Intense EVP 5.5 review

The EVP 5.5 has a VPP (Virtual Pivot Point) suspension and uses a highly tweaked diamond/oval/round/flared Easton custom tubeset. The back end is a showcase of skilful CNC machining, displayed particularly well by the raw works finish.

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £1,749.99 RRP | USD $2,921.84
Intense EVP 5.5

Our review

Agile, super aggressive and a lot of trouble. Definitely intense.
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The EVP 5.5 has a VPP (Virtual Pivot Point) suspension and uses a highly tweaked diamond/oval/round/flared Easton custom tubeset. The back end is a showcase of skilful CNC machining, displayed particularly well by the raw works finish. This unprotected alloy isn’t ideal for a salty British winter, but the 2007 back end has been reworked and de-bridged for better mud clearance. The frame still weighs in slightly heavier than many of its competitors though.

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VPP suspension flattens step ups and drops on the trails like a real big hitter, but tightens up and tears off down the trail when you stamp on the pedals. A super-responsive handling character, a relatively short wheelbase and rock solid bolt-through axle Pike fork made this a naturally aggressive bike. The X9 Pro kit from North West MTB centre was equally faultless and purposeful. It gives more feedback and travel than more neutral bikes in the rough, though this won’t suit everyone. Its savage turn into corners can carve around beautifully or catch you out badly, so you’ve been warned.

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When you’re on form though, the Intense will happily punch clean through what you can’t fl oat it over, and nail other riders and loose corners alike. On bad days we crashed this bike far more than many of its competitors. Intense is definitely an apt name, but if you’re up for it, it’ll take on anything and it’ll do it all-day long.

Product Specifications

Product

Name EVP 5.5 EVP FRO
Brand Intense Cycles

Description 25.7lbs (complete) £1749 (frame only)
Seatpost EA90
Rear Tyre Size 26x2.1
Rear Tyre Bulldog Airlight
Front Tyre Size 26x2.1
Front Tyre Bulldog Airlight
Available Sizes L M S
Wheelbase (in) 43.5
Top Tube (in) 24
Standover Height (in) 32
Seat Tube (in) 21
Chainstays (in) 16.8
Bottom Bracket Height (in) 13.25
Shifters XTR Rapidfire
Seat Angle 72
Bottom Bracket XTR
Saddle Global XM Saddle
Rims XC One
Rear Shock Float RP23
Rear Derailleur XTR
Head Angle 70
Handlebar Monkey Lite SL
Front Derailleur XTR
Frame Material Easton Intense custom tubeset with CNC Finishing
Fork 2006 Float RLC 130mm
Cranks XTR
Cassette XTR
Brakes Mono Mini
Year 2008