THE INTENSE LINEUP
Honed on the world's toughest trails, every INTENSE bike is designed for incredible performance. Whether you're seeking out faster lines, taking on your friends at an enduro or going head-to-head with the best in a full-on DH competition, you'll find your perfect ride from our industry-leading range of cross country, trail, enduro and DH bikes.
DOWNHILL / GRAVITY BIKES
Innovation starts here. INTENSE starts here. As the bicycle segment we pioneered with the original M1 in 1993, Downhill is where we were born. Downhill continues to be our leading-edge segment of product development, with our athlete-driven team inspiring components and designs we will use throughout our entire family of bikes.
THE EVOLUTION OF M
The M29 is the pinnacle of downhill performance. With over 25-years of development, the M29 is the newest addition to the M-series. Designed from the ground-up, developed on the world cup circuit and proven on the podium, the 29" wheeled M29 is in a class of its own.
THE BIKE THAT STARTED IT ALL
The INTENSE M16 is a world-class, downhill racing machine. With 240mm rear and 200mm front travel and a progressive geometry developed in conjunction with INTENSE Factory Racing Team riders and INTENSE test pilots Chris Kovarik, and Claire Buchar, it'a a thoroughbred racer through and through. INTENSE was the pioneer of downhill racing bikes – and the M16 sets the standard.
PRESS ON THE M16
The M16C is billed as a World Cup race machine, but it also worked extremely well in the bike park, where it felt just as at home boosting off the lips of a machine built jump run as it did plowing through the rooty chunder... When it does come time to pedal there's a very efficient feel, with much less pedal bob than you would typically expect from a downhill bike… There's a liveliness to the M16's handling that I hadn't expected, a trait that made it easy to get airborne and transfer from one side of the trail to the other at a moment's notice… The M16C is a fitting successor to the M-Series throne, a formidable machine that's capable of everything from bike park laps to full-on downhill racing... a bike that I'd imagine almost any downhill rider would be happy to own.
Mike Kazimer Pinkbike
In hard cornering situations, we felt like we could really drive the bike into the berm without loosing stability, rewarding us with additional speed…If you're a rider who demands the absolute most out of their bike, not only in terms of flat-out performance but with looks and materials too, then the M16C is a bike you should definitely put on your short list... Intense has continued to carry on their legacy of making the M-Series a top contender when it comes to a full-blown downhill race bike, one that loves going fast and tackling the nastiest of terrain.
Fred Robinson VitalMTB
Make no mistake, the INTENSE M16 is a race oriented machine with World Cup pedigree. Despite its race derived DNA, its surprisingly versatile… For the majority of our testing, we tuned the bike for bike park style jump trails (because our backyard is Santa Cruz), but by increasing the high speed and dialing down the low speed rebound, the M16 felt composed on the gnarliest of rock sections… What impressed us most however was how the bike remained stable while still being maneuverable. The ultra stiff frame offers incredibly precise steering, which allows the front and rear wheel end to be placed wherever needed… To summarize, the new INTENSE M16 is fast as hell, easy on the eyes, and shockingly versatile.
Saris Mercanti MTBR
The spirit of Enduro is inspiring. From park hits and afternoon laps with your buddies, to chasing championship seconds at multi-stage Enduro races, nothing elevates adrenaline like it. This feeling inspires the INTENSE Enduro line completely. From our downhill-inspired handling and durability to our pedal-power-friendly geometry, INTENSE has built the most confidence-inspiring Enduro lineup, ever. We’re bringing the right tools to Enduro.
WE CHANGED EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE WHEEL SIZE
The INTENSE Carbine combines up-to-date longer-reach geometry with fast rolling 29" wheels that give confident handling and help smooth the roughest terrain. The Carbine also boasts our JS Tuned 'enduro link' suspension (155mm rear, 160mm front), which has been developed with longer links, and a carbon upper link, to optimize leverage curve, axle path and overall performance.
PRESS ON THE CARBINE
…the Carbine's high-modulus chassis immediately feels solid, responsive and stiff.With a 65.5-degree head angle and 1.2 metre wheelbase, progressing to faster, rougher trails revealed a lust for raw, straight-line pace where the Carbine felt better optimised.Across blown-out rock gulleys and very chunky ground the chassis locks into every line choice without deflecting, and doesn't ride so low you need to overly stress about crunching pedals on rocks, which is pretty reassuring going fast… The new Carbine is beautifully finished, rapid and ready to rumble, with arguably maximum appeal for clock-watching serious speed freaks, rather than flicky, jumpy, berm-slashing types.
On the climbs, the bike shines with loads of pep and ground-hugging traction that allows us to clear craggy pinches with minimal tyre slip or pedal striking… the bike rides high, so spinning through chunder is no problem… It's a monster of a mountain bike, with gobs of plush suspension and raked-out geometry that makes it brutally fast on rough, chopped-out terrain. The stiff frame and responsive JS Enduro linkage ensures the rear wheel tracks the trail surface with impressive resolve, and you can confidently plonk the bike into some pretty hairy situations without fear of losing traction.
Wil Barrett Singletrack
First up, the climbing position is spot on. We were able to climb efficiently, though the suspension remained active enough to provide excellent traction across wet rocks, roots, and around tight switchbacks. Even though the Carbine 29 appears ideally suited for high speed, we found that it was manoeuvrable in tight quarters and were comfortable dropping into tight chutes that would have seen some long, slow, and slack superbikes struggling. The Carbine 29 is also livelier than we expected from such a big bike, meaning that we could swap between lines and hop around more easily than some of the competition… All said and done, we hopped aboard the Carbine 29 and rode at nearly full speed after two rides, which hasn't been our experience with every bike and is a testament to what Intense has put together.
