Video: Kilian Bron Heads To Uncharted Desert Territory

After a first episode on the highest sand dune of the world and another one on the Chachani volcano at more than 6000 meters (around 20000ft), the third Mission will be absolutely different.

For this third episode, welcome to Namibia – South Africa with Kilian Bron, for a different goal. To get lost in the middle of the Savannah and to ride fantastic spots, as you all remember the famous The Lion King cartoon.

Starting in Namibia’s capital city Windhoeck, we’re hitting the road with my filmmaker/photographer Pierre for a first week in autonomy. Nothing else but a satellite phone to get in touch with us.

Forget about 4g and Instagram! Welcome to the Savannah, surrounded by zebras and warthogs. The first stop of this journey brings us to Spitzkoppe. An unreal spot more than 3.5 hours away from Windhoek. 3h30 of straight road before the sight of these amazing silhouettes, drawn in front of a crazy sunset. This massive granite rock seems so close, while we’re more than 100km away. Looking around us, we’re surrounded by emptiness. As far as the eyes can see, there nothing but clouds and plains, put in music by the noise of the wind.

While it’s a bit frustrating to arrive at night, we have very fond memories of our first Namibian sunset. To such an extent that we never missed any sunrise or sunset during our trip. Well, just this one time while exploring the deepest trails of Namibia in the Arnhem cave.

In the continuity of a fascinating trip, discovering the Spitzkoppe at sunrise was magic. We could compare this area to Moab – USA for its texture and colors to the famous Cervin (Matterhorn) in Europe with which it shares some similarities.

Between pink sky and orange rocks, we distinguish a large part of the spot through an impressive natural arch. No more time to waste. It’s ride time!

There is a thin line between stress and excitation. To be fair, I never rode such steep lines before… I can’t climb most of the lines by foot, that’s impossible!

These rocks are sharper than a cheese grater. And without any emergency services anywhere near me, I can’t make any mistakes.

By contrast, the grip here is crazy and there is an infinite amount of lines. Everywhere and for everybody. On my side, I have to be creative to imagine how and where I could ride the famous Spitzkoppe area.

Step by step, I found lines than I could have never imagined. That’s a real drug and it seems difficult to be reasonable.

I’m under pressure, at this highest point near that rift. It looks like a long steep ridge of hundred meters with two holes on each side. The start is too steep. So steep that I can’t even check the line by foot. The first ten meters will just be crucial.

At the starting point, I’m feeling dizzy and I don’t know how I will be able to jump on my bike and ride. Without a doubt, the most difficult part is to make the first move and clip my pedals… But I have also to control my speed and take care to the trajectories, that’s crazy.

I’m feeling good on my bike on the first meters and I know exactly what the limits of my brakes and tires are. It’s reassuring to be able to control your speed to keep the right way.

For a short instant, my head is somewhere else and I’m trying to enjoy my line. But the width of the ridge decreases as the speed increases. I’m scared but I have no choice to stay focus to finish my ride in one piece.

It was not easy but I did it! I’m taking a few minutes to catch my breath before finding another great and impressive line on the neighbouring summit.

About one minute of pure freeriding for one full day of practice, that’s the deal! I found a new face to shred, just in front of the Spitzkoppe. The landscape is amazing from here… The starting point looks like a huge dome before diving into a long left off-camber with sketchy gaps.

The rules are the same, no crash permitted! First tries are always delicate and some areas are doubtful… That’s frustrating, I don’t know precisely where the limits are because all my usual landmarks are distorted. However, I know exactly where I have to put my tires to the nearest centimetre.

At this key moment, Looking at the bright red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, I’m not sure if we should be spending more time there. Pushing your own limits is a good thing, but you sometimes need to step back, take a break and breath, to be able to return to it later.

It seems difficult sometimes in the heat of the moment but with the benefit of hindsight, that’s just vital.

By all means, the Spitzkoppe earned its number one ranking on my spot lists. It’s above any other places I’ve ridden in the past, for the quality of the ride as well as the surreal landscapes.

