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Intense 2017 Primer Expert 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 Expert 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 the certainty of Shimano XT 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 RC3 Debonair rear shock is adjustable between 115 and 130mm
  • Internal routing prevents cable rattle and keeps them protected
  • DT Swiss M1900 Spline wheels are tubeless ready
  • 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 Shimano XT M8000 groupset leverages a massive 11-46 cassette
  • RaceFace Turbine crank uses CNC machined 7050 alloy with a 32T ring
  • Shimano XT M8000 hydraulic disc brakes with 180 and 160mm in the front and rear
  • Thomson Elite stem and Renthal Lite bar boost stiffness and specialness
  • 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

Ideal for
  • Cross-country riding
FrameIntense Primer 29 carbon
ForkRockShox Pike RC
Front travel140mm
Rear travel130mm
Rear shockRockShox Monarch RC3 Debonair
StemThomson Elite X4 31.8mm
SeatpostRock Shox Reverb Stealth with 125mm travel
HeadsetCane Creek 40
HandlebarsRenthal FatBar LITE 31.8mm
Grips/tapeIntense Dual Density Lock-on
  • Shimano XT (hydraulic disc)
Brake leversShimano XT
ShiftersShimano XT
Derailleur (front)N/A
Derailleur (rear)Shimano XT Shadow
Crank + ringsRace Face Turbine 32T
Bottom bracketRaceFace PF92
PedalsSold separately
Shimano XT 11-speed 11-46T
ChainShimano XT
  • Schwalbe Nobby Nic EVO 29 x 2.25 / 2.35
WheelDT Swiss M1900 Spline
SaddleWTB Silverado Sport
Made inTaiwan

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