Thursday, July 23, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Legendary rider, Shaun Palmer makes his return to mountain biking the same way he made his debut: on an Intense Cycles downhill bike. Palmer and Intense first made history together in 1995 when the rookie rider rode the flagship Intense M1 to a series of surprise victories, launching both Palmer and Intense into the forefront of the sport.
Nearly fifteen years later, both Palmer and Intense remain household names in mountain biking. And with Palmer's return to downhilling, Intense Cycles President, designer and founder, Jeff Steber looks forward to collaborating with the rider who helped refine the M1 and redefine the sport.
"Something that not many people know about Shaun is that he is really technically savvy," says Steber. "He understands what works and can give specific feedback on how to improve the bike's performance. He is a great R&D guy and I'm really excited about working w/ him again."
A great R&D guy and not a bad racer, either. After a decades absence from the sport, Palm finished 2nd last weekend at the California Golden State Championships in Fontana. He is planning to use mountain bike racing as training for his attempt later this year at a spot on the US Olympic bordercross team.
"I have always done better in my sports when I stayed involved in two or three at a time. The worst thing for me is for my bad brains to sit around idle. I have to stay busy and the panic of racing downhill will keep me sharp and help me to achieve my olympic dreams", says Palmer. " Of course, I miss being at the races and I miss the fans but mostly I miss hanging out with my friends, especially Peaty."
Palmer could have had any bike but he says he chose Intense because of his relationship with the brand and Steber's ability to build anything Palmer wants in a bike, anytime. "Plus, I'm 40 now and I want to be involved with a brand that will allow me to use my design abilities now and in the long run." Palmer says.
If you think that sounds like a hint that there will be future collaborations between Palmer and Intense in the years to come, you might be right. But for now, as Palmer simply puts it "let's just haul ass this season w/o me smashing my nuts. See ya'll at the races!"
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Today we have a visit from Fast Freddie Rodriquez and he was sporting the Rock Racing Cadillac Escalade Hybrid. He came in to pick up his bike and look for a new 12 inch wheeled bike for his son Aiden. Well we didn’t have anything in stock that small but be certain we will find something very cool for him to ride around with this dad on, 3 time US National Road Racing Champion.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Somehow we missed getting this photo up. It's a photo of the first 25 Cinelli MASH frame's we received. They were very late but we welcomed their arrival with open arms. The only problem was we ordered 40. Cinelli USA received 100 to divide amongst it's dealers so getting 25% of the first allotment is pretty good.
All 25 frames were pre-sold. Our next shipment is scheduled to land 8/10 with size 50 sold out and a few remaining slots open in 53, 55 and 58. If you want one these amazing frames give us a call and get in line. They are moving like hot cakes!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Every year they run a race out in the Mountains of Downieville, riders from far and wide come to give there best. Our very own Blake Von Knopka blazed the trails sporting a very handsome kit. You too could look that good. Order your Wrench Science Kit, starting with a jersey here
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I got this email today from one of our first 25 MASH customers:
I got the frame this afternoon. I build it up and rode all day today.
It's so nice! Stiff, quick, and so fast. I love the color of it too.
Size and geometry fit perfect for me.
Probably one of the first one in Japan, I guess.
Anyway, Thank you very much for being so kind to me.
I hope someday I will visit Wrench Science to see you.
Next batch will be in in August and there are still a few 53, 55, and 58 sizes available. Size 50 is now sold out until September.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
My new bike has also helped me get my racing career off to a great start, with 3 top five finishes in my first 4 races! I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the race where I didn’t finish top five was on my crummy old Trek 1000!
Thanks again for building such an awesome bike for me! I’ve included a picture for you so you can see your work of art in action (the bike that is… not me).
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
July 01, 2009
A study from researchers at the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health found that an increase in Quercetin, an antioxidant/anti-inflammatory compound found in fruits and veggies, boosts athletes VO2max and endurance capacity. The results showed increased levels of Quercetin over one week led to a 13.2 percent increase in subject's endurance and a 3.9 percent increase in their VO2max. Subjects were not varying exercise levels. Get the full story at mayoclinic.com.