We’re now on the way through the Namibian Savannah for the second part of the trip, the Arnhem cave.

As I was looking for even more originality for my Missions, It seemed interesting to discover the African underworld. In the middle of a mountain range, lost in the middle of nowhere, we found the entry of the cave with a local guy. « Boyboy » guided us through this huge cave :4km long, divided into various chambers.

Previously exploited for bats excrements, it’s now abandoned. Wait… what? Yes, Namibians were turning excrements into fertilizer and Were selling it all around the country. Indeed, it was a flourishing industry, and it seems that they may restart it soon.

Let’s enjoy it! What a surprise to discover that we can ride quite everything with a bike, except for extremely narrow parts that are going from one gallery to another one. Some spaces are sometimes so huge, that our lights are not sufficient. So that it’s difficult to analyse the relief in detail.

It’s even trickier when I have to cross these parts on my bike. But what a pleasure! The trail is really technical and is composed of rocks and And what seems to be sandy parts, but in reality, it’s bat excrements, with a putrid smell…But we have to pass over it !

I put a neck tube on to cover my face and avoid this bad smell. It helped me breathe alright. The temperature is rising, and after 4 hours getting deeper in the cave, the heat started to get to me.

We spent hours between each gallery, looking for jumps and atypical spots. « BoyBoy » Who knows every single inch of this place, is probably still wondering why I wanted to ride inside the cave with my bike. But for sure he had fun.

Pierre: « Behind the camera, I tried to ignore those faeces particles. Kilian is sending them everywhere… On my lenses, into my bag, stabilizer engines…my nose…I’m consoled by the knowledge that I never had the opportunity to do that before and you can’t put a price on that (nor sense to it). »

As a nod to my first mission of the season, we’re back in the sand dunes for the ultimate part of the trip.

In some ways the landscape here makes me think of Peru and Cerro Blanco… Just in time to enjoy a new sunrise, we are now sitting at the top of a dune in the middle of Namib’s parc. As far as we can see, for hundreds of kilometres: There is only sand… with an amazing color panel: orange, red, violet…Below, on the floor, the contrast is really emphasised by the arid floor.

Deadvlei is obviously the most atypical spot of the region. Covered with some ossified trees, this landscape seems to be from another world. This zone also hosts the highest sand dune, which is about 325m high.

Under a blazing sun, the ascent is challenging. The sand is much softer than during my previous experience. But it doesn’t matter, I have time eventually…

Several times during this trip, it was good to be reminded that our office was absolutely breathtaking and that we are lucky to be able to discover a lot of different spots, as the main job.

This last section notifies the end of our trip to Namibia. A country full of contrasts and the most surprising place I have ever visited. Time to say goodbye to the last animals on the road before going back home.

Stay tuned, for the next unconventional and disrupted Mission.

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Bike Check: Isabeau Courdurier’s Intense Tracer – Crankworx Les Gets 2018

Bike Check: Isabeau Courdurier's Intense Tracer - Crankworx Les Gets 2018

An EWS bike for the dual slalom track.
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Nouveaux groupes Shimano XTR – Nouveau look, 11 et 12 vitesses

Destiné au XC comme à l’Enduro en passant par les disciplines longues distances, le fleuron des groupes nippons fait peau neuve. Shimano dévoile aujourd’hui ses flambants groupes XTR M9100/M9120 qui proposent maintenant 12 vitesses ! Voici les principales nouveautés à connaitre…     Shimano XTR   Cassettes XTR Shimano introduit deux cassettes 12 vitesses (CS-M9100-12). Une […]

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Dakine Introduces Their 2018 Brand Collection – Video

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Dakine makes gear for those who are inspired by nature and not afraid to push against predictable and break away from comfort. Gear that combines performance and style and is expertly built for people with a willingness to venture where they’ve never been and do what they’ve never done.

