Budget friendly Intense M16 Carbon Expert Edition DH bike

Carefully chosen spec aimed to deliver top performance at lower price

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Standard carbon front and rear triangles. Monocoque UD carbon construction. Carbon Construction

Standard carbon front and rear triangles. Monocoque UD carbon construction. Carbon Construction (click to enlarge).

In an effort to bring its top end downhill bike to the masses, Intense Cycles has released the M16 Carbon Expert Edition, which features the same geometry as the Factory and Pro models, a carbon fiber monocoque mainframe, and 157x12mm rear wheel spacing, but is carefully spec’d with parts and accessories available in a more budget friendly price range, which in this case results in a $5899 price tag. To learn more check out the full spec list and scroll through the photos below.

Read the Mtbr review of the Intense M16 Carbon Pro Edition DH bike.

Rear suspension is Fox Performance Elite DHX2 214-240mm travel.

Rear suspension is Fox Performance Elite DHX2 214-240mm travel (click to enlarge).

Intense M16 Carbon Expert Edition Spec
  • Frame: M16 275 monocoque UD carbon front and rear triangle 27.5″ DH frameset,
  • ISCG 05 mount, w/157x12mm spacing, 215 -240mm travel
  • Front suspension: FOX Performance Elite 40 FLOAT, 27.5″, 200mm
  • Rear suspension: FOX Performance Elite COIL DHX2
  • Hubs: 32-hole Intense Tuned, 148×12 mm boost; 110x20mm front hub; 157x12mm
  • Rear Hub Shimano Driver, 6-Bolt
  • Rims: Sun Helix TR29 27.5″ tubeless ready
  • Spokes: DT Swiss Champion
  • Tires: Maxxis Minion 27.5×2.5″
  • Shifters: Shimano Zee 10 speed
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Zee 10 speed
  • Crank: Shimano Zee
  • Cassette: Shimano CS-HG50-10 11-36t 10 speed
  • Chain: KMC 10 speed
  • Chain Guide: E13 LG1
  • Saddle: WTB Volt Sport
  • Seatpost: Intense Recon, 300×31.6mm
  • Handlebar: Renthal Fatbar Lite DH 20mm x 780 mm
  • Stem: Renthal INTEGRA II direct mount 45mm
  • Headset: Cane Creek, 40, alloy cartridge, 25mm of spacers
  • Brakeset: Shimano Zee, 203 mm front and rear
  • Grips: Intense dual density lock-on
Front suspension is Fox Performance Elite 40 Float 200mm.

Front suspension is Fox Performance Elite 40 Float 200mm (click to enlarge).

There are custom carbon protectors at the bottom bracket and chain stays, plus a mud guard.

There are custom carbon protectors at the bottom bracket and chain stays, plus a mud guard (click to enlarge).

For more info visit www.intensecycles.com.


About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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