Product DescriptionIntense's first full carbon frame aimed to tame your epic singletrack rides and all-mountain excursions with ease. At just 5.5 lbs and adjustable rear travel from 5.5" to 6" this frame is a truly versaitile platform. You can build this frame up with a 140 mm or 150 mm fork for your all day epic trail rides or opt for a 160 mm fork to slay the most technical terrain with ease and get back up the hill quickly to do it again. Features: -Adjustable travel 5.5?-6? (140mm-152mm), easily set at the upper link -Wide range geometry settings for aggressive trail or fast XC riding -49mm lower head tube and 44mm upper headtube allow you to run a tapered steerer fork -G1 rear dropout mount system accepts 142x12 Shimano, SyntaceX12, or standard 135QR dropouts -Height adjustable seatpost routing -Direct mount front derailleur -"Flk-Grd" down tube and chain stay protector system -Angular contact bearings and collet axle system with replaceable zirk fittings
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Date Reviewed: March 17, 2014
Strengths: Good to great pedaling for a 6" bike
Great low-speed tech
Easy to disassemble linkage for maintenance
Great customer service
Weaknesses: Very few: rear tire clearance could be a little better, but then the chainstays would have to be longer; hole where stealth seatpost tube enters frame is not sealed; needs some frame protection where seat stays connect to linkage; needs a special adapter from Intense for a 180mm rear rotor. Just nit-picking here, none of these are deal-breakers at all.
This bike does it all very well. I have a CCDBA and Pike, and you can really adjust these to ride however you want. I haven't come close to finding this bike's limits yet. My mind is certainly the limiting factor. Whenever there's a feature that I question, and I've done it anyway, the bike has performed perfectly.
The only upgrade I've made so far is to put a 180mm rear rotor on it. I'm heavy and I was cooking the 160 on long (10 minute-plus) descents.
I bought the bike as a "lightly used" demo from Intense about 2 months after they built it.
Some concerns about Intense's customer service have been brought up, but I have found them to be amazing. I regularly email "Sam," and he usually replies within a few hours.
Duration Product Used: 4 months
Price Paid: $4600.00
Similar Products Used: Test rode about 15 other bikes including: Ibis Mojo, Ibis Mojo HD 650b, Santa Cruz Bronson, Trek Slash, Trek Fuel, Intense Tracer, Spec Enduro 29, Yeti SB66, several others I can't think of.
Bike Setup: 275 wheels/frame; CCBDA; Pike; X01; Elixer 9 Trail
Date Reviewed: October 15, 2013
Strengths: VPP rear suspension great climber (no bob) & downhill confidence booster with great travel & action front & rear. With appropriate tire pressure, rear tire remains glued to ground on climbs. 27.5 gives better rollover & descending capabilities than 26, given superb frame geometry of Carbine. Great climber & fast in turns & on berms on descents. Previously rode Specialized Epic 26 with 3.25 travel (10 yrs. old), carbine outperforms on all accounts, without question.
Weaknesses: Nothing yet noteworthy.
Date Reviewed: March 27, 2013
Strengths: Light, climbs well, descends well - pretty much all you need in a bike
Weaknesses: Not really found any
Having ridden XC exclusively for a deacade or more and then took up DH exclusively for about 5 years, I found myself with a DH bike and an Uzzi for all round trail riding for a couple of years. Having destroyed the Uzzi (literally) after 3 years of hard hitting abuse, I decided I had got bored with a 'heavy' trail bike - even though my Uzzi came in at about 34lbs.
I replaced the Uzzi with the Carbine and love it. Mine comes in at a little over 25lbs and is built strong enough that I raced the mega-avalanche on it with no problems last year.
Goes up well, goes down well. Ronseal (for those UK readers you know what I mean)
My build is
Large frame in black
RS Revelation RCT3
Mavic Crossmax SX
Raceface Deus XC cranks
Saint brakes (203mm)
Easton CNT DH bars and Thomson stem
SDG Formula Ti saddle
Complete set of titanium bolts
Great bike and not many around in the UK - nuff said
Date Reviewed: March 5, 2013
Strengths: This bike is a screamer up and down.
Climbs like a goat with very little pedal feedback even with propedal off in the middle ring.
Stiff rear end, low bb, let's you really lean the bike and throw it around.
Future proof dropout system that can be converted to 650b easily if you get bored with 26.
Extremely light, stiff frame for the travel that can be built up to a very light do it all bike (typically 25-27#)
One of the most visually appealing bikes on the market currently.
Water bottle mount inside the triangle.
Weaknesses: The paint is very fragile, prone to flaking at the slightest impact.
Press fit BB limits BB choice, also cannot run BB mount chain device
No ISCG tabs so:
For 1x, forced to run very limited, expensive selection of direct mount chain guides
No chain device possible for 2x.
Very tight clearance of small ring with certain cranksets, requires modification to the ring or 3rd party rings (XTR 970).
