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    Spider owners, please provide feedback on durability

    Hi All, would appreciate some intel from current/former Spider 29 riders.

    Years ago, I owned a 26" wheeled Spider. It was far and away the BEST handling bike I've ever ridden (ridden lots). Sprinting, climbing, steeps, techy stuff - you name it, I rode faster on that bike. One friend told me "you learned to ride fast on that bike". I loved it.

    The only problem was that it kept breaking. In something like this order, I had to fix...

    - broken pivot bolt,
    - seized lower pivot bearings,
    - broken pivot assembly to rear shock (the bushings)
    - another set of seized pivot bearings,
    - rear triangle (my fault, running too fat a tire wore a hole in the chainstay)
    - more pivot bearings (and I live in a dry state!?!)
    - finally a crack in the main triangle.

    To be fair, Intense was awesome at helping me with replacement equipment and advice. Also, I realize I was riding a "race" bike pretty hard - no crazy hucking or anything, but lots of rocks where I live, and some 2 - 4 foot drops. So, I'm not blaming anyone. I just got tired of fixing it. One week of down time for every week of amazing riding. Full disclosure: this was the first version of the Spider and the VPP. I know they've gotten some things sorted out since then.

    My question to those that have ridden the Spider 29 is, do you have any of these issues? I'm really interested in getting that same great handling in a bigger wheeled package, but not if it's as fragile as the earlier version.

    By the way, I'm looking at the aluminum version. I weight about 175 with gear and go about 5'10", if it matters. I ride mostly in the Rocky Mountains. Any thoughts or feedback is appreciated. Thanks,

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    I'm happy to vouch for the durability of the current gen Spider 29 Alloy, my housemate owns one. FYI I'm a Carbine 275 rider but I've seen this S29 do plenty of 6'+ drops and I've personally sent this bike over a 15' gap with no problem at all. This thing just begs to be ridden hard. Get on board!

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    I have a 2012 Spider 29 alloy that I got in April 2013. Since then I've logged 115 hours in 66 rides over 640 miles. I've had zero durability issues related to the frame. T

    he only problem(s) I've had are with the Fox rear shock, but no way do I attribute that to Intense.

    I've never greased the pivots on the Spider. I recently learned that they should be greased every 5-6 rides. Yet, with that in mind the suspension feels totally fine. It only just recently started to creak. That should count for something.

    I love the piss out of this bike. Its crazy.

    I'm the exact specs as you: 175 lbs w/pack, 5'10", ride the Rockies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsmarg View Post
    I have a 2012 Spider 29 alloy that I got in April 2013. Since then I've logged 115 hours in 66 rides over 640 miles. I've had zero durability issues related to the frame. T

    he only problem(s) I've had are with the Fox rear shock, but no way do I attribute that to Intense.

    I've never greased the pivots on the Spider. I recently learned that they should be greased every 5-6 rides. Yet, with that in mind the suspension feels totally fine. It only just recently started to creak. That should count for something.

    I love the piss out of this bike. Its crazy.

    I'm the exact specs as you: 175 lbs w/pack, 5'10", ride the Rockies.
    Thanks, rsmarg. I never followed up to my original post, but I did indeed get an alloy Spider about the same time you did. And, like you, I love the piss out of the bike - same amazing handling as the 26" wheeled Spider but even faster. And, I've had no durability issues either. Stoked to be back in the tribe.

    Now, my only problem is my buddy at the local Intense dealership keeps sending me pictures of the Spider Comp's he's building up (including build weight).

    Thanks for the reply,

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    E,

    My 2012 (aluminum) Spider 29 has been a great, trouble-free bike. Picked up as a demo, then ridden (basically without maintenance) for two years, this bike has been better to me than I have been to it. It even stood up to 7+ miles of rocky terrain with no air in the shock (can you say jackhammer?).
    I finally destroyed an upper link bearing at the end of the 2014 riding season, so she's now getting a much-deserved refresh.
    I only wish the top tube were a little longer. My size large feels a little cramped in the cockpit, even with a 80mm stem (about the max I feel comfortable with).

    Congrats on your purchase!

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    Quote Originally Posted by theycallmeE View Post
    Hi All, would appreciate some intel from current/former Spider 29 riders.

    Years ago, I owned a 26" wheeled Spider. It was far and away the BEST handling bike I've ever ridden (ridden lots). Sprinting, climbing, steeps, techy stuff - you name it, I rode faster on that bike. One friend told me "you learned to ride fast on that bike". I loved it.

    The only problem was that it kept breaking. In something like this order, I had to fix...

    - broken pivot bolt,
    - seized lower pivot bearings,
    - broken pivot assembly to rear shock (the bushings)
    - another set of seized pivot bearings,
    - rear triangle (my fault, running too fat a tire wore a hole in the chainstay)
    - more pivot bearings (and I live in a dry state!?!)
    - finally a crack in the main triangle.

    To be fair, Intense was awesome at helping me with replacement equipment and advice. Also, I realize I was riding a "race" bike pretty hard - no crazy hucking or anything, but lots of rocks where I live, and some 2 - 4 foot drops. So, I'm not blaming anyone. I just got tired of fixing it. One week of down time for every week of amazing riding. Full disclosure: this was the first version of the Spider and the VPP. I know they've gotten some things sorted out since then.

    My question to those that have ridden the Spider 29 is, do you have any of these issues? I'm really interested in getting that same great handling in a bigger wheeled package, but not if it's as fragile as the earlier version.

    By the way, I'm looking at the aluminum version. I weight about 175 with gear and go about 5'10", if it matters. I ride mostly in the Rocky Mountains. Any thoughts or feedback is appreciated. Thanks,

    E
    I have 2012 Spider 29er and does not have any problem since then. Only put grease on the lower link.
    Mine has 140 reveletion fork, 740 mm bar, and dropper post. I think that is a good choice for trailbike use intended

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    Quote Originally Posted by ANDREW WHITE View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptDan View Post
    I only wish the top tube were a little longer. My size large feels a little cramped in the cockpit, even with a 80mm stem
    I would wholeheartedly agree the top-tube feels short and makes for a tight cockpit, although that was probably the #1 reason I choose the Spider 29. I wanted something that enabled me to sit more upright (lower back issues) without running a sub-70mm stem. My buddies all hate that feeling though. One friend said he feels like a drunk circus bear when he gets on my bike. (Of course, when I get on his Trek Remedy 27.5 I feel like I'm about to lay out on a beach to sun my back). All personal preference, but certainly something to note for those considering a Spider 29.

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    Spider owners, please provide feedback on durability



    My 2012 Spider 29 has been a flawless bike. I've had it since October of 2011 and it has thousands of miles on it. I gave it some love this year with a 140 Pike, DB Inline and some Roval SL Fatties. The only issue I've had is a creased and bent drive side seat stay, my fault of course. I've been working with Chad and Sam on it and they have a replacement RT for me. Intense ROCKS!!

    Thanks Chad and Sam!!

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