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Santa Cruz and Intense Virtual Pivot Full Suspension
03/31/2001
Santa Cruz and Intense Virtual Pivot Full Suspension Santa Cruz Bicycles has purchased the patents and trademarks associate with Outland Sports' Virtual Pivot Point full-suspension design (VPP) and has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Intense Cycles Inc. Both companies introduced downhill prototypes featuring the VPP technology at the Sea Otter Classic race. Santa Cruz Bicycles and Intense Cycles will develop competing designs but will cooperate on enforcing the patents. The torque-sensitive VPP system balances the downward movement of the rider with an equal and opposing upward force on the frame. This leaves the suspension neutral and able to comply with both bumps and depressions while eliminating power loss. The VPP system can maintain efficient pedaling through a large portion of the travel providing excellent acceleration even while running sag.

This makes the suspension more compliant and conserves rolling momentum better than a topped out set up. High durability and low maintenance are also goals for both companies, which will utilize sealed bearings throughout the multi-pivot frames.

Santa Cruz, a leader in single pivot full suspension bicycles, was started in 1993 to bring lightweight full suspension designs to the competitive and recreational rider. Santa Cruz will add new models utilizing the VPP system to their existing line-up of single pivot bicycles. Santa Cruz Superlight, Super 8, Bullit, Chameleon and Juliana models are sold through 250 US dealers and 25 international distributors. Customers can build their dream bike,viewing color,fork and kit combinations,price and weight at www.santacruzbicycles.com

Intense Cycles, a leader in four-bar linkage full suspension bicycles, was started in 1991 to produce full suspension bicycles for competition. Intense Cycles, Inc. sell their M1, Uzzi SLX, Uzzi SL, Tracer and Tazer models through 200 dealers in the US and 16 international distributors. In 1998 Intense added their performance tire line with innovative multiple compounds and added in 2000 their „stickyš rubber compound. 2001 has Intense producing a performance shoe line also with innovative designs and „stickyš rubber. Intense M1 and Tazer bicycles have been used to win numerous national and international titles. The company's web site is www.intensecycles.com


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