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Intense Quietly Releases 951 Carbon Gravel Bike, Available at Costco

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Apparently, while we were all sleeping, Southern California’s Intense Cycles released a new addition to their 951 Series line of bikes: the 951 Series gravel bike. Like the 951 Series trail and XC full suspension bikes, the new 951 Series gravel bike is also available for delivery through Costco.com.

INTENSE Cycles 951 Series Gravel Bike cornering
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Their new gravel bike offering is said to be built for a confident and stable ride by using a relaxed geometry paired with a longer wheelbase. This combo will allow more stability at higher speeds and on steeper terrain.

INTENSE Cycles 951 Series Gravel Bike full side
INTENSE Cycles 951 Series Gravel Bike top cockpit

Focusing on durability, reliability, and performance, Intense has spec’d the Shimano GRX group for the 951 Series Gravel bike, and the WTB Venture 700x40mm tires are tubeless-ready giving you the reliability and confidence needed to ride on any surface with control.

INTENSE Cycles 951 Series Gravel Bike hero front cockpit
INTENSE Cycles 951 Series Gravel Bike charging

Intense says, “Focused on you… the 951 Gravel has the ability to be tailored to a rider’s specific needs and preferences. Adjustable components like the saddle and handlebar height will help to achieve a comfortable and efficient riding position, while color and aesthetics will inspire confidence and pride in ownership“.

The 951 Series Gravel bike has a carbon fiber frame and fork. The bike also comes with two water bottle cages to keep you hydrated and a set of 3 pack mounts on the fork legs for added racks, bags, or any other attachments that will fit. The 951 Series Gravel also sports some mounts for fenders, in case that’s your jam.

951 Series Gravel Bike Spec List

  • Frame: Intense 951 gravel 700c carbon
  • Fork: Carbon fiber All Road/Gravel specific geometry
  • Headset: Intense Recon
  • Stem: Intense Recon gravel 31.8 +/- 6 degrees (SM: 70mm, MD-LG: 90mm, XL: 100mm)
  • Handlebars: Intense Recon Gravel 31.8, 12-degree flair, (SM: 400mm, MD-L: 420mm, XL: 440mm)
  • Bartape: Intense anti-slip
  • Brakes: Shimano GRX BR-RX400
  • Rotors: Shimano Deore SM-RT64 160mm
  • Cranks: Shimano GRX FC-RX600 11-speed 30-46t (SM: 170mm, MD: 172.5mm, LG-XL: 175mm)
  • Cassette: Shimano 105 CS-HG70011 11-speed 11-34t
  • Chain: KMC X11 EPT 11-speed
  • Shifters: Shimano GRX ST-RX600 11-speed
  • Front/Rear Derailleur: Shimano GRX FD-RX810 11-speed front, Shimano GRX RD-RX810 11-speed rear
  • Rims: WTB ST i23 TCS 2.0 700c
  • Tires: WTB Venture 700×40, Dual DNA Compound, Tubeless-Ready
  • Spokes: DT Swiss Champion
  • Hubs: Intense Gravel Alloy
  • Seatpost: Intense Recon Gravel 15mm offset (27.2x350mm)
  • Saddle: Fizik Terra Alpaca X5
  • Bottom bracket: Shimano BB-RS500 press fit

951 Series Gravel Bike Geometry

INTENSE Cycles 951 Series Gravel Bike geo chart
SIZE Small Medium Large Extra-Large 
WHEELBASE1037mm
41″
1050mm 
47.2″ 
1053mm 
41.5″ 
1067mm 
42″ 
TOPTUBE LENGTH 545mm
21.5″ 
560mm 
22″ 
577mm 
22″ 
595mm 
23.4″ 
CHAINSTAY LENGTH435mm 
17.1″ 
435mm 
17.1″ 
435mm 
17.1″ 
435mm 
17.1″ 
HEADTUBE LENGTH135mm 
5.3″ 
150mm 
5.9″ 
170mm 
6.7″  
190mm 
7.5″ 
HEADTUBE ANGLE70.3 °70.5 °72 °72.5 °
REACH380mm 
15″
390mm 
15.4″
400mm 
15.7″
412mm 
16.2″
STACK558mm 
22″ 
575mm 
22.6″ 
596mm 
23.5″ 
619mm 
24.4″
BB HEIGHT291mm 
11.5″ 
291mm 
11.5″ 
291mm 
11.5″ 
291mm 
11.5″ 
BB DROP70mm 
2.7″
70mm 
2.7″
70mm 
2.7″
70mm 
2.7″
SEATTUBE ANGLE73.5 °73.5 °73.5 °75 °
SEATUBE LENGTH495mm
19.5″
515mm 
20.3″ 
535mm 
21.1″ 
555mm 
21.8″ 
STANDOVER HEIGHT792mm 
31″ 
810mm 
32″ 
831mm 
32.7″ 
851mm 
33.5″
SEATTUBE MAXIMUM INSERTION220mm 
8.7″”
240mm 
9.4″
260mm 
10.2″
280mm 
11″
LOWER HEADSET STACK HEIGHT1mm 
.04″ 
1mm 
.04″ 
1mm 
.04″ 
1mm 
.04″
FORK AXLE TO CROWN400mm 
15.7″
400mm 
15.7″
400mm 
15.7″
400mm 
11″
FORK OFFSET50mm 
2″ 
50mm 
2″ 
50mm 
2″ 
50mm 
2″
FORK TRAIL76mm 
3″
75mm 
2.9″
65mm 
2.6″
61mm 
2.4″
FRONT CENTER612mm 
24″ 
625mm 
24.6″ 
628mm 
24.7″ 
641mm 
2.4″
BB HEIGHT BASED ON TIRE OD722mm 
28.4″
722mm 
28.4″
722mm 
28.4″
722mm 
28.4″

951 Series Gravel Sizing Guide

INTENSE Cycles 951 Series Gravel Bike sizing guidelines

Costco Retail

Retail: $2499 (includes shipping and handling)

As Zach mentioned in an article about the other 951 Series bikes available through Costco.com a few years ago, “Costco Executive members will likely get 2% back on the purchase, and if you purchase it with your Costco Visa, you’ll get an additional 2% cash back, bringing the total purchase price down”.

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mud
mud
1 year ago

Cool, but I have some questions. Does Costco sell it in a box? Do they build it for you? Does Costco have bike departments and repair now like REI? There aren’t any near me in the NE so I’m clueless.

John R
John R
1 year ago
Reply to  mud

I believe these are available from Costco online only. I got my 951 Trail shipped to me in a box, semi-assembled. Full assembly was straightforward and easy. Don’t over tighten the headset (my costly mistake) 🙂

Jason
Jason
1 year ago
Reply to  mud

If it’s like the 951 mountain bikes Costco sells it online only not in store. They don’t have a bike department to help with repairs. Like with many direct to consumer bikes you would have to go to your local bike mechanic for additional support.

I have one of the 951 MTB’s. It comes in a box with all the tools you need for assembly. The manual walks you through all the steps to setup the bike. Intense also made videos on how to unpack and assemble the bike. Assembly should be pretty simple, install wheels, pedals, stem/handelbar.

Chaz
Chaz
1 year ago
Reply to  mud

I dont own one but I can pretty much guarantee it will come in a box with the wheels and handlebars detached. Costco does not have a bike department like REI, you could ask you local bike shop for a quote for assembly (maybe as much as $150) if you don’t know how to assemble a bike yourself. The price point and components on this bike lead me to believe it is not intended as an “entry” bike so I think they (the manufacturer and Costco) assume some knowledge by the buyer and the necessary tools to assemble it yourself.

Brian
Brian
1 year ago
Reply to  mud

Yes, no, and no. I’m sure you have plenty of local bike shops that would be happy to build it or make any necessary repairs down the road if you’re not capable yourself.

Bill
Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  mud

Costo definitely doesnt have a repair department. They stores near me usually just have the typical lower end Costco bikes and some cheap ebikes. These will be sold online only I reckon. I Imagine theyll ship partially assembled in a box like most other bikes and a smart consumer will habe a shop build it up. Or take it to one if they fail at home hah!

John
John
1 year ago
Reply to  mud

They typically don’t build them. They do not have a bike department or repairs.

Angstrom
Angstrom
1 year ago

It’s $500 cheaper to buy it from Costco than to buy it directly from Intense. That must have been an interesting negotiation….

Looks like a good spec for the price. Given the reach I suspect a lot of folks will want a shorter stem.

Andy
Andy
1 year ago

Like others have said, Costco does not have a bike department. With that, you may be able to find mobile repair shops and local mechanics that will come to you and work on the bike in your driveway. I am not entirely surprised this bike falls under the 951 moniker but it would be nice to have Intense put out a bike with a little more customer service and input such as that provided by Fezzari, Ribble, or Canyon.

Frank
1 year ago

You can also actually purchase this from your local bike shop if they are an Intense dealer, thereby eliminating the need to pay extra to have it assembled all while helping your local shop do all the other things that bike shops do.

MrCOSTCO
MrCOSTCO
1 year ago
Reply to  Frank

However, bike shops will sell at MSRP and not the COSTCO price. COSTCO will give you 2% on your purchase.

Zack
Zack
1 year ago

Any idea how much tire clearance it has?

Angstrom
Angstrom
1 year ago
Reply to  Zack

Website states 700×45 max. Comes with 700x40s.

The KOM Hunter
1 year ago

Taking into account the 2% ($50) return you’ll get on your executive COSTCO card, this bike costs $950 less than the equally spec’d Trek Checkpoint SL5. Makes me feel a bit silly, having recently purchased said Trek Checkpoint

Ahoy
Ahoy
1 year ago
Reply to  The KOM Hunter

How does the GEO compare??

WASTEDinWATERLOO
1 year ago
Reply to  The KOM Hunter

Trek buyer’s remorse? Never heard of it…

Recycle Schmecycle
Recycle Schmecycle
1 year ago

Bike shops LOVE it when online fred’s drag in cardboard boxes of stuff.

KMAN
KMAN
1 year ago

Most shops don’t carry Intense or they dropped them. I suggest ride it a few months and return it back to Costco. If you like the sport, go to a bike shop, have it professionally tuned and built, you will save in the long run.

LincolnToby
LincolnToby
11 months ago

They have an a XL at my Costco right now for $1700, dropped from an initial offering of $2000. Way too big for me but the components look great. The small is sold out online. It sounds like the sizing is weird on this and the medium is like a 56.

Scott
Scott
7 months ago
Reply to  LincolnToby

True that the “M” is sized at 56 – just spoke with an Intense dealer today. Hard not to save the extra $550 buying from Costco. Money is money…

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