Eurobike 2011: Intense – Carbon and more carbon

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 regular Carbine in fancy red

 

And the stripped down SL

 

 

A close up of the Carbine SL dropout

 

Weight savings include this carbon link and full carbon dropouts too

 

135 QR dropouts

 

And a fancy head badge

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

 

Looks great in the flesh

 

 

 

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