If you’re like the rest of us, trying to guess which way the current wheel size debate is headed that’s dominating the mtb industry is nigh-on impossible. Although, Intense Cycles has a strong, and confident plan as they have recently planted another flag for 2014, firmly in the world of bigger wheels with the newest, and bad-ass Carbine 275 carbon fiber master piece.
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Intense have actually been impressively, quite active in working out the latest technology for all the different wheel size departments, that have come along in the past handful of years. The southern California design crew are in the record books, listed as the first to develop a working 29er downhill bike, all the while Intense were also one of the early beginning brands to jump on-board this 650B wagon that’s shown here. Because of this latest release, the new Carbine, makes for a strong indicator they have not given up on both options for the bigger wheel size. Which is clearly not what Giant is doing, as it’s clear they appear to be throwing all their eggs in this b-tweener wheel size.
Engineered for a lifetime of conquering all the diverse Enduro terrain out there, rest assured this phenomenal longer travel setup will prime you for all out trail domination. Intense put every resource they had into crafting it to be both agile, while super strong at the same time, with lightweight and responsive attributes, that are all well known by now at the Intense summer camp. The end result being that Enduro King/ Queen bent on ruling whatever the terrain throws at it. Umm Rocks? More like, pebbles. Climbs? Piece of cake. Drops? Don’t sweat it. Corners? Like a true Pro. Enjoy your slice of cake, and eat it too, would be the proper metaphor in store!
In usual Intense style, it once again became quite the looker, to say the least. They kept the same VPP suspension setup that provides 140mm of rear travel, slacked out at 67-degrees for the head angle when built up with a 160mm 34 suspension fork. While the chain stay length measures at a nice 431mm, (or 17 inches).
Time to get the ride before the Spring flys in faster than you know what hit you..
The frame is full-carbon head-to-toe with all their high set of standards, while the weight lands at 5.5lbs (2.494kg/ 2,494.8 grams). The ride is decked out with relevant trail riding and enduro features, such as internal Reverb Stealth seatpost routing and ISCG 05 chain guide tabs, with a switch to direct mount front derailleur setup (so it’ll now work with the wide range of SRAM options). The head tube is tapered, while all the X01 drivetrain cables have been externally routed. Beyond that, they have put together three new color schemes along with three new build kits for the upcoming season.
External cable setups are nothing new, but makes for easier access..
The Pro’s adjustable 5.5 – 6 inch travel frames are outfitted with one of the best in the industry, that being FOX’s Kashima Coated Float CTD rear shock. This complete bike also includes the new SRAM X01 drivetrain and the 160mm travel RockShox Pike fork option.
Fast, gnarly rock sections never felt so solid. So let go of the brakes and take the rough line to the bottom. The Carbine 275 will allow you to ride super-hard, and ride super-fast. It has already been proven to be a great Enduro scene weapon. They have both raced & tested it under wraps for months, making it no stranger up on the podium.
The current season upon us, is going to be an exciting year for long-travel rides.