up, I believe it's like the set-up here, a "drop-bottom"? I wish I could go in there and weld my own frame. I love to see pics of the shop.
    Correct, industrial drop-bottom furnace. I'll try to grab a pic for ya later.

    EDIT: This is what you're looking for

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    Sam - thanks so much for putting these up! I took a tour a few years ago and was definitely a great day!
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    Gettin' JIGgy with it!



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    This is such a cool thread, thanks for posting Sam!

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    More frames being born

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    Awesome pictures, makes me appreciate my 13 Uzzi even more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-IntenseCustServ View Post
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    those welds look more like nickels
    breezy shade

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    Hmmmm the Intense factory in Temecula. What could possibly be missing from these photo's.......INTENSE RED WITH YELLOW GRAPHICS. The color scheme that built the name.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    From raw material to aluminum art

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-IntenseCustServ View Post
    From raw material to aluminum art

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    Awesome! Throw some Intense red on there now.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Awesome! Throw some Intense red on there now.
    Just for you...Kovarik's M1 Frame

    Also, watch him shred in a new edit released today: Summer of Summit: Segments - Chris Kovarik - Pinkbike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-IntenseCustServ View Post
    Just for you...Kovarik's M1 Frame

    Also, watch him shred in a new edit released today: Summer of Summit: Segments - Chris Kovarik - Pinkbike

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    Kovarik is beyond rad... the man can shred like no other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gretch View Post
    Kovarik is beyond rad... the man can shred like no other.
    Thank's for that I got my red fix on.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Machine Shop Monday!

    Lower links mid-production

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    When you see all that custom machining + hands on fabrication, makes frame prices look like a discount deal. (especially here in so. cal.)
    Thanks Sam for the pics.

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    When I went to the factory, I thought the same thing! I saw some expensive looking dudes walking around, more than one CnC router, and place where they dip the frames post weld into for treating..it's not some garage where they weld a few parts together. It's no joke over there. Then you walk out in the parking lot and there is Jeff testing some new design! Disney world for MTB geeks for sure.
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    A very, very lucky person is going to be the owner of this sick ride.

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    Our sales office is fueled by French Pressed Coffee and Imperial IPA's. In case anyone was wondering what to get us for Christmas.... haha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-IntenseCustServ View Post
    Our sales office is fueled by French Pressed Coffee and Imperial IPA's. In case anyone was wondering what to get us for Christmas.... haha!

    Ha,ha hint,hint. Merry Christmas Sam & Jeff and all at the at tense factory.

    I can't believe I lived in San Diego for 25 years and the last 4 years I lived there I made deliveries in Temecula all around your location. And I never made it in there, now I'm back in Colorado and it's all just a memory. I drove by so many times but was alway's working and couldn't make the time. I once ran into Jeff and a large group at San Juan Trail. Seem's they were testing new rides all geared up and in Intense jerseys way back in 2002'.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    One of the advantages of having an in-house machine shop is the ability to reproduce parts for bikes that are long out of production. Just because we no longer make them doesn't mean people no longer ride them or need parts! The boys in the machine shop just finished up some links for M6's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-IntenseCustServ View Post
    One of the advantages of having an in-house machine shop is the ability to reproduce parts for bikes that are long out of production. Just because we no longer make them doesn't mean people no longer ride them or need parts! The boys in the machine shop just finished up some links for M6
    Awesome! How far back do you still make parts for.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Awesome! How far back do you still make parts for.
    Depends on the demand, but we have (limited) inventory of certain replacement parts for bikes even 10-15 years old.
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    Sam I'm curious what the max rim/tire combo fitment is for the Tracer 29 rear tri? I'm brainstorming a new bike that will use the new dirt wizard 2.75's on 35mm blunts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    Sam I'm curious what the max rim/tire combo fitment is for the Tracer 29 rear tri? I'm brainstorming a new bike that will use the new dirt wizard 2.75's on 35mm blunts.
    I'm not speaking for Sam, but I ran an Ardent 2.4 on the rear of my T29. It was a tight fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Cobb View Post
    I'm not speaking for Sam, but I ran an Ardent 2.4 on the rear of my T29. It was a tight fit.
    that may well put the kabosh on my idea for an intense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    that may well put the kabosh on my idea for an intense.
    Nope, definitely not enough clearance there for a 2.75

    Pretty sure most 29er's out there will not be able clear that tire...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-IntenseCustServ View Post
    Nope, definitely not enough clearance there for a 2.75

    Pretty sure most 29er's out there will not be able clear that tire...
    heck even a 26er would do and most likely equate to a 27.5

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    Another edition of machine shop Monday... Rear yoke/pivot piece being born

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    You guys do beautiful work Sam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Cobb View Post
    You guys do beautiful work Sam.
    yes indeed. Good to see the process of such trickness.

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    Dave doing an alignment inspection on a Tracer 275 Rear. Each frame goes through this one by one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-IntenseCustServ View Post
    Dave doing an alignment inspection on a Tracer 275 Rear. Each frame goes through this one by one.

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    so what tolerances are you guys OK w/ seeing go out the door for sale?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nhodge View Post
    so what tolerances are you guys OK w/ seeing go out the door for sale?
    Not sure of the exact number, but it's very strict.
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    A batch of Spider 29 Comp frames getting ready to be built up today. These things are sexy!

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    I've been riding Intense frames since the previous century, it's nice to see some peeks on the inside. Keep 'em coming.

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    Mike Metzger stopped by today! Legend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-IntenseCustServ View Post
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    Very cool, is he still local to Murrieta / Temecula.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Sorry for the lack of posts! Intense HQ is under renovation and it's been madness. Anyways, here are some badass 951 EVO frames freshly out of weld. Enjoy...
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    Very excite!

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