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Intense 2020 Carbine 29 Elite 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 Elite Build is elevated by superb components: SRAM X01 Eagle shifters and rear-derailleur ensure the shifting goes smoothly, Shimano XT brakes keep things reliably under control, and a carbon wheelset is stiff but beautifully light. 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 Factory 36 has compression and rebound adjustment with 160 mm of travel
  • FOX Factory Float X2 rear shock provide 155 mm of travel
  • FOX Factory Transfer dropper seatpost offers 125mm (S) 150mm (M/L) or 175mm (XL) of travel
  • SRAM X01 Eagle and SRAM GX Eagle groupset leverages a massive 10-50T cassette
  • Truvativ Descendant carbon crankset uses DUB axle and is paired with a 32T chainring
  • Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors in the front and rear
  • 780mm wide Intense Recon carbon handlebars provide a comfortable riding position
  • Fabric Scoop Radius Elite is ultra comfy
  • 148x12mm spacing in the rear and 110x15mm in the front boosts stiffness
  • E13 LG1 Enduro Race Carbon rims are laced on E13 LG1 hubs and are tubeless ready
  • Maxxis Minion DHF and DHR II 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

Ideal for
  • Enduro
  • Trail riding
FrameIntense Carbine carbon
ForkFox Float 36 Factory GRIP2
Front travel160mm
Rear travel155mm
Rear shockFox Float Factory X2 Kashima
StemIntense Recon Elite 40mm 31.8mm
SeatpostFox Transfer with 150mm travel
HeadsetCane Creek 40
HandlebarsIntense Recon Carbon 780mm 31.8mm
Grips/tapeIntense Dual Density Lock-on
  • Shimano XT (hydraulic disc)
Brake leversShimano XT
ShiftersSRAM X01 Eagle
Derailleur (front)N/A
Derailleur (rear)SRAM X01 Eagle
Crank + ringsTruvativ Descendant Carbon 32T
Bottom bracketTruvativ Pressfit DUB
PedalsSold separately
SRAM XG-1275 Eagle 12-speed 10-50T
ChainSRAM Eagle GX
RimsE13 LG1 Enduro Race Carbon
  • Maxxis Minion DHR 29 x 2.4
SaddleFabric Scoop Radius Elite
Made inTaiwan


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