Brand new for 2018 and available now for demo-rental and purchase at Park City Bike Demos, the Intense Carbine 29er is a big, badass enduro bruiser designed to smash Strava times and win races. If you’ve got a thing for big wheels and big bikes, the new Intense Carbine 29er was made for you. Evolved from the previous 140mm-travel Carbine, the new model has 155mm of rear-wheel travel, 160mm up front and a re-tuned suspension engineered for high speeds and big hits. The increased travel, updated geometry, plusher suspension and big wheels make for a potent mix that will have you looking for bigger, steeper and nastier lines to conquer. They look pretty sexy, too.
Intense Carbine 29er Carbon Fiber Frame
Intense has two tiers of carbon bike frames. The Pro Build Carbines we have in our demo-rental fleet have the top-tier, “SL” carbon frame. Constructed from High Modulus carbon with a carbon upper link and ti hardware, the SL frames is stronger, stiffer and about 250 grams lighter than the standard carbon frame.
Attention to detail on the frame is excellent. The most obvious example is the beautiful cast-metal head tube badge. Not so obvious is the internal cable management, which has molded-in, foam-wrapped tubes, which make cable installation super easy and help keep the cables from rattling around inside the frame.
The 2018 Carbine has all-new enduro geometry, too. It’s longer, slacker and has a lower top tube for better standover. Intense increased the wheelbase for stability and stretched the reach to put the rider in a more aggressive position for improved control. In spite of the overall increase in length and travel, the chainstays have been shortened 6mm compared to the old Carbine and the bottom bracket height has only changed by one millimeter. The head angle is a slack, gravity-loving 65.5˚ and the seat tube angle is a comfortable and pedal-friendly 74˚.
Intense Carbine 29er JS Tuned Suspension
The “JS” in JS Tuned stands for Jeff Steber, the founder and head designer at Intense. JS Tuned is a variation on the multi-link VPP suspension system Intense used to license from Santa Cruz. Since the VPP patent expired, Intense has done a lot of work to rebrand, refine and optimize their suspension for different types of riding. They currently have three different platforms, JS Trail, JS Enduro and JS Downhill.
The Carbine 29er and Tracer 27.5 both use the new JS Enduro platform, which has longer links to open up the system for a plusher, more linear feel. The pedal platform is compromised a bit but since the Carbine is intended to be an enduro race bike with an emphasis on downhill performance, giving up some pedal efficiency is a perfectly reasonable compromise. Enduro racers, bike park riders and big mountain adventurers will appreciate the Carbine suspension’s ability to smooth out chunder and handle big hits with ease. And when it’s time to climb, the big wheels and RockShox Super Deluxe pedal switch will keep you pedaling comfortably and efficiently.
Learn more about the Intense JS Tuned suspension system, here.
Intense Carbine 29er – The Bottom Line
A couple of years ago it seemed like the bike industry decided 29ers were only for XC riders. We never thought that was the case, though and we’re really excited to be able to the Intense Carbine with our customers. If you’re a fan of 29ers and want a really capable, point-and-shoot bike for enduro racing or bike park ripping, you’re not going to find anything more qualified and fun than the Intense Carbine.
Intense Carbine 29er – Where it Fits
There aren’t a lot of long-travel 29ers but we do have another comparable big-wheel enduro bike in our fleet, the BMC Trailfox. If you’re interest has been piqued but you aren’t sure if 29-inch wheels are right for you, check out the Carbine’s smaller-wheeled sibling, the Intense Tracer 27.5.
