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The Carbine is our top end frameset. That means full carbon uni-drectional monocoque front and rear triangles as well as a full carbon top link, titanium hardware, internal cabling, and built-in flack guards.There’s no second tier. The 2020 Carbine offers perfect Enduro performance. The 155mm travel provides lively, playful handling, and big-hit capability. The Enduro-focused geometry give the Carbine impeccable trail manners.Key FeaturesBuilt for Enduro with a slacker head angle, longer reach and increased wheelbase155mm rear travel gives for serious black run capabilityJS Tuned Enduro Link suspension for optimised leverage curve and axle pathFrame weight just 6.03lbs (M)Fox Performance X2 shock
The 2020 Carbine balances 29er speed with impeccable Trail manners thanks to an Enduro-focused geometry and 155mm travel that Provide lively, playful handling and big-hit capability. Proven with multiple EWS wins, the Carbine is most at home on rough, fast Trails where you'll get the biggest benefit from the 29" Wheels and maximum fun out of the longer travel.
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The Carbine is a long travel 29er that'll surprise the pants off you. The big-wheeled sibling of our best-selling Tracer, the Carbine ups the ante with impeccable trail manners and an incredible turn of speed.
With modern trail geometry giving a lively, playful feel, the Carbine is far from the uncontrollable steamboat that used to characterise long travel 29ers.
A confidence inspiring ride will have you seeking out lines you never thought possible, while the Carbine also boasts the benefits of a big-wheeled machine done Intense-style – it's flat-out fast but with sublime control.
WHO'S IT FOR?
With its 29er wheels, redeveloped Enduro Link JS Tuned suspension, slacker head angle and longer reach, the Carbine is for riders who want all-out speed with the benefit of longer travel.
WHAT TERRAIN DOES IT LOVE?
The Carbine is most at home on rough, challenging terrain where the bigger wheels and 155mm of travel can really give maximum benefit. It loves to tear it uphill too.
CARBINE KEY SPECS
- Built for enduro with a slacker head angle, longer reach and increased wheelbase
- 29" wheels for flat-out speed over the toughest terrain
- 160mm front, 155mm rear travel gives for serious black run capability
- JS Tuned Enduro Link suspension for optimised leverage curve and axle path
- Fox forks and shocks across the range
- SRAM 12-speed drivetrains across the range
REAL RIDERS SAY
Thoroughly enjoying each ride with a massive grin since getting the Carbine… The bike does absolutely everything I want it to. Climbs well, provides plenty of room & comfort and descends like a real beastie. It eats terrain in a plush and encouraging way, like it's just nudging you to say you can go that bit quicker if you want to, yet at the same time is still very forgiving… Frankly brilliant I would say.
I thought it might be possible that the Foundation spec might cause to me to take up the 14 day ride or return offer. I couldn't have been more wrong! The bike was perfectly set up after I gave them my height weight and riding style. As a result the first ride had me sending, dropping, rocking and rolling! The bike is so balanced and in addition pedalled really well up hills. A fantastic bike… with amazing service from Intense.
Utterly impressed with the quality of the bike and how Intense treated me. The ride is fast and covers ground and any obstacle with ease. A modern 29er with long travel for any and every type of ride...
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…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.
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.
Vital MTBRead the full review
COMPARE MODEL SPECS
- Fox Performance Float 36 fork
- Fox Performance Float X2 shock
- SRAM NX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain
- Shimano M520 brakes
- Intense Recon 31.6mm dropper
- Intense Recon Alloy 780mm bars
- E*thirteen LG1 Enduro Alloy wheels
- Fox Factory Float 36 fork
- Fox Factory Float X2 shock
- SRAM GX/X01 Eagle 12-speed drivetrain
- Shimano XT M8020 brakes
- Fox Factory Transfer 31.6mm dropper
- Intense Recon Carbon 780mm bars
- E*thirteen LG1 Enduro Alloy wheels