I took these pictures the last time I had a Santa Cruz in the shop. The Santa Cruz is a Blur LT and the Intense is a 5.5, so this is pretty much apples to apples. I am in no way whatsoever comparing the ride of the two bikes. I am merely displaying images of both that speak to quality of design as well as quality of workmanship. Take a look.
Santa Cruz lower link:
Intense lower link:
Santa Cruz upper link:
Intense upper link:
Santa Cruz replaceable dropout:
Intense replaceable der hanger:
Santa Cruz disc tab:
Intense disc tab:
I am definitely proud to work with Intense!