To see how the Intense Carbine 29er fits in with our entire bike lineup, check out our Mountain Bike Guide.
|Drivetrain:||SRAM EAGLE XO1/GX 12-speed with TruVativ Descendant Carbon crankset, 32t chainring and 11-50 EAGLE cassette|
|Wheels:||29er DT Swiss M1700 Spline 29-inch Boost with 28 spokes|
|Tires:||Maxxis Minion DHR II 60TPI EXO/TR 2.4|
|Sizes:||SM, MD, LG, XL|
|Sizes in our fleet:||All sizes|
|Finish:||Matte carbon with gray graphics and flourescent orange highlights / red and blue gloss|
|Frame:||“SL” carbon frame: high modulus monocoque carbon fiber with carbon top link, internal cable routing, ISCG05 mounts, flack guard armour and titanium hardware|
|Fork:||160mm RockShox Lyrik RCT3 Solo Air Boost|
|Rear Suspension Travel:||155mm / 6.1″|
|Shock:||RockShox Super Deluxe RC3|
|Shifters:||SRAM Eagle GX 12-speed|
|Brakes:||SRAM Guide RS hydraulic disk brakes with 180mm rotors|
|Rear Derailleur:||SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed|
|Stem:||Intense Recon ELITE 40mm|
|Handlebar:||780mm Intense Recon carbon|
|Seatpost:||150mm Fox Transfer dropper post|
|Saddle:||Fabric Scoop Radius Elite w/ Cr-Mo rails|
|Headset:||Cane Creek 40 Series, ZS44/EC49.40|
|Grips:||Intense Dual Lock-on|
|Your Height||Recommended Frame Size||Frame Seat-Tube|
Sizing recommendations are approximate and a fitting session is recommended for best fit.
|Size||SM (15″/ 385mm)||MD (16.5″/ 418mm)||LG (17.5″/ 448mm)||XL (19″/ 483mm)|
|Virtual TT||23.7 in. / 603mm||24.7 in. / 627mm||25.8 in. / 655mm||26.6 in. / 675mm|
|Seat Tube Length||15.16 in. / 385mm||16.5 in. / 418mm||17.6 in. / 448mm||19 in. / 483mm|
|Head Tube Length||3.6 in. / 92mm||3.9 in. / 100mm||4.3 in. / 110mm||4.7 in. / 120mm|
|Bottom-Bracket Height||13.7 in. / 348mm||13.7 in. / 348mm||13.7 in. / 348mm||13.7 in. / 348mm|
|Chainstay Length (Rear Center)||17.5 in. / 445mm||17.5 in. / 445mm||17.5 in. / 445mm||17.5 in. / 445mm|
|Stack Height||24.25 in. / 616mm||24.6 in. / 624mm||24.9 in. / 632mm||25.25 in. / 641mm|
|Reach Length||16.1 in. / 410mm||17 in. / 431mm||17.9 in. / 455mm||18.5 in. / 471mm|
|Standover Height||32.7 in. / 830mm||32.8 in. / 834mm||32.8 in. / 834mm||32.9 in. / 836mm|
|Wheelbase||46.5 in. / 1181mm||47.4 in. / 1205mm||48.6 in. / 1233mm||49.3 in. / 1253mm|
All specifications subject to change.
We stock the Intense Carbine Pro Build for our demo-rental bike fleet.
|Intense Carbine Factory Build||SRAM Eagle XX1/X01 12-speed||RockShox Lyrik RCT3 Solo Air||RockShox Super Deluxe RC3||ENVE M70/30 HV carbon 32 hole||$10,399|
|Intense Carbine Elite Build||SRAM Eagle X01 12-speed||RockShox Lyrik RCT3 Solo Air||RockShox Super Deluxe RC3||Intense Recon Enduro carbon 28 hole||$7,999|
|Intense Carbine Pro Build||SRAM Eagle X01/GX 12-speed||RockShox Lyrik RCT3 Solo Air||RockShox Super Deluxe RC3||DT Swiss M1700 aluminum 28 hole||$6,999|
|Intense Carbine Expert Build||SRAM Eagle GX 12-speed||RockShox Yari RC Solo Air||RockShox Deluxe RT3||DT Swiss M1900 aluminum 28 hole||$4,999|
|Intense Carbine Foundation Build||SRAM NX 1×11||RockShox Yari RC Solo Air||RockShox Deluxe RT3||Intense Foundation aluminum||$3,999|
Full Day Rental