Pursuing the Intense Dream

I was supposed to sell the Intense Tracer VP, but none of the negotiations pulled through. It has been a little more than a year since I put it up for sale. I figured that since no one is getting it, and it's just gathering dust in our condo's second room, I might as well carry on.

Last Saturday, I brought it to Extreme Bike Shop in Panay Avenue to finally have it assembled. I discussed the build with Liezl the night before.

I'm building an all-mountain bike - a category I'm not familiar with. With the realms of cross country, I can pretty much navigate myself with my eyes closed. With this, I would need to go with parts that are primarily strong enough to take the abuse, and then that's the only time that I think about weight. 15QR, 2.35-inch tires, 160-millimeter suspension forks - these are all foreign to me.

Upon my consultation with her, we agreed on this set-up: tapered Fox TALAS 160mm suspension fork, Chris King headset, Shimano Deore XT 2 x 10 groupset with a 36-tooth big cog, ESI grips, Fizik saddle, Crank Brothers Candy pedals, KMC chain, a pair of Kenda Nevegal 2.35-inch tires, and Easton Haven components, including the wheelset.

I brought the frame at around 9:30 in the morning, and by around 3:00 in the afternoon, the bike's all finished.

And so without further ado, I'd like to present to you my Intense Tracer VP.

Jason of Extreme Bike Shop cutting the brake cable to the right size.

My All Mountain baby

Here she is parked in our condo's second room (pardon the mess).

Of course it didn't stop there. I had to break it in. And my friends from Batangas City took me to the boondocks to try out this baby.

At 29 pounds, it's far from lightweight, although a lot of people say that it's not bad for an all-mountain rig. Riding this bike is worlds apart from my good old KHS Alite Team hardtail. Whereas that is an efficient race machine, riding the Tracer is like riding a sofa.

Last Sunday's ride was a loop that took us up Sto. NiƱo and brought us back to the City via Haligue. Of course the boys had to stop and take a dip in a small stream along the way.

Below are some of the pictures I took:

Yup, that's her -- broken in and all dusty -- just the way I like it.

Here's another shot of my new baby waiting for her owner to recover.

This is the stream where the boys took a dip.

That's me, not yet laspag. Actually from this stream, it was all steep uphill going to Haligue.

These are the boys taking a dip. The water was nice and cool -- perfect to beat the summer heat.

If you want to ride where I rode, I'm sharing my GPS reading: