Bike of the Week- Intense Tracer2


Why is this Intense Tracer2 the bike of the week? Because it is the coolest ‘kids’ bike on the trails. Built for a local young (12 year old) ripper, this bike is really well sorted with some pretty exotic parts. The stand out feature is obviously all of the purple anodized Hope Technology parts, the boys from Barnoldswick England know how to build beautifully machined parts from aluminum, they should, they got started machining parts for Rolls Royce. They aren’t just pretty, however, they are built to withstand the harsh British mtb bike climate. They know how to seal out mud and water and keep bearings running smoothly.




The next thing to notice would be the BOS suspension, a Deville fork and a Kirk rear shock. not something you see very often in North America, but they have more than 20 Mtb championships, four Paris-Dakar wins, a Rally World Championship and a Formula 3 World Championship to their name, trust us, BOS knows how to build shock absorbers.



The rest of the bike is built with a Shimano drivetrain and Mavic Crossmax wheels. Is this the most pimped-out kids bike on the black? We think it just might be.

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Bike of the Week

Intense Tracer T275 Carbon


Why it’s cool- The T275c is cool because it is Intense cycles latest super bike, making it the best all-around mountain bike that they have ever produced. This bike sports 160mm of travel front and rear and weighs in at 27 pounds. It can climb uphill with any other bike made then leave them in the dust on the downhill. It is made completely from carbon fiber with machined aluminum VPP2 linkages. This particular bike is Intense’s Pro Build, a SRAM X01 drivetrain, a RockShox Pike fork and it has the cane creek DBAir rear shock upgrade. We have also upgraded the stock wheels to an Industry9 Enduro wheelset. The photo doesn’t show it, but the bike has a RS Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost.




Intense offers the T275c in three different price levels and as a frame only. The builds are:

Factory- features a full SRAM XX1 drivetrain, Shimano XTR brakes, a RS Pike fork and Monarch Plus RC3 shock and Envy carbon rims for $9999

Pro- features a SRAM X01 drivetrain, Shimano XT brakes, Stans 3.30 hubs laced to Stans ZTR Flow rims, Renthal bars and stem a RS Pike fork and RS Monarch PlusRC3 rear shock with the option of upgrading to a cane creek DBAircs. All this for $6599

Expert- features a Shimano XT 2×10 drivetrain, Stan’s 3.30 hubs laced to Stan’s ZTR Flow rims, Intense branded bars stem and saddle, Fox 34 evo fork and Float CTD shock for $5999


Yes, this is a premium bike at a premium price, there is no doubting that. The question is- is it worth the price? We think that it is. They haven’t skimped on the components anywhere on any of these three builds. They’ve used the best performance parts available to them. You don’t see a mixture of SRAM and Shimano components very often on the same bike, but Intense has stepped out and chosen to run Shimano brakes instead of Avid because they feel they just work better, they’ve chosen to run SRAM 1×11 drivetrains (on the factory and Pro builds) for the simplicity.  We really like that.

Who is this bike built for? If your idea of a great ride is blasting every trail at Perry Hill at ‘full pace’ both up the hill and down, I can’t think of a better bike.

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How to Adjust Your Shifting

Check in with Skiershop mechanic and bike guru, Dave Clifford, to get your gears shifting smooth as buttah!

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Bike of the Week: Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 770

Welcome back to ‘Bike of the Week’ for 2014! I hope everyone enjoyed the winter, but it’s time to start thinking about bicycles. The inaugural bike for 2014 is a new model from Rocky Mountain Bikes, the Thunderbolt 770. Why is it cool?

SONY DSCIt’s a 120mm travel trail bike that mixes some of the DNA from Rocky’s Altitude series of bikes with the DNA of an XC race bike. It sports 27.5″ wheels, a Rockshox dropper post, wide handlebars and some grippy Continental tires. Not to mention those sweet green anodized Race Face bits.

