I've always loved the Tazer HT and FS, but never had the courage to buy one because everyone I knew who had an Intense was a little bit good. I always felt that there was an increased expectation in your riding ability of your rode an Intense. However, now I'm older, I don't really care!
I decided that it was time to buy one, however that proved easier said than done. A frame that I considered around the time I was buying my Lopes 4X bike came up for sale again, so I decided to take a punt. The bike was a risk because a previous owner had taken it to be shot blasted before being repainted. The downside was that the paint he was trying to remove was tough as hell, so they shot blasted the frame to within an inch of it's life (guess they've never heard of chemically stripping stuff
This heavy blast had left the frame a bit mottled, which had been made worse by the rattle can paint. Here are some pics the seller sent me and some that I took when it arrived.
I was recomended a local powdercoater who is supposed to be pretty good, so I went there and dropped it off. He thought the frame may have been on the brink, but said he would give it a go.
I collected it yesterday and unfortunately, the heavy blasting has done a fair amount of damage. He has done his best, and it has smoothed out a fair bit but it is not as good as I hoped it would be. The good news is that it didn't cost too much! Anyhow, here are some pics of it in red.
You can just about make out the mottled affect due to the previous heavy blasting.
I am going to rebuild it and ride it as is, whilst keeping an eye out for another frame. I have ordered new decals today but am struggling to find the headtube badge with flames on it (I can find the BMX version but not the MTB one), so any advice or help would be hugely appreciated.
I also have a pair of Shivers on the way as they look bad ass on Tazer's (cheers Tony). Just need to order the 12mm conversion for the rear bulb and 20mm conversion for the front and I should be able to get it built up soon. I'll build it once the decals arrive (thanks to Kev for pictures and dimensions), which should be sometime next week.
Cheers for reading yet another very long post!
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