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Intense 2018 Carbine Foundation Bike - Unisex


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If you can dream it, the Carbine will ride it. A blend of Enduro-worthy components means this bike can take whatever you can throw at it. It has the fast rolling momentum of a 29er, and is fully capable of more. With 160mm in the front and 155mm in the rear, it has the travel needed to shred the EWS, but the slacker headtube angle (65.5°) and shorter chainstays give it nimble handling and level-headed predictability. The long wheelbase holds traction when you’re pushing the margins on fast descents without losing the fun factor in tight corners and drops. The Foundation Build adds a batch of reliable components: SRAM NX shifters and rear-derailleur ensure the shifting goes smoothly, Shimano M506 brakes keep things reliably under control. Bottom line, you won't feel under-biked anywhere you ride this rig.

  • 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
  • RockShox Yari RC has compression and rebound adjustment
  • RockShox Deluxe RT3 rear shock provide 155 mm of travel
  • Internal routing prevents cable rattle and keeps them protected
  • Race Face ARC 30 rims are laced on Intense hubs and are tubeless ready
  • Maxxis Highroller II tires blends low rolling resistance and good traction in most conditions
  • Race Face Aeffect seatpost with 150mm of travel
  • 1x11 SRAM NX and GX groupset leverages a sizeable 11-42 cassette
  • Race Face Aeffect crank is paired to a 30T ring
  • Shimano M506 hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors in the front and rear
  • Intense cockpit includes a set of 780mm wide bars to boost stiffness and comfort
  • WTB Silverado Race saddle is light and comfortable for long days of trail riding
  • 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
  • Buy an Intense bike, get 2 years of free top-level bike service that includes: drivetrain tune-ups, wheel truing, 2 brake bleeds, 2 fork and shock services and minor part installs
  • Based in Temecula, California, Intense Cycles have been building aggressive, game-changing and flat-out rad mountain bikes since 1993

Tech specs

Weight14.53kg (Small)
Ideal for
  • Enduro
  • Trail riding
FrameIntense Carbine carbon
ForkRockShox Yari RC Solo Air
Front travel160mm
Rear travel155mm
Rear shockRockShox Deluxe RT3
StemIntense Recon 45mm 31.8mm
SeatpostRace Face Aeffect with 150mm travel
HeadsetIntense TS
HandlebarsIntense Recon 780mm 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 30T
Bottom bracketRaceFace BB92
PedalsSold separately
Hub (front)Intense Tuned
Intense Tuned
SRAM PG 1130 11-speed 11-42T
ChainSRAM PC1110
SpokesDT Champion
RimsRace Face AR 30
  • Maxxis High Roller II 29 x 2.3
SaddleWTB Silverado Sport
Made inTaiwan


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