Intense Spider 2 XC Full Suspension

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DesignedTo beThe ultimate marathon-trail bike-aggressive XC,TheIntense Spider 2 builds uponThe outstanding characteristics ofTheSpider series.The new 2nd generation VPP suspension system provides aplush and efficient actuation with adjustableTravel, 4.5"-5".Thesuspension links and pivots have been reworkedTo use a custom maxbearing, allowingThe bikeToTrack straight, provide seamlesssuspension activation and handle as if it was on rails. Maintenance isvery easy dueToThe Zerk fittings atThe pivots

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Disco   All Mountain Rider [Sep 30, 2013]
Strength:

Geometry - This bike seems to extract more confidence than your ability might provide! I'm serious; you know this bike has a gravity pedigree as soon as you point it at a trail. Probably one of the best balanced bikes I’ve ridden, very progressive.
Traction whilst braking and climbing is ridiculously good although it pays to be seated whilst slogging the hills, but I think that’s the same with any full suspension.

Weakness:

Price, undoubtedly this is a quality frame, as any bike mechanic will tell you, but if you have your sights on a “new bike” then you’re going to need to dig deep, with this costing you twice that of a trek etc equivalent. Although I believe the spider does have the edge in the ride.
Mud clearance at the rear is tight, if you like running fat tyres in the winter then you might have issues, I ran 2.1’s and haven’t an issue.

Many bikes riden, many bikes owned, but this one stands out and makes me grin every time. My tip would be score a deal with a bike shop or buy 2nd hand. Couple it with a good wheel/tyre set and good brakes (you'll need them) you can't go wrong.

Similar Products Used: Trek EX9, Spec Rockhopper, Jeklle
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RATING
5
VALUE
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4
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inkisink   [Aug 23, 2012]
Strength:

Quality build oozes character, pretty light, pretty tough, pretty good looking (I got the works red).

Weakness:

Because of the confidence this has given I am already thinking about upgrading to a Tracer !

I have had an absolute blast on this frame so far. Its built up with DTSwiss EXM130 fork and DTSwiss M1800 wheel set so its on the heavier end of XC and this instills me with confidence. Not a bad word to say but I am left wondering how much better a Tracer 2 would be!!! Hmm maybe next year!

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5
VALUE
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4
Rick O'Shay   Cross Country Rider [Sep 17, 2010]
Strength:

Very smooth ride. Good climbing efficiency. Handles wonderfully and I'm able to ride things on this bike I've never been able to ride before.

Weakness:

Derailleur hanger bends easily. (order an extra one) I go through the entire rear shock travel pretty regularly even though I'm running slightly less sag than recommended.

My main bike for the last few years has been a Titus Racer-X. It's a fun bike but I wanted something with a little more travel and a smoother ride. I originally was Considering a Blur LT or a Mojo. I tried out each and while they were nice, I had some reservations. The Blur rode nicely but it just didn't quite feel right. With the Mojo, I didn't like the idea of paying that much for a frame made in some faceless Chinese plant. The Spider 2 is a VPP bike and I really liked the feel of it. It's also manufactured a few hundred miles away from where I live. Not only am I supporting my country with this purchase, I'm also supporting my (nearly bankrupt) state.

The bike has a really nice ride. It's quite different from my Racer-X and at first took some getting used to. The center of gravity is a little further back so I don't have to pull myself so far forward in the saddle during steep climbs. Also, with the more slack head angle, I don't go OTB as much. (thankfully)

I'm only giving it 4 chilies on the value rating because not long after I bought it, Intense lowered the price of the frame by a couple hundred bucks. It would have been nice if they or the bike shop offered to reimburse me some of the difference. I also broke the bank on the components which made me poor for a while.

Similar Products Used: Blur, Mojo, Racer-X
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5
VALUE
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4
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ValleyRacer   Cross Country Rider [Jul 13, 2009]
Strength:

This is a modern well made full suspension bike. The frame top tube length provides for a great fit in the rider cockpit.

Weakness:

While competent in all areas, its not best of class in terms of frame stiffness or suppleness. Limited colors. Does not completely surpass bikes from competing brands.

Here is a fairly expensive XC bike; but no more than carbon frame equivalent bikes. The frame is strong and stiff but not class leading. The bike is sensibly light. Riding the full XT equipped bike, the response to pedal input lacked a good degree of responsiveness suggesting Intense had not achieved a really rigid frame and rear triangle set up. The suspension works well set up for correct rider weights (etc) but was no better than good. The bike can be set up for a great fit with stem, bars, seat post etc - but misses the mark by a full notch in terms of BB stiffness and those liking a strong downtube feel. Those contemplating a purchase are advised to take a comprehensive test ride.

Similar Products Used: Santa Cruz BLUR, Giant Anthem, Marin Quad, Specialized, Cannondale, Fuji, GT
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RATING
4
VALUE
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4
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