Review for Intense Carbine 29!

"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather a skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow!What a ride!" - Hunter S. Thompson

Intense Cycles Carbine 29 Review! After nearly 90 miles and 11k of vertical gain I am ready to give a real-world ride review for the completely overhauled Carbine! The above quote from the late, esteemed father of Gonzo journalism could very well act as a summary for what is to follow- The Intense Carbine is that good, encouraging and rewarding a white-knuckled, no holds barred style of riding where the need for speed becomes the objective and self doubt about rowdy lines is thrown out with every turn of the pedals! The Carbine is best categorized as an All-Mountain/Enduro bike and those intentions are on full display in the Elite build of this bike- from the 155mm of rear wheel travel via the Rock Shox Super Deluxe RC3 matched to a 160mm Rock Shox Lyric RCT up front all hanging from a full carbon frame with a 65.5 degree head angle and a 74 degree effective seat angle. SRAM XO Eagle handles the drive-train in addition to a 34t Absoulte Black Oval ring protected by the acclaimed MRP AMG V2 guide/guard- The Carbine Elite rolls on Intense Cycles in-house Recon-Enduro Carbon wheels with a 30mm internal width and DT Swiss 350 hubs. In the tire department I am running a Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 up front and the recently released Minion DHR 2 WT 2.4 on the rear. I weigh 190-ish with all my gear and run 26psi up front and 28psi out back.

So, now the important question and the whole reason you are reading this... how does it ride!?!? After setting up the shock with 30% sag and the fork at about 20% sag, I have done nothing but rip and rip and rip some more on this bike! If someone is looking for a bike to take care of business out at the Lunch Loop trail system, look no further! The Carbine climbs well on our rocky, steep and ledgy trails with traction for days! The front end feels planted and lifts easily up and over whatever is in your way- aiding in this uphill battle is the 13.7 inch high bottom bracket- the dreaded momentum killing and sometimes crash inducing pedal strikes are a thing of the past. This bike allows you to charge up chunder that may stop lesser bikes in their path. I have climbed with the shock in the open position as well as the middle setting - and once in the firm mode when I was climbing a long paved road- The Carbine climbs well and thanks to the seat tube angle that climbing can be done while seated and without being goosed by the nose of your seat when things get uber-steep. I self-shuttled the Ribbon on the Carbine as well as the Whole Uncolada, both long, sustained climbs that incorporate trail, paved road and or dirt roads to get to the goods. I would have no problem making a habit out of taking the long way to the top of these amazing descents as well as those in places such as Crested Butte.

Now, about those amazing descents... I come from a decades long immersion in the XC/Endurance realm of our great sport and have eschewed the modern luxuries of dropper posts and travel in excess of four inches for light, skinny tires greyhound type bikes where speed is achieved at any and all costs- so, jumping on the Carbine and hitting trails I have ridden my whole life on a bike at the opposite end of that spectrum... well damn! Why hadn't I done this sooner!?!? That was the first thing to pop into my mind as the meaty tires hummed down the upper section of the Ribbon- as I built a stupid amount of speed the first little drop disappeared beneath me and as I leaned back over the buttery smooth 150mm Fox Transfer dropper post I was past the infamous toilet bowl before my mind could even register that I had done so without a twinge of fear for the first time ever! The slack head tube and the long wheel-base blasted down the steep sandstone like a well controlled freight train daring me to go faster and faster! Even after riding to the top of the Ribbon I had set a PR going down it and this trend continued on the chunky drops of Free Lunch and the burly Pucker Up, finishing with the loose and fast Moto descent- I had PR'd them all! The Carbine allows a rider to select the most direct line and regardless of whether it is straight line speed or tight quarters, the Carbine responds and that response is always one of "Damn! I could have taken that line even faster!" The Carbine combines all of these great descending capabilities into a bike that is at its best going down whatever is in its way- from riding Park to riding 20mile backcountry descents theCarbine allows the rider to be "in the moment" - if fun is what you are after and you ride our local trails and want to step up your DOWN game, the Carbine has you covered! In fact, I knew after the first ride that I needed to step-up my protective gear game to try and match the Carbine's penchant for raw speed- I did so by investing in a Giro Montaro MIPS helmet and POC VPD 2.0 knee pads- The helmet and pads are both super comfortable and the POC pads are my first foray into knee protection and I wore them down the Ribbon- Free Lunch- Pucker Up- Moto descent in 90 degree heat without discomfort! Get down to Bicycle Outfitters and check out all the Intense bikes as well as all the protective gear!
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The Intense Cycles Carbine 29 will have you looking at descents in a whole different way! With over 6" of travel front and rear the Carbine opens up lines you may not have considered and it will deliver you to the top of each descent with great climbing and traction for days! Throw an MRP AM V2 on there and let the Carbine deliver you to the bottom of the trail at ridiculous speeds without worrying about dropped chains or bent rings! ... See MoreSee Less

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This Saturday July 1st #Intensecycles #PivotCycles and #RockyMoutainbicycles will be Demoing all their lastest bikes at the lunch loops Trailhead. There will even be The new Intense Carbine 29er be there or be square! ... See MoreSee Less

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