Intense didn't invent the downhill bike, but its iconic M1 was, for all intents and purposes, the first downhill bike that actually mattered. There's a reason that during the '90s, anyone who was serious about Downhill racing was on an M1, which resulted in a lot of them being ridden by the world's best, hidden beneath other brands' paint jobs. And while the days of a single bike dominating mountain biking's F1 equivalent have long since passed, there's no denying that the Intense M9 Gravity Complete Mountain Bike is in every way a deserving heir to the M series throne. If your entire life revolves around the pursuit of the top step of the podium, the M9 is a worthy partner in your quest for glory. There's occasionally some confusion as to where the M9 fits in, with Intense's shorter travel, larger wheeled 951 getting so much attention, so let us clear this up for you. The M9 is built as a World Cup race bike, plain and simple. It's not built to be nimble at slow speeds, nor will it be particularly well suited to recreational bike park warriors. Its aggressive geometry and longer travel is aimed squarely at keeping you in control when you're trying to shave fractions of seconds on the steepest, roughest race tracks on the planet. Part of the secret to the M9's ability to flatten terrain lies in its VPP suspension design. VPP employs two aluminum counter rotating links, which allows it to eat square edged impacts at wide open speeds, without sacrificing pedaling efficiency when you need to get on the gas. The upper link provides most of the rotation as the bike compresses into the sag point. This yields a vertical wheel path, which you'll notice in the form of a firm feel during acceleration. As the bike compresses deeper into the suspension, the lower link activates, moving the axle path rearward. The rearward axle path is key to letting the rear wheel travel out of the way of square edged impacts. And the suspension is highly adjustable, giving you the option ...