September 3, 2011
Last week we brought you news of Intense’s new Hard Eddie carbon hardtail and before that the new carbon Carbine. Well there’s already another new model. Its’ the Carbine SL. Once again it’s a Taiwanese carbon frame that’s then assembled in the States with US-made bits and pieces. The Carbine SL, as you might expect is a lighter version. It comes with a carbon rocker link and a few other weight savings, like 135mm dropouts, rather than bolt-through, and the frame weight drops to 4.75lbs (the regular Carbine is about 5.5lbs. Travel is 4.75in-5.25in, while the regular Carbine is 5.5in-6in.
Here’s the Hard Eddie in the flesh. It looks very neat and the tattoo-style graphics are a departure for Intense. Jeff Steiber also told us that he’s working on a full carbon rigid fork to go with the Hard Eddie