For 2018, we continue with our full line of apparel, packs, gloves, and protection for both technical on-trail riding and the lifestyle parts in between rides. Headlining the 2018 product offering is the Hot Laps Collection. Created in the spirit of traveling light and fast, the Hot Laps Collection features a lineup of minimalist accessories that carry the necessities.

The Hot Laps Gripper is an on-bike storage solution that can carry a spare tube, CO2 cartridge, and tire levers.

The Hot Laps 2L holds a water bottle, phone, snacks and riding necessities.

Designed to be worn under a jersey, the Hot Laps Stealth features just enough storage to keep you from walking home: a mini-tool, spare tube, a gel, your phone, and some cash. For those that prefer the function of a waist bag but like to bring more supplies, the Hot Laps 5L comes with increased storage and a squat, 2 liter lumbar-shaped hydration reservoir.


New to the Dakine Family for 2018 is Spanish rider Iago Garay. Known for taking his smooth style to the roughest EWS tracks across the globe, Iago is an international fan favorite who fits right in with Dakine’s close knit crew of riders.

Iago joins a stacked team featuring:

Graham Agassiz, Dakine rider since 2011

Aggy wears the Thrillium Jersey when he grabs his big bike, and when it’s time to pedal the Hellion Knee Pads provide CE-certified protection and enough comfort for a full day epic.

Casey Brown, Dakine rider since 2017

Casey rips around in the Roslyn Jersey–a technical quick drying jersey with a casual everyday look. The Aura Bike Gloves are lightweight and feature a highly breathable, vented mesh palm material impregnated with silicone for enhanced grip.

Carson Storch, Dakine rider since 2014

Carson keeps his grip with the Insight glove. New this season, the Insight is designed with a pure, minimalist approach to gloves. The Descent Bike Shorts are constructed with heavy-duty 600d material on the main body which sheds abrasion season after season while the 4-way stretch panels provide exceptional articulation and comfort.

Thomas Vanderham, Dakine rider since 2002

Thomas’ Dropout Jersey is enhanced with Polygiene odor control technology keeping him funk free even after the toughest climbs, while the lightweight Syncline Shorts expel crotch heat via the inner leg and rear yoke mesh panels.

Yoann Barelli, Dakine rider since 2017

Matthew Slaven, Dakine rider since 2009

Brendan Howey, Dakine rider since 2018

Steffi Marth, Dakine rider since 2012

With a busy travel season already underway, the Dakine Bike Team relies on the Bike Roller Bag to transport their tools of the trade around the world. A bike anchoring system and sturdy bag frame structure ensure a stable ride and plenty of control when wheeling through crowded airports. Specific pads and a soft and customizable EVA material elevate and protect your discs, drivetrain, and all sensitive zones.

Included is a roll-up tool bag to help with the build and hold small parts and extra pedals. Even with its rigid structure, this bag packs down when empty, for easy storage between trips or when you get to your destination and it’s time to ride.
Weight 17.75 lbs (8kg).

The Party Bucket is the perfect accessory to stretch the post-ride bliss well into the night.

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Syntace C33i Straight Carbon Wheelset – Review

wheel are low-inertia, straight-pull hubs, a fast-engagement star-ratchet freehub with a steel-reinforced cassette spline, and oversized high-load bearings and axles. C33i Straight Carbon wheels use 28, same-length spokes and are available in Boost or Syntace’s zero-dish EVO6 spacing for 1400 Euro. Weight for the pair in 27.5 (tested) is 1580 grams and Syntace backs the wheelset with a ten-year warranty for manufacturing defects.

Full specifications here.

Features and Construction C33i rims:

Syntace has been on the cutting edge of the wider rim movement, and they have learned a lot about the concept since the inception of their aluminum

MX wheelsets

five years ago. Short rim flanges free the tire to follow the terrain, while providing more support. Bead locking internal profiles that guide tubeless tires through the inflation process and efficient V-profile cross-sections that transfer loads without creating a non-compliant structure are a few gems.

