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    Any One Get Their Carbine 29er Yet?

    I'm thinking of ordering one, but not sure what size to get

    Please post some pics of yours with size(yourself and bike) and weight

    Also tell us how much you love and that I need to get one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vice grips View Post
    I'm thinking of ordering one, but not sure what size to get

    Please post some pics of yours with size(yourself and bike) and weight

    Also tell us how much you love and that I need to get one!
    I am in the process of building mine up, but will have to wait for the rear wheel to be sent back to me. I had to have Easton change the hub to 12x142. I'm 6'1" and weigh just under 200#. I demo'd this bike at Dealer Camp in Park City, and was so impressed that I bought one. Can't wait to get it completed, and put it through it's paces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottandhisdog View Post
    I am in the process of building mine up, but will have to wait for the rear wheel to be sent back to me. I had to have Easton change the hub to 12x142. I'm 6'1" and weigh just under 200#. I demo'd this bike at Dealer Camp in Park City, and was so impressed that I bought one. Can't wait to get it completed, and put it through it's paces.
    thanks scott, can't wait to hear how you like it.

    What size did you get?

    I ride a large carbine 275 with 50mm stem and love the way it rides. I would like to recreate the way it rides and handles with the 29er.

    I heard that the 29er doesn't climb that well? any truth to that?

    thanks, and post some pictures will ya
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    My local Intense dealer got his today. He's just starting his build but it certainly looks good!

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    Re: Any One Get Their Carbine 29er Yet?

    Sorry, forgot to tell you that it's a large. I'm using the Pike 150mm, as they don't sell the pike 160 to anyone except as OEM to manufactures.

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    Anyone ever get any definitive info on whether this is a new frame or a dropout conversion? If it's just a drop out change I'd be interested in looking into it for my spider comp.

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    Drop out and rear shock are the differences I believe.

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    I received mine a couple of weeks ago and have put a couple hundred miles on it so far. I'm just under 5'10" 175lbs with 33" inseam. I got a large and put a 50mm stem on it. It feels good to me but I like larger feeling bikes. This is my first 29er and so far I'm really liking it. It's crazy how much better it rolls over rocks and roots. I have a flat rocky technical section that always caused me to dab in a few spots with my old bike (spec enduro evo expert). I was able to ride it without dabbing the first time I rode it with this bike. I have been on vacation for over a week so I haven't had much of a chance to ride trails that I'm familiar with to do a fair comparison to my old bike but I hope to get out there in the next couple of days to do some riding.

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    I got the Large frame and will start off with a 65mm stem, and 750mm bars. I'm basically pulling everything off my Giant Anthem X29er that I had (friggen noodle)....drivetrain & brakes, Easton Haven wheels, KS LEV, and handlebar and stem. I'm waiting on Easton to return the wheelset with the new 12x142 spacing, then I can continue to build it up. I'm going on my honeymoon next week, and we're heading to Gooseberry for some riding. Too bad this bike won't be completed in time, so the El Guapo will have to do. Hope to finish it when I get back, and then maybe a trip to Moab for it's inaugural ride. By then Park City will probably have too much snow to test it here locally.

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    Just finished a few rides on the bike! Mammoth Mountain in California and Gooseberry Mesa in Utah. I am 5ft 9' and have a medium complete bike. I have the pike 160mm..

    Bike feels VERY STABLE at speed, almost like a dh bike. Pedals very much like the carbon 27.5. With bigger tires you do feel the extra tire tread rotation weight.

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    Ok guys you had some time on your Carbine(at lest I hope you have)
    give us input please
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    and video
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    I'm still waiting for Easton to ship my wheel back. I also received the wrong chain guide, so the proper one is on the way.

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    Yes, and ridden around 10 times.

    Yes, and ridden around 10 times.

    Local trails in Lake Tahoe, Nevada and Gooseberry Mesa.

    Feels like a mini DH bike that still pedals well. Any One Get Their Carbine 29er Yet?-2014-intense-carbine-29-black-rock-bicycles-reno-tahoe-2-.jpgAny One Get Their Carbine 29er Yet?-2014-intense-carbine-29-black-rock-bicycles-reno-tahoe-3-.jpgAny One Get Their Carbine 29er Yet?-2014-intense-carbine-29-black-rock-bicycles-reno-tahoe-4-.jpgAny One Get Their Carbine 29er Yet?-2014-intense-carbine-29-black-rock-bicycles-reno-tahoe-1-.jpg

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    Here are a few shots of mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktmben View Post
    Here are a few shots of mine.
    RAD. Going to share one on our facebook page if ya dont mind?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-IntenseCustServ View Post
    RAD. Going to share one on our facebook page if ya dont mind?
    Right on. The top three pics are from Wy and the bottom pic is a couple of miles from my house in CDA, ID