SONY DSCSONY DSCRace face cranks propel the XTR/XT 2×10 drivetrain. Shimano’s dual ring set-up works amazingly well, I understand the move to 1×11 or 1×10 drivetrains, but sometimes it’s nice to know you have a full range of gears for those long days in the saddle… or climbing Perry Hill.



Race face bars sporting Shimano XT shifter, brakes and the handlebar mounted Fox CTD controls.


Suspension is handled by Fox, with 120mm of travel front and rear, the rear shock’s CTD functions via a handlebar mounted remote, the front also features the CTD function along with a 15mm through axle and tapered steerer tube, both add some serious stiffness to the Thunderbolt’s front end.


The Thunderbolt sports a subdued paint job which is high lighted by the green anodized bits from Race Face.

In the motorcycle world, when a manufacturer takes a sports bike and removes the fairings they call it a ‘hooligan bike’, the Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt is the the pedal-powered equivalent. An XC bike that has been tuned for FUN.




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2014 Bike Preview: Rocky Mountain Altitude Rally

Following the incredible success of the new Rocky Mountain Altitude MSL in its first year on the market, Rocky Mountain has decided to tweak the bike slightly to add a new version, the Rally.  Inspired by the increasing popularity of Enduro racing, the Altitude Rally features a longer travel front fork, DH width handlebars, a 1×10 drivetrain, and burlier wheels.

The bike is available in two very different specs and price points.  The Altitude 770 MSL Rally is a carbon/aluminum beauty equipped with top of the line Fox suspension, high end Race Face and SRAM bits, and wheels with ever popular Stans ZTR Flow EX tubless rims.  You’d be hard pressed to find something on the bike worth replacing, unless your looking for the absolute best of the best in your drive train.  Those of us at Skiershop and Bike Stowe would likely take it out of the box and ride it as is.

Rocky Mountain Altitude 770 MSL Rally Edition comes very well equipped at $5,599.00

If you’re looking to be nicer to your wallet and bank account Rocky Mountain is offering the bike in a full aluminum version that still boasts very respectable specs, the Altitude 750 Rally Edition.  Dropping the carbon fiber, kashima coated suspension, and a slight downgrade in components, also drops over $2000 off the price, a reasonable $3,299.99.  The bike, just like it’s fancy carbon brother, comes ready to ride straight out of the box.  At this price point you’d be a bit foolish to drop another $1000 on a wheel upgrade.  The point I’m trying to make is this bike is so well spec’d at the price, if you want more, just get the 770 MSL.

The Rocky Mountain Altitude 750 Rally Edition is a head turning, high performing bike with a price tag just barely over $3000.

The Altitude Rally Edition is not all that’s new from Rocky Mountain.  Rocky Mountain aficionados may remember the Thunderbolt, and now it’s back in a completely new design.  It’s geared towards playful XC riding with 120mm of travel, 27.5 wheels, and classic Rocky Mountain geometry.

“The Thunderbolt is my kind of XC bike.  It’s got a natural feel and tackles the climbs exceptionally well.  On the descents it provides the kind of small bump sensitivity usually reserved for longer travel bikes.”  -Thomas Vanderham

We can’t wait to see what Thomas is so psyched about for ourselves.  And with prices ranging from just over $2000 to $3,999, it’s a very attainable bike.  We’ll provide a more extensive review on both the Altitude Rally Edition and the Thunderbolt once we have a chance to put them in the dirt!

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2014 Bike Preview: Scott Genuis LT

Scott Sports has almost completely revamped their lineup of bikes for 2014.  Most significant is the addition of optional 650b (27.5) wheels to almost all of their existing models.  Scott is offering the Spark, Scale, Genius, and Genius LT in both 27.5 and 29 versions.  26 inch wheels are only found on Scott’s downhill and dirt jump frames, the Gambler and Voltage.

Scott is obviously positioning themselves as a “big wheel” bike company, but that doesn’t mean it’s all XC style 29ers.  Take the new Genius LT for example:  Scott’s new enduro bike blends 27.5″ wheels with a carbon frame featuring 170mm of travel.  Following the success of 650b wheels across the board this summer, Scott has taken the wheel size and applied it in a way not many other companies have been able to accomplish.  We’re starting to see long travel carbon 650b bikes more often, but none have drawn our attention like this one.