Syntace included those lessons, and then took advantage of the carbon process to add some new features that were not possible or practical for aluminum construction. The rim flanges are double thickness for impact resistance, and, inside the rim, triangular cones are molded into the structure to reinforce the spoke entry points, which are correctly angled and tapered to fit Sapim Q-lock nipples. The new interface, says Syntace, is stronger than the spokes. The carbon used for the rims is engineered to be much more ductile, and thus can survive impacts, reportedly, far beyond those survivable by heavier aluminum rims. Finally, Syntace has reconfigured its hub-flange spacing to eliminate most spoke dish, which means all the spokes are the same length and nearly the same tension – an improvement that eliminated the need for the spoke offset of its original W-series rims. Going forward, all Syntace rims will be drilled symmetrically.

Straight MX hubs: Syntace is especially proud of its latest MX hubset. They incorporate straight-pull spokes, made for Syntace by Sapim. Syntace says that the smaller flange diameters help reduce fatigue and rotating mass. Internally, both the front and rear hubs use thin-wall oversized steel axles (20mm for the front and 17mm for the rear), and special triple-sealed high-load bearings, said to increase load-carrying capacity by 90 percent. Axle widths are Boost 110/148 and Syntace supports both conventional, centered-rim lacing and its EVO6, offset-rim lacing that is used on Liteville frames to maintain near-perfect spoke angles and improve the chain line. Both conventional hub caps and SRAM’s Torque-Cap interfaces are also supported, and rear hubs support SRAM XD or Shimano cassettes.

Both the hub body and the cassette splines are machined from 7075 alloy aluminum. The freehub splines are reinforced using the patented and proven steel insert developed by American Classic. Inside the freehub, Syntace uses a star ratchet similar to DT Swiss, with 45 teeth, dropping the interval between clicks from 10 degrees to 8 degrees. Syntace says that they designed in some noise reduction to mute the ratchet, but it still makes a deceleration whine that is wonderful for some and….. well, I like it.

If you are the hands-on type, Syntace’s MX hubs are easily serviceable with simple tools and they stock parts. To ensure smoothly rolling wheels, the hubs have threaded preload collars that lock with a small Allen screw. If you are familiar with this feature, you can attest to how simple and effective it is to achieve perfectly spinning hubs.

At present, Syntace only offers the C33i wheels in the 27.5 size, but it shouldn’t be a long wait for a 29-inch-wheel version. As mentioned, Syntace has an extensive in-house testing facility, in addition to a cadre of real-life test riders that they employ to vet out any flaws that may require design improvements before going to production. On that subject, Syntace offers a limited, ten-year warranty that covers manufacturing and material defects free for the first three years and at 50% of the MSRP thereafter for the years remaining.

Ride Report Setup:

Our C33i Straight Carbon wheelset was supplied with the

Liteville 301 MK14

we reviewed earlier. Riding was shared between RC and fellow PB rest rider Harold Preston on various all-mountain and DH trails, most of which feature embedded granite rock, many square-edged impacts, and medium-height jumps and drops. Tires were Schwalbe Hans Dampf (rear) and Magic Mary (front) with pressures ranging from 20 to 26 psi and set up tubeless.

Technical performance:

Removing and reinstalling tires requires a firm press with the edge of a shoe to unseat the bead from the C33i rim’s raised locking ridge. The force was not as great as is required to free the bead from an Enve or the new Syncros carbon rims, which can be a tough job. Once the bead has been broken, tires can be removed or installed by hand. Inflation was uneventful using a floor pump and there was no need to remove the valve core to achieve maximum air flow. Throughout testing, which lasted approximately three months, neither of us burped air, cracked a rim or experienced a spoke failure. Spoke tension and rim runout remained consistent.

