2013 Intense Spider 29er Comp Carbon mountain bike

Intense’s Spider 29 Comp is a new carbon version of the Spider, which bumps travel up a quarter inch from the alloy model to 4.5-5 inches. They had a few almost-production models available at DealerCamp for us to weigh and photo, and they look good.

The bikes share many of the features of their other mountain bikes, including adjustable rear travel and interchangeable G1 dropouts.

It has internal cable routing for the drivetrain and partially for the Stealth Reverb with nylon tunnels inside the frame to guide the housing through. They ran the Reverb hose outside the downtube to the bottom because they run a solid carbon tube through the BB, so this let’s it route in easily above the BB and through the seat tube. Standard external routing for other dropper posts is hidden under the top tube, too. All in all, it looks to be a pretty versatile big wheeler…

2013 Intense Spider 29er Comp Carbon mountain bike

The Spider 29er Comp was developed in conjunction with SEED Engineering, much like their Hard Eddie.

2013 Intense Spider 29er Comp Carbon mountain bike

Lower shock mount has two positions to change travel using a single Allen bolt. The suspension continues their use of the VPP design. All pivot points use angular contact/collet bearings with replaceable grease injection points.

2013 Intense Spider 29er Comp Carbon mountain bike

Alloy pivot mounts are bonded onto the top of the carbon rear triangle and are left unpainted (better view of this two pics up). Designer Jeff Steber says this is intentional because the materials have different flex characteristics and when they’re smoothed and painted over, the paint can crack and look like a structural defect when in fact it’s just cosmetic.

FLK GRD protective panel on the lower downtube and BB protect the frame from flying rocks.

2013 Intense Spider 29er Comp Carbon mountain bike

ISCG05 tabs are built into the frame. Front derailleur is direct mount.

2013 Intense Spider 29er Comp Carbon mountain bike

Even with 5″ of travel, chainstay length is just 17.5″. Interchangeable G1 dropouts let you run a standard QR 135 rear axle or 12×142 thru axle.

2013 Intense Spider 29er Comp Carbon mountain bike

Head angle is 68° with a 140mm fork set at 5″ of travel. Steber says most people will run it at 5″ out back since you can put up to a 150mm fork. The hump at the headtube gives it more surface area for the top tube while letting them get the top tube slanted lower and still position the shock mounts for the desired shock rate.

Frame should be available in November. Pricing should be very close to their Carbine SL, around $2,800, with a Fox Kashima shock.

2013 Intense Spider 29er Comp Carbon mountain bike actual weights

Frame is about 5.5 pounds (claimed) for a medium in the matte finish. These two complete bikes were built up with a random sampling of goods. The lighter weight black/red bike has lower profile XC tires, XTR group, standard seatpost and no pedals to come in at 26lb 3oz. The black one has pedals, a Reverb dropper post and much, much fatter knobbiest and came in at 29lb 15oz.


  1. Wrench Science has this up already and you can custom build it. – I want mine with gold spoke Industry Nine wheels to go with that gold paint and kashima coating.

  2. Remember a few years ago when the aluminum frame guys had carbon rockers? Now the frames are carbon and the rockers are aluminum.

  3. why would you buy an asian made carbon intense? the whole reason to buy intense over sc was it made in temecula and had distinctive looking construction.

    now its more expensive than SC with bad customer service for very similar product.

  4. Why would you buy an inferior product only because it was manufactured in the us. Carbon bikes are made overseas because Americans are too good to get down and actually do the dirty hard work required to produce a carbon frame and at the same time they don’t want to pay high prices. News flash: carbon frames take way more work to finish than aluminum or steel bikes. More work means more money. Get used to it, frames will not magically start being made in the us and the good ole boys that are producing there will either realize that they cannot compete or they will partner with an Asian factory (probably in vietnam, china can’t shake a stick at them).

  5. I bought an Uzzi SL back in ’98 and loved it. There were some aspects that I didn’t like, such as the 5.5mm allen bolt in two of the pivots, maybe some imperial 3/16ths of an inch thing, who knows. The increased wear in the pivots and billet parts with no strength. It also developed a hairline crack that appeared in the seat tube attachment. Personally I am ambivilant to the “Handmade in the USA” aspect of the bike as I am not from the US and don’t feel any quality aspects are better because of it. In regards to the Spider it seems to be a good blend of materials and take these guys with a grain of salt. Summed up by the quote about “the paint can crack and look like a structural defect when in fact it’s just cosmetic”

  6. I just bought this frame and converted over my xt parts then took a ride yesterday, my first. I’m not sure if my view is clouded by the looks of the bike, which I like a bunch, or whether excitement has taken over for now. But the bike is pretty close to what I’d been looking for in a 29er for some time. I particularly like the bike being just a tad longer when the trail turns downhill and can feel that head angle/length and I think of it as a plus.

    Weight is 25 lbs and 2 oz. I have my xtr parts on the other bike and may make the switch and already know that would make the bike (with Crank Bros SL pedals and American Classic Tubeless wheels) come in at exactly 24 lbs 10 oz. I run a FOX 29 RLC fork.

    I think it is the kind of bike we can ride for several hours and feel good at the end.

What do you think?