2014 Scott Genius LT

Scott has released a video of Brendan Fairclough and Nino Schurter putting the bike to the test.  Although we might not all be pro riders, we can all enjoy this awesome combination.  Easily one of the most versatile bikes available.  For those who were a fan of the old Genius LT, this frame is now 400 grams lighter than the old frame.  That’s right – bigger wheels, lighter bike.  Go figure, I let the bike companies figure that one out…

Early ride reports have shown rave reviews of the new bike.  As soon as we can get our hands on one we’ll give you a full low down on how it rides.  In the meantime, check out the video, read up on this awesome bike, and wait patiently until you can get your hands on one!

What Scott says about the new Genius LT:

“The Genius LT 700 is SCOTT’s new Enduro Bike, designed for rough all mountain terrain and tuned for racing. Equipped with the new 27.5” wheel standard, these bikes have the benefit of better rollover and better traction compared to the old 26” version. TwinLoc allows for efficient pedaling, and thanks to its 170mm of travel, the LT offers the perfect mix of both 27.5 wheel size geometry and suspension to handle all kinds of technical descents.”

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Demo Bikes For Sale!

Hey Bikers!

As of the beginning of August all of our demo and rental mountain and road bikes are now ON SALE!  The past two weekends we offered free tests rides of our entire fleet as well as heavily discounted prices.  The weekend’s over, but lucky for you the prices are here to stay!  You still have time to stop by the shop and find your next bike.  Our demo bikes are professionally maintained and ride just as well as a brand new bike.  You’ll save money while resting assured your bike has been set up, maintained, and cared for by professional mechanics.

Here’s a list of some of our remaining demo bikes with their corresponding sale prices.  Don’t see the bike you’d like?  Give us a call!  This isn’t our entire inventory, and who knows, we may have your dream ride tucked away somewhere!


Scott Contessa Spark 900 – Retail: $2630  Sale: $2099

Scott Contessa Scale 910 – Retail: $1320  Sale: $1049

Scott Spark 960 – Retail: $1899  Sale: $1399

Rocky Mountain Edge – Retail: $599  Sale: $450

Rocky Mountain Flare 29 – Retail: $699  Sale: $550

Rocky Mountain Slayer 50 – Retail: $3750  Sale: $2999

Rocky Mountain Element 970 BC – Retail: $4999  Sale: $3999

Rocky Mountain Altitude 750 MSL – Retail: $4499  Sale: $3599

Rocky Mountain Instinct 970 – Retail: $4399  Sale: $3499

Giant Reign 2 – Retail: $2250  Sale: $1849


Stop on by the shop to see what we have left in stock for sizes!  We also have great prices on all our remaining NEW bikes, as well as new and rental road bikes and rec path cruisers!  Now is the perfect time to pick up your new ride.

As usual, this Friday we’ll be heading out for our weekly group MTB ride.  If you’d like to test out one of our demo bikes before buying, this is the best opportunity to do so.  We’ll make sure it’s set up well for your first trial ride, and we more often than not have a mechanic on the trail with us for on the fly adjustments, advice, etc.  We hope to see you on Friday!


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Bike of the Week- Brook’s Intense Carbine custom build


Brook’s carbine is built to be light and strong to compliment her aggressive yet smooth riding style. Some of the standout features are a full carbon fiber frame with our favorite full suspension upgrade, a cane creek DBair shock. A 1×10 SRAM X9 drivetrain featuring our new favorite shop upgrade, a raceface wide-narrow chainring, a Fox 34 fork and those beautiful Industry 9 purple wheels.SONY DSC


Why it’s cool- A 26 pound bike with 160mm of travel is always going to be pretty cool, this one is extra cool because of how incredibly capable the Carbine chassis is, the i9 wheels add to the performance level with their quick engagement, the 1×10 drivetrain is upgraded with our new ‘shop favorite upgrade’, a Raceface wide-narrow chainring which pretty much renders chainguides obsolete for trail bikes.SONY DSC


Brook’s bike is pretty cool because this is one amazing bike that has enough personal touches that make it 100% unique, just because every part on it serves a singular purpose of making this a no compromise trailbike, doesn’t mean it can’t be one amazing looking bike at the same time.