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    Hey Curtiso and Ben, great looking bikes. Looks like your bikes are the XO1 build, what are they weighting? What sizes did you get? Seems like everyone says that they are great going down hill. but just ok climbing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-IntenseCustServ View Post
    RAD. Going to share one on our facebook page if ya dont mind?
    Hay Sam, how much time have you spent on the 29er? I would have ordered my but can't decide on size. My large carbine fits me great, I think a large 29er will be to big
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    Quote Originally Posted by vice grips View Post
    Hay Sam, how much time have you spent on the 29er? I would have ordered my but can't decide on size. My large carbine fits me great, I think a large 29er will be to big
    Spent quite a bit of time on the Carbine 29er now. I'm 6'1 and prefer the medium, and generally stick to medium on all of our 29ers. I do jump up to a large for 275's and DH bikes though. Just prefer the smaller fit on the 29ers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vice grips View Post
    Hey Curtiso and Ben, great looking bikes. Looks like your bikes are the XO1 build, what are they weighting? What sizes did you get? Seems like everyone says that they are great going down hill. but just ok climbing?
    I'm just under 5'10" and got a large and put a 50mm stem on it. It feels really good to me but I spend a lot of time on 240lb dirt bikes so I like my bicycles on the larger size. I have no idea what it weighs but I can tell you it's a lot lighter than the enduro evo that I'm coming off of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-IntenseCustServ View Post
    Spent quite a bit of time on the Carbine 29er now. I'm 6'1 and prefer the medium, and generally stick to medium on all of our 29ers. I do jump up to a large for 275's and DH bikes though. Just prefer the smaller fit on the 29ers.
    Thanks Sam, I'm also 6'1". What stem are you running on your 275 and 29er?
    I have a 50mm stem and 780 bars on mine. My last few DH bikes have been Med,
    I'm thinking of turning my M9 27.5
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    Quote Originally Posted by vice grips View Post
    Thanks Sam, I'm also 6'1". What stem are you running on your 275 and 29er?
    I have a 50mm stem and 780 bars on mine. My last few DH bikes have been Med,
    I'm thinking of turning my M9 27.5
    Running a 65mm stem on the 29er and 50mm on the 275. Will probably switch to 50mm soon for the 29er. 780mm bars on both bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-IntenseCustServ View Post
    Running a 65mm stem on the 29er and 50mm on the 275. Will probably switch to 50mm soon for the 29er. 780mm bars on both bikes.
    Thanks, I hoped on my friends tracer 275 med, he has a 50mm stem. It didn't feel overly small, but that was just in the parking lot.

    Which bike do you think climbs better? We have great DHs around here, lots I wish I had my M9 for, but we have to climb to get to them, lots of wet roots and rocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktmben View Post
    Here are a few shots of mine.
    By the way, beautiful pics. Thanks for posting. Looks like a great place to ride!
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    I've got mine mostly completed, but I'm waiting on the CCDB Air rear shock. I have been running that shock on my Titus El Guapo, and love the tune ability of it.

    My only frustration is that I attempted to mount a MRP 2x for a chain guide, with XT cranks running 24/38 rings. I had this 2x10 drivetrain, without the chain guide, on a Giant Anthem X, but it was way too XC for my tastes. I want this bike to be able to handle all day rides, in any terrain. It comes with a 1x11 on the complete builds, but that's not ideal for the riding here in Utah. The drop from the 42-36 just feels huge, and it was difficult for me to fine tune my cadence during extended climbs when I demo'd one. Here's the dilemma, that guide doesn't play well with the lower link on VPP designs. I have read that some people have modified the boomerang of the guide by grinding away material, so it doesn't interfere with the link. I tried running all different sized spacers to get clearance for the boomerang, but then you have to space out the crank set, which really messes up the chainline.

    I guess where I'm frustrated is that it was advertised as having ISCG-05 tabs for mounting a chain guide. Why go through all the development of engineering those tabs, when it not likely that someone will be able to mount a chainguide due to the VPP linkage? Just for advertising purposes, so it sounds more badass than it is?

    I will tell you though, that Andrew at Intense, has been great about responding to emails regarding the build. So, I am impressed with them as a company, and the product is otherwise built great. They run guides inside the frame, so running cables internally was super easy. Now, that's great engineering!
    I am running a Shimano XT Shadow Plus, so that will provide some chain retention, but it does nothing for adding protection to the chainrings. I may find a bashguard, and use the Bionicon C-Guide for additional retention.

    I'll post up pics when it's fully completed.

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    I had the same problem with running a MRP 2x guide on my Spider Comp. There's no way it would work. I ended up taking a Dremel to the chain guide portion, and just using the bash boomerang. It was also a very tight fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktmben View Post
    Right on. The top three pics are from Wy and the bottom pic is a couple of miles from my house in CDA, ID
    CDA? Aren't you required by law to run aero bars & speedos out there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSchwagman View Post
    CDA? Aren't you required by law to run aero bars & speedos out there?
    Ha Ha yeah there is a ton of that around here. I've never seen so many people just cruising around with tri bikes and full aero gear. I don't even own a road bike anymore as it's as boring as driving a car only it's hard. My only other bike has a motor lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktmben View Post
    Ha Ha yeah there is a ton of that around here. I've never seen so many people just cruising around with tri bikes and full aero gear. I don't even own a road bike anymore as it's as boring as driving a car only it's hard. My only other bike has a motor lol.
    I need to hit some of the trails out there. It's beautiful country, but I've never done any rides out there.
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    Any One Get Their Carbine 29er Yet?

