Mountain Equipment Company

Intense 2017 Primer Foundation Bike - Unisex


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A premium 29er, and in fact, one of the finest 29ers available anywhere in the world. Detailed and engineered for XC excellence, the Primer's hyperlight carbon frame and well-chosen Foundation Build components deliver a ride that's competent, flickable and fully race-ready. At its heart lies the innovative i-BOX Pivot system for climbing efficiency and trail management. The Rockshox Pike RC suspension combined with the 29er wheels offers a smoother feeling ride than you'd get on a smaller wheeled bike. For the drivetrain, you get nothing but efficient, reliable SRAM 1x11 components to move smoothly from long, steep climbs to fast and flowy descents. A RockShox Reverb Stealth seatpost drops out of the way when things get rowdy and pops back up when you need to start churning.

  • Monocoque unidirectional carbon frame with alloy top link is light, strong and stunning
  • i-BOX Pivot System allows for compact seatstays and a shortened wheelbase for a remarkably nimble and efficient ride
  • Angular Contact/Collet Bearing System for easy maintenance
  • 148x12mm spacing in the rear and 110x15mm in the front boosts stiffness
  • JS Tuned rear linkage results in an efficient and balanced ride when climbing or descending
  • Tapered headtube shaves grams and improves stiffness
  • Flack guard protects the downtube and chainstays from chain slap and rock lift-off
  • Direct-mount front derailleur tab allows the use of a 2x system
  • RockShox Pike RC is tuneable and can be locked out
  • RockShox Monarch R Debonair rear shock is adjustable between 115 and 130mm
  • Internal routing prevents cable rattle and keeps them protected
  • Tubeless ready Sun Helix rims are laced on Intense Tuned hubs
  • Schwalbe Nobby Nic tires offers good grip and low rolling resistance in a variety of conditions
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth seatpost with 125mm of travel
  • 1x11 SRAM NX and GX components makes for a reliable and efficient groupset
  • RaceFace Aeffect crank is high-strength 6066 aluminum, paired with a 32T ring
  • Shimano M506 hydraulic disc brakes with 180 and 160mm in the front and rear
  • Intense stem and bars point your wheel down the trail
  • WTB Silverado Sport saddle is trail ready
  • Bikes are covered by MEC's Rocksolid Guarantee and Bike Service Agreement. You can bring your Intense Bike to any MEC bike shop for free adjustments and minor maintenance for 2 years after purchase
  • Based in Temecula, California, Intense Cycles have been building aggressive, game-changing and flat-out rad mountain bikes since 1993

Tech specs

Weight13.47kg (Medium)
13.6kg (Large)
Ideal for
  • Cross-country riding
FrameIntense Primer 29 carbon
ForkRockShox Pike RC
Front travel140mm
Rear travel130mm
Rear shockRockShox Monarch R Debonair
StemIntense 50mm 31.8mm
SeatpostRock Shox Reverb Stealth with 125mm travel
HeadsetIntense TS
HandlebarsIntense Recon 760mm 31.8mm
Grips/tapeIntense Dual Density Lock-on
  • Shimano M506 (hydraulic disc)
Brake leversShimano M506 Disc
ShiftersSRAM NX
Derailleur (front)N/A
Derailleur (rear)SRAM GX
Crank + ringsRace Face Aeffect 32T
Bottom bracketRaceFace PF92
PedalsSold separately
Hub (front)Intense Tuned
Intense Tuned
SRAM NX 11-speed 11-42T
ChainSRAM PC1110
SpokesDT Champion
RimsSun Helix TR25
  • Schwalbe Nobby Nic 29 x 2.25 / 2.35
SaddleWTB Silverado Sport
Made inTaiwan


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