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Intense Factory Models 2015_1

For 2015, Intense Cycles is once again resurrecting their top of the line Factory Models for three specific bikes. These dream builds will be available on the Tracer T27.5, Carbine 29er, and Spider 29er, and feature Enve wheels, Cane Creek rear suspension, a SRAM XX1 drivetrain, and Shimano XTR stoppers. 

Intense Factory Models 2015_2

Last years top end models featured Renthal handlebars and stems, but the bikes now feature a Thomson cockpit – with matching colored face plate.

Intense Factory Models 2015_0

The Spyder and Carbine, which are more XC/Trail oriented models, will receive the fantastic Cane Creed Double Barrel Inline Shock. The 145-160mm travel Tracer T2.75 will come with the CC Double Barrel Air.

Intense Factory Models 2015_3

While Intense sources all of their carbon frames from Asia, all of the linkages, pivots, and hardware, are still made here in the United States in their Temecula, CA factory. I had the opportunity to visit it earlier this year, and you read about the experience here.

Intense Factory Models 2015_4

In previous years the Carbine 29 utilizes the company’s G3 Insert System, which allowed the end user to swap in different dropouts depending on what axle standard their rear hub was set up as. For the new model year, the company have moved to a 142×12 thru axle only, which is claimed to offer improved stiffness.

All the factory builds will come with SRAM XX1 drivetrains for 2015, but perhaps that will change as Shimano’s new XTR mechanical and Di2 11 speed drivetrain became more available? Based on Tyler’s first impressions of the two new groups, it will be interesting to see how things pan out in the near future.

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bummer
bummer
8 years ago

XTR brakes+XX1. Yup.

Ripnshread
Ripnshread
8 years ago

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Ripnshread
Ripnshread
8 years ago

That said, what happened to the Avid of old? They need to revitalize the “ULTIMATE” program and bring back a halo brake. One no one can afford but is the freaking best thing ever. There was a time when that was the Avid “thing”. Hardly anyone could afford a set of SD Ultimates but a set of SD Mags or lower tier brakes was a great trickle down option. They seem to be going bottom up lately with the introduction of the Guide and no reported changes to the higher end. It makes them look like they are sitting on their hands and accepting the fact that their hydraulic brakes are sup par. Too bad, in reality, I loved Avid back in the day. The Tri-Aligns, Tri-dangle, Grip Shift, Arch Supremes were way nicer than the XTR’s of the day. I used an old Rollamajig the other day to significantly improve the shifting of my little groms bike.

Jared
Jared
8 years ago

Will Intense offer their carbon 29ers in XL this year?

Al Boneta
Al Boneta
8 years ago

Never had an issue with the Avid Trail brakes or the new SRAM Guides. XTRs work fantastic but I don’t like the lever shape or feel. These Intense builds are awesome

PR
PR
8 years ago

@Ripnshread – you realize that the vintage Avid parts you are talking about were made by a different company, right? Avid was purchased more than a decade ago

SRAM 2014 has very little to do with ano’d Avids from the 90s.

That said, I don’t know why anyone would choose to spend money on Avid given that Shimano has delivered a better disc brake product for close to 15 years.

Sompop Limpanich
8 years ago

Where can we buy your product din this part of the world , Bangkok Thailand ?

Dylan
Dylan
8 years ago

@PR, Shimano with a better brake product for “close to 15 years”, really? I was running lowly Juicy 3’s from 2006 until recently (now on 2014 XT), and it wasn’t until 2011 XTR that I tried a Shimano brake that felt substantially better. By many accounts Avid lost the plot after the Juicy line, but I still don’t think your statement stacks up. Mid 2000s Shimano brakes felt pretty agricultural, at least at XT level and below.

MissedThePoint
MissedThePoint
8 years ago

Santa Cruz swingarm tech trickling over to the Carbine 29.

Intense graphics and color scheme designer still not appealing to me.

Q: Isn’t the lower shock mounting hole on the swinglink for the shorter travel mode?

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