INTENSE POOL PARTY IN VEGAS WITH WIDE OPEN DISTRIBUTORS
Once a year Wide Open Distributors invite their key dealers to a fun filled two days of bikes and shiny bits with a bit of food, beer and riding and once again Spoke scammed an invite to take some pics and generally get in the way. We converged at Rydges Hotel in the middle of a 2 day rain shower to learn the latest tech from brands like Intense, FSA, ENVE, Stans, Soma, Gravity, Deity, Juice Lubes, Thomson, SDG, ODI, Marzocchi, POC and some other stuff before too many beers meant we had to sober up for dinner at Abracadabra in town.
The most exciting thing to happen to Wide Open recently is the addition of Intense Cycles to compliment the exotic range of bicycle bits they already stock. Intense have been real busy and have just recently released 4 new bikes with a new linkage system called JS Tuned. Have a look.
Intense have put themselves at the head of the game with new linkages, slick paint jobs and a whole new line up.
The bikes have a Kiwi flavour due to the build kits being put together by Wide Open to reflect our tastes and terrain. The Foundation build and the Rotorua build, a burlier kit for the more discerning customer.
Wide Open mean business when it comes to putting their products out there in the NZ market, so if you are thinking about a new bike, then the team will see you right and look after you through your local bike shop.
Intense have obviously updated their website and it’s pretty slick and can give you all the correct info you need to convince you they are a brand to be proud to own. www.intensecycles.com
The weather didn’t really faze anyone and we had mega trains down the trails with whooping and hollering. Friday afternoon saw some people heading back home while the rest of us made the most of Rotoruas trails and stayed on for the weekend and enjoyed the sunshine and almost dry trails that soon followed. Roll on next year Wide Open!
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