Take everything you know about 29'ers, write it on a piece of paper, and throw it in the garbage. The Intense Carbine 29 is a new breed of 29'er, redefining what's possible on a trail bike. With 140mm of VPP-II travel, aggressive geometry, and a 5.8-lb full carbon frame, this 29'er is designed to slay absolutely everything in it's path. With a 67° and a 17.75" chainstay, this bike screams speed and stability. Unlike many 29'ers that are plagued with twitchy geometry, the Carbine 29 takes the benefits of big wheels to inspire confidence in any riding situation. Go ahead, take it to the bike park...this bike can take it all.
The Carbine 29 boasts adjustable travel between 125mm and 140mm (5" - 5.5"). Travel is adjusted via the lower shock bolt. Simply unscrew the bolt using a 5mm allen wrench, and align the shock to desired travel setting
Intense built the Carbine 29 with maximum versatility in mind. You will find an ISCG '05 united fitted around the BB shell, allowing the use of a chainguide if you so desire. With the latest round of SRAM 1x11 drivetrains coming to the market, we've found that chainguides are not necessary due to the stability of these drivetrains, but it's nice to know the option is there. Speaking of drivetrains, the Carbine 29 is compatible with all 9, 10, and 11 speed drivetrains from SRAM and Shimano. Intense recommends using cranks with a 168 Q-Factor on this frame for best chainstay/seatstay clearance.
For 2015, the Carbine 29 gets a revamped full carbon rear swingarm, including molded fixed 12x142mm Syntace dropouts. This is a departure from Intense's usual G1 interhangeable dropout. Although the new system does not allow you change between 10x135/12x142mm dropout standards, it is a lighter and cleaner setup. It's will also be less expensive for you as the consumer when you need to replace a derailleur hanger ($20 as opposed to $70 on the G1 setup). The 12x142mm Syntace dropout standard has essentially become the golden standard for all trail bikes these days, so Intense didn't see the need to offer a 10x135mm option - we agree. Compatible axles include Intense's bolt-on alloy Syntace option, or the DT Swiss RWS Syntace option. You may select your axle option using the dropdown menus. Upon examining the rear swingarm, you'll notice a couple other nice enhancements. Intense has implemented internal rear derailleur cable routing through the chainstay, making things as clean as possible. Stiffness and strength have also been improved by using an oblong-boxed construction the seatstays and chainstays. Finishing things off, the chainstay is protected with Intense's FLK:GRD carbon-leather protectors, keeping the carbon safe from chain slap.
Internal cable routing keeps things neat and tidy on the Carbine 29 frame. Guided internal routing is provided for your brake lines and shifter lines. Intense has also fitted the frame with internal routing for the Rock Shox Reverb Stealth dropper post. The hydraulic line on the Reverb Stealth is routed from the bottom of the post, and through an access hole in the seat tube of the frame. This reduces clutter, and the line stays static throughout the movement of the post.
All of Intense's new bikes, including the Carbine 29, are utilizing Intense's tried-and-true oversized pivot axle system. The lower pivot uses two alloy oversized main axles with expander cones to insure tightness. Bearing maintenance is a breeze since the frame is equipped with threaded zert fittings. Regular maintenance will result in excellent bearing longevity. The FLK:GRD downtube protector keeps your frame safe from flying debris and rocks.
The Carbine 29 Foundation bike is a great build kit for those on a tighter budget, and comes decently spec'd with a Rock Shox Pike RC 160mm fork, X-Fusion O2RL rear shock, and a Shimano SLX 2x10 drivetrain.