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Intense 2019 Sniper Trail Foundation Bike - Unisex


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Many years in the making, the Sniper is ready to take the top step at XC races and hit the local trails. In true Intense fashion, it's long and low, but don’t be fooled: this bike is fast on technical climbs, smooth rolling terrain and tricky descents. JS Tuned suspension offers a super-smooth, bob-free climbing experience while providing a plush ride when the trail gets rowdy. Like you'd expect from a top-level XC racer, the 29in. wheels paired with finely tuned geometry make it roll fast and feel stable. With 120mm of travel in the front and rear, you can expect pedalling efficiency, plus enough travel to hit rough trails with confidence. A Fox fork and shock, RaceFace rims laced on Intense hubs, and a dropper post with 125mm of travel, the Sniper Trail Foundation is packed with tech for years of next-level riding.

  • Carbon frame with carbon top link and aluminum lower link is a stiff and strong ride
  • Bottom bracket height of 34cm keeps your pedals off the dirt and helps keep your centre of gravity nice and low when riding
  • JS Tuned rear linkage results in efficient climbing and descending performance
  • Slack head tube angle coupled with the 44mm offset fork brings forgiveness and confidence of a big-travel bike with the responsiveness of a short-travel trail ripper
  • Long wheelbase helps provide stability and traction while riding fast and rough terrain
  • 148x12mm spacing in the rear and 110x15mm in the front boosts stiffness
  • Flack guard protects the downtube, chainstay and seatstay from chain slap and rock lift-off
  • Internal routing prevents cable rattle and keeps them protected
  • FOX Float 34 Step-Cast fork is light and provides 120mm of travel
  • 3-position adjustment allows you to switch from firm to medium to open on the fly
  • FOX DPS rear shock with 120mm of travel and 3-position lever for open, medium and firm settings
  • Intense branded dropper seatpost offers 125mm of travel
  • RaceFace AR27 rims with 27mm internal width are laced on Intense tuned hubs
  • Maxxis Forekaster tires in 2.35in. width are designed for aggressive XC trails
  • SRAM NX crank uses DUB standard and is equipped with a 32T ring
  • SRAM Eagle NX shifter and derailleur for a 1x12 drivetrain
  • Shimano M500 hydraulic disc brakes with a 180mm rotors in the front and 160mm in the rear
  • WTB Silverado Race saddle uses steel rails
  • Intense Recon handlebars are 760mm wide
  • Extra-large bearing diameters, and internal cable sleeves for easy maintenance
  • 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
  • Includes an Intense gift box with over $150 of free stuff, like a torque wrench set, shock pump and extra valve stems for going tubeless
  • Based in Temecula, California, Intense Cycles has been building aggressive, game-changing and flat-out rad mountain bikes since 1993

Tech specs

Weight11.9kg (Medium)
Ideal for
  • Cross-country riding
  • Trail riding
FrameIntense Sniper Trail carbon
ForkFox Float 34 SC GRIP
Front travel120mm
Rear travel120mm
Rear shockFox Float DPS 3 Pos
StemIntense Recon 50mm 31.8mm
SeatpostIntense with 125mm travel
HeadsetCane Creek AER
HandlebarsIntense Recon 760mm 31.8mm
Grips/tapeIntense Nano Foam
  • Shimano M500 (hydraulic disc)
Brake leversShimano M500 Disc
ShiftersSRAM NX Eagle
Derailleur (rear)SRAM NX Eagle
Crank + ringsSRAM NX DUB 32T
Bottom bracketSRAM Pressfit DUB
PedalsSold separately
Hub (front)Intense Tuned
Intense Tuned
SRAM PG 1230 Eagle 12-speed 10-50T
ChainSRAM Eagle NX
SpokesDT Champion
RimsRace Face AR 27
  • Maxxis Forekaster 29 x 2.35
SaddleWTB Silverado Race
Made inTaiwan


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