Sniper XC Expert

£3,199.20 Regular price £3,999 Sale price 20% OFF

The 2020 Sniper XC Expert combines our top-end frame with quality components to bring the Intense attitude to cross-country riding with eXCellent value.

Forget twitchy XC handling, the Sniper XC is poised, confidence-inspiring and surprisingly chuckable.

A dedicated hard-pedalling machine, this XC version of the Sniper features 100mm of travel, making it an uphill whippet and a speed demon on fast, flowing Trails. We think that short travel bikes should descend like their long travel siblings and that’s exactly what the Sniper XC has been designed to do.

When it comes to the frame, there's no second tier – the Sniper XC Expert uses our top-end Optimised Layup frameset. That means full carbon uni-directional monocoque front and rear triangles as well as a full carbon top link, titanium hardware and internal cabling.

Your new Sniper XC will be tuned specifically for you by our own Intense Cycles UK mechanics so you can get straight onto the Trails and ride with confidence.

Built for XC
29" Wheels
Frame weight just 4.4lbs / 1.99kg (M)
100mm front, 100mm rear travel
Fox Performance Float 32 fork
Fox Performance Float DPS shock
SRAM NX Eagle Drivetrain
Shimano M500 brakes

As with all our JS Tuned bikes, we've carefully selected the component spec for the Sniper XC Expert to give you the best possible performance at this bike level.

FRAME Sniper 29 Optimized Layup Monocoque UD Carbon Front and Rear Triangle, Carbon Top Link, alloy Lower Link, Internal Derailleur Routing, Ti Hardware, w/ 148x12mm spacing, 100mm travel, 2 water bottle mounts
FORK Fox Performance Float 32 Stepcast, 29", 3-Position Adjust, GRIP, 44mm offset, 100mm, Boost 110x15mm, Kabolt Axle
SHOCK Fox Performance Float X2, 8.5x2.5" (165mm), 2-position (open/firm)
Wheels 29" Stans Crest Alloy Wheels, (23mm inner width) on Intense Alloy Hubs, 110x15mm, 28 Hole Front / 148x12mm, XD, 28 Hole Rear
TYRES Maxxis 29x2.25 Rekon Folding, 120 TPI, DC/EXO/TR
SHIFTERS SRAM NX Eagle 12 speed
CRANK SRAM NX Eagle 12speed, DUB, 32t, 170mm, Boost
CASSETTE SRAM PG1230 X1 Eagle 12speed, 11-50T
CHAIN SRAM NX Eagle 12 speed
SADDLE WTB Silverado Sport w/ Cr-Mo Rails
SEATPOST Intense Recon 31.6mm, 150mm Dropper (MD/LG), 170mm Dropper (XL)
BARS Intense Recon 780mm alloy
STEM Intense Recon 45mm
HEADSET Cane Creek AER Integrated Headset, Aluminum Bearing Series, IS41-IS52/40
BRAKES Shimano M500 Hydraulic Disk 160mm Front and 160mm Rear
GRIPS Intense Nano Foam
WEIGHT 24.1lbs / 10.93kg (M)

Parts and specification are subject to change without notice.Maximum recommended rider weight 113kg (250lbs).

Geometry Chart Image

SNIPER Medium Large Extra Large
SEAT TUBE LENGTH A 437mm / 17.2” 488mm / 19.2” 538mm / 21.2”
TOP TUBE B 609mm / 24.0” 635mm / 25” 660mm / 26”
STACK C 575mm / 22.6” 584mm / 23” 593mm / 23.4”
REACH D 445mm/ 17.5" 468mm / 18.4” 490mm / 19.3”
BB HEIGHT E 330mm / 13.0” 330mm / 13.0” 330mm / 13.0”
BB DROP F 38mm / 1.50” 38mm / 1.50” 38mm / 1.50”
HEAD TUBE LENGTH G 95mm / 3.7” 105mm / 4.13” 115mm / 4.5”
HEAD TUBE ANGLE H 67.5 ° 67.5 ° 67.5 °
SEAT TUBE ANGLE I 74 ° 74 ° 74 °
STANDOVER HEIGHT J 771mm / 30.4” 776mm / 30.5” 781mm / 30.75”
CHAINSTAY LENGTH K 439mm / 17.3” 439mm / 17.3” 439mm / 17.3”
WHEELBASE L 1152mm / 45.37” 1179mm / 46.4” 1206mm / 47.5”

Picking the perfect size for you depends on your height, leg length and riding style. Start by referring to the chart below. If you're between sizes, we generally suggest sizing up. If you've got any sizing queries, talk to our Experts at or by calling 01454 550343.

Intense Cycles Size Chart

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Ready to ride extras

Add tubeless setup, Intense Rockguardz, pedals and more at the cart page.

Custom setup

Our wrench wizards will tune your bike for your weight and riding style.

FREE toolkit

Each complete bike comes with a free Intense torque wrench set and shock pump.

FREE delivery

Because we're in the UK, we aim to tune and dispatch via courier within 24-hours.

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