Intense 2020 Carbine 29 Expert Bike - Unisex 6005-828

Intense 2020 Carbine 29 Expert Bike - Unisex


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If you can dream it, the Carbine will ride it. 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 NX Eagle groupset ensures shifting goes smoothly, and Shimano hydraulic brakes keep things reliably under control. Bottom line, you won't feel under-biked anywhere you ride.

  • Monocoque unidirectional carbon frame and top link provides a light, stiff and compliant ride.
  • JS Tuned rear linkage results in efficient and balanced ride on climbs or descents.
  • i-BOX Pivot System allows for compact seat stays and a shortened wheelbase for a remarkably nimble and efficient ride.
  • Tapered headtube shaves grams and improves stiffness.
  • Internal routing prevents cable rattle and keeps them protected.
  • FOX Performance Float 36 has compression and rebound adjustment.
  • FOX Performance Float X2 rear shock provide 155mm of travel.
  • Intense Recon dropper seatpost offers 125mm (S) 150mm (M/L) or 170mm (XL) of travel.
  • 1x12 SRAM NX Eagle groupset has a massive 11-50 cassette.
  • SRAM NX Eagle crank is paired to a 32T ring, using a DUB pressfit bottom bracket.
  • Shimano M520 hydraulic disc brakes with 203mm in the front and 180mm rotors in the rear.
  • 780mm wide Intense Recon alloy handlebars provide a comfortable riding position.
  • WTB Silverado Sport saddle with chromoly rails.
  • 148x12mm spacing in the rear and 110x15mm in the front boosts stiffness.
  • E13 LG1 Enduro Alloy wheels have an internal width of 30mm and are tubeless ready.
  • Maxxis DHF and DHRII tires blends low rolling resistance and good traction in most conditions.
  • 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 1 year after purchase.
  • 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 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 Fox Float 36 Performance
Rear shock Fox Float Performance X2
Rear travel 155mm
Stem Intense Recon 45mm 31.8mm
Seatpost Intense Recon
Headset Intense TS
Handlebars Intense Recon 780mm 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 M520 (hydraulic disc)
Brake levers Shimano M520 Disc
Shifters SRAM NX Eagle
Derailleur (front) N/A
Derailleur (rear) SRAM NX Eagle
Crank + rings SRAM NX Eagle 32T
Bottom bracket SRAM Pressfit DUB
Pedals Sold separately
Hub (front) Alloy
Hub (rear)

The hub affects a bike’s rolling efficiency. Internally geared hubs require significantly less maintenance.


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

SRAM PG 1230 Eagle 12-speed 11-50T
Chain SRAM Eagle NX
Spokes E13
Rims E13 LG1 Enduro Alloy
Tires Maxxis Minion DHR II 29 x 2.4
Saddle WTB Silverado Sport
Made in Taiwan