Intense Cycles Carbine 275 Expert Complete Mountain Bike - 2014 - Road Bike Shop
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Intense Cycles Carbine 275 Expert Complete Mountain Bike - 2014
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When designing the Intense Carbine 275 Expert Complete Mountain Bike, the California-based gurus knew that it had to be tough, aggressive, and lightweight. The slack head angle and low bottom bracket were fine-tuned around 27. 5-inch wheels, to carry you over rocks, through braking bumps, and down sketchy descents way faster than your friends. That translates into plenty of abuse, but the low frame weight means that pedaling it back to the top won't be a chore. You could call it an Enduro race bike, but that interpretation seems to overlook the fact that at its core, the Carbine is a fine-tuned fun-seeker hell bent on putting a smile on your face. Like the rest of Intense's lineup, much of the Carbine's controlled ride can be attributed to its VPP suspension. It's a suspension platform that's widely beloved among riders in-the-know for its blend of pedaling efficiency and trail-erasing smoothness. VPP employs two aluminum counter-rotating links to achieve this balance. The upper link provides most of the rotation as the bike compresses into the sag point. This yields a vertical wheel path, which you'll notice in the form of a firm feel during acceleration. As the bike compresses deeper into the suspension, the lower link activates, moving the axle path rearward. The rearward axle path enables the rear wheel to travel out of the way of square-edged impacts. If it sounds like an ideal blend of characteristics, well, that's because it is, and countless riders agree. While Intense is best known for its American-made aluminum bikes, the Carbine is built from carbon fiber. Knowing that carbon fiber can be finicky to work with, Intense brought in consultants from the composites wizards at SEED to make the best possible use of the material, and then handed the manufacture to one of Taiwan's finest composites manufacturer. The Made in USA ethos still stands though, thanks to the fact that all the links, dropouts, and hardware are built in Temecula, alongside Intense's a...