Review: Intense M16 Carbon downhill bike

M Series returns with this highly capable big hit machine

27.5
Both the Pro and Factory version of the Intense M16C are carefully spec’d with components that give them the appearance of a fully custom build.

Both the Pro and Factory version of the Intense M16C are carefully spec’d with components that give them the appearance of a fully custom build (click to enlarge).

Lowdown: Intense M16 Carbon

The new Intense M16 is long and slack enough to win on Sunday, but still fun enough to ride the rest of the week. With only minor adjustments to suspension, the frame was equally at home plowing the steeps as it was hucked sideways. We consider that a major victory. Learn more in our full review below.

Stat Box
Build: Pro Build Wheel size: 27.5”
Use: World Cup downhill racing Weight: 34 lbs
Frame Material: Carbon Price as tested: $8,499
Rear Travel: 8.5”-9.5” Rating: 4 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4 Chilis-out-of-5

Pluses
Minuses
  • Race ready machine also capable of getting sideways
  • Price. Carbon is not come cheap. But there is a more affordable alloy version
  • Unique spec provides a custom built feel
  • Long wheelbase can be a handful in tight corners

Review: Intense M16 Carbon

Originally launched as an alloy only model, the M16C is constructed from an EPS molded high modulus carbon frame. It sports 8.5” of rear travel and the geometry was developed with input from former and current World Cup racers, including Shaun Palmer, Chris Kovarik, Luca Cometti, Claire Buchar, and current Intense Factory Race team members Bernat Guardia and Jack Moir.

We normally prefer a taller rise on our DH bikes to help us get over the back, but these 20mm rise Rentals still felt well balanced.

We normally prefer a taller rise on our DH bikes to help us get over the back, but these 20mm rise Rentals still felt well balanced (click to enlarge).

Complete versions of the M16C will be available in two different trims, the Pro Version (reviewed here) that retails for $8,499, and the eye waveringly expensive Factory Build. A frame only version is also available w/shock for $3,699.

Continue to page 2 to read more from our full review of the Intense M16 Carbon »

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