The faster engagement ratchet mechanism is an improvement from the previous W35 MX aluminum wheels I have been using for a number of years, and the growling sound they make is music to my ears. I had no need to adjust the bearing end-play, but I did anyway to check the feature. Finger pressure to rotate the Allen-clamp collar was all I needed to zero out the bearings and the hubs run so smoothly that I still spin the axles to experience it when I remove a wheel. The front hub was outfitted with oversize Torque Caps to interface with the RockShox fork dropouts. They hung up on the fork and typically required some shuffling to slide the wheel in accurately (no fault of Syntace, this is also an issue with SRAM’s Torque Cap hubs).

Trail impressions:

I rarely break wheels, but co-rider Harold Preston does. Neither of us were able to damage the C33i carbon rims in any way. The wheels are true within a millimeter, and there is no blistering on the tops of the rim flanges where sharp-edge rock strikes often leave their mark.

Ride quality is the talking point of these wheels. They are precise feeling in the turns, most likely due to their lateral stiffness and also for the secure footprint that the 33mm inner-width, low-flange design creates for the tire. Pressing the bike into a corner flares the tire’s tread into the soil without any sensation of rolling or folding at pressures near 20 psi (Schwalbe 2.35″ EVO casings). A number of wheels can make that claim, but few in the all-mountain class can boast the deft, lightweight feel that this 1580-gram wheelset delivers both while maneuvering, and when under power. Syntace has found the nexus point between a stupidly stiff build, and the twangy sound and feel of an overly lightweight build.

Pinkbike’s Take:

bigquotes Syntace states that they would not consider building with carbon unless they could achieve significant weight savings over aluminum at greater strength – and be able to back the product for ten years of service. While some competitors offer lifetime warranties, that’s still a bold claim for an all-mountain wheelset based around carbon rims. So far, the C33i Straight Carbons are measuring up well. It’s not an inexpensive set of hoops, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option for the same money. If you are looking for reliable and lightweight wheels that can survive ten rounds in the long-travel trail bike ring, I think Syntace C33i wheels would be a good bet.RC


Verdict – Essai de l’Intense Recluse Foundation

En l’espace d’un an, Intense a renouvelé/remanié pas moins de 6 modèles de sa gamme. Un sacré chamboulement ! Au point parfois, de ne plus savoir où donner de la tête dans une offre de vélos qui ont plus qu’un simple air de famille… Y voir plus clair : raison pour laquelle on consacre à nouveau un peu de place et de temps à cette marque emblématique.

En mars déjà, l’essai exclusif du nouvel Intense Spider 27,5 apportait de quoi cerner le caractère des modèles californiens. Une lecture presque impérative pour comprendre que plusieurs questions restaient en suspend… Et que l’on se concentre ici sur l’essentiel : ce que l’Intense Recluse apporte de plus, ou pas.


Temps de lecture estimé : 10 minutes


Intense Recluse Foundation

4998 euros
14,08 kg (vérifié, sans pédale, taille L, pneus montés avec chambres)

Au catalogue, l’Intense Recluse occupe le poste du All Mountain polyvalent : 140mm de débattement arrière, 150mm devant sur une fourche en boost, chaussé de roues en 27,5 pouces. À l’oeil nu, au moment de sortir le vélo du carton, la filiation avec le frangin Intense Spider saute plus qu’aux yeux…

Une telle similarité intrigue ! Où se cachent les différences ?! Quelques détails mettent sur la piste…

Un peu plus de débattement et une cale sous la douille qui semble avoir toute son importance au moment de consulter la géométrie du vélo. Un peu plus court (-7mm de reach), un poil plus haut (+9mm de stack), un degré d’angle de chasse plus couché et 7mm plus haut au boitier…

Sur le papier, le triangle avant bascule de ce qu’il faut pour suggérer un programme plus animé. Si l’on s’en tient aux chiffres, on monte d’un cran en matière d’engagement et d’encaissement vis-à-vis du petit frère Spider…



Intérêts partagés

Des chiffres et observations en bon préalable aux motivations de cet essai. Parce qu’au final : à quoi bon essayer deux Intense aussi proches en moins d’un an ? Pour lever certaines zones de doute et asseoir, ou non, certaines impressions mise en évidence à l’essai de l’Intense Spider.

