I’m not a huge downhill buff, but this right here is awesome.
The M1 by Intense Cycles was one of the first DH bikes to break the 5” rear travel mark back in the 90s, a feat unheard of until until 1994. The first M-1 used a McPerson strut and air shock design, which made it possible for the extra travel. To put it in perspective, there weren’t even forks with over 3” of travel. As you’ve probably guessed by now, the M series by Intense was breaking some serious ground. I won’t go into much more detail though, ‘cause the guys over at PinkBike have this story on lock.