Photo’d & Weighed: 2012 Intense Carbine Carbon Fiber Mountain Bike
Intense had a two of their new 2012 Carbine carbon fiber trail bikes built up at DealerCamp. Both had a full XTR group, but the cockpit and fork spec differed quite a bit, showing the versatility of the bike’s potential.
All the official specs and glamour shots are in this post. Here, we have the weights and some real world photos to fill in the holes. Above, built up with a smaller Fox fork and Syncros carbon cockpit pieces, XTR group and wheels, the bike comes in at 26lbs 6oz. To see what a beefier, longer travel build tips the scales at, along with lots of pics, make the leap…
There’s also this unpainted, matte carbon frame with the thicker, stronger, longer Fox 36 fork, the XTR Trail triple (rather than the double crankset on the red bike), Shimano’s new PRO Tharsis Trail group and fatter tires. It comes in at 27lbs 15oz.
The linkage has two lower shock mounts to change travel from 5.5″ to 6″.
Dropouts are replaceable and have both 12×142 thru axle and 9mm QR, as shown here.
VPP suspension should give it a very supple feel early in the suspension movement, especially with all that travel.
The headtube doesn’t look terribly big from the front…
…but from the side, it has a massive cross section that should keep steering under control nicely.
The bashguard/skidplate/downtube protector is pretty big.