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Bike of the Week- Intense Tracer29


Considering the weather we’ve experienced all month, this weeks ‘bike’ should probably be a photo of a canoe, but I’m gonna keep it real and talk about one of our favorite custom builds. An Intense Tracer29 with some pretty rad bits hung from it’s hand-built in the USofA frame. The Tracer29 has two travel options for the rear shock, 5″ or 5.5″, the rear dropouts are easily swapped-out to go from 135×10 to a 142×12 through axle which this bike has. It is also running a Marzocchi Roco air shock, something we feels complements the VPP suspension design extremely well and matches the performance and plush feel of the ‘zocchi fork.


This Tracer is sporting SRAM’s XX1 drivetrain, which is pretty darn cool. You get to ditch the front derailleur and shifter and still have a gear range that is equivalent to a 2×10 set-up. SRAM was able to pull this off by going to an outrageous 10×42 11 speed rear cassette.


The 10 tooth cog on the cassette requires a special hub, which is quickly becoming available for almost all hubs, but it is yet another new ‘standards’. This bike rolls on a set of 29″ Enduro wheels from Industry Nine, a shop favorite. The i9 wheels are shod with a set of 2.4 Maxxis Ardent tires set-up tubeless.  There is a, now almost mandatory for any all-mountain bike, dropper post. In this case a Rockshox Reverb. One of the great thing about ditching the front shifter is it provides more room on the handlebar to place the remote for the seatpost. Notice the amazingly cool machine work on the Hope brake lever, they really know their way around a CNC machine. Easy to use, tool free adjustments for reach adjust and bite point.


Why it’s cool: The Intense Tracer29 was the original longer travel 29′ bike when it was introduced in 2009 and it’s taken a few years for everyone to catch up and wrap their heads around just how capable a 5.5″ travel 29er can be. This bike is insanely fast in rough terrain. How fast exactly? That’s been tested: heck, they named it their ‘Trail Bike of the Year’. This is the first bike I’ve ridden that I honestly feel pedals like a trail bike and feels like my DH bike on downhill sections of trail. It’s just amazing. 


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Bike of the Week- Scott CR1 Comp

Scott CR1 Comp

Scott CR1 Comp

It might be too wet to get out and ride a mountain bike on trails, but there is plenty of time between the storms to log some serious mileage on a road bike. The Scott CR1 Comp is our Bike of the Week, why? Because for under $2000 it features a full carbon frame and fork which give our Northern Vermont roads a silky smooth feel.SONY DSC Scott has engineered the shape of the chainstays and seatstays to allow for some vertical movement when riding broken pavement, a serious benefit here. The frame is still plenty stiff at the bottom bracket, so it leaps forward when power is applied to the pedals.  SONY DSC The toptube and downtube meet at a seriously stiff headtube. the CR1 goes exactly where you steer it. This is the beauty of carbon frame construction, the designers can tailor the design to be stiff where it needs to be yet compliant where it can be. SONY DSC Don’t be afraid of the skinny tires, lack of rolling resistance is what it’s all about.

Why it’s Cool: The CR1 is cool because it’s full carbon frame and Shimano 105 components will ride every bit as well as any $5000 super-bike without breaking the $2000 mark. Every summer, it seams, we have a month of extremely wet weather. When you have a roadbike, you don’t have to stop riding while you wait for a break in the weather. Think about all your riding buddies sitting at home on the couch as you are out adding horsepower to your pedal stroke… when the trails dry out you’ll be faster and they’ll be slower. That is kinda fun.


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