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    Carbine 29 Review

    We've been getting some awesome reviews for this bike since its release:

    Intense Carbine 29: Could this be the ultimate trail/race weapon? | Enduro Mountainbike Magazine

    Anyone that has one want to comment on their experience so far?

    Let me know if anyone has any questions about this beast!

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    Thanks for the review. Been looking at one of these for a future 29er.

    The frame needs to be offered in the traditional "Intense Red".

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    MBUK just gave it a glowing review, 4.5* out of 5. Evolutionary rather than revolutionary......

    I personally think the colour scheme is horrible, enough to stop me buying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thelma Viaduct View Post
    MBUK just gave it a glowing review, 4.5* out of 5. Evolutionary rather than revolutionary......

    I personally think the colour scheme is horrible, enough to stop me buying it.
    Honesty is appreciated. Another more 'neutral' color scheme is due for this frame...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miker J View Post
    Thanks for the review. Been looking at one of these for a future 29er.

    The frame needs to be offered in the traditional "Intense Red".
    Yes I'll wait for intense red.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Balakeka View Post
    Yes I'll wait for intense red.
    +3 for the RED
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    Nice write up on the Carbine 29. As much as I love my Tracer 2 27.5 conversion, lately I've been coveting the Carbine 27.5 and this review makes me think I should also demo the 29er before making any decisions. I wouldn't mind other color options too. Not because I think the paint's ugly, far from it. Just reminds me too much of the Specialized Stumpy 29er at first glance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-IntenseCustServ View Post
    Honesty is appreciated. Another more 'neutral' color scheme is due for this frame...
    Carbon/White - like the SL Carbon/Red pattern

    The new Carbon/Yellow 275 looks mega btw

    Will 2015 275s be lengthened in the top tube with internal cabling?

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    I test rode one yesterday in the Surrey hills in good old blighty, I dont think i've smiled so much on a bike in ages.
    So much confidence on the downs and climbed pretty well too. (was using 160mm pikes for the first time too)
    Now to sell one of the children to justify the mammoth cost it is to buy one over here.

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    I really love mine. It's by far the best bike I've ever owned with my two previous bikes being a Sumpjumper fsr and an Enduro Evo expert. I have the X01 build and have really liked it so far, simple and efficient. I was really surprised at how much this bike smoothed rough technical sections but this is my first 29er. I've cleaned sections of rough trail I've always had to dab on.
    I have to say that I've very happy with my purchase and look forward to having this bike for quite a while.
    Oh and I LOVE the color and paint scheme. I honestly I was only interested in the performance of the bike and still would have bought it if it had been pink with polka dots. The fact that it performs so well and imho looks *****in is icing on the cake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MondoRides View Post
    ..... Just reminds me too much of the Specialized Stumpy 29er at first glance.....
    ... said nobody ever when Intense frames were still made in CA, USA only.

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    For what's its worth, I thought the orange looked pretty bad in pics, but when I saw it in person I actually think it looks really good.

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    The color scheme is cool. But, Intense offing such a great bike and not having an "Intense Red" version would be like Zepplin releasing an epic tune without Jimmy on guitar.

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    Hey Sam,

    What's the shock length and stroke for the Carbine 29?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTB Pilot View Post
    Hey Sam,

    What's the shock length and stroke for the Carbine 29?
    7.875 x 2.25"
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    Thanks! CC's website says 7.87x3.5 when you put the Carbine 29 in their "shock fit finder." I thought they were a little off; Don't even think they make that size.
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    Carbine 29 Review

    Look what showed up this week. Can't wait to get it together. more to come.
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    Mine also showed up at my LBS as I had it shipped there while I'm out of town. Mine is a warranty replacement for a carbine, since they didn't have any large frames to replace with. I had recently moved to 29", so I inquired about the 29 model and they said no problem. I was thinking about selling the carbine 275 replacement since I had all the parts, but now thinking of building the 29 to ride as I want to try some "enduro" races this year. I loved the Carbine, especially as a 275, but was moving on to less suspension 29ers. I'm really torn about the bike with the most recent Bike Magazine "Bike Bible" test. I really like that they say you can crush tech climbs and gnarly descents, but the wheelbase making it less nimble and hard to manual is disappointing. This is only the second review I've seen, first was a dude in UK that LOVED it, and there is not much more to go off of. Thinking of building, trying it, and selling frame and fork if I don't love it, but finding a Pike 160mm, 51mm offset on the aftermarket is proving to be almost impossible so far. Can find 150 with 51mm or 160 w/o 51mm, but both of those take away from how the bike was designed. I dunno... Won't be able to build it for another month or so anyway.

    On a more positive note, Sam and Chad at Intense have been absolutely wonderful and very accommodating! Best customer service I've ever had for a warranty issue!

    Any relevant opinions on a fork? Would less suspension or less offset be more desirable...or less desirable?
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    I have about 100 mi now on my Carbine 29 and its unbelievably dialed climbing and descending. I definitely don't think the chainstays are any too long. Intense nailed it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTB Pilot View Post
    Sam and Chad at Intense have been absolutely wonderful and very accommodating! Best customer service I've every had for a warranty issue!

    Any relevant opinions on a fork? Would less suspension or less offset be more desirable...or less desirable?
    I couldn't agree with you more about my dealings with Sam and Chad. They have been very timely and professional to deal with. I also have the same delima with finding a fork for the Carbine29. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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    HEY Sam,

    What's your opinion on this? Is it more important to have 160mm or 51mm off set for this bike. From the response I've gotten from sellers and distributors, is that a Pike 160 with 51mm offset is not available on aftermarket. 160 with standard offset or 150 with 51mm offset are the choices.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Fug it! I just ordered the 150mm Pike with a 51mm offset. I Hope I dun right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Cobb View Post
    Fug it! I just ordered the 150mm Pike with a 51mm offset. I Hope I dun right.
    Good call. Mtb pilot- I'd recommend the same
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-IntenseCustServ View Post
    Good call. Mtb pilot- I'd recommend the same
    Thanks bro.. I found a good price for one on modernbike.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-IntenseCustServ View Post
    Good call. Mtb pilot- I'd recommend the same
    Thanks! That's what my initial gut feeling was, but then wondering if the 51mm would make it push through up hill switch backs. I don't really need 160mm anyway, especially with 29. What do you think HA will be with 150; 67.5?

    Looking forward to building and ripping with it!
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