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2014 Intense Carbine 29

140mm 29er with a 160mm PIKE

Words by Intense Cycles.
July 24th, 2013

The Carbine 29 raises the bar on performance, technology and beauty, offering aggressive geometry, patented VPP suspension, all the design benefits of INTENSE 2nd generation INTENSE carbon fiber, and a look only possible from INTENSE.

Designed to allow riders to descend the roughest enduro tracks with confidence, the bike boasts 5.5 inches (140mm) of rear wheel travel, 160mm of travel up front, and a 67 degree head tube angle. Frames are fitted with a FOX Float CTD Kashima Coat rear shock. Complete bikes will include the new SRAM 1×11 drive train and a 160mm Rockshox Pike fork.

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160mm PIKE, 140mm out back, and CARBON.

The slacker head angle and 51mm 29-specific fork offset on the Carbine 29 work together to create a bike that delivers added agility and improved handling. Fast, gnarly rock sections never felt so secure. Cornering was never as quick on a 29er. Let go of the brakes and take the rough line to the bottom. The Carbine 29 will allow you to ride hard, and ride fast.

The bike offers cutting-edge technology like internal cable routing, Reverb Stealth seat post routing and ISCG 05 chain guide tabs. It will be offered as both a complete bike or frame-only. The new Carbine 29er has proven to be a great Enduro weapon. Raced & tested under wraps for months, the Carbine 29 is already no stranger to the podium.

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Slick on the details.


If there was any question that 29ers were going to take over on the Enduro circuit…

  • LostBoyScout

    If I was a taller dude that’d be a dream bike for me. I am all for 29ers, but at 5’9″ I’d rather be on smaller wheels.

  • klankilla

    im loving my tallboy LTc with 150mm up front. very capable bike.

    the only thing with 29ers, is its even more important to upgrade the wheels to something solid, especially for the taller/heavier crowd.

  • craw

    That’s the trick. These bikes are extra good for bigger riders but the spec is still often quite XC. I’ve destroyed and replaced a good deal of my Enduro 29er Comp’s very lightweight parts already.

    Speaking of bigger riders, I guess Intense thinks they aren’t a viable market segment as they aren’t offering the Carbine 29er in XL. “This bike will be great for a segment of riders we’ve decided not to acknowledge” cheers for that.

  • cunningstunts

    one of the first Intense bikes i’ve been genuinely interested in, but as usual, they just don’t make bikes for people well over 6′ feet tall. at this point i basically only pay close attention to a small handful of bike makers who do.

  • megrim

    I’m with LostBoyScout, the 29er is great for bigger guys. I’m running the Carbine 275 right now and I would not want the wheels any bigger. Interesting thing about my medium, I have had a couple buddies who are 6′ and 6’4″ pedal my bike around and they have said they feel like they have lots of room. The 275 is great, but I wish it had that paint job…

  • robnow

    Yup, was really interested when I saw a leaked pic last week, but alas, 3 sizes yet the tallest rider it will fit is 6’0″. At 6’2″ I’ve tried a Large Spider Comp, same TT as the Carbine TTs, just too small. C’mon Intense, especially for a 29er???