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.
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Intense Spider 29C
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Fresh new ride from a brand steeped in heritage.
Boutique price tag.
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.
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.
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
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.