Bike Check

Published on May 30th, 2014 | by Kevin

Customer Bike Check | Intense Carbine 275

To be perfectly honest, I seriously thought about absconding with this bike and never showing my face at Art’s HQ again. Thankfully for this bike’s owner to be, I was able to convince myself not to. I mean, what kind of person would I be if I took off with the surprise birthday bike for one extremely lucky wife. Sure, I’d have one sweet bike, but just think of that dose of bad karma. No thanks!


Each part carefully picked out by one very loving husband, this Intense Carbine 275 cuts quite the figure. And, tastefully outfitted in red, black and white livery, it’s a steed that’s sure to arrest the gaze of plenty at the local trailhead too.

Intense’s Carbine 275 was one of the first 27.5-inch frames to hit the market from a major manufacturer, and it’s a frame that has certainly proven itself as a worthy contender. Built around the well-established VPP suspension platform the Carbine 275 boasts impeccable trail manners—both up and down.

Tech Specs:

Frame:Intense Carbine 275 Naked Carbon
Fork: Rock Shox Pike RCT3 27.5″ Solo Air 160mm
Shock: Fox Factory Kashima CTD shock
Headset: Chris King InSet3
Wheels: Industry Nine Torch Trail 24 27.5
Brakes:  Shimano XT M785
Crankset: Shimano M785 XT Double Crankset
Chainrings: 38/26
Cassette: Shimano M771 Deore XT 10-Speed
Chain: Shimano XT HG-X 10-Speed
Bottom Bracket: Chris King PF24 Bottom Bracket
Shift Levers: Shimano XT M780
Front Derailleur:  Shimano XT M786 Shadow Plus
Seatpost: Kind Shock LEV Dropper Seat Post 125mm
Saddle: WTB Pure V Race Saddle
Stem: Chromag Ranger Stem
Handlebars: Easton Haven Carbon
Tires: F: Schwalbe Magic Mary Evo 2.35 , R: Schwalbe Magic Mary Evo 2.35
Pedals: Chromag Scarab Flat Pedals
Grips: ODI Troy Lee Lock-On Grip

Weight: 29 lbs. 4 oz.

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About the Author


Rouse may have been a bit late to the bike-riding party, but he’s certainly making up for lost miles. Having discovered cycling while studying journalism at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, he enjoys long days in the saddle whenever—and however—he can get them. You can usually find him on two wheels, but if not, you’d be well served to check the nearest coffee shop.

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