Intense reveals its new carbon frame: The Carbine

by Chipps 26

We got a sneak peek of it at the Sea Otter, but had to keep quiet, but finally everyone is allowed to talk about the bike that everyone’s known about for ages. Intense’s new Carbine frame marks the US firm’s first foray into the black stuff. It mostly seems based on the very popular Tracer 2, with an adjustable 5.5in or 6in of travel. The weight, though, brings it down into almost full XC duties, with a 5.5lb frame – including shock…

Here are the glossy studio pics of it. We’ll hope to bring you a real review when we get hold of one this winter. Frames should start showing up in the UK around November.


Red bikes are still the fastest. It's the Law...


A very familiar silhouette, if a little slacker (68°/75 with 150mm fork)


Sexy black is the other colour option


Ex-pro racer Scott Sharples is now doing PR for the brand and is gushing in his praise for the new bike:

The Carbine is a very refined 5.5 – 6 inch travel all mountain bike that climbs like you can not imagine. Really, I cant lie, standing up wrenching on the bars, or sitting – spinning – making peanut butter. It is really mind boggling how good it is at going up a hill, (it could have something to do with the 5.5lb frame, and maybe the well engineered carbon construction, maybe the VPP design or maybe the superior geometry). I guess I am raving about how good this thing climbs, because of how well it descends. And how well it handles tight poppy single track, and jumps, and corners, and, and, and…

Are carbon bikes looking more like ally ones these days? Or is it the other way round?


Blacker than a ninja superstore


Frame offers Intense's G1 drop out system (QRx135 , Syntace142x12 , Shimano 142xQR12 )


Non post mount rear


Rubber downtube 'FLK GRD' protector


NASA, we have liftoff!

Frames will be turning up with UK Importer, Extra UK around November. In the mean time, there’s nearly everything you could ever possibly want to know over at the Carbine mini-site. UK retail will be £2099 with a Fox RP23.

Comments (26)

  1. OH.MY.GOD

    I’ve just messed myself

  2. Phwooor!! The paint still looks wet on the red one, lovely.

  3. Umm how do you mount a chain guide then??

  4. If you want to mount a chain guide and spoil the looks, get the Tracer.

  5. Jackass – I don’t believe you can. Bit of an oversight, really.

  6. Same about the Pivot Mach 5.7 – maybe they’ve all been testing the new XTR rear mech and realise you don’t need them now (wishful thinking).

  7. for a chain guide you would use something along the lines of one of these

  8. is it just me or is that a lot like a Santa Cruz?

  9. Its beautiful- wont ever be able to afford one though!

  10. Two week old news 😉
    The Germans had a hand in it and made in Taiwan, so should sort Intense build quality! The Americans are going nuts as it isn’t made in the US, bless them. It is assembled there though and the alloy parts are US made still.
    Would love one though, my new dream bike!

  11. £500 less than a Nomad?

    I’d almost do without ISCG for that

  12. Curly, it’s only old news if you’ve not heard it yet 😛

  13. nothing new really, awful name too

    and Scott Sharples needs a lesson in subtlety

  14. I could actually break my self imposed ban on red bikes for that. Awesome.

  15. From what I’ve seen on other website’s coverage of this bike, seemingly every other comment pertains to the lack of chain device mounts. Since so many people clearly want them, do you think there’s a chance that they may tweak the design before launch? Or even introduce a removable mount, like on the new Yeti SB66?

  16. Old news nothing to see move along, would have been up straight away if it had been an Orange 5 !

  17. Just adds to the dilema of which bike next… ( I am of course asleep and mumbling)

  18. Press fit BB & no ISCG tabs on a 6″ travel trail bike?

    How could they misread the market so badly!?

  19. I dont think the ISCG tabs work very well with the VPP design of the lower linkage. I have the ISCG tabs on my tracer mk1 and you cant mount a chainguide on them as it would hit the bottom link. Have to use a BB mount one instead (Which still needs a bit of enhancing with a dremel to make it fit) So I can understand why they havent bothered with this bike. I’d much rather just run a bash and one of the new mechs with a clutch to stop the chain coming off.

  20. what a beautiful frame wheres my lottery ticket i havent checked it yet

  21. I know it wins on the “sluttyness” factor, but have they just bought a Trek Fuel EX 9.9 and a Remedy 9.9, stolen all of the carbon ideas, popped VPP and an Intense badge on it and sold it as “Looky here! Aren’t we clever!!”
    Don’t get me wrong, i’m a gigantic Intense fan, but it all seems a bit too little too late.

  22. Lovely frame but very Santa Cruz Nomad-ish…

  23. hopefully if its made in taiwan it’ll be well built. the use made intense i had was the worst finished frame i have ever owned. and I’ve owned a few.
    nice looking as ever though.

  24. What are the benefits of carbon when compared to alu on a big rig like this?
    Any benefits must be slim when compared to the cost increase.
    If there were any then we would be seeing carbon framed MX bikes.

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