The all-new 2018 Carbine has been re-designed from the ground up, offering Modern Trail Geometry for a confidence-inspiring ride. The JS Tuned suspension “Enduro Link” has been redeveloped and refined to deliver an optimized leverage curve and axle path. Combined with slacker headangle, longer reach and increased wheelbase, the improved performance is hard to ignore. Add to that the bold new Color and Graphics, and your Carbine is sure to be a show-stopper on the trails.
A long travel 29er that'll surprise the pants off you. Once considered an uncontrollable steamboat, the carbine is leading the charge of lively and playful long travel 29ers with impeccable trail manners and an incredible turn of speed.
Those who like to go fast!
Rough, challenging terrain, fast trails that the bigger wheel and longer travel can really give maximum benefit on.
The Press On The Carbine
…the Carbine's high-modulus chassis immediately feels solid, responsive and stiff.With a 65.5-degree head angle and 1.2 metre wheelbase, progressing to faster, rougher trails revealed a lust for raw, straight-line pace where the Carbine felt better optimised.Across blown-out rock gulleys and very chunky ground the chassis locks into every line choice without deflecting, and doesn't ride so low you need to overly stress about crunching pedals on rocks, which is pretty reassuring going fast… The new Carbine is beautifully finished, rapid and ready to rumble, with arguably maximum appeal for clock-watching serious speed freaks, rather than flicky, jumpy, berm-slashing types.
MBRRead the Full Review
On the climbs, the bike shines with loads of pep and ground-hugging traction that allows us to clear craggy pinches with minimal tyre slip or pedal striking… the bike rides high, so spinning through chunder is no problem… It's a monster of a mountain bike, with gobs of plush suspension and raked-out geometry that makes it brutally fast on rough, chopped-out terrain. The stiff frame and responsive JS Enduro linkage ensures the rear wheel tracks the trail surface with impressive resolve, and you can confidently plonk the bike into some pretty hairy situations without fear of losing traction.
Wil Barrett SingletrackRead the Full Review
First up, the climbing position is spot on. We were able to climb efficiently, though the suspension remained active enough to provide excellent traction across wet rocks, roots, and around tight switchbacks. Even though the Carbine 29 appears ideally suited for high speed, we found that it was manoeuvrable in tight quarters and were comfortable dropping into tight chutes that would have seen some long, slow, and slack superbikes struggling. The Carbine 29 is also livelier than we expected from such a big bike, meaning that we could swap between lines and hop around more easily than some of the competition… All said and done, we hopped aboard the Carbine 29 and rode at nearly full speed after two rides, which hasn't been our experience with every bike and is a testament to what Intense has put together.
VitalMTBRead the Full Review