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    Intense Spider 275C

    I've seen the Art's closeout deals on the discontinued Spider 275. I'm surprised they haven't been snapped up long ago. I realize that many are gravitating toward the Recluse (and other longer travel rigs), but man, this looks like a lot of bike for the money.

    Is there some issue I'm missing here?

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    My LBS said the popularity of the new Tracer kinda killed sales on the other models. Some other possible contributing factors on why they haven't sold:

    1. steepish HA (67).
    2. Intense now sells through Canada's version of REI. Lost cool points there.
    3. They are way too overpriced to begin with. I don't know if Intense did that with the intent of dealers giving big discounts so it looks like a deal, of if they actually think they are worth the MSRP.
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    Yeah Spider is like the in between the Tracer and Primer. Sort of pointless like the 27.5 Camber. Negligible climbing efficiency increase and weight savings but limited in the descents. Personally, if I were going to go to such little travel I would go with a Primer (29er.)

    Man I feel sorry for those who bought one like 3-6 months ago...

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    There was a carbon SL frame on ebay a couple days ago, starting bid was $1000 and it didn't sell. That goes to show there's not much desire for them. Personally, I think a spider with a 140mm fork would be awesome, that would give it a 66.5 head angle. All the reviews I read on that bike were outstanding.

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    there is an overall feeling they haven't kept pace with their competitors. 15 years ago intense was exotic. they were on top of their game. today. they are trailing

    steve also makes a good point above.

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    I have a 2015 spider with a 140mm fork, its an awesome bike, really fun to ride. I haven't rode any other intense bikes to compare but when it comes time for a new bike might get the carbon frame. Some people ride it with a 150mm fork, you can go up to 160 per intense. I don't live I am area with a lot of elevation so I do t have a need for longer travel.

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    The Spider 275C is Intense's version of Santa Cruz's 5010. Both look like great bikes but I kinda feel the same way that it doesn't fit in a specific kind of trail riding well. When the trail gets really technical the 130mm just doesn't seem like enough. If it was a 29er than I can see it being more valid but that is where the Primer comes in.

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    I love mine, no need to feel sorry for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stolky View Post
    I've seen the Art's closeout deals on the discontinued Spider 275. I'm surprised they haven't been snapped up long ago. I realize that many are gravitating toward the Recluse (and other longer travel rigs), but man, this looks like a lot of bike for the money.

    Is there some issue I'm missing here?

    Yep, the spider if you can get it is an absolutely underrated bike. Maybe there is an anti-snobbery type thing going on with Intense, but they're really putting out some great riding bikes.

    I have been through many high end bikes over the past few years. A kind of review of all the expensive main bikes everyone raves about. Currently have a bronson cc, but am selling to get probably the last spider sl frame available that i will ever find new.

    Having had a recluse sl, as well as 5010, and transition, banshee, specialised, kona, and others, all for review purposes, I can absolutely say hands down the intense were the best. the most fun, not perhaps the best enduro race bikes, or the best xc race whips, but the most fun. the bikes that made me want to get and just ride. And the spider was definitely the more fun, although the recluse was close.

    Also i live in south island NZ, so varied but big rough steep rugged terrain both up and down. And the spider is the top one i would want.

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    I demoed basically everything, loved the spider and bought one. Basically it's a snappier, better turning 5010. Light, stiff, fast, climbs great, shreds going down. If you are interested in a bike in this catagory it's be worth demoing the spider.

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    The Spider is an impressive bike and the Art's deals can't be beat. If you want a Recluse then you can change the suspension on a Spider and have almost identical Recluse geometry. For me though the five inches of travel on the shock and 5.5" travel fork is plenty for 99% of the trail riding I do.

    Sometimes I think the industry marketing machines try to convince us that we need more and more travel so they can sell more bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manpurse View Post
    The Spider is an impressive bike and the Art's deals can't be beat. If you want a Recluse then you can change the suspension on a Spider and have almost identical Recluse geometry. For me though the five inches of travel on the shock and 5.5" travel fork is plenty for 99% of the trail riding I do.

    Sometimes I think the industry marketing machines try to convince us that we need more and more travel so they can sell more bikes.
    I have a 140mm Pike on my 2017 Spider and it is not steep at all. Probably takes away from it's ideal climbing position but worth it on the downhills. This is what Intense specs on their Trail build, I believe. The deals for frames direct from Intense are great and Art's as well. We built an ACV for my buddy and he absolutely loves it also. Anyone push the limits of rim width yet on a Spider Carbon?

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