Intense Sniper XC and Trail released

Designed for modern (more aggressive) cross-country racing and riding

29er Cross Country News
Intense Sniper

Intense says this is no twitchy XC bike, instead having progressive XC/trail geometry to give the rider a stable ride platform.

Intense has set its sights on the world of cross country racing with the release of the Sniper XC and Sniper Trail. Intense fans need not worry, though. Sure you can race these bikes in Lycra, but they still have the trail shredding Intense ride that riders have grown to love.

Intense Sniper Mag Link

Carbon/magnesium links.

The Sniper is a dedicated, pedaling machine with two travel versions: XC 100mm and Trail 120mm. Intense designed these short travel rigs to descend like their long travel siblings.

“This is no twitchy XC bike,” read the associated PR material. “With the 29er wheel size and progressive XC/trail geometry, you get a stable ride that goes where you point it.”

The bikes will be offered with a standard hardware package, as well as a light weight SL package to shave some grams.

Intense Sniper Trail

The Intense Sniper Trail is 120mm of pure cross country pleasure.

Key Features
  • Longer front center per-size and spec’d with 50mm stem
  • Slack headtube angle coupled with the 44mm offset fork on the 100mm Sniper and 51mm offset on the Sniper Trail
  • Long wheelbase for better stability and traction
  • BB height of 13″ on Sniper and 13.3″ Sniper Trail
  • Carbon frame with carbon/magnesium links
  • Weight: 21.9-24.1 pounds
  • Available in sizes: S-XL

The Sniper XC comes in four builds: Factory, Elite, Pro and Expert. The Sniper Trail comes in two builds: Pro and Expert. Pricing ranges from $4499 to $8499.

Intense Sniper Expert

Sniper Expert XC is one of four builds available. It’s decked out in DT Swiss 1900 wheels and a SRAM Eagle GX drivetrain.

For more info race over to intensecycles.com.

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About the author: Jordan Villella

Jordan comes from the steep streets of Pittsburgh PA, where he learned to dodge cars and rip single track. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the cycling industry: from turning wrenches, store design, clothing production and bike park creation. Jordan spends his free time racing cross country and cyclocross around North America, though he has been know to enduro every now and then. His love of cycling is only second to his love of his family and punk rock.


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