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The not-so-minor details

Product

Intense Spider 29C

Contact

Monza Bicycle Imports
www.intensecycles.com

Price

AUD9,999.00

Positives

Fresh new ride from a brand steeped in heritage.

Negatives

Boutique price tag.

For the seasoned mountain biker this classic Californian brand won’t need any introduction. Intense have been capturing the soul of mountain biking since the early days of Macpherson Strut suspension and 52 tooth chainrings, but they haven’t rested on their laurels with plenty of great new models coming out as they keep up with the times.

We’ve seen more and more carbon frames recently and the Spider 29c is their latest trail bike offering.

Let’s take a look at this black on black travel adjustable 29er, ahead of the upcoming review.

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There’s a lot of heritage behind that head badge.


The frame

The Spider 29C is a carbon framed 29er with adjustable rear travel and VPP (Virtual Pivot Point) suspension.

Adjustable between 130mm and 115mm via the lower shock mount, the Spider 29C could serve as a trail bike one day, and a leaner cross country ride the next.

Geometry wise, it’s all very nice and relaxed and add in the 29″ wheels and this is looking to be a great all rounder, we’ll be putting it to test on the rocky singletrack around Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Nothing beats a 29er when it comes to rolling over stuff, and when they are built around a frame with relaxed geometry less aimed at racing, you have a seriously capable bike in your hands.

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Roller door photo for the Intense fans out there, pretty clever, eh?

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The head tube area is shaped to aid stiffness while retaining standover height.

The lower shock mount can be swapped between two fittings, with two travel amounts.

The lower shock mount can be swapped between two fittings, with two travel amounts.

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The parts

The Spider 29C is available in three build kit options; the Factory, Pro and Expert. We’ve chosen the mid-range Pro Build with FOX suspension, SRAM drivetrain and SRAM brakes.

Factory – $16,499

Pro – $9,999 (on test)

Expert – $8,799

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FOX 34 forks.

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SRAM X01/X1 drivetrain, in black of course.

We’ve got Maxxis Ardent tyres, a low range 11-speed drivetrain and a low stack cockpit, so we’ll be right as rain when it comes to climbing steep trails. And with the burly 34mm forks the descents should be great too.

So let’s hit the trails, stay tuned for more.

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