Intense Carbine 29 Gets Refined for 2015

2015 Intense Carbine 29 Factory

Long-travel 29er’s are still hard to execute. Most manufacturers go with 27.5 wheels for anything over 130mm travel. But, some are pushing the 29-inch platform to its limits — count the Intense Carbine 29 in that camp.

For 2015, the full-carbon Carbine 29 gets a handful of refinements including:

  • Entirely-new rear triangle that’s lighter and stiffer
  • Dedicated 142×12 rear axle that’s no longer interchangeable
  • Available Cane Creek DBinline shock
  • Two new color options

Intense is well-known in the DH circuit and has nailed trailbikes for years. The Carbine 29 is a versatile enduro/trailbike built for rugged terrain. But, thanks to the VPP design, it also will pedal efficiently for all-mountain capability.

Competing against the Niner WFO 9 and the Specialized Enduro 29, the new Carbine 29 should hold its own. But, like all Intense frames, it’s not going to come cheap (~$3200).

The Carbine 29 features 140mm rear travel and is typically matched with a 160mm front fork. The Factory Build shown, includes every top-shelf component available. Check it out:

  • Frame: Carbine 29 Full Mountain Carbon Front and Rear Triangle, VPP Suspension Technology, Internal Derailleur, Brake & Dropper Post Routing, ISCG 05 Mount, Downtube Flak Guard Armor, 125 -140mm adjustable travel
  • Front Suspension: RockShox Pike RCT3, 29” 15QR Thru Axle, 160mm Travel
  • Rear Suspension: Cane Creek DBinline Air 200×57 mm
  • Hubs: 32 Hole DT Swiss 240 15mm Front Hub; 142 x 12 Rear Hub w/ XD Driver, 6 Bolt
  • Rims: 32 Hole ENVE M70 Rims, Tubeless Ready
  • Spokes: DT Competition 2.0/1.8/2.0
  • Tires: Maxxis High Roller II, 29×2.3“, EXO TR
  • Shifters: SRAM XX1, 11 speed
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM XX1 X-Horizon Carbon, 11 speed
  • Crankset: SRAM XX1, 30T
  • Cassette: SRAM XG-1199 10-42, 11 speed
  • Saddle: WTB Volt Team
  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth, 31.6mm x 420mm, zero offset, 125 mm of travel
  • Handlebar: Renthal Fatbar Lite Carbon 20mm x 740mm
  • Headset: Cane Creek, 40, alloy cartridge
  • Brakeset: Shimano XTR Hydraulic Disc
  • Grips: Intense Dual Density Lock-On

The Bottom Line

Long-travel 29ers remain tough to execute. Intense is confident that the Carbine 29 will deliver the performance of 29-inch wheels in an ultra-capable platform with squish and speed for that pedally enduro course.