    Does anyone know if a water bottle will fit with a piggyback shock, i.e. Monarch Plus or CCDB...on a Large?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robnow View Post
    Does anyone know if a water bottle will fit with a piggyback shock, i.e. Monarch Plus or CCDB...on a Large?
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    Can anyone advise? as per post above is a chain guide actually necessary for a 2x10 set up on this bike? We've never used them on our race 29 hardtails but clearly different style of bike. Me and the Mrs are about to pull the trigger on 2 x frames for racing but 1x10 is useless for us as we do long Transalp rides (with personal travel gear for a week) and need 36/22 gearing

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    Quote Originally Posted by weevie View Post
    Can anyone advise? as per post above is a chain guide actually necessary for a 2x10 set up on this bike? We've never used them on our race 29 hardtails but clearly different style of bike. Me and the Mrs are about to pull the trigger on 2 x frames for racing but 1x10 is useless for us as we do long Transalp rides (with personal travel gear for a week) and need 36/22 gearing
    It's not necessary, but it can help with dropping chains off the chainrings. However, the new clutch style rear derailleurs do help quite a bit with keeping the chain on.

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    thanks - always relied on the front deraillieur installed as low as possible on the outer chain ring. Havent even used a clutch derailleur just taped up the chain stay to take the slap... but hardtails are different for sure - not least as the the drops are never more than 2 feet...and taken laterally at speed 99% of time.

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    Has anyone been able to compare the standard shock with the CCDB air? Worth the upgrade?

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    Re: Any One Get Their Carbine 29er Yet?

    I upgraded to the CCDB Air based on having it on another bike. The other bike is a Titus El Guapo, with more travel and longer shock length. The air canister on the CCDB Air is much larger than the Fox, so you can run lower pressures, which allows the suspension to be more supple to small bumps. I haven't been able to ride the C29 much, since I finished it just before the snow arrived for the season. I can tell you from the limited experience with the CCDB Air on this bike is that you don't need to run much LSC, as I need to use one with a FSR Suspension.

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    After a few months on the Carbine 29 I am super happy with the bike. I'm 6'1" and decided to go for the medium frame after reading this review: Enduro Compare-O Bottom Line: Intense?s Carbine 29 knows how to go big, fast and fun | Mountain Bike Review | Page 2 I must say the sizing advice is spot on. The bike is very agile even on tight european alpine switchbacks and the leap from 26" to 29" is 98% positive. VPP2 and the DBA-CS work really well together although I found the Cane Creek recommended setup not to be very dialed.
    The sram X1 drivetrain hasn't dropped a single chain yet and the type 2 rear derailleur does a good job keeping things quiet. When the ride gets continuously rocky and chunky (dh rock gardens or bike park brake bumps) the chain will eventually slap and it's not so very quiet anymore. As far as I can tell it's the lower chain banging on the chain stay and frame linkage. I'm now considering getting a c.guide to remedy this.

    How loud does your Carbine get without a chain guide and what solution have you put in place?

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    I'm 6'1" and am on a large. I like the long and low feel, and have a 45mm stem with 785mm bars. Chain wise, I've been using a 1x10 but I keep blowing up XT clutches. Maybe the chain growth of a VPP puts too much torque on the mechanism to be hammered in rocky sections? I'm on my third clutch this year.

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    CCDB Tune

    Having a great season on my Carbine, including some XC racing, Bike Park and some big Alpine tours along the Colorado Trail. Carbine Rules All!
    Intense lists the same tune for all their bikes with CCDB that I've seen, which also happens to be the stock Cane Creek factory tune shocks are shipped with generically. Would be great to exchange optimized settings, pretty happy with mine but always looking to improve.
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    The Carbine 29 is up for some bearing replacements. I've searched all over the internet to find a tech manual of some kind but come up empty. Anyone out there who would happen to know what bearings I would need to replace all in the frame/linkage? Thanks.

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    Try this, from the Intense site?

    http://intensecycles.com/wp-content/...h-rollover.jpg

    the exploded view details the bearing sizes.

    Here's another thread on mtbr ... not much more info, but a bit
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    29 to 27.5+. Maiden voyage later today. Can't wait!
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    Interesting. Let us know how that works out. Can you give some more info on what rim width you're using and some shots on the back wheel clearance? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by smuts View Post
    Interesting. Let us know how that works out. Can you give some more info on what rim width you're using and some shots on the back wheel clearance? Thanks
    Thanks. Got some cheap generic carbon rims from China. External width is 40mm, internal is 35mm. Went riding for the first time yesterday with this set up. This is a total different animal! Looks like I'll never put back my 29 wheels for the mean time No rubs on the front wheel, 5 to 7mm clearance on both sides of the fork. But I bet, riding on a muddy trail will be a problem. 2.8 Trailblazer rear wheel is a perfect fit for the carbine stays.

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