Photo’d & Weighed: 2012 Intense Carbine Carbon Fiber Mountain Bike

2012 Intense Carbine carbon fiber mountain bike weight and detail photos

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…

2012 Intense Carbine carbon fiber mountain bike weight and detail photos

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.

2012 Intense Carbine carbon fiber mountain bike weight and detail photos

The linkage has two lower shock mounts to change travel from 5.5″ to 6″.

 2012 Intense Carbine carbon fiber mountain bike weight and detail photos

Dropouts are replaceable and have both 12×142 thru axle and 9mm QR, as shown here.

2012 Intense Carbine carbon fiber mountain bike weight and detail photos

VPP suspension should give it a very supple feel early in the suspension movement, especially with all that travel.

2012 Intense Carbine carbon fiber mountain bike weight and detail photos

The headtube doesn’t look terribly big from the front…

2012 Intense Carbine carbon fiber mountain bike weight and detail photos

…but from the side, it has a massive cross section that should keep steering under control nicely.

2012 Intense Carbine carbon fiber mountain bike weight and detail photos

The bashguard/skidplate/downtube protector is pretty big.

Comments

steve m - 07/30/11 - 9:52am

Wonder if the Intense, Pivot, Santa Cruz frames all come over in the same container?

John - 07/30/11 - 3:56pm

So I guess they just gave up and started copying Specialized and the Stumpjumper design. Shame their suspension is still crap compared to FSR.

kevin - 07/30/11 - 9:43pm

what size tires on the second bike?

kevin - 07/30/11 - 9:44pm

What size tires on the second bike

RoDe - 07/31/11 - 7:36am

You know what irritates me most is that all of these companies are so secretive about who actually makes there frames. They all say something like “Its made by an elite carbon fibre producer”. When will they cut the crap and say OK A. we sold out and B. your bike is actually made buy Giant.

Jay - 08/01/11 - 1:17am

Wow. Lots of vitriol up in here.

Yep, making carbon bikes in Asia definitely means all three brands have sold out. Shame on you, Intense, Pivot and Santa Cruz. Shame on you for going to the only place in the world where there is enough production capacity to actually produce carbon fiber frames in volume.

And last I checked, disclosing your vendor in a highly competitive market isn’t required—nor is it a particularly good idea. So again, why the hate?

FWIW, I’ve owned both FSR (past) and VPP (current) bikes and prefer VPP, though there are some trade offs to be sure. Both are good platforms. Horses for courses and all that.

Adam - 08/26/11 - 11:07am

Wow, harsh comments. What makes you think they copied Specialized? Is it because it has two wheels and a frame?
And all the hate about where the frame is made… It’s made in China so you complain that they sold out. If it was made in USA, you’d complain that it’s too expensive. Listen, the Chinese and Taiwanese factories that make these carbon frames are the most modern facilities in the world. You think you’d get better quality control if it was N.A. made? Wake up to reality. You can manufacture crap anywhere in the world you want to. You think USA is the source all all things high quality? Chrysler proved you wrong.
Oh no! Your bike is made by Giant! News flash: almost EVERYBODY’s bike is made by Giant. More accurately, Hodaka in Taiwan makes bikes for everybody. Giant is their house brand. Hodaka has made or continues to make Breezer, GT, Pro-Flex, Kona, Scott, LaPierre. Who else? Merida (Germany) makes Specialized, Merida and others. Corratec (Denmark) makes their own brand and manufactures for others. Kinesis, similar in production volume to Hodaka, has produced for Santa Cruz.
And in case everybody forgot, your whole freakin’ drivetrain is made in Asia too! You think SRAM is really an american company? Easton? Think any of their bars are made in America?

Si - 11/30/11 - 7:40am

@ John yeah I am sure the fsr is a good suspension platform shame their build quality is so poor I know I have had 3 fsr bikes myself and they are crap!

numbuts - 01/28/12 - 4:29pm

You are right. It does look like a stumpjumper. I am going to sell my stumpy for this. Wish they made the red/black scheme like on their website.

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