Intense 2018 Carbine Expert Bike - Unisex 5054-911

Intense 2018 Carbine Expert 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 Expert Build adds a batch of reliable components: SRAM GX Eagle groupset ensures shifting goes smoothly, and Shimano XT M8000 hydraulics 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 155mm of travel.
  • Internal routing prevents cable rattle and keeps them protected.
  • DT Swiss M1900 Spline wheels have an internal width of 30mm and are tubeless ready.
  • Maxxis Highroller II tires blends low rolling resistance and good traction in most conditions.
  • Fox Transfer seatpost with 150mm of travel.
  • 1x12 SRAM GX Eagle groupset leverages a massive 10-50 cassette.
  • Truvativ Descendant crank is paired to a 32T ring.
  • Shimano XT M8000 hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors in the front and rear.
  • Intense and Renthal 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.
  • 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

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Ideal for
  • Enduro
  • Trail riding
Frame Intense Carbine carbon
Front travel 160mm
Fork RockShox Yari RC Solo Air
Rear shock RockShox Deluxe RT3
Rear travel 155mm
Stem Intense Recon 40mm 31.8mm
Seatpost Fox Transfer with 150mm travel
Headset Cane Creek 40
Handlebars Renthal FatBar DH 31.8mm
Grips/tape Intense Dual Density Lock-on

Mechanical disc brakes are more powerful than rim brakes, but less powerful than hydraulic brakes.

Shimano XT (hydraulic disc)
Brake levers Shimano XT
Shifters SRAM GX Eagle
Derailleur (front) N/A
Derailleur (rear) SRAM GX Eagle
Crank + rings Truvativ Descendant 32T
Bottom bracket SRAM Pressfit GXP BB92
Pedals Sold separately

Cassettes with a smaller range allow you to go faster; a bigger range makes climbing hills easier.

SRAM XG-1275 Eagle 12-speed 10-50T
Chain SRAM Eagle GX
Tires Maxxis High Roller II 29 x 2.3
Wheel DT Swiss M1900 Spline
Saddle WTB Silverado Race
Made in Taiwan


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