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The carbon Intense M-16C downhill bike is on of the most boutique (and expensive) descenders on the market. Weighing as little as 34.7lbs (15.7kg) for the Factory build, it is pretty up there out of most wallets’ reach. But… Intense just announced a new Expert build that comes in about half that price… and CHEAPER than the M-16 Alloy Pro Build!

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We saw the beautiful, no-expense-spared M16C Factory Build at Interbike, and it was one my favorite things to stare at. The M-16C Expert build comes with the exact same frame and rear triangle as their $11,300 Factory build M-16C, but at a much more friendly $5,900. With proven World Cup tested geometry on 27.5″ wheels, the M16 has 215-240 mm of adjustable rear travel controlled by a Fox Performance Elite DHX2 rear shock. Then up front the bike sports a 200mm travel Fox Performance Elite 40 fork.

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The M-16 Expert is fitted with Shimano’s 10 speed sturdy but price-friendly Zee drivetrain to help trim the costs. But overall, this looks to be a great contender for someone that really want’s this boutique bike for a not so boutique price.

Frame Specs:

  • World Cup tested geometry on 27.5″ wheels
  • EPS molded high modulus carbon frame
  • Compression molded carbon fiber upper link
  • Full internal cable routing for brakes and shifting
  • Forged lower link
  • Double sealed pivots for long bearing life
  • Dual grease ports on lower link for easy maintenance
  • Full carbon dropouts and disc mounts
  • Angular contact bearings to maximize stiffness
  • Collet axle pivots that lock in place without pinch bolts

Build Specs:

Frame:  
M16 275  Monocoque UD Carbon Front and Rear Triangle 275″ DH Frameset, ISCG 05 Mount,  w/ 157 x12 mm spacing, 215 -240 mm travel
Front suspension:  
FOX Performance Elite 40 FLOAT, 27.5″, 200 MM 
Rear suspension:
FOX Performance Elite COIL DHX2
Upgrades:
n/a
Wheels:  
Custom Build
Hubs: 
32 Hole Intense Tuned, 148x 12 mm BOOST; 110 x 20mm Front Hub; 157 x 12mm Rear Hub Shimano Driver, 6-Bolt
Rims:  
 Sun Helix TR29 Rims, 275″, Tubeless Ready
Spokes:  
DT Swiss Champion
Tires: 
Maxxis Minion, 27.5 X 2.5″
Shifters: 
Shimano Zee, 10 speed
Rear derailleur: 
Shimano Zee, 10 speed
Front derailleur:
n/a 
Crank: 
Shimano Zee
Cassette: 
Shimano CS-HG50-10, 11-36T, 10 speed 
Chain: 
KMC 10 speed
Chain Guide: 
E13 LG1
Saddle: 
WTB Volt Sport
Seatpost: 
Intense Recon, 300 x 31.6mm
Handlebar: 
Renthal Fatbar Lite DH 20mm x 780 mm
stem
Renthal  INTEGRA II Direct Mount 45MM
Headset: 
Cane Creek, 40, alloy cartridge, 25 mm of spacers
Brakeset: 
Shimano Zee, 203 mm front and rear
Grips: 
Intense Dual Density Lock-On



 
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Steve
Steve
6 years ago

Horrendous geometry – not proven at all.

duder
duder
6 years ago

Horrendous geometry? Looks pretty standard to me, maybe a bit on the slack-side of things once sag is taken into account.

satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
6 years ago

i think it does run a bit long than even its v-10 sibling

dave
dave
6 years ago

Sizing is messed. Look at the dirtmag article where a 5’10 guy can not ride a large. They suffer from the same thing that all Santa Cruz (oh sorry, Intense) bikes suffer from, crappy sizing. I was a my local store today with my buddy looking for a new bike, and even with their increased modified geometry, Santa Cruz is still behind most brands such as Kona. I did not even want to compare them to my Mondraker stuff.

At what they sell them at, you should be able to get a set up that fits, up sizing sucks.

nsajf
nsajf
6 years ago
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