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    Hey guys, I've been getting more and more interested in DH since I saw the guys with big bikes in Mammoth and at Northstar. I love those kinds of trails but I think a full-suspension bike would be a little more forgiving. My dad's friend is selling an 2000 Intense M1 for $800 and I don't know much about it so I was wondering if it was legit. I'm 5'9" and about 145 pounds if that helps. Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    The specs that he gave were: 2000 Intense M1, Medium size, 8 inches of travel rear, Fox Vanilla shock, rebound and compression adjustment White Bros. DH3 fork, 180 mm travel Mavic 521 rims with Hope Bulb hubs Hayes disk brakes, 8-inch rotors XT rear derailleur .

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    for $800...and your first bike...i dont think you can go wrong with that bike.

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    looks pretty great.

    i mean the forks and shock are mid level, and so are the brakes, but the frame is well known for being awesome.

    id do it, i paid more for my first dh bike, that was not equipped as nice.

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    Can't beat that deal. I ride a 2003 M1 and I love it!! That frame is pretty much identical to my 2003. You can upgrade parts in the future if you want. That front fork is probably VERY plush.

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    looks like a good deal dude... i'd jump on it...

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    For $800 that bike is going to do pretty well at Northstar to be honest. For some reason I really liked the old school Vanilla RC's. Really plush and squishy.
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    Man that actually looks like a very sweet ride! The paint is still in really good condition althought the transfers look like they're peeling so I suspect that the frame has been repainted and the decals have not been lacquered over - this is purely cosmetic however and it's certainly an M1. Some might even argue that the M1 was a better bike than subsequent M vairants, it does after all have the all important Horst link. This was THE bike until about 4 years ago so as a first ride, it's killer. The shock is an interesting one - the Vannilla RC is a very simple unit using straightforward shims to control its compression and rebound circuits. It doesn't have any of the gadgetry of the newer DHX units and a lot of people prefer them as a result. In essence, the Push tuned race units that the pros used in 2006 season were ostensibly DHXs with their guts replaced by something very similar that which was found in the Van RC; Steve Peat won the World Cup series on a shock like this. You can also get that unit Push tuned, which would both significantly improve its performance and give it a good service at the same time. Go for it - back in the day that bike would have easily cost you $5000 new.

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    $800 is a deal on that bike.

    Eventually you'll want to upgrade the fork, shock, and brakes, but as far as I can tell, you wouldn't want to upgrade the frame unless you were looking to REALLY upgrade in a year or two.

    Those frames are awesome.
    Meh.

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    thanks guys I appreciate the help!

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    the classic M-1 was probably the best race bike with FSR suspension.....people don't want to pay Specialize for the rights of the FSR (Horst link)....so that is why Intense and other manufactures don't make that bike in the states anymore. But it is a great design....many people will stop you on the trail and tell you stories about how much they loved that bike....Overall for a first bike you couldn't ask for more at that price.

    800 bucks for that bike is a deal.....but it looks repainted in white or is it just the photo angles????

    the shock can be "pushed" to your weight and riding style ( www.pushindustries.com ) if it goes bad

    since you are new you will probably scratch those stantions real fast.....better gets some stantion guards for that thing fast before you ride it

    repeat Get Stantion guards before you ride it

    really get stantion guards before you ride it.....can stress it enough
    here is what the guards should look like

    the trick is ENJOYING YOUR LIFE EACH DAY, don't waste them away wishing for better days

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    you are one lucky SOB, do you know that?
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