BEST HANDLING ENDURO BIKE
The INTENSE Tracer offers up a modern trail geometry, with longer reach for a confidence-inspiring ride. The JS Tuned suspension 'enduro link' has been developed and refined, offering longer links (including a carbon upper link) to optimize the leverage curve, axle path and overall performance. With 165mm rear and 160mm front travel, the Tracer is an uncompromising 27.5" enduro race machine.
PRESS ON THE TRACER
It's very rare to be able to perform basic set up, jump on a bike and instantly be able to ride at 9/10ths, but the Tracer allows you to do that. Sticky rubber and superb shocks help, but it's neutral in the best way possible and gives a blank canvas for you to work with - whether you want to go Jackson Pollock or Leonardo da Vinci on it. It simply devours rock gardens with very little loss of momentum and dives into the gnarliest of steep sections with abandon.The back end is brilliant too, refusing to get hung up on rocks or feed back unnecessary chatter to the pedals and offering excellent support both when cornering and simply hucking it to flat.
Jon Woodhouse MBUK/BikeRadar
INTENSE, in collaboration with Cero Design Studio, has successfully reforged the Tracer from one of the more versatile trail bikes in recent history into a sharp-performing enduro racer that could double as an epic park shredder. Intense says that the 2017 Tracer is an evolutionary step, but I would describe the Tracer's transformation as a metamorphosis.
Richard Cunningham Pinkbike
It's fast. Everywhere. It's built light and the geometry is right for up, down and along quickly… The overall feel is that of composure. It's poised, can be pushed hard, goes fast and faster…you've just got to keep up… It's very much at home blasting rough trails. Whatever lies ahead you have confidence in the bike's solid feel and sublime suspension to get you through at speed, look up and hold fast! This is one bike that really trucks on when it gets messy…The new Tracer is a rough terrain charger that's flat-out fast down the hill and punchy up. It's a lightweight enduro heavyweight. It really does do a lot of things well, it's versatile enough to use as an all-rounder for most everything and it absolutely carries a big stick.
James Love Singletrack
The Primer is True to the Trail, developed to overachieve with builds uniquely INTENSE in function and spec. While recreational use may be putting it too lightly, the Primers truly are do-it-all rigs. Infused with the latest race-proven handling and performance tech, nothing rips across all terrain like this.
TRUE TO THE TRAIL
TRUE TO THE TRAIL
Evolved from excellence the new INTENSE Primer is "True to the Trail" providing outstanding performance that stands out from the crowd thanks to a striking design while delivering a confidence-inspiring trail ride every time.
TRUE TO THE TRAIL
PRESS ON THE PRIMER
And now for the best part of the bike, it is playful and communicative. On singletrack that normally feels like a chore on a big travel bike, this Primer 29 was a delight. It pedaled with enthusiasm and every bump, pump, and berm felt like a playground feature. It invites the rider to play and work. The bike is responsive with well-supported suspension and it’s easy to corner, pump and launch at any opportunity. Land a little hard and all that travel comes in to play to support the rider.
For 2020, Intense has one trail bike, the Primer, that offers 140mm of rear-wheel travel paired with a 150mm fork. But there are still choices to make: You can have it with two 27.5" wheels, two 29" wheels, or a mixed 29" front and 27.5" rear combo. All versions come in with 140/150mm travel, and they all have a geometry adjusting flip-chip at the upper link.
The modern, slacker head angle combined with the suspension properties looked like it would be a perfect bike for the fast, flowing singletrack trails in our area. And it was. There’s no comparison to 29-inch wheels, front and rear, for carrying momentum, providing traction and smoothing out the trail.
A downhill inspired XC bike might sound conflicting. But at INTENSE, it’s reality. With more aggressive geometry than traditional XC race rigs, the Sniper lineup from INTENSE provides more stability at speed and down demanding race courses and trail networks. The Sniper is setting the benchmark for lightweight frames that offer confidence inspiring geometry and peak pedal efficiency. The Sniper rewards fitness on long epic rides/races while allowing you to conserve energy on technical terrain or downhills.
A DEDICATED PEDALING MACHINE
This is no “Twitchy XC bike”. The Sniper is a ground-up, dedicated, pedaling machine. The XC version comes in at 100mm travel. Short travel bikes should descend like their long travel siblings and that’s what the Sniper XC will do.
A LIGHTWEIGHT ENDURANCE MACHINE
Built for the more aggressive XC rider, the Trail version has 120mm travel front and rear and can handle rough terrain and steep climbs. It's superb handling makes for a stable ride every time.
PRESS ON THE SNIPER XC
Much effort was directed towards arriving at a rear suspension system that could satisfy pedal picky cross-country pros and at the same time, respond to the terrain without requiring electronics or a cable remote lockout system.
Richard Cunningham Pink Bike
Like all Intenses, they were lookers. Every detail was refined and polished. One of the graphic treatments was loud, one was stealth, and the first thing I thought was how much they looked like a modern trail bike, specifically because of the short (proper) stem.
sspomer Vital MTB
Out in the dirt, the Sniper literally feels like it wants to bolt for the trail head. With a big boy 34-tooth cog on the front of the 12-speed set up, the Sniper is an efficient pedaler with a stable nature.
Tim Robinson Mountain Biking Australia
Find your freedom with an INTENSE e-bike. Whether it's getting in more laps on the trail, exploring new frontier, or gaining the confidence to ride more, the Tazer provides the freedom you deserve.
THE FREEDOM OF MORE
The Intense Tazer is unlike any E-bike you've ever ridden. Featuring an innovative staggered (29" front/ 27.5" rear) wheelset for maximum traction, maneuverability and clearance to tackle the toughest terrain. Factory level suspension coupled to a Shimano E8000 drivetrain provides responsive power output and unmatched handling in any conditions.