Palmer on Intense Again

Words Cam McRae
Date Sep 2, 2014

This video is heavy on nuance but light on detail. And it seems like Palmer has been coming back to mountain biking before, so what’s different this time?

On top of adding some lustre to the brand, it appears Napalm’s main goal will be to assemble a squad of promising young riders to build Intense back into a downhill racing powerhouse. There was a time when other manufacturers were putting their names on Intense frames so their riders could have a chance to win, but it’s been some time since an Intense rider was battling for a World Cup podium.

Palmer is the most compelling figure to ever race a downhill bike and his return to the scene can’t help but rekindle some of the excitement he bestowed upon us in the nineties.

Bring it on!


Does mountain biking still need Shaun Palmer?

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poo-stance
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Poo Stance  - Sept. 3, 2014, 11:02 p.m.

Pretty sure he tried to commit suicide some years back after a pro MX contract fell thru. Is he actually going to be racing, or just managing with the likes of Claudio, Nigel Page, and EC? WC DH ranks are filled with droids now.
Wasn't he the highest paid racer at one point? Also sponsored by the original energy drink, Mountain Dew!

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andy-eunson
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Andy Eunson  - Sept. 3, 2014, 11:31 a.m.

He was a character that added colour to the sport in the day. I never liked him and thought similar to you Darkness. Can't escape the fact that he was a talented snowboarder and downhiller. Lots of athletes are douche bags too. NBA is full of thugs and rapists for example. Tiger Woods isn't exactly a shinning role model either. But yeah. Shaun Palmer eh. Good luck with that.

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darkness
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Darkness  - Sept. 3, 2014, 10:07 a.m.

Seriously! This guy can eat a whole bag of dicks. There has never been a bigger douche in the sport. If you'd met him you'd know what I'm talking about. I once had to listen to him brag about how while on the circuit he and his mates had hit every brothel along the way and he thought that screwing hookers without protection was "cool". Any brand that associates with this pig will never see a cent of my money. He might give DH his herpes or worse!

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uncle duke  - Sept. 3, 2014, 6:14 a.m.

that video was the ultimate in navel gazing…you been laying in bed for 18 yrs crying? what was that trip out to the desert where the tv got broken all about? all flash no stash…?

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todd-mcclafferty
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Todd McClafferty  - Sept. 4, 2014, 7:56 a.m.

The haters in here have it all (well, mostly) wrong. After DH, he went on to win races on just about every type of vehicle. Most of it was silly, but he was a blown-out Achilles from repping USA at the 2010 Olympics in snowboarding. It was almost a comeback.

He's not the same dude who used to bitch about "the fitness guys" winning on DH course that had slight inclines to the finish. He was a douche. He got over it. Your turn.

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nouseforaname
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Nouseforaname  - Sept. 2, 2014, 5:36 p.m.

Does mountain biking still need Shaun Palmer? No, but if life was just stuff we need, then it'd be pretty dull.

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gavitron
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Gavitron  - Sept. 2, 2014, 8:43 p.m.

Intense might need him, though.

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malcolmshouldleave
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Malcolmshouldleave  - Sept. 2, 2014, 9:11 p.m.

I'd argue the sport does need Napalm back. Sure he might not be racing or winning anymore, but a lot of DH has become quite dull. I think it's why everyone seems to be mostly excited about Ratboy doing so well this year. The Palm could help make DH 'cool' again, instead of just being popular.

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