Have to replace the whole dropout ($70) if you bend a derailleur hanger (haven't done it, but worth noting).
Intense website is very lacking.
At the time I was riding an SC Blur LT2 Al, so I'm partial to the suspension characteristics of VPP bikes. The Carbine rides very similar to most Santa Cruz vpp bikes but the suspension tune seems to be a bit more linear near the end of it's stroke than the similarly targeted Blur LTc. I was so impressed with this bike that I had to come to my senses to not buy one immediately as there was nothing really "wrong" with my existing Blur. Almost a year later, I found a really good deal on a frame that I just couldn't pass up and upgraded to this bike.
After just two rides on trails I know very well, I was setting PRs up and down even with no granny gear for grinds. On tight flowing single track, I was able to string together corners with speeds I would not have been comfortable with on my Blur even with almost all the same kit. This bike loves to be leaned and stays planted when pushed. In many ways it reminds me of the original Santa Cruz Blur, which was a bike I fell in love with after literally two pedals. The Blur TRc is probably the only other bike that is this impressive in the 26" wheel trail bike segment.
Similar Products Used: Santa Cruz Blur Classic, Blur LT2, Blur LTc, Blur TRc; Ibis Mojo HD; Yeti SB66c, Specialized Stumpjumper EVO
Bike Setup: XT 1x10 drive train, XT brakes, Crest/Hope Hoops, Crank Brothers Kronolog, RS Revelation 150 RLT
Date Reviewed: September 17, 2012
Strengths: everything you throw at it
Weaknesses: none so far
Date Reviewed: June 4, 2012
Strengths: Stiff and fast on climbs, begs for more! Great all around bike.
Incredibly precise steering, not twitchy, just great!
Just plain Fun on decents, did I say it steers superbly! This is a winner.
Weaknesses: None really. Small front ring is close to the frame but does not create a problem.
I have no chain rub or frame scuffing as mentioned in some other posts.
Shadow plus derailuer stops any chain slap and shifts clean as can be.
Real weight ready to ride 27.2 lbs with XTR pedals, and XT build kit. Feels like 25 when you ride it.
Date Reviewed: May 9, 2012
Strengths: Stiff, light, plush
Weaknesses: Pricey. The area around the bottom bracket is huge and only has a couple mm of clearance with the small ring tabs on 3x9 crankset. Be advised that Race Face Deus small rings don't clear due to the mounting tabs being too long.
- it's plush (on par with a Mojo)
- it pedals really well. Maybe it's the weight, my improved cardio or the suspension. I don't know, but all I know is that the bike begs you to pedal harder uphill.
- it's light: mid 27# with some chichi parts (XT, X.9, carbon bars), a Revelation 150 fork, tubeless wheels and a Gravity Dropper. Could easily drop to 26 if getting rid of the adjustable seatpost and going all out on the light parts.
- it downhills really well: the low BB and great geo makes the bike a complete blast to downhill. Almost too much fun.
Too bad that carbon is so expensive.
Date Reviewed: March 3, 2012
Strengths: Stable climbing, stable descent, light weight, inspires confidence! Looks great. Shock needed below recommended air pressure, but now superb.
Weaknesses: Not enough chainline protection. Grinds chainstay paint off immediately with 22 front ring. Lower linkage carbon mountings makes contact with rocks/logs even though I have a large bash guard. I had to rig my own
plastic and rubber protective shields that work fine. Sent pics to Intense, no response, not good!
IBIS include touch up paint with their frames - hey, it's carbon!
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Price Paid: $2579.00
Purchased At: Fanatik Bike, Bellin
Similar Products Used: Lots of carbon: IBIS Mojo SL, Specialized S-works Stumpjumper, Enduro, EPIC, Cannondale Moto. Heckler, Trek Session.
Bike Setup: Large red frame, Specialized E-160 fork (great, light AM fork!), XTR drivetrain, Specialized Roval Traverse wheels, X0 brakes, Reverb seat post.
Date Reviewed: January 27, 2012
Strengths: handling (it's no mass-product), lightness, stiffness, low center of gravity, good on technical climbs, good downhill behavior, finish & quality
Weaknesses: pedal efficiency on flat, fragile paiting
There very few 6" travel all-mtn bikes w/ such riding quality that weighs only 24lbs.
Duration Product Used: Less than 1 month
Price Paid: $2500.00
Purchased At: wrench science
Similar Products Used: Intense Tracer VP (2010), Ibis Mojo HD, Yeti ASR-7, Ventana El Saltamontes (w/ 6" rocker)
Bike Setup: 32 Float 150, Haven Carbon wheels, XTR transmission, Sixc cranks, Blackspire rings, XX cassete and chain, Acid 3 pedals, Reverb, Silverado Team, MT8 brakes, Thomson stem, King headset, Havoc Carbon bar
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