S’il fallait résumer ce dernier en deux mots : vif et exclusif. Un pur sang qui appelle à plus que de raison, qu’il faut nécessairement dompter. Une fine lame qui va vite et pousse à en faire plus, voir trop selon le bagage du pilote. Une perspective qui reste très exclusive.

« Les Intenses sont-ils tous aussi exclusifs ? »

À 11kg140 sur la balance et 11 998€ au comptoir (livrée Factory), on en attend pas moins. Mais nous n’avons pas tous les moyens de s’offrir une telle monture. Et la question de ce qu’il reste en commun aux modèles entrée de gamme vs haut de gamme est toujours brûlante.

« Quelle est la véritable part de caractère commune à tous les Intense ?! »

Deux questions essentielles auxquelles cet essai du Intense Recluse, dans sa version Foundation – la plus abordable – tente de répondre.



Valeurs intrinsèques

Il me suffit d’un premier roulage à l’aveugle pour me rappeler de bons souvenirs. Sur des réglages « de base » – SAG à 30%, détentes en milieu de plage, pas de compression. Sans prendre connaissance du poids. Le parallèle est déjà saisissant.

Même nervosité et même absence de pompage à la relance. Même debout sur les pédales, même en tirant abusivement sur le cintre à la relance, l’assiette du triangle avant est très constante, voir presque figée. Sur sol cassant, même seuil en début de course, et même tendance à « s’ouvrir » passé un certains débattement, en seconde partie de débattement.

« Je commence donc à m’en convaincre, ces traits de caractères sont intrinsèques à la marque… »

L’impression d’un vélo vif, consistant, nerveux, léger et précis à placer est bien présente. Je n’ai plus l’Intense Spider à ma disposition depuis plus de 6 mois. Je suppose donc que s’il m’était possible de comparer, je noterais tout de même un écart.

Reste que vis-à-vis de tous les autres modèles récemment roulés, l’Intense Recluse démontre la filiation. Par ailleurs, quelques tours de roue sur un Intense ACV, la version All Mountain 27,5+ de la marque ne font que me conforter. Les similarités sont évidentes. Il s’agit même du premier vélo équipé de gros boudins auquel je puisse prêter autant de précision et de stabilité.

Je commence donc à m’en convaincre, ces traits de caractères sont intrinsèques à la marque, sur les pratiques Trail et All Mountain tout du moins.



Évolution possible ?!

Ce caractère raide et nerveux a du sens sur un vélo de Trail. Mais il en a déjà moins sur cet Intense Recluse, modèle All Mountain qui se rapproche dangereusement de l’Enduro comme certains de ses concurrents. Devinci Troy, Specialized Stumpjumper, Canyon Spectral EX pour ne citer qu’eux…

Sur terrain cassant et réglages de base, ça brasse. D’ailleurs, il faut se souvenir de la conclusion au sujet de l’Intense Spider : un pur sang qu’il faut dompter… Donc un vélo qui a ce caractère, et qui, malgré plusieurs ajustement, en garde la majeure partie.

Est-ce aussi le cas de l’Intense Recluse ? Ou bien, de quelle marge de manœuvre supplémentaire dispose-t-il ? C’est en procédant à quelques petits ajustements de suspension que j’en découvre davantage au sujet du potentiel intrinsèque du vélo…



Petits ajustements…

Les plus assidus d’entre nous l’on lu dans nos parutions didactiques : un run sans chaîne peut permettre d’identifier la part d’influence du kick-back et de l’anti-squat dans le comportement d’un vélo. Sur l’Intense Recluse, elle est importante. Sans la tension de cet élément, la sensibilité s’améliore et le vélo est moins figé au moment de solliciter un appui ou une impulsion.

Reste qu’il n’est pas possible de s’en priver. Autre essai alors : rouler avec exagérément de SAG – avant et arrière, pour préserver l’assiette du vélo – et gagner en sensibilité / confort. C’est effectivement le cas. Mais le déplacement du point de pivot virtuel implique un effet indésirable sur la dynamique du vélo.

