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Intense has made the Carbine more intense. Intenser. The new Carbine boasts Boost hubs to increase lateral stiffness, allow more room for bigger tires, and to get farther out when you’re going down. Down is where the fun is at and where the Carbine plays best. They compare it to a monster truck that can handle the daily commute. Trail riding, all mountain flying, enduro racing: yes.

The Carbine has a history. Namely, it was Intense’s first carbon-fiber full-suspension bike in 2011. It started with 26” wheels. Then they made adapters so you could run 27.5”. Then 27.5” wheels. And by 2013, it was up to 29ers. Big wheels roll better. And with the right trail geometry, as Intense has perfected here, they work great in all circumstances.

The bike is long and stable, thanks to a slack head tube angle, long reach, short stem, and long stays. The extra space between the wheels helps make the ride balanced and comfortable, which means you’ve got both room and the mind space to push things when the going gets ripping. Turn it, and thanks to the big tires and wide wheels, you feel as confident as when you’re riding a straight line.

The bike comes with 160mm of travel front and 155 rear. The rear shocks aren’t designed by Intense, but the linkages are, and that’s where the beauty of JS Tuned suspension comes in to play. Intense worked the suspension by modifying both pivot placements and linkage lengths to come up with their soup of small bump sensitivity and “bottomless” deep plunge, while maintaining efficiency while pedaling.

The frameset is made of carbon, with both a standard and SL grade of plies in different frames. SL is for Super Light, and it is deployed for the Factory, Elite, and Pro models, and even sports a carbon-fiber upper link. The Expert and Foundation builds are still carbon-fiber for both front and rear triangles, but with a more economical mix of carbon materials. and an aluminum upper link. The difference in weight is about 200g between the two models. As they share molds, they have the same torsional stiffness, the same impressive stand over height regardless of the model you choose.

The frame is not only painted as boldly as you’d expect from Intense, but with the all the requisite small touches that help Intense stand out from the crowd.. Cables and hoses, including for a dropper post (standard equipment), are routed internally. There’s room for a water bottle cage on the downtube, and the requisite bolts are there. They worked with a BB92 bottom bracket to keep weight down and stiffness high. The frame is designed for 1x drivetrains only and possesses ISCG tabs. The right chainstay and bottom of the downtube are protected by molded rubber Flack Guards to keep rocks and chain slap from gouging the carbon-fiber.

The Intense Carbine plays harder when the trail is ready to rough you up.


  • Bottom Bracket Sram Pressfit GXP BB92
  • Brake Calipers Shimano XT M8000 Hydraulic Disc
  • Brake Levers Shimano
  • Cassette SRAM XG-1275 X1 Eagle, 10-50
  • Chain SRAM GX Eagle
  • Crankset TruVativ Descendant Eagle Boost GXP, 175mm, 32t
  • Fork Rock Shox Yari RC 29, Solo Air, 160mm, Boost, 110x15mm
  • Frame Material SL Monocoque UD Carbon Front And Rear Triangle, I-BOX Pivot System
  • Front Derailleur None
  • Grips Intense Dual Lock-On
  • Handlebar Renthal Fatbar DH Lite, 780mm, Alloy
  • Headset Intense Tapered
  • Pedals Not Included
  • Rear Derailleur Sram GX Eagle
  • Rear Suspension Rock Shox Deluxe RT3, 230x60mm
  • Rotors Shimano, 180mm
  • Saddle WTB Silverado Race W/ Cr-Mo Rails
  • Seatpost Fox Transfer, 31.6mm, 150mm Dropper
  • Shifters SRAM GX Eagle
  • Stem Intense Recon, 45mm
  • Tires Maxxis Highroller II, 29"X2.30
  • Wheel - Front DT Swiss M1900 Spline
  • Wheel - Rear DT Swiss M1900 Spline


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