Intense Spyder Comp 29er Carbon
I’m still surprised at how different each of these first three bikes felt. This one fell in between the Ripley and SB95 but closer to the Yeti than the Ibis. That shouldn’t be too surprising as it is aimed more at the XC/trail end of things with its 4.5-5” adjustable travel. I’m not sure which setting this bike was in though. Maybe someone with some Intense knowledge can tell from the photos. If I had to guess I would say it was in the shorter travel setting. It had a lower stack height and felt more compact than the Yeti when standing, but while seated it felt more stretched out even though it had a fairly short stem and the seat was pushed pretty far forward on the rails. The frame was beautiful as are all of Jeff Steber’s creations and super light at 5.5 lbs. The ride was good overall and suspension was fine. It was a little harder to manual and pop over things mostly due to the lower stack and more stretched out feel, but good rollover seemed to make up for that pretty well. It all depends on what you’re looking for and comes down to fit and preference, but overall I think I’d rank this one slightly behind the Yeti.
I didn’t spend as much time on this one, so hopefully Ben or Dietrich will chime in with their impressions.
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