Centre instantané de rotation projeté très en avant sur la seconde moitié de course, le vélo devient un rail indéboulonnable, une vraie barre à mine à manier. L’effort est important pour lever la roue avant et faire prendre les airs. Au moindre appui en courbe, le vélo tire droit au lieu de virer.

« Un Recluse relativement sensible et confortable, pour un Intense… »

Une bonne solution apparaît en limitant la propension du vélo à travailler dans le débattement malgré un SAG important. D’origine vendu avec 2 spacers dans l’amortisseur, l’Intense Recluse propose un beau visage avec 6 spacers, complétés par 2 cales pour accorder la progressivité de la Pike.

En jouant relativement facilement sur ces éléments, la progressivité des ressorts pneumatiques semblent prendre le pas sur le reste. Le vélo gagne ce qu’il faut de confort tout en restant fidèle au dynamisme que sa géométrie lui confère. Un Recluse relativement sensible et confortable, pour un Intense… Et surtout, un vélo qui semble plus enclin à s’assagir et évoluer. Avec ces nouveaux éléments, le petit Spider parait désormais plus têtu de ce point de vue.

Dans cet esprit, les réglages du tableau ci-dessous permettent de gommer, en bonne partie, la sensation d’une seconde partie de course parfois peu consistante. Reste simplement à ajuster le nombre de spacer et de cales en fonction du débattement réellement utilisé selon le terrain, et le style de pilotage…

Réglages Avant Arrière
SAG 30% 33%
Détente -13 à -15/20 -13 à -15/20
Compressions ouvert ouvert
Token / Spacers 1 à 2 4 à 6

Clics de détente et compression comptés depuis la position la plus vissée des molettes.  SAG arrière réalisé assis/selle haute – SAG avant réalisé debout/bras en appui sur le cintre / épaule à l’aplomb du guidon. 



Nouvelle perspective…

Le set de suspensions RockShox et ses manipulations de spacers et token permettent donc d’influer favorablement sur le comportement de l’Intense Recluse. Il faut s’y prêter pour tirer pleinement parti du vélo. Les plus passionnés se plairons à cette tâche qui n’est pas donnée à tout le monde.

En matière de réglage de suspension, cette livrée Foundation ne dispose pas de toutes les options, mais force est de constater que l’essentiel est bien là. Les plus assidus d’entre nous savent de toute façon que SAG, progressivité et détentes font une grande partie du job en la matière.

Vu sous cet angle, l’Intense Recluse propose donc une perspective plus polyvalente que son petit frère très exclusif. Avec un peu plus de débattement, d’angle de chasse et de stack, on trouve sur l’Intense Recluse ce que l’on sentait si proche sur le Spider : un vélo bien taillé, capable de jouer, de se placer dans un mouchoir, de tirer partie de la moindre aspérité sans broncher.

Même une fois réglé pour plus de tolérance, l’expérience confirme les traits de caractères d’un All Mountain Intense : vif, précis, consistant. Même les roues entrée de gamme de cette livrée Foundation ne viennent pas à bout de ces observations. Le cadre et ses caractéristiques prennent une telle part dans le comportement du vélo, que la qualité de ces dernières passe ici au second plan. Ce n’est pas toujours le cas, il est donc important de le relever…



Petites approximations…

Suspensions, roues… On en vient donc à parler plus explicitement du montage et de son influence. Vaut-il les 5000€ du vélo ?! Pour répondre clairement, c’est presque dommage de mettre le doigt sur quelques détails…

À quelques détails près, on écrirait qu’il s’agit d’un modèle très abouti. À quelques détails près, on pourrait dire que le montage est aussi soigné que l’ADN de la marque présente dans le rendu final.

Notamment parce que même s’ils manquent d’image vis-à-vis de certains concurrents plus en vue, au point de mettre en question le rapport qualité/prix sur le papier, certains éléments du montage n’ont rien à se reprocher sur le terrain…

Alors, plutôt que Foundation, ce modèle mériterait de s’appeler Essential : cadre, Suspensions, roues, freins, transmission et poste de pilotage… L’essentiel y est pour s’offrir plus qu’un bon aperçu, l’essentiel du caractère bien trempé de la bien nommée marque Intense !



En conclusion

Plus que moitié moins cher, juste ce qu’il faut de capacité en plus pour être au coeur de la pratique All Mountain / Enduro comme on peut la promouvoir, l’Intense Recluse Foundation réussi le pari de sortir de l’ornière une vision très exclusive que l’on peut avoir de l’offre Intense…

Une conclusion presque évidente, du moins prévisible. Certes. Restait à la vérifier à l’épreuve du terrain. C’est chose faite, et c’est surtout l’occasion de mesurer ce qu’elle implique ici : un travail de réglage des suspensions, précieux pour tirer pleinement partie de l’Intense Recluse Foundation.

Normal donc de conclure sur une perspective différente du petit frère Spider au moment de répondre à la traditionnelle question : pourquoi voudrais-je garder ce vélo ?

« Au premier abord, quelques approximations et un montage discret me feraient presque douter. Ce serait sans garder à l’esprit qu’intrinsèquement, un vélo fort en caractère a ça en lui, avant tout pour ces forces de conception, pas son apparat. L’Intense Recluse le démontre. La marque n’a peut-être jamais aussi bien porté son nom… Mais à travers l’Intense Recluse Foundation, se montre ce qu’il faut de plus docile. Suffisamment du moins, pour se dire que l’on goûte une part essentielle du gâteau, sans s’en dégoûter. »




Positionnement & usage

En synthèse, le tableau de positionnement et d’usages permet, en un seul coup d’oeil, de saisir les capacités du vélo. 

Positionnement Intense Recluse

Comparées à celles des autres vélos à l’essai permettra de répondre à l’éternelle question > par rapport aux autres, qu’en penses-tu..? rendez-vous sur la page du Comparateur d’essais VTT Endurotribe pour en savoir plus >

Cet article Verdict – Essai de l’Intense Recluse Foundation est apparu en premier sur Endurotribe.

from Enduro Tribe – All Mountain Magazine

10 ways to make better mountain bike videos

Seth’s Bike Hacks shows us his best tips

Experiment with different angles to give the viewer the a better sense of the rider and the trail.

Experiment with different angles to give the viewer the a better sense of the rider and the trail.

GoPros are cool to use. But the output from them is barely watchable even for the rider who shot the footage. Unfortunately, Youtube is full of these long, POV videos when looking up popular trails. Riders who’ve ridden that trail before may find some segments interesting but the general public, it really is a pain to go through 35 minutes of POV content. The slogan ‘Be a hero’ unfortunately doesn’t apply to most of us when producing GoPro video.

Seth of ‘Seth Bikes Hacks’ does not make the raddest mtb videos around but his advice here is very sound. He prioritizes the key stuff first and explains his logic very clearly as well. Listen to Seth and give us hope towards getting watchable mountain bike videos on Youtube.

Type in the name of your favorite mountain bike trail, and you’re likely to see a few videos posted directly from someone’s action camera. Sometimes, they’re cool, but usually they suck. When they are edited, it’s usually to add long title screens, annoying music, or over the top transitions which only exacerbate the nausea you’re experiencing… that is if you’re still watching.

But action cameras are the easiest way to record your ride, hands down. So how can you use them to make videos that don’t suck?

  1. Get a good camera angle.
  2. Use the proper settings.
  3. Record some other non POV stuff!
  4. Edit your video.
  5. Choose your very best clips.
  6. Lose the title screen and crazy transitions.
  7. Let us hear the trails.
  8. Edit to the music.
  9. Get more angles.
  10. Tell a story.

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis’ favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it’s a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

from Mountain Bike Review