One new face makes up the 2020 Intense Factory Racing triumvirate, with Aaron Gwin showing off his new prototype downhill bike.
Seth Sherlock joins the very familiar faces of Aaron Gwin and Neko Mullaly in the 2020 Intense Factory Racing line up.
Can Gwin return to his former glory after being plagued with injury, mechanicals and crashes over the last few years? If anyone can, it’s likely the five time World Cup overall winner. Neko Mullaly is back after his broken leg sustained at the final round in Snowshoe.
Seth Sherlock joins the team as a second year Junior, and will look to repeat his top step of the podium from Lenzerheide last year.
What about Gwin’s prototype downhill rig?
You didn’t have to look hard to see that Aaron Gwin’s bike looks a trifle different to that of Mullaly and Sherlock. The red ‘Prototype’ lettering on the downtube helps give it away too.
Gwin will be riding this bike all season to help develop the Intense downhill offering.
The main differences are material and wheels. An alloy mule is a common occurrence for a protoytpe, especially with Jeff Steber’s welding skills, and remember, Jack Moir took second in Fort William a few years back on the first 29″ downhill bike.
Those who could squint hard enough will also have noticed the ‘mullet’ configuration of a 29″ front, and a 27.5″ rear. A change from the other team M29s that sport 29″ wheels all round.
Other details are a change in the seat tube layout, with the top rocker no longer passing through but around the seat tube and a much lower top shock mount.