For a time, Michael Broderick was among the best XC racers in the United States. But like a lot of his U.S.-born peers, he was never able to truly break through at the World Cup level. But that, along with Broderick's discipline of choice, has recently changed. Indeed, Broderick, now 42, sits atop the men's masters standings of the Enduro World Series. Last weekend at the Whistler stop, he finished a close second to mountain bike hall of famer Brian Lopes.

"When I was racing cross-country, I could always descend with the best guys at the highest level," Broderick told Mtbr. "But if you cant climb with them it doesn't matter. That's why I decided to give enduro a shot. It's given me a chance to reinvent my riding - and when we started working with Intense suddenly I had access to the right bike that could handle just about anything."

That right bike is the Intense Carbine 29C with 140mm of rear travel and 160mm up front. Mtbr caught up with Broderick and his bike fresh off his overall event win at the Enduro World Series stop in Aspen-Snowmass, Colorado. Read the Mtbr review of this bike - and scroll down for a closer look at Broderick's race rig.

The Intense Carbine 29C is a 140mm trail bike that can be converted to 125mm. Broderick swapped out all the stock bolts for Ti hardware.

The Intense Carbine 29C is a 140mm trail bike that can be converted to 125mm. Broderick swapped out all the stock bolts for Ti hardware.​

[IMG alt="Broderick runs a 40mm Truvativ stem clamped around 760mm Renthal bars. The reason for all those spacers? "I'm an up in front down in back racer," he explained. "It's a product of age and injuries, and it helps me stay comfortable on the bike, and with my jumping, too. I come from cross-country so it helps me feel less over the bars.""]https://reviews.mtbr.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/mike-intense9-1024x682.jpg[/IMG]

Broderick runs a 40mm Truvativ stem clamped around 760mm Renthal bars. The reason for all those spacers? "I'm an up in front down in back racer," he explained. "It's a product of age and injuries, and it helps me stay comfortable on the bike, and with my jumping, too. I come from cross-country so it helps me feel less over the bars."​

Rear travel can be adjusted by changing where the rear shock is mounted on the upper link. This doesn't affect the bike's geometry. Of course Broderick rarely (if ever) reduces suspension when racing on the EWS circuit.

Rear travel can be adjusted by changing where the rear shock is mounted on the upper link. This doesn't affect the bike's geometry. Of course Broderick rarely (if ever) reduces suspension when racing on the EWS circuit.​

Now 42, Broderick's sponsors include Kenda, Stan's NoTubes, Intense, Crankbrothers and SRAM.

Now 42, Broderick's sponsors include Kenda, Stan's NoTubes, Intense, Crankbrothers and SRAM.​

[IMG alt="Broderick and his partner/teammate Mary McConneloug have a long running relationship with Kenda Tires. In Colorado, he was running 29x2.2" Nevegal Pros wrapped around Stan's NoTubes Bravo wheels. "]https://reviews.mtbr.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/mike-intense16-1024x682.jpg[/IMG]

Broderick and his partner/teammate Mary McConneloug have a long running relationship with Kenda Tires. In Colorado, he was running 29x2.2" Nevegal Pros wrapped around Stan's NoTubes Bravo wheels.​

Former U.S. Olympian Mary McConneloug still primarily focuses on XC racing, but she can also hold her own on a trail bike. She finished 36th in the pro class in Colorado. McConneloug and Broderick spend most of their time in Europe, where they have an RV that they live in. Her enduro race bike is a full carbon 27.5 Intense Tracer.

Former U.S. Olympian Mary McConneloug still primarily focuses on XC racing, but she can also hold her own on a trail bike. She finished 36th in the pro class in Colorado. McConneloug and Broderick spend most of their time in Europe, where they have an RV that they live in. Her enduro race bike is a full carbon 27.5 Intense Tracer.​

Pedals are Crankbrothers Mallet E with titanium spindles.

Pedals are Crankbrothers Mallet E with titanium spindles.​

Broderick prefers to have all his controls on one side of the bars.

Broderick prefers to have all his controls on one side of the bars.​

Continue to page 2 for more pictures of Michael Broderick's Intense Carbine 29C


Two weeks after his triumph in Colorado, Broderick slipped back to second place behind Brian Lopes in Whistler. But that result was still good enough to keep him on top of the overall standings. Photo courtesy Enduro World Series

Two weeks after his triumph in Colorado, Broderick slipped back to second place behind Brian Lopes in Whistler. But that result was still good enough to keep him on top of the overall standings. Photo courtesy Enduro World Series​

Broderick typically runs a 34t chainring and minimalist chain guide on his 1x11 SRAM X0 group.

Broderick typically runs a 34t chainring and minimalist chain guide on his 1x11 SRAM X0 group.​

He's on an 10-42 set-up for now, but we'd expect to see an Eagle land here before too long.

He's on an 10-42 set-up for now, but we'd expect to see an Eagle land here before too long.​

Spongy ESI grips keep hands from slipping when it matters most.

Spongy ESI grips keep hands from slipping when it matters most.​

A 160mm RockShox Pike handles suspension up front.

A 160mm RockShox Pike handles suspension up front.​


The saddle is a Fizik Gobi perched on a RockShox Reverb dropper post.

The saddle is a Fizik Gobi perched on a RockShox Reverb dropper post.​

The 29er Stan's NoTubes Bravo carbon wheels have a 26mm inner rim width, and are claimed to be three times stiffer than aluminum.

The 29er Stan's NoTubes Bravo carbon wheels have a 26mm inner rim width, and are claimed to be three times stiffer than aluminum.​

His win in Colorado, paired with a second place effort in Whistler, has Broderick on top of the overall EWS standings by 350 points with just two events to go. Barring a disaster, the overall title is his to lose.

His win in Colorado, paired with a second place effort in Whistler, has Broderick on top of the overall EWS standings by 350 points with just two events to go. Barring a disaster, the overall title is his to lose.​

For more information on this bike please visit www.intensecycles.com.