Intense Unveils Their First Carbon Bike, the Carbine!

Carbon Fiber. Whether you agree with it or not, it is definitely gaining traction in the market, especially within the mountain bike segment. To be competitive in the Trail or All mountain category these days as far as weight is concerned, you pretty much have to have at least one carbon bike in the line up it seems.

As one of the last hold outs, Intense has resisted the carbon push and continued to put out some of the highest quality aluminum frames that were still made in the US. Apparently, Intense has actually been working on the Carbine for nearly 3 years and now has quite the bike to show for it. The result? The all new 140-152 travel Carbine All Mountain bike!

UPDATE: Actual complete bike weights and real-world photos posted here.

Jump past the break to get the details!

Like other Intense full suspension bikes, the Carbine is built on the tried and true VPP suspension system. In order to keep the pivots rolling smooth, they employ the proven locking collet bolt axle system, along with sealed angular contact bearings fitted with grease fittings to facilitate maintenance.

Bottom bracket wise you will find a BB92 press fit shell to maximize stiffness at the crank. Nothing seems to be mentioned about the lack of ISCG tabs, so I’m guessing the frame is simply without, which is a bummer but not the end of the world.

Like the alloy Tracer 2, the Carbine offers two travel settings at either 140 or 152mm, which is only slightly less than the 145-160 of the Tracer. This, and the lack of ISCG tabs will make the Tracer the clear choice for riders who plan on punishing their bike, yet the Carbine will likely be the go to bike if you are looking for a light, ride everything, ripper. Suspension duties will be handled by a Kashima coated Fox RP23 with a custom tune for the Carbine.

Following in the footsteps of many other carbon All Mountain bikes, the Carbine has a built in down tube protector dubbed the FLK:GRD. However, unlike most other guards, the Carbine’s actually extends past the BB shell making it more of a skid plate, than a guard.

Replaceable G1 dropouts mean you aren’t pigeon holed into just one rear axle system. In fact, the G1 will accept standard quick release, Shimano 142×12, and the Syntace X12 system.

So just how light is it? Intense has a claimed weight of 5.5lbs for the frame, which is right on par with some of the lightest carbon AM bikes on the market. Retail price for the frame only right now is pegged at $2,579, and should be available soon. For more info including geometry, be sure to check out the Carbine mini site!

Features:

  • Intended use: Trail / AM / Enduro
  • Patented VPP suspension
  • Fox Factory Kashima RP23 custom Carbine tune
  • Tapered Head tube 1.5 / 1-1/8″
  • Composite BB92 bottom Bracket
  • Replaceable ” G1 ” drop out system (QR 135 , Syntace142 X12 , Shimano 142 QR12 )
  • Adjustable Travel 5.5″ to 6″ , 140 to 152mm
  • Dropper post cable routing
  • H2o bottle mounts
  • Direct mount front derailer
  • Intense “FLK- GRD” down tube and Chain stay protection system
  • Angular contact bearing / collet axle system with replaceable zirk fittings
  • Available in Naked Carbon or Intense Red
  • 5.5 lbs medium frame weight w/ Fox RP23

Comments

bikeryder85 - 07/26/11 - 12:33pm

so is that made in the US or overseas?

ZachOverholt - 07/26/11 - 12:34pm

Supposedly it is made overseas. I heard that it originally started out as a US product, but through development it transitioned to a foreign build.

mike - 07/26/11 - 12:38pm

i’m sure they would have bragged on it if it was made in the US. too bad.

Steve - 07/26/11 - 12:53pm

Very nice.

Bluur - 07/26/11 - 3:59pm

Definitely still an early prototype here – you can still see the layers on the FLK:GRD from rapid prototyping (SLA or otherwise, hard to tell with the painted part).

From other sources, this is made somewhere in Asia. I’d put money on Taiwan.

steve m - 07/26/11 - 4:51pm

Ashame that the true US builder feels the pressure to make Asian plastic.

Taylor Little - 07/26/11 - 4:52pm

How long have they been making carbon mountain bikes? What’s the life span versus a traditional aluminum or steel mtb frame?

scottmay - 07/26/11 - 5:23pm

Having been burnt buying the first of a new type in the Tracer VP, and dealing with the cracks in the swing-arm and shoddy paintwork, I’d recommend waiting for the 2nd or more likely 3rd generation of carbon from these guys before trusting them. And Asian production, well, that’s where almost all the production and expertise is, so less worried about that.

RoDe - 07/26/11 - 5:39pm

A real shame that they choose to make it Asia. It would have been a real kicker had it been made in the USA. Oh well just buy a trek OCLV ;)

Hoodlum-Z - 07/27/11 - 9:50am

@RoDe

Only the top grade OCLV Trek frames are made in USA, the rest are made overseas.

moz - 07/27/11 - 10:37am

‘proudly hand made in USA’ , once
‘proudly “carbonated” in Asia, today.

GMB - 07/27/11 - 12:25pm

how much extra would you pay for a “made in the usa” sticker?

moz - 07/27/11 - 1:44pm

@ GMB. If you are referring to me, I don’t like any american brand so I wouldn’t take the sticker, even if it was for free. :)

Raff - 07/28/11 - 8:47pm

america makes shit bikes, asia is the only way period! and as for carbon no two ways about it when built properly a much better product…

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