Introduced early in 2012 as a modification to the 26″ model, the Intense Carbine 275 now gets some important frame updates for 2014.

The primary changes are the addition of ISCG05 tabs, a switch to direct mount front derailleurs (so it’ll now work with the wide range of SRAM options) and internal routing for stealth dropper seatposts. On top of that, they’ve put together three new color schemes and three new build packages.

If you recall, they created the Carbine 275 by offering new G1 dropouts that adjusted the rear axle position to accommodate the larger wheels and tires but maintain the same geometry and axle standard flexibility. So, technically, you can get a 26″ Carbine with the same updates, but you’d have to request it…26″ models are no longer a catalog item for them.

What are catalog items are three all new build kits, including one that gets a complete bike all the way down to $3,999! The new frames will be landing in their warehouse in a couple weeks, which is when their website should be updated with the new goodies. We should have the images and build specs before then, check back soon for an update.

UPDATE: Pricing and build kits added below…

Intense Carbine 275 PRO

  • MSRP $6599
  • Reverb dropper post
  • Rockshox Pike RCT3
  • Elixir 9 Trail brakes w/ Carbon Lever
  • SRAM X01 1×11 group w/ X1 alloy cranks
  • Novatec Diablo wheels
  • Maxxis Highroller II tires
  • Thomson stem & FSA carbon handlebars
  • Cane Creek headset

Intense Carbine 275 Expert

  • MSRP $6199
  • Reverb dropper post
  • Fox Float 34 Kashima CTD
  • Shimano XT brakes and 2×10 drivetrain
  • Novatec Demon wheels
  • Maxxis Highroller II tires
  • Thomson stem & FSA carbon handlebars
  • Cane Creek headset

Intense Carbine 275 Foundation

  • MSRP $3999
  • X-Fusion Sweep RL
  • Elixir 9 Trail brakes w/ Carbon Lever
  • SRAM X7/X9 Drivetrain
  • Elixir 3 brakes
  • SRAM hubs w/ DT Swiss rims
  • Kenda Nevegal tires
  • Intense seatpost, stem & handlebars
  • Cane Creek headset


They’ve also just added a new Velocity build kit for their 951EVO 650B downhill bike. Here’s the full rundown:

Bottom Bracket: Shimano SM-BB80
Brake Disc: Shimano SM-RT76, DEORE XT L 203MM 6-BOLT
Brake Disc: Shimano SM-RT76, DEORE XT M 180MM 6-BOLT
Brake Front: Shimano ZEE M640 Resin Pad W/O Fin
Brake Rear: Shimano ZEE M640 Resin Pad W/O Fin
Cassette: Shimano CS-5700, 105 10-SPEED 11-28T
Chain: Shimano CN-HG75 10-SP
Chainguide: E13 LG1+ Black | ISCG05 | 32-36T Black
Crankset: Shimano FC-M645, ZEE 165MM 36T
Derailleur Rear: Shimano RD-M640, ZEE, SS 10-SP, SHADOW PLUS DESIGN
Fork: Fox 2014, 40-Kashima, Float 275 RC2, FIT, Blk, Gold Logo, Factory Series
Grips: Intense Lock On
Handlebar: FSA Gravity Light Carbon Handlebar 800mm x 15mm black
Headset: Cane Creek 40 Series ZS49 Top | ZS49 Bottom
Seat: Intense Seat Sacred Heart Cr-Mo
Seatpost: Thomson Elite 31.6 x 367mm
Shifter Right: Shimano SL-M640, ZEE RIGHT 10-SP
Stem: FSA Gravity Light Direct Mount Stem 45mm black
Tires: Maxxis 27.5 X 2.40 HIGH ROLLER II Super Tacky 2PLY
Tubes: Kenda
Wheel Set: Novatec Demon 275 Wheelset
Wheels Set Axle: Intense 12mm x 150mm


  1. Danny on

    Great looking bike that makes if even more frustrating that Intense no longer produces XL’s. I’m sure it was a smart business move, but it’s a bummer that I have to completely ignore a pretty solid lineup of bikes when I start shopping for a new one.

  2. cory on

    No XL – no care.

    I’m in the market for a new bike, but that 24″ top tube makes it a no go. Intense isn’t even making the aluminum Tracer in XL anymore, too bad. How does anyone over 6 foot ride Intense trail bikes without a huge stem? All the other brands I’m looking at (Turner, SC, Pivot, etc) offer XL.

  3. Dennis Leiker on

    The Intense bikes run big. The large Carbine has a twenty four inch top tube. I’m six foot and I have to ride a medium. Check out one for size before you give up on the bike.The bike is a great ride!


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