Announced: Intense Carbine 29 – Trail/Enduro/AM

29er News

Intense announced the all new Carbine 29 today. It follows in line with the rest of the Carbine family that includes the Carbine, Carbine SL and Carbine 275. Like the Tracer 29, the Carbine 29 has 5″ or 5.5″ of travel and is targeted for the enduro/all mountain rider. The Carbine is available in 3 sizes (SM, MD, LG) but pricing and availability has not yet been set. If you like the Tracer 29 but prefer the ride quality of carbon, this is your bike.

Here’s the official info:

Temecula, Ca – Intense Cycles unveils the Carbine 29, and paves the way for a new breed of 29-inch All-Mountain Bikes. The Carbine 29 raises the bar on performance, technology and beauty, offering aggressive geometry, patented VPP suspension, all the design benefits of Intense 2nd generation Intense carbon fiber, and a look only possible from Intense.

Designed to allow riders to descend the roughest enduro tracks with confidence, the bike boasts 5.5 inches (140mm) of rear wheel travel, 160mm of travel up front, and a 67 degree head tube angle. The slacker head angle and 51mm 29-specific fork offset on the Carbine 29 work together to create a bike that delivers added agility and improved handling. Fast, gnarly rock sections never felt so secure. Cornering was never as quick on a 29er. Let go of the brakes and take the rough line to the bottom. The Carbine 29 will allow you to ride hard, and ride fast.

The bike offers cutting-edge technology like internal cable routing, Reverb Stealth seat post routing and ISCG 05 chain guide tabs. It will be offered as both a complete bike or frame-only. Frames are fitted with a FOX Float CTD Kashima Coat rear shock. Complete bikes will include the new SRAM 1×11 drive train and a 160mm Rockshox Pike fork. The new Carbine 29er has proven to be a great Enduro weapon. Raced & tested under wraps for months, the Carbine 29 is already no stranger to the podium.


  • Intended use: Aggressive trail, endure, all mountain 29er
  • Adjustable travel: 5″ or 5.5″
  • Patented VPP Suspension
  • 5.8lbs complete frame wight (medium)
  • Fox Factory Float Kashima CTD rear shock
  • ISCG 05 mounts
  • Internal cable routing
  • Routing for Rock Shox Reverb Stealth
  • H20 bottle fitment
  • FLK-GRD downtime and chain stay protection
  • Tapered head tube
  • Direct mount front derailleur
  • Angular contact/collet bearing system with replaceable grease zirks
  • Quick release seatpost clamp

Visit the Intense Cycles Webpage and Facebook to catch the demo tour in your area!

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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  • Liberty555 says:

    Thats a gorgeous looking bike and certainly ticks the boxes. Will be interesting to see the pricing when it comes out.

  • r1Gel says:

    That is one handsome bike. The graphics/colors are very sharp!

  • Joules says:

    That’s a nice looking bike, and would be a strong contender for my next bike if they made them big enough to fit adults. Intense must be owned/run by very, very short people.

  • R1d3r says:

    The head angle looks way too steep and only 5″ for an all mountain? Come on, Intense, you can do better than that

  • claudio says:

    painting is kinda like Speci SJ

  • Ian Hausser says:

    Just one question: is it made in the U.S.A.?

  • Aleks says:

    Hey Intense, Joules is right. Tall people kinda like 29ers. But that’s ok, I’m sure Santa Cruz didn’t sell out of their xxl Tallboy LTc . . . oops, they actually did.

  • Petey says:

    67 degrees on a niner is VERY slack… equivalent to 65 or so on a 26er. And 160 front/140 rear is very long travel for a niner… only the Spesh Enduro niner has longer travel (10mm in rear)

    This looks to be a terrific bike… I wonder if they tightened up the chainstay length a little from the aluminum version?

  • tOriO says:

    I’ve head carbon intense are made in china, otherwise very nice

  • momo says:

    hey guys, how many bike brands did not made in China?

    when do you expect that carbon bikes can be enjoyed by most bikers if not made in China? Chinese made nice quality and save your pocket at this crisis!

  • Ranai Dezsõ says:

    Bencike ezt az oldalt talaltam fent a neten. Szeretlek.

  • Thirst Quencher says:

    Once again, Intense doesn’t have an XL frameset… jeeeeze, you’d think with a 29’er that they would build one for us taller guys… guess not… another lost sale for Intense…

  • Sean says:

    What is the deal? No love for the 6′-2″ crowd? A large frame with a 24″ T.T.? Oh well I guess Pivot and Santa Cruz will get my business.

  • Gator says:

    Get The